Post-16 Transport Policy Statement 2022/23

Last updated: 16 May 2022

4. Fares, Passes and Travel Cards

4.1 Bus and Rail Operators in Buckinghamshire

Public buses and trains

Please see our buses and trains webpage for information about public buses and trains in Buckinghamshire.

Most bus and rail transport operators in Buckinghamshire offer special tickets for students. Further details are outlined below.

Please be aware that travel operators set their fares and routes independently of the Council so the details provided below may change at short notice. Before travelling please contact the travel operator direct for up to date route and fare information.


Arriva offer daily, weekly, monthly and annual Student Saver tickets for their bus routes. Students are entitled to a student discount on production of a valid student card i.e. an NUS, ISIC, or College ID card.

Chiltern Railways

Chiltern Railways offer season tickets for periods of a week, month, over a month or a year.

Holders of monthly or longer season tickets or Travelcard season tickets valid to High Wycombe station can currently use their ticket to travel free on local Arriva buses and Service 8 / X8 within the High Wycombe Town zone at any time of day, 7 days a week.

Holders of monthly or longer season tickets or Travelcard season tickets valid to Aylesbury station or Aylesbury Vale Parkway station can currently use their ticket to travel free on local Arriva, Silver Rider (Route 1), Water Rider Routes (6 and 6A), Green (Route 4) and Service 14 buses within the Aylesbury fare zone at any time of day, 7 days a week.

Carousel Buses offer daily, weekly, monthly and other time period zone tickets. There are a number of special discounts for Buckinghamshire College Group students.

Redline Buses, Red Rose Travel and Red Eagle

Redline Buses, Red Rose Travel and Red Eagle offer daily, weekly, 4 weekly and other time period zone tickets. They also offer a range of termly and annual student passes.

16-25 Railcard and 16-17 Saver

16-25 Railcards give people aged between 16 and 25 one-third off most off-peak rail fares. It should be noted that for all journeys made between 4:30am and 10am Monday to Friday a minimum fare of £12 is payable.

The 16-17 Saver gives 16 and 17 year olds 50% off most rail fares every day of the year with no time restrictions and no minimum fare. There are some tickets and routes where the 16-17 Saver cannot be used.

Yoti CitizenCard

Buckinghamshire residents aged 16 and 17 can get discounted bus travel with a Yoti CitizenCard. This proof of age card allows you to travel on most buses within Buckinghamshire for a reduced single fare.

The Yoti CitizenCard is a Proof of Age card and is available free of charge via Buckinghamshire schools and colleges, or for a reduced cost of £5 from CitizenCard (normal cost £15).

The card is only valid for journeys after 9am on weekdays and all day at weekends and bank holidays. It should be noted that this option would not be suitable for journeys to schools or educational settings as the card is not valid for use until after the school day starts.

Other transport providers

Other transport providers may offer discount schemes. Please contact them direct for details.

School day public bus timetables

For details on school day public bus timetables please visit our bus timetables webpage.

4.2 Travel Schemes offered by colleges

The following colleges operate their own travel schemes. Please contact the colleges directly for further information.

Other colleges may be able to assist with transport costs. For further information please contact the Student Services department of the college.

4.3 Spare Seats Scheme for Post-16 Students

The Council contracts with companies to provide bus transport for students who are eligible for Council funded transport. Spare seats on these vehicles may be sold where there are seats remaining after the allocation of seats to qualifying students have been made.

Spare seats on Council provided transport are extremely limited. All purchased seats will be subject to the seat being withdrawn with 5 working days’ notice if it is required for a pupil who is eligible.

On routes where spare seats are available and where applications are received by the advertised deadline, spare seats will be prioritised and allocated in the following priority order:

  1. Renewal applications
  2. Looked After Children or former Looked After Children who have been adopted
  3. Students with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) who have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP)
  4. Children of Armed Forces personnel - in line with our duty as part of the Buckinghamshire Armed Forces Covenant
  5. Siblings of students allocated a place in priority 1 and siblings of eligible students travelling on the same route.
  6. All others - on a first come first served basis from date of application

Detailed terms and conditions on the Spare Seats Scheme are published on our website.

The travel pass provided for this transport is the responsibility of the pupil. If lost or damaged, replacements will be provided but this will carry an administration charge.

If your travel pass provided by the Council is lost or stolen, you or your parent/carer will need to contact us online to request a replacement quoting a valid student reference number, name, address and date of birth.