School travel

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Coronavirus - We’re here to get them back to school safely

As schools reopen, we are doing all we can to keep pupils safe on board. That’s why we’re dedicating some bus services specifically for school children.

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At Arriva we know that moving up to secondary school is a big deal and can mean taking the bus to and from school for the first time. This is why we offer frequent and reliable services to and from major schools and educational establishments across the UK as well as money-saving child tickets to keep costs low too.

Save money with Child tickets

If a pupil isn't entitled to a bus travel pass from their local authority, our child tickets are a great money saving option, they offer:

  • Discounted bus tickets
  • Unlimited travel on all Arriva services in specified zones
  • A choice of tickets including Day, Weekly, 4-Weekly and dedicated term tickets

Tickets can be bought from the bus driver, online or through the Arriva UK Bus App. They can be delivered by post or directly to a pupil's mobile phone too. What's more, you can make payment simple by spreading the cost over monthly installments by Direct Debit.

You can find out more about ticket prices and scholar Direct Debit payment in your area and sign up by selecting your region below.

Buy school bus tickets

North East

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Direct Debit Scheme

For better value frequent bus use, our Direct Debit scheme is a great option. All of these tickets offer unlimited travel on all Arriva North East services (except where stated) in the specified zones. This includes evenings, weekends and half-term holidays.

View Saver Zones

Saver ZoneChild Monthly Direct DebitChild Direct Debit Annual CostZone Map

Morpeth

£42.67£512View map
Ashington£42.67£512View map
Blyth£42.67£512View map
Tyne Valley£42.67£512View map
Ashington & Morpeth£53.33£640View map
Ashington & Blyth£53.33£640View map
Morpeth & Blyth£53.33£640View map
Morpeth and Tyne & Wear£53.33£640View map
Blyth and Tyne & Wear£53.33£640View map
Tyne Valley and Tyne & Wear£53.33£640View map
Darlington District£40.42£485View map
Durham City£39.17£470View map
Teesside£43.92£527View map
Teesside & East Cleveland£49.58£595View map
County Durham & Darlington£59.58£715View map
East Durham£44.17£530View map
North East Regionwide£68.75£825View map
All Northumberland and Tyne & wear£57.92£695View map
Tyne & Wear£42.67£512View map
Discover North Northumberland£42.50£510View map
Durham district£47.00£564View map
Darlington Town£34.00£408View map

Spread the cost of Annual Mobile tickets or Smartcards and pay monthly by Direct Debit. Payments will be taken on either the 1st or the 15th of the month.

Arrange your Direct Debit

Have a query about your Direct Debit? Send us an email

If you would like to know more about our child ticket range, please contact customer services here

Yorkshire

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Our Scholar Saver ticket range already offers great value to students who are travelling regularly on Arriva buses in Yorkshire. Tickets are available to anyone up to the age of 19 in full time education.

Direct Debit Scheme

Spread the cost of Annual Mobile tickets or Smartcard and pay monthly by Direct Debit. Payments will be taken on either the 1st or the 15th of the month.

Saver ZoneChild Monthly Direct DebitChild Direct Debit Annual Cost
West Yorkshire£35£420
Yorkshire £39£468
Leeds Urban£24.50£295

Arrange your Direct Debit

West Yorkshire M-Cards

If your home address is within West Yorkshire Combined Authority, you can buy an Under 16 or 16-18 M-Card, for all buses or all buses & trains within West Yorkshire, including those not operated by Arriva.

Find out more about the West Yorkshire M-Cards

Have a query about your Direct Debit? Send us an email

If you would like to know more about our child ticket range, please contact customer services here

North West

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Going back to school? Our Scholar Saver ticket range already offers great value to students who are travelling regularly on Arriva buses in the North West. Tickets are available to anyone up to the age of 19 in full time education.

You can get an annual ticket and pay for it in monthly installments or in one go, your ticket will be delivered by post as an Arriva Connect Smartcard.

View zone map

Saver ZoneChild Monthly Direct DebitChild Annual Child 4 WeeklyChild Summer Term 2021Child Academic YearZone Map
North West / Under 19£30£360£42£85£230View map

Buy tickets online as a M-Ticket

Buy tickets online as a Smartcard

 

Direct Debit

Spread the cost of Annual Mobile tickets or Smartcard and pay monthly by Direct Debit. Payments will be taken on either the 1st or the 15th of the month.

Arrange your Direct Debit

Have a query about your Direct Debit? Send us an email

If you would like to know more about our child ticket range, please contact customer services here

Wales

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Save money with a great value Scholar Saver Ticket!

Whether you’re starting out as a student or heading back for another year at school, our range of scholar bus tickets makes getting around Wales cheap and easy. Tickets are available to anyone up to school year 11.

Saver ZoneChild Summer Term 2021Child Academic Year 20/21Zone Map
Wales£105£300View map

Buy tickets online as a M-Ticket

Arriva Connect Smartcard

Save money with the Arriva Wales young person Connect Smartcard!

Valid in the Chester Plus, Menai and Wrexham Zones, this card gives you access to great savings, making getting around North Wales cheap and easy.

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SmartcardPrice
Wrexham Child Week£10
Wrexham Child Flexi Day x5£12
Wrexham Child Flexi Day x10£23.40
Wrexham Child Flexi Day x20£45
Chester Plus Child Week£10
Chester Plus Child Flexi Day x5£12
Chester Plus Child Flexi Day x10£23.40
Chester Plus Child Flexi Day x20£45
Menai Child Week£10
Menai Child Flexi Day x5£12
Menai Child Flexi Day x10£23.40
Menai Child Flexi Day x20£45

Buy a Smartcard online

  • You can register for a smartcard online, and when you purchase a ticket, you’ll be sent the card (with the ticket stored on it) to start when you need it.
  • Please note you will need to order at least seven days in advance of when you wish to start using it, to allow for the card to be produced and delivered.

If you would like to know more about our child ticket range, please contact customer services here

Midlands

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Save money with a great value Scholar Saver Ticket!

Whether you’re starting out as a student or heading back for another year at school, our range of scholar bus tickets makes getting around the Midlands cheap and easy. Tickets are available to anyone up to and including school year 11.

Saver ZoneChild Monthly Direct DebitChild AnnualChild 4 WeekChild Summer Term 2021Child Academic Year*Zone Map
Derby£35£420£50£125£400View map
Leicester Zone 1£35£420£48£-£400View map
Leicester Zone 2 £35£420£46£-£400View map
Leicester & Derby Zone Plus £45.42£545£60£-£525View map
West Midlands£45.42£545£72£160£525View map

*Academic Year valid from August 31st 2020 until July 23rd 2021.

Buy tickets online as a M-Ticket

 

Direct Debit

Spread the cost of Annual Mobile tickets or Smartcard and pay monthly by Direct Debit. Payments will be taken on either the 1st or the 15th of the month.

Arrange your Direct Debit

Have a query about your Direct Debit? Send us an email

If you would like to know more about our child ticket range, please contact customer services here

Beds & Bucks

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Going back to school? Our Scholar Saver ticket range already offers great value to students who are travelling regularly on Arriva buses in Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire. Tickets are available to anyone up to and including school year 11.

You can get an annual ticket and pay for it in monthly installments or in one go, your ticket will be delivered by post as an Arriva Connect smartcard, or you can choose a mobile ticket. 

Saver ZoneChild Monthly Direct DebitChild Annual Child 4 WeekChild Summer Term 2021Child Academic Year*Zone Map
Luton & Dunstable£34.17£410£40£130£395View map
Aylesbury£24.17£290£29£90£275View map
Oxford£28.33£340£37£105£325View map
Leighton Buzzard£25.83£310£30£100£295View map
High Wycombe£29.58£355£36£110£340View map
High Wycombe Plus£36.67£440£43£135£420View map
Orbit£46.25£555£56£170£535View map
Cardinal Newman£40.42£510£50£160£490-

*Academic Year valid from August 31st 2020 until July 23rd 2021.

Buy tickets online as a M-Ticket

 

Direct Debit

Spread the cost of Annual Mobile tickets or Smartcard and pay monthly by Direct Debit. Payments will be taken on either the 1st or the 15th of the month.

Arrange your Direct Debit

Have a query about your Direct Debit? Send us an email

If you would like to know more about our child ticket range, please contact customer services here

Herts & Essex

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Save money with a great value Scholar Saver Ticket!

Whether you’re starting out as a student or heading back for another year at school, our range of Scholar bus tickets makes getting around Hertfordshire & Essex cheap and easy. Tickets can be purchased for anyone up to and including school year 11.

Saver ZoneChild Monthly Direct DebitChild Annual Child 4 WeekChild Summer Term 2021Child Academic Year*Zone Map
Colchester£32.08£385£36£120£370View map
Harlow£25.41£305£30£90£290View map
Southend£32.08£385£37£120£370View map
Hemel Hempstead£29.17£350£34£105£335View map
Lea Valley£27.08£325£32£95£310View map
North Herts Plus£31.25£375£39£110£355View map
Stevenage£24.17£290£30£85£275View map
Waltham Abbey£22.50£270£27£80£255View map
Watford£31.67£380£36£115£365View map
Welwyn & Hatfield£30.83£370£36£110£355View map
Bishop's Stortford£29.23£380---------View map
Orbit£46.25£555£56£170---View map
All Zone Shires£49.17£590£57£175£570View map

*Academic Year valid from August 31st 2020 until July 23rd 2021.

Buy tickets online as a M-Ticket

 

Direct Debit

Spread the cost of Annual Mobile tickets or Smartcard and pay monthly by Direct Debit. Payments will be taken on either the 1st or the 15th of the month.

Arrange your Direct Debit

Have a query about your Direct Debit? Send us an email

If you would like to know more about our child ticket range, please contact customer services here

Kent & Surrey

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Save money with a great value Scholar Saver Ticket!

Our Scholar Saver ticket range already offers great value to students who are travelling regularly on Arriva buses in Kent and Surrey. Tickets are available to anyone up to and including school year 11.

You can get an annual ticket online or pay for it in monthly installments. Your ticket will be delivered by post as an Arriva Connect smartcard or you can choose a Mobile Ticket. 

We also accept the KCC Travel Saver young persons pass, find out more here

Saver ZoneChild Monthly Direct DebitChild AnnualChild 4 WeekChild Summer Term 2021Child Academic Year*Zone Map
Dartford£35£420£47£150£400View map
Gravesend£40£480£52£175£460View map
Maidstone£39.17£470£53£145£450View map
Swale£34.17£410£45£145£390View map
Thameside£45£540£62£170£520View map
Tunbridge Wells & Tonbridge£37.92£455£51£165£435View map
Kent & Medway£62.50£750£85£250£730

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Guildford£32.50£390£42£120£375View map
Surrey & West Sussex£49.58£595£65.80£190£575View map
Woking£39.17£470£53£170£450View map
Medway£58.33£700---£225£680View map

*Academic Year valid from August 31st 2020 until July 23rd 2021.

Buy tickets online as a M-Ticket

Direct Debit

Spread the cost of Annual Mobile tickets or Smartcard and pay monthly by Direct Debit. Payments will be taken on either the 1st or the 15th of the month.

Arrange your Direct Debit

Have a query about your Direct Debit? Send us an email

If you would like to know more about our child ticket range, please contact customer services here

Frequently Asked Questions

Who else can I contact about school travel?

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Some school buses are operated under contract, often to a local authority. Arriva and many other local bus companies are employed to provide these contracted buses.

Details of routes, times and eligibility to travel will all be controlled by your school and/or local authority. Please contact them for more details.

What about tickets on normal public bus services for pupils?

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Some local authorities provide pupils with tickets to ride on normal public bus services. Enquiries about tickets in these circumstances need to be made to your school or local authority.

Many schools are sited on or near our normal bus services. Sometimes journeys on these routes divert briefly off the normal route to call at a school at the appropriate times.

How can I contact the Arriva Student department?

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If you have an issue regarding a Smart Card ticket, please contact:

Telephone: 0191 520 4144 (open Mon-Fri between 9am and 5pm)

Email us

Direct Debit Terms and Conditions

Administration

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  • The cost of an annual ticket is divided by 12 and the monthly Direct Debit payment is based on that calculation
  • Direct debit payments are taken on the 1st or 15th of each month, dependent on date of application
  • For payments on the 1st your tickets will be dispatched thereafter and commence on 12th of the month
  • For payments on the 15th your tickets will be dispatched thereafter and commence on 27th of each month
  • Dependent on your payment date your monthly ticket will expire at midnight on the 11th or 26th of the following month
  • Your next ticket will automatically be sent directly to your home or registered m-ticket app every month before the current expire, as long as your DD remains active
  • Your payment will remain the same each month unless we notify otherwise
  • Annual tickets paid via direct debit form a rolling contract, these tickets will not expire until instructed to do so via your bank.
  • This scheme is valid for passengers travelling on Arriva buses, and tickets are valid in the zone chosen only
  • If your direct debit fails or is cancelled, you will not receive your ticket for the following month
  • Please report lost tickets to [email protected] immediately, a replacement ticket will be sent to you and a fee of £25 will be added to your next direct debit

Ticket Validity

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  • Tickets are valid for students in full time education (school, 6th form, college, university, etc).
  • Tickets are valid on any Arriva bus in the stated zone with no time or day restrictions.
  • Parents or guardians can set up the Direct Debit on behalf of the student (please enter the student's name in the relevant field for the direct debit mandate).
  • You will be notified if the price increases or decreases, in line with the annual ticket pricing.

Refunds

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  • No refunds will be given
  • If you need to cancel your direct debit, please cancel it directly with your bank - they will normally require 7-10 working days to process a cancellation. Please note that any payments taken within this cancellation timeframe are not eligible to be refunded.
  • Arriva will not accept responsibility for cancelling direct debits
  • Cancellation of your direct debit requires 7 to 10 working days’ notice with your bank
  • If your payment is due to be taken within the required notice period (and you have requested your direct debit to be cancelled too late), your ticket will still be sent to you and cannot be refunded
  • We do not accept used/unused/unwanted tickets

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