How do I work out which bus fare scheme is best for me?
The different bus companies in East Sussex each run different discounted fares for young people. The best choice for you will depend on:
- your age
- where you are going, and
- which buses you need to use.
To find out more information on routes and bus companies, go to Public transport routes and timetables
3i-D card discounted fares
Bus companies in East Sussex will accept the free 3i-D card as proof of age for reduced fares:
The Freedom Ticket
With the 3i-D card you can purchase the Freedom ticket which gives you unlimited travel on nearly every bus* in East Sussex for seven days in a row, including weekends. The Freedom ticket is £16 per week and is issued on the bus as a paper ticket.
*Please contact the bus operator before travelling to ensure they issue and accept the Freedom Ticket.
Other 3i-D fares for under 16 card holders
- child fares on all bus routes in East Sussex
- child rate singles and returns anywhere on Metrobus outside London.
Other 3i-D fares for 16-19 card holders
- child rate day tickets on Stagecoach buses in East Sussex, for off peak travel during the week after 1p.m. and all day at weekends and on Bank Holidays.
To find out more about applying visit the 3i-D card webpage.
Brighton & Hove bus fares
If you travel on a Brighton & Hove bus and you do not already have a 3i-D card, you can get discounts on one-way and journeys and Saver tickets with a free busID card until the age of 18.
To find out more and to apply for a busID card, go to Brighton & Hove buses – busID
Stagecoach bus fares – Eastbourne, Hastings and coastal routes:
If you do not have a 3i-D card Stagecoach offer a free Discount ID card to anyone up to school year 11, which lets you pay half the adult fare on one-way and return journeys in Eastbourne and Wealden districts and Hastings.
You can also buy a reduced price weekly Eastbourne Megarider ticket for journeys within the town.
For more details on the Stagecoach Discount ID card, visit Stagecoach – child fares
Stagecoach do not offer any discounts for over 16s. You could buy a Freedom ticket with a 3i-D card, although a Megarider ticket may work out better for you, depending on what buses you get.
Visit Stagecoach – child fares for more detail on these options.