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.
The Freedom Ticket and the 3i-D for under 19 year olds
If you are under 19 you can apply for a 3i-D card which gives you proof of ID so you can purchase the Freedom ticket. The Freedom Ticket gives you unlimited travel on nearly every bus* in East Sussex for seven days in a row, including weekends. The Freedom ticket is £17.50 per week from 1 September 2019 and is issued on the bus as a paper ticket only.
*Please contact the bus operator before travelling to ensure they issue and accept the Freedom Ticket.
To find out more about other discounts and applying for the ID card visit the 3i-D card webpage.
Child half fares on all bus services
All children (aged under 16) pay half the adult fare on one-way and return journeys. It is recommended that you have ID so visit the 3i-D card web page for more information.
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 offers - updated April 2019
With suitable ID, like the 3i-D card, you can get unlimited travel in your local travel zone for just £3.20 a day with a local dayrider U19 (under 19) ticket, or pay £3.10 when purchased on the Stagecoach Bus App! You can also travel on all Stagecoach buses in East Sussex and Kent with a South East dayrider U19 for just £5.20 a day or £5 with the App - that's up to 33% cheaper than the adult versions! Find out more about the app
Travelling for the whole school year? A studentrider ticket might be better for you. The studentrider ticket is now available to all 3i-D card holders. It is also available to students in school, college or university, regardless of age with valid ID. It gives you unlimited travel on all Stagecoach buses from September through to July the following year, that’s the whole academic year sorted! There is a choice of the local studentrider at £468 for a specific area or the South East studentrider at £780 which is valid on all Stagecoach buses in East Sussex and Kent. More information from Stagecoach.