• Bus travel discounts

  • 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 3i-D card as proof of age for reduced fares:

    The Freedom Ticket

    With the 3i-D card you can purchase the weekly East Sussex Freedom ticket, for travel on nearly every bus* in East Sussex. These cost £16 and can be purchased on the first bus you board.

    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 Explorer 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.

    *Please contact the bus operator before travelling.


    Choice iD card

    The free Choice iD card will allow you to buy a weekly East Sussex Freedom ticket from the bus driver. You don't even need to go to school or college. The Freedom ticket gives you unlimited travel on nearly every bus* in East Sussex for seven days in a row, including weekends.

    How can i get a Choice ID card?

    Just download and complete the Choice iD application form and then take it with a passport photo and proof of age to:

    • your school or college if they are issuing the Choice iD card – just check in advance first
    • any East Sussex library.

    The cost of the Freedom ticket is £16

     Download the Choice iD application form and notes

    Find your local library in East Sussex

    If you need any help applying for your Choice iD card please contact East Sussex County Council Passenger Transport on 01273 335080.

    *Please contact the bus operator before travelling.


    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:

    Under 16s

    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, or
    • a Wealden Weekly for journeys in and around Eastbourne and Stagecoach services north via Heathfield and Uckfield to Tunbridge Wells.

    For more details on the Stagecoach Discount ID card, visit Stagecoach – child fares

    Over 16s

    Stagecoach do not offer any discounts for over 16s. You could buy a Freedom ticket with a 3i-D card or Choice iD 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.