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 £16 per week (rising to £17 from 5 August 2018) 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.
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.