Ticket Types

This section tells you what each type of ticket is valid for. You can compare the benefits of each and decide which is best for you.

Single tickets

  • These are for a one-way journey.
  • The cost of the ticket depends where you get on and where you want to get off the bus.
  • Buy your single ticket from the driver as you get on the bus.
  • Pay the driver with cash – it helps the driver if you are able to offer the right change for your fare, and please remember our drivers aren’t able to accept £50 notes on the bus.
  • Children under 5 travel free.
  • There are usually discount prices for children over 5, but conditions vary by region. Contact us if you want to know more about child fares in your area.

Return tickets

  • These give you two trips – one to go and one to come back again.
  • You’ll need to keep your ticket safe to show the driver on your return trip.
  • Prices depend on where you get on and where you’re going.
  • Buy return tickets on the bus from the driver.
  • Pay cash for your return ticket – with the right money if possible.
  • Return fares are available on many of our services across the country and the cost of a return ticket is usually cheaper than buying two single tickets.
  • You can make your return trip at any time the same day. You’re not tied to specific times and don’t need to book in advance.
  • In some areas we offer Off-Peak Return fares, which offer an even greater level of discount if you travel at less busy times.
  • Children under 5 travel free.
  • There are usually discount prices for children over 5, but conditions vary by region. Contact us if you want to know more about child fares in your area.

Day Saver tickets

  • These let you make as many journeys as you want on any of the routes within a specified zone during one day.
  • Buy from the driver on the first Arriva bus you board in that zone.
  • You can also buy Day Saver tickets on your mobile phone as m-tickets.
  • Find out where we have Saver ticket zones in the regional sections – some cover individual towns, some wider areas – but we think you’ll find a ticket that matches your requirements and saves you money.

Family Saver tickets

  • These give unlimited travel to specified groups of people travelling together, usually given numbers of adults and children, in a specified zone during one day.
  • You can make as many journeys on any route within your chosen zone as you want during one day.
  • Buy your Family Saver from the driver on the first Arriva bus you board.
  • You can also buy as an m-ticket on your mobile phone.

Weekly Saver tickets

  • These let you make as many journeys as you want on any of the routes in a specified zone during one week – that’s any consecutive 7 days.
  • You can buy your Weekly Saver from the driver on the first Arriva bus you board (except on Arriva Yorkshire buses).
  • Also available as an m-ticket through your mobile phone.
  • You can even buy from your local shop if they do Payzone, ePay or PayPoint.
  • You can share your Weekly Saver ticket with others in the family if you want – so, for example, one person in the family can use it in the day to go to work and then another in the family can use it to go out in the evenings.

4-Weekly Saver tickets

  • These allow you to make as many journeys as you want on any of the routes in a specified zone during a four week period – that’s any consecutive 28 days.
  • You can buy 4-Weekly Saver tickets securely right here on the website
  • 4-Weekly Saver tickets are also available as m-tickets on your mobile phone
  • You can even buy from your local shop if they do Payzone, ePay or PayPoint.
  • You can share your 4-Weekly Saver ticket with others in your family to get even better value out of it.

Annual Saver tickets

  • With an Annual Saver you can make as many journeys as you want on any of the routes in your chosen zone for a whole year – that’s any 365 consecutive days (or 366 if it’s a leap year!).
  • You can buy them securely right here on the website.
  • Also available as an m-ticket through your mobile phone.
  • Unfortunately Annual Saver tickets can’t be shared with anybody else. They can only be used by the person for whom it was issued.

Student Saver tickets

  • In some areas we offer special rate Saver tickets just for students.
  • These offer some great deals – buy your tickets a term at a time or for the whole academic year.
  • You can buy your Student Saver on your mobile phone
  • If it’s more convenient, parents can buy the Student Saver and have it delivered to the student’s mobile phone.
  • Student Saver tickets can be bought securely here on the website.

Special travel deals for people over 60

  • There are national concessionary travel schemes in England, Scotland and Wales for people over 60. The age at which people become eligible to join the scheme in England is changing, so you will need to be older than 60 if your date of birth is more recent.
  • These offer widespread free travel but detailed conditions vary depending on where you live.
  • Find out more on our free bus travel for older people pages.