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Student fare card scheme

Please be aware that the Student Fare Card scheme for the new academic year 2016/17, starting 5 September 2016, will not open until 1 August 2016. If you apply for a student fare card now then you will be purchasing a card for the current 2015/16 academic year which ends 31 August 2016.

The student fare card scheme is for students aged between 16 and 18. It allows travel on buses or trains at reduced rates for journeys to and from school/college.

The cost of the student fare card is £25 and is valid from 1 September until the end of the following August.

If you need to use both a bus and a train to complete your daily journey, you will need to apply for both a bus and a train student fare card. You can only apply for both cards if both modes of transport are needed to complete your journey. The bus and train cards cannot be used as alternatives to each other.

For lost cards or changes to your card please see replacement of student fare cards.

Apply online

Register and apply online

You can only apply online for your bus or train student fare card. You will need to register before being able to purchase a card for the first time.

To register you will need to provide your email address, your date of birth and your postal address.

To apply you must be in full time education and live in one of the 11 boroughs/districts of Surrey.  You will need the following:

  • email address, date of birth and postal address
  • school/college details
  • journey information (for buses please check journey information on the  TravelSMART journey planner for individual route numbers and bus company details)
  • photo ready to upload
  • credit/debit card for online payment 

Your fare card will be sent to your school or college for you to collect as follows:

  • If you apply by 25 August - we aim to have your card ready for collection for the start of the autumn term (2 September 2015)
  • If you apply after 25 August - we aim to have your card ready for collection in 15 working days. 

Bus student fare card

The bus student fare card allows the holder to buy single tickets at the under 16 rate. Return tickets and season tickets may also be available from some companies at a reduced rate for cardholders. Please check with the bus company.

Am I eligible for a student bus card?

To qualify you must:

What trips can I make?

A student fare card can only be used for travel to and from school or college. Your journey must start or finish in the 11 boroughs/districts of Surrey.

You can choose from a number of different bus companies for your home to school journey. The only exception to this are London Buses who no longer accept student fare cards. The routes affected are:

  • 116, 117 and 166
  • 203, 216, 235, 290 and 293
  • 403, 404, 405, 406, 407, 411, 418, 434, 464, 465, 466, 467 and 470
  • K3
  • R68
  • S1

Students who use the above routes to travel to school or college can take advantage of Transport for London's 16+ Oyster photocard. The Oyster card will enable Surrey students to pay as you go at half the adult single fare.

For further details please contact 0845 300 7000 or visit

Concessions for the bus student fare card

The following bus companies have agreed to charge the under 16 rate for any journey which starts or finishes in the 11 boroughs/districts of Surrey, including evenings, weekends, and school/college holidays.

  • Abellio Surrey
  • Arriva serving Surrey and West Sussex
  • Buses Excetera
  • First
  • London General
  • Metrobus
  • Quality Line
  • Safeguard
  • Southdown
  • Stagecoach

Train student fare card

For the new academic year 2015/16 (Starting 2 September 2015) successful negotiations with South West Trains have resulted in three new train stations being added to the scheme.  From 3 August 2015 student will now be able to travel from Surrey to Liphook, Liss and Petersfield.

The train student fare card allows the holder to buy season tickets only for their home to school/college journey at a one third discount. Season tickets are available for periods of seven days (minimum), one month and between one month and one year.

Single and return tickets bought with the card can only be used for leisure journeys after 6pm during the week and at weekends.

Before you apply for your cardcheck the daily fare prices against discounted season ticket prices.  On a limited number of occasions it is cheaper to purchase return tickets at the full adult price rather than applying for a fare card. 

Am I eligible for a student train card?

To qualify you must:

Contact us

Student Fare Card Team
Surrey County Council
Room 365
County Hall
Penrhyn Road
Kingston upon Thames

Telephone: 0300 200 1004


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  • Updated: 20 May 2016
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