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Student fare card scheme

The student fare card scheme is currently closed for new applications.

It will reopen again on 1 August 2016 for the new academic year 2016/17.

  • 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.
  • The card is valid from 1 September until the end of the following August.

Note: 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 (starting August 2016)

The student fare card scheme is currently closed for new applications.
Please return on 1 August 2016, when applications will reopen for the new academic year 2016/17.

To apply you must be in full-time education and live in one of the administrative boroughs/districts of Surrey.

What you will need to provide:

  • 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 

How your student fare card will be sent to your school or college:

  • If you apply by 22 August - we aim to have your card ready for collection for the start of the autumn term (5 September 2016)
  • If you apply after 22 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 www.tfl.gov.uk

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 2016/17 (Starting 5 September 2016) successful negotiations with South West Trains have resulted in seven new train stations being added to the scheme. From 1 August 2016 students will now be able to travel from Surrey to Barnes Bridge, Chiswick, Kew Bridge, Brentford, Syon Lane, Isleworth and Hounslow.

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
KT1 2DN

Telephone: 0300 200 1004

E-mail: student.farecards@surreycc.gov.uk

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  • Updated: 30 Jun 2016
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