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Student fare card scheme

Please 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.


Apply online for a 2016/17 student fare card

Please read our full term and conditions before applying.

Register and apply

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

  • date of birth, postal address and a unique email address for each child,
  • 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, and
  • credit/debit card for online payment.

How your card will be sent out

Your student fare care 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. 

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Bus student fare card

Please read our full term and conditions before applying.

Apply for bus student fare card

  • The card allows 16-18 year old Surrey students in full-time education to travel on Surrey buses for the under 16s fare.
  • The card costs £25.
  • It is valid from the date of issue until 31 August 2017 (for applications made after 1 August 2016).
  • It is valid for home to school/college journeys that start and/or end within Surrey, only.

If you also need to travel by train to complete your journey you can also apply for our train student fare card.

How you can qualify

Eligible bus journeys

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

If you also need to travel by train to complete your journey you can also apply for our train student fare card.

You can choose from a number of different bus companies for your home-to-school journey.

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 (service Surrey and West Sussex)
  • First
  • London General
  • Metrobus
  • Quality Line
  • Safeguard
  • Southdown
  • Stagecoach

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 routes below 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.

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Train student fare card

Please read our full term and conditions before applying.

Apply for train student fare card

  • The card allows 16-18 year old Surrey students in full-time education to buy a season ticket (only for travel to and from home and school/college) at a reduced rate of 1/3 off the standard adult cost.
  • Season tickets are available for 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.
  • The card costs £25.
  • It is valid from the date of issue until 31 August 2017 (for applications made after 1 August 2016).

Before you apply for your card, check 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. 

How you can qualify

  • Live in one of the 11 boroughs and districts making up Surrey,
  • attend a full-time education course, and
  • be aged between 16 and 18 (under 19 on 1 September in the year of application).

Eligible train journeys

If you also need to travel by train to complete your journey you can also apply for our bus student fare card.

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Contact us

Student Fare Card Team
Surrey County Council
Room 365
County Hall
Penrhyn Road
Kingston upon Thames
KT1 2DN

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

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