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Student fare card scheme

Hallmark buses update

Update (6 September 2018): Hallmark have announced changes to the way customers can redeem student/child fares (pdf) on their buses. Students (16-19) travelling on Hallmark buses will no longer need to show a Surrey bus student fare card just their college/university student card. See the Hallmark Student Saver fact sheet (pdf) for details or visit the Hallmark bus website.

The scheme for the 2018/19 academic year (starting September 2018) is now open.

Please note: Any student fare card purchased today will expire 31 August 2019.

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 2018/19 student fare card

Please note: Any student fare card purchased today will expire on 31 August 2019.

You must be in full-time education and live in one of the administrative boroughs/districts of Surrey. Please read our full terms and conditions before applying.

Register and apply (card expires on 31 August 2019).

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 provide 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 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 (4 September 2018)
  • 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 note: Any student fare cards for 2018/19 will expire on 31 August 2019.

Please read our full terms and conditions before applying for the 2018/19 card.

Apply for bus student fare card which will expire on 31 August 2019

  • 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 2019 (for applications made after 1 August 2018).
  • 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.

  • Arriva (service Surrey and West Sussex)
  • Cobham Chatterbus
  • Compass Bus
  • Falcon Buses
  • First
  • Hallmark Connections
  • London General
  • Metrobus
  • Quality Line
  • Safeguard
  • Southdown
  • Stagecoach
  • White Bus Services

The only exception to this are the Transport for London (TFL) buses who no longer accept student fare cards. TFL routes are cashless with fares paid via Oyster/Contactless methods; the ticket machines cannot process the SCC student fare discount.

Links to the TFL routes affected:

(Please note some of the above TFL routes have the same bus route number as other bus services that operate in Surrey which do accept the SCC bus student fare card; please follow the above links to see if your bus route is affected)

Students who use the TFL routes above 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 note: Any student fare card purchased today will expire on 31 August 2019.

Please read our full terms and conditions before applying.

Apply for train student fare card which will expire on 31 August 2019.

  • 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 2019 (for applications made after 1 August 2018).

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).
  • Students can apply 28 days in advance of their 16th birthday.

Eligible train journeys

If you also need to travel by bus 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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