about PlusBus

PlusBus is a discount price bus pass that you buy with your train ticket at any National Rail station ticket office, or online. It can also be bought from self-service machines at many main rail stations.


PlusBus gives you unlimited* bus and tram travel (on participating operators services) around the whole urban area of the rail-served town or city. There are no peak period restrictions, so you can hop-on and hop-off buses and trams as much as you like all day. * =  in some towns there are a few limited exclusions (these are listed on the town-specific pages of this website)

285 rail-served towns and cities across Britain have PlusBus - view map.

PlusBus is accepted for travel on over 200 bus companies services across Britain and on trams in Birmingham, Blackpool, Edinburgh, Nottingham, Sheffield and Wolverhampton.


PlusBus is less fuss - you don't have to carry cash for exact fare buses. 

You don't need to buy more tickets - simply buy your train and PlusBus tickets together for your complete journey.

We've one travel zone for the whole urban area of town. 


PlusBus is cheaper than driving to and parking at the station or getting a taxi.

Prices start from just £2.50 a day.  Our average day fares is currently £3. Much cheaper than buying a bus pass from the bus company! 

For prices for your town or city, simply type the town name (or post code) in the search boxes (top of page).


Under 16 years old? You pay half our adult day ticket prices.

Aged 16-25 years or a student? You get 1/3 off our normal day ticket prices, with a 16-25 Railcard.

Adults - get 1/3 off our normal day ticket prices, with one of these Railcards:-

  • 26-30 Railcard NEW
  • Disabled Persons Railcard
  • Family & Friends Railcard (sorry, online purchase of PlusBus not available)
  • HM Forces Railcard
  • Network Railcard 
  • Senior Railcard
  • Two Together Railcard
  • Annual Gold Card

Railcard peak-time purchase restrictions apply, but minimum fares do not apply to PlusBus. 

For commuters

We've season tickets for 7-days, a month, a quarter year and annual (to match your rail season validity).

We could save you hundreds of £'s a year if you drive to and park at the station. Visit: cheapercommuting.com 

Easy to buy

Ask for PlusBus when you buy your train tickets at any National Rail station ticket office.

Avoid queuing - buy from all self-service machines at stations run by: Greater Anglia; Great Western Railway; East Midlands Trains; Southern; Southeastern; South Western Railway; Virgin Trains. It's easy to serve yourself - watch our video.

Buy your tickets online from most rail websites

PlusBus tickets are standard National Rail credit-card size paper tickets (see image above).

+BUS will be printed after the town name. For example: 'READING+BUS'. Show this ticket to the bus driver or tram conductor.

90% customer satisfaction

Research by watch-dog 'Transport Focus' found that 90% of our users were 'satisfied' or 'very satisfied' with their PlusBus ticket. Horray!

The small  print . . .

Sorry, you cannot buy a PlusBus ticket if you're only making a short train journey between two stations that are located within the same towns PlusBus travel zone, or wholly within these city-wide regions: Greater Manchester; South Yorkshire; West Midlands; West Yorkshire. These city-regions have their own integrated train and bus ticketing schemes - click on the region for details. Sorry, PlusBus ticketing is not available for London.

PlusBus is brought to you by the Journey Solutions partnership.

Page updated: 18/10/2018. Prices correct from: 01/09/2018 & valid until 01/01/2019.