Plan your journey

We offer different passes that let your child or young person: 

  • Travel on hired coaches and buses reserved for schools 
  • Travel on public buses in East Sussex 
  • Travel by rail in East Sussex 

Plan a journey on public transport

Plan a journey and access current travel information using Traveline.


Plan a coach journey to and from a school

 Your child can access their coach journey using the Education Travel Permit. 

How to use your Education Travel Permit

Plan a journey on a public bus

Your child or young person can access their journey on a public bus using your Freedom Pass.


How to use your Rail Key smart card

  • We email you a link so you can confirm your details with Southern Rail 
  • Southern Rail sends you your Key smart card  
  • Activate your card using the Southern app or at a train station 
  • Plan your journey
  • Your young person can start using their free rail travel 

How new cardholders activate their card and tickets through the Southern On Track App

If you have a smartphone with NFC (which is used for cashless payments). You can try activating the ticket on the Southern On Track app

  • At the dashboard press the menu button 
  • If you are activating the Key card select ‘View/Activate your Key tickets’. If you have already activated the card you can select ‘Load your Key tickets’. 
  • Tap the card to the back of the phone 

 The app doesn’t have to be on the cardholder’s phone, you can do this on any smartphone with the app. 

Activating the ticket at a Southern rail station 

To do this, touch the Key Smartcard on the smart barrier or card validator (if the station has no barriers).  The card is now ready for use. 

This option only works at Southern stations. We recommend using the app if you can. 

If you have any issues activating your card please call Southern Customer Services on 0345 127 2920. Select option 4 to speak to an advisor. 

How to use the rail service