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Lower fares on East Sussex bus services

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The East Sussex Bus Service Improvement Plan (BSIP) has used its Department for Transport (DfT) funding to work with operators on major fare changes.  

£5 East Sussex single operator tickets are now a multi-operator £5 Day Rider ticket - accepted on other operators' services.  Tickets can be purchased directly from the bus operators.  Use their app (Brighton & Hove Buses, Stagecoach and Metrobus) or buy a paper ticket where this is an option. 

Multi-operator day tickets are accepted on: Stagecoach, Brighton & Hove Buses, Metrobus, Compass, Cuckmere, Big Lemon and Wealden Community Transport services in East Sussex.

Age related discounts available on the £5 multi-operator day ticket:

  • Under 19s pay £3.20 (36% discount) for the multi-operator day ticket
  • 19 to 29 pay £3.75 (25% discount) for the multi-operator day ticket - available now on all operators services

Please use the East Sussex Age Verification app to verify your age to access these age related fare discounts. Please show identification to the driver if buying a ticket on board the bus.

  • UNACCOMPANIED - £1 single fare for under 19s after 6pm on school days and anytime on non-school days.
  • ACCOMPANIED - Up to four under 19s travel for free with one adult fare paying or concessionary pass passenger.
  • Freedom Weekly Ticket: a reduction from £17.50 to £15 for the Freedom Weekly ticket for under 19s (that's £3 per day if you travel five days a week and £2.14 per day if you travel every day).
  • Gives the bus pass holder unlimited travel (on as many bus services as you like with as many operators as you like) on every bus in East Sussex for seven days in a row at all times and days of the year.  Freedom to visit new places on our new weekend and evening services. 
  • East Sussex family and group travel ticket now allows up to 4 young people (under 19) to travel free with an adult fare paying or adult concessionary pass passenger. 
  • This is accepted on Stagecoach, Brighton & Hove Buses,  Metrobus, Compass, Cuckmere, Big Lemon and Wealden Community Transport services in East Sussex.
  • Proof of age must be shown to the driver if requested. 
  • To  benefit from these special fares, all trips must either start or end in the East Sussex County Council Area, with the first trip of the day starting in East Sussex regardless of operator.
  • Individual journeys that are wholly within the Kent County Council area are not valid on these tickets.
  • Individual journeys that are wholly within the Brighton & Hove City Council or West Sussex County Council area are not valid on these tickets.

All BSIP fare reductions will run to March 31 2025.

Further details on the other fare offers can be found below.

Stagecoach services

Flexi5 - £20 - £4 per day and Flexi10 - £35 - £3.50 per day, are also available on the Stagecoach app for the East Sussex DayRider.  Please note these 'Flexi' tickets can only be used on Stagecoach services - they are not multi-operator tickets. 

More details are available on Stagecoach’s website.

Brighton & Hove Buses and Metrobus Services

More details are available on the Brighton & Hove Buses website. Please use their app for East Sussex Dayrider purchases. 

Compass Travel bus services in East Sussex 

Please buy your tickets from the bus driver (contactless payment is accepted).

More details are available on the Compass Travel website.

Cuckmere Community Buses

More details are available on the Cuckmere Buses website.

North Wealden Community Transport (Wealdlink) 

More details are available on the Wealdlink website.  

Visit the bus public transport pages regularly for more updates. These initiatives are part of the East Sussex Bus Service Improvement Plan.

Many operators are taking part in the £2 flat fare initiative which is funded directly by HM Government.  For a list of bus service operators in East Sussex visit Bus Operating Companies in East Sussex. 

East Sussex Age Verification app is now available to download and use to access the age related fares discounts.

App Store Link:                  https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/east-sussex-age-verification/id6445960715
Play Store Link:                  https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.esccreact

Age Verification App Download

East Sussex Age Verification App