Cheaper bus and train travel
Many students will be provided with a free bus pass through the Learner Support Fund. But if you are not eligible for this, or if you receive a travel grant (rather than a bus pass) from the Learner Support Fund, this information will help you find the cheapest way to travel to College.
Travel on any bus or train – West Yorkshire
The majority of the discounted tickets that you can use across bus companies and on trains require you to have an M-Card. There are different types of M-Card:
|Green M-Card||Pink M-Card|
|Who can have one?||Anyone aged 19 to 25, or|
full-time students aged 26 and over.
|Anyone – these cards are not photocards so the tickets on them can be used by other family members.|
What can I get with an M-Card?
|Metro’s cheapest tickets.||Metro’s cheapest tickets.|
|What tickets are available?||Bus and train travel:|
• £24.50 weekly tickets
• £91 monthly tickets
Bus only tickets:
• £16 weekly tickets
• £60 monthly tickets
Termly tickets are also available.
|Any standard M-ticket sold by Metro.|
|Visit the appropriate M-Card web page for more information||https://www.m-card.co.uk/the-cards/19-25-photocard/||https://www.m-card.co.uk/the-cards/mcard/|
Travel on First buses
First is the main bus company within the Bradford and Leeds area. If you receive a free bus pass from the Learner Support Fund it will be a First bus pass.
There are a number of ways to buy First tickets/bus passes:
- Using the mTickets app, available from the First bus website
- On the bus
- At a Metro Travel Centre
- By phone - call 0345 340 9023 (call charges apply)
Here are some of the tickets you might find useful. For full details of the tickets available visit the First website.
|Ticket||mTicket||On the bus||Online||Metro Centre|
5 trips - £9.25
|First Day - WY||£4.90||£5||N/A||N/A|
|First Day - Bradford||£4.30||£4.50||N/A||N/A|
|First Week – WY||£21||£22||N/A||£21.00|
|First Week – Bradford||£15.50||£17||N/A||£16.00|
|First Mon – WY||£74.50||N/A||£74.50||£76.50|
|First Mon – Bradford||£58||N/A||£58||£60|
|West Yorkshire tickets||Online|
|First – Term 1||£155|
|First – Term 2||£130|
|First – Term 3||£130|
Other bus companies
Most bus operators offer a range of daily, weekly, monthly and longer tickets which are cheaper than paying individual fares. Visit their websites to find out which would be best for you.
NOTE: prices above are correct (July 2019) but may change. Check the travel companies' websites for the most up-to-date information.