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Discounts & season tickets

Your ticket to ride

We’ve got the pick of public transport in Gloucestershire – three Park and Rides, nine train stations, and hundreds of bus services, all serving commuters throughout the region each and every day.

Our public transport services aren’t just convenient, they’re potential money savers too…

The discounts start here

We’ve compiled all the information you need to start saving. Choose from rail and bus services – and the Plus Bus ticket (add a bus ticket onto your train ticket and save even more).

Each of these handy guides gives you the information you need at-a-glance with lots of links for more detailed information. See how much you can save…

There are several discounted Railcards that you can use to travel with 1/3 off many rail journeys fares for just £30 a year:

16-25 Railcard

To be eligible for a 16-25 Railcard you must be aged 16-25, or a mature student – 26 years or older and in full-time study.

For more information visit

Senior Railcard

To be eligible you just have to be aged 60 or above.

Two Together Railcard

If you often travel with someone else why not both enjoy discounted rail travel?

Family and Friends Railcard

60% off kids’ fares throughout Great Britain and can be used by up to four adults and four kids. The card can be issued in the name of two adults, so that when one named person can’t use it, the other one can, as long as there is at least one child over the age of five travelling.

Disabled Persons Railcard

For just £20 a year the Railcard gives you – and one adult travelling with you – 1/3 off most First Class and standard rail fares throughout Great Britain.

HM Forces Railcard

The HM Forces Railcard costs £15 and it will save you 1/3 on most rail fares throughout Great Britain for a whole year. You are eligible if you are a member of the Regular Forces or a spouse of a member.


There are several discounts which are dependent on different train companies. For example there is the GroupSave discounted ticket where three or four adults or children can travel together for the price of two adults on various off-peak ticket types. Other discounts include children aged up to 15 and registered charities. To find out more about these types of discounts, please go to the National Rail website.

Season Tickets

National Rail’s season ticket calculator 

If you add PlusBus to your train ticket, you’ll get a discounted day ticket for bus travel at your destination, helping you travel that little bit further for a little bit less.

Ask for PlusBus when buying your train ticket the station or by phone. PlusBus gives you unlimited bus travel around the whole town on all participating bus operators’ services. Your bus travel can be at the start, the end, or both parts of your train journey. For each town there is one zone that covers the whole urban area.

PlusBus can be added to most types of walk-up & advance train tickets:

  • Single,
  • day return,
  • period return (you will need to specify your return date),
  • season ticket (for set periods of 7 days, 1 month, 3 months or 1 year: the period must be within the validity of your rail season ticket).

Most PlusBus tickets cost around £2 to £3 a day. Railcard holders get one-third off PlusBus day ticket prices.

Next steps:

Bus tickets

There are a range of tickets available to suit your travel needs. Have a look below and follow the next steps to find the one you need.

Stagecoach offers a number of long term and day tickets that allow you to save money compared to individual single and return journeys.  These tickets allow unlimited travel within the specified zone on any of the desired Stagecoach services.

To find out the right ticket for you please visit

Make sure you get the right ticket by checking the boundaries – don’t buy more than you need! Stagecoach boundary


If you are of pensionable age, or disabled and/or cannot drive for medical reasons, you are entitled to free off-peak travel on local buses anywhere in England.

It is simple and easy to apply for your pass.  If you need any further information please visit the Gloucestershire bus pass web page >

Home to school

Is your child eligible for free school transport?

If your child goes to the nearest available, school to your home address and is:

  • Further than 2 miles away for pupils aged under 8 years,
  • Further that 3 miles away or more for all pupils aged 8 and over; or
  • you are getting the maximum award of Working Tax Credit,
  • your child is eligible for free school meals.

If you think your child is eligible please apply for a seat as soon as your child is offered their school place. To find out more please visit apply for a bus pass >

Further Education & College

We do provide some subsidised support for students aged 16-19 years who are going to their nearest school or college. 
Student contribution to transport costs >

Paying for your bus travel is getting simpler.

A new smart card is currently in the pilot phase, when available it will enable you to travel on buses across Cheltenham using just one ticket.

Think ride Cycling gives easy access to town centres & freedom to travel Think walk Feel the health benefits & enjoyment of regular walking Think train Free up your journey time & save on fuel and parking costs Think bus Avoid the jams & parking hassle with your direct route into town Think share Car sharing can cut your travel costs by a minimum of 50% Think electric Fully electric or hybrid cars are well suited to commuting & local trips