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Fares, lost property and public holidays

Provides background information on bus fares, lost property and public holidays.


In the case of commercial bus services the operator sets the fares. However for services operated under contract to the Council, the Public Transport Unit specifies the maximum fares that can be charged.

Multi journey tickets

It is worth noting that return fares, and 10 or 12 journey tickets, are available on many routes, and these will provide discounts on the single adult fare.

A number of operators also offer day rover or "zonal" multi-day tickets.  For example, Stagecoach sell Megarider tickets, that give unlimited travel on Stagecoach buses for seven consecutive days.  Further details regarding Megarider Tickets are available from Stagecoach Buses (opens new window).

On routes operated under contract to the Council, return and 10 journey tickets issued by another operator on the same route, or between common points on parallel routes, will be accepted on the Council funded route without further payment.

Child fares

Children under five generally travel free if accompanied by an adult, whilst children who are at least five but under sixteen years of age will receive a discount on the adult single fare.

Full fares information can be obtained by contacting the relevant operator or by asking the bus driver.  Please note that fares may be subject to change at short notice.

Lost property

Should you leave anything on a local bus service you should contact the bus operator in the first instance.  Operators have to follow national guidelines on how they deal with lost property, which requires them to keep non-perishable items in safe custody for a month, prior to disposal.  A small fee may be charged for the return of lost property.

Public holidays

Traditionally on 25 December and 1 January no local bus services operate.  On 26 December and 2 January service levels are often reduced, whilst some operators do not operate any buses.  Details on what will operate can be obtained from the relevant bus operator.

On other public holidays during the year, the majority of bus services will operate a normal timetable.  Any proposed changes should be advertised on the bus, alternatively contact the relevant operator prior to travel.

Last modified on 04 October 2018

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