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How to boss the school bus run

03 Nov 2017

Getting back into the routine of school can be hard after the half term holidays – especially now the nights are darker and it’s just that little bit harder to get out of bed in the morning.

One thing you don’t have to worry about is getting the kids to school – Stagecoach Yorkshire are making bus travel even easier with these handy tips to help make the school run a doddle.

Don’t get caught out in the cold

If your child has a smartphone, make sure they have the Stagecoach Bus App. This handy little app means that they can save their favourite bus stops and see exactly when the next bus is coming with live tracking. You can save their home and school locations on the app for easier journey planning as well as their most-used buses and journeys.

Make sure you have the app too so you can get peace of mind with live times knowing that their bus has arrived and they’re safely on their way!

Don’t catch the last bus!

Everyone wants a bit longer in bed in the morning, which means that the later the bus, the more likely it is to be over-crowded! Beat the rush and give your child a better chance of getting a seat by aiming to get them on board the second-to-last bus or earlier.

By using the journey planner on the Stagecoach Bus App or at, you’ll get a selection of travel options for your chosen journey so you can easily find the bus you need.

Make sure you get the best value ticket

Stagecoach has lots of different travel options so be sure to check you are getting the best value ticket for your child. With a megatravel card, your child can get an 80p single fare, but if they are taking more than one bus each way it could work out cheaper to get a weekly or monthly travel ticket. Your child can travel across the whole of South Yorkshire on the bus and tram for just £7 with a child megarider ticket, or you can the buy monthly ticket online and set up a recurring payment so the ticket renews itself – making bus fares totally hassle free!

Make life easier by paying ahead

Always spending Monday morning rummaging in your bag for change for your child’s bus fare? Make life easy and pay monthly! Our recurring megarider tickets not only give you discount compared to our weekly tickets, but they automatically renew every month so you never have to think about bus fare again. Plus, if your child loses their ticket (it happens!) we can replace it for you. Find out more about our recurring Xtra megarider tickets on our website.

Get your megatravel card early

Have you got your child’s megatravel card yet?  In South Yorkshire, all children over 11 need a megatravel card to be eligible for an 80p single fare , but don’t panic - these cards are free and you can get them now from Without this card, your child won’t get to take advantage of the discounted child fare and will risk having to pay the full fare for their journey.

Be smart – get a smart card

Our weekly and 28 day bus and tram tickets come on a StagecoachSmart card, which is a reusable plastic card that fits safely in a purse or wallet. When you buy a weekly ticket on the bus you’ll need to pay 50p for your first smart card, but then it’s yours to keep and top up - or you can get your smart card for free when you buy a ticket online.  No more accidentally-washed paper tickets or tickets lost in the bottom of bags or pockets!

Get some independence


Are you tired of ferrying your kids here, there and everywhere at the weekend and after schools? .. we have the answer! Our handy online journey planner tells you how to get from wherever you are to wherever you need to be … simple!

Are they heading into town with their friends? No problem – just pop it in the online journey planner and we will tell you which bus to catch, what time, where to catch it and where to get off. The handy interactive map makes it really easy to use too. So the next time your teenager tells you they don’t know which bus to catch – send them to the online journey planner or just download the app on their phones.


We wish you pleasant and safe travel with us and look forward to welcoming you on board.