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Student Bus Passes in Greater Manchester

Unlimited bus journeys throughout Greater Manchester on Stagecoach and Magic buses with just one pass.

If you can get there by bus with Stagecoach Manchester and Magic bus you can go there with your student bus pass. 

Don’t worry about change for the bus when money is getting tight – pay at the start of the year or the term and never have to think about scraping together travel money again.

No more walking home from campus in the rain, no more expensive late-night taxis. All you need is your bus pass and your student ID to travel.

Buy your bus pass online now!

Living in Manchester?

If you are living in the popular student areas of Rusholme, Fallowfield, Didsbury or Withington Stagecoach and Magic bus services run past the University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University and Royal Northern College of Music to the city centre 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. In this area we run buses more frequently and later than any other bus company. 

Service 147 runs between West Didsbury, Fallowfield, University of Manchester campus areas at Oxford Road and Sackville Street and Piccadilly Rail Station. Buses run up to every ten minutes Monday to Friday. 

Check your bus journey online

If you are unsure which Stagecoach or Magic bus you can plan your journey here or download the Stagecoach Bus App where you can also see live bus times and where you nearest bus stop is. Alternatively you can check if you can check if you area is covered on our area map (PDF).

Travel for Students 16 and over 

Stagecoach student bus passes are available to any student aged 16 or over. There’s no upper age limit. 

All you will need is student photo ID such as an NUS card or your College or University ID Card to show to the bus driver each time you travel.

Save over 50%* with a Student bus pass

Buy a Student annual bus pass for the best value and travel from the equivalent of just 83p per day**.

Ten months equivalent bus travel that would normally cost £580* 

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 Ticket type Price  Validity dates 
annual bus pass. Was £250 now   £235***
 £235 1 September 2018 until 30 June 2019
 term 1 bus pass (autumn) Was  £115 now   £105***
 £105 1 September 2018 until  31 December 2018
 term 2   bus pass (spring)   buy online now
 £85 1 January 2019 until 31 March 2019
 term 2 & 3  bus pass  (spring & summer)   buy online now
 £155 1 January 2019  until 30 June 2019
 term 3  bus pass (summer)  
 £85 1 April 2019 until 30 June 2019
 summer holiday  bus pass   
 £70 1 July 2019 until 31 August 2019


Get your bus pass online

Buying  your bus pass online is quick and easy and we will deliver your bus pass to you  in up to three working days.  You will receive a Student Smart Card to use on the bus each time you travel. Remember to carry your student ID with you every time you travel.

Receiving a Student Smart Card also  gives you the peace of mind that if your bus pass is lost or stolen we will replace it for free!

Already got a student smart card? Reload your card by choosing your student smart card under "Select a smart card" at checkout.


Paper Student bus passes

If you prefer you can buy a paper student bus pass from one of our sales agents and travel straight away. Buy your ticket from:

If you lose your paper Student bus pass there would be a charge of up to £50 to replace it.
If you are worried about losing your pass it's better to buy your bus pass online and receive a Student Smart card. We could then offer you a free replacement.


Lost  bus passes 

We realise that there is a small chance of you losing your ticket, please look after it as it’s a valuable item.

Student Smart card

If you lose your Student Smart card please notify us either by logging into the My account section of this website or by contacting the StagecoachSmart Helpdesk on 0345 810 1000. 

Lines are open 07:00 to 22:00, 7 days a week, excluding Christmas Day
*Calls are charged at geographic rates (the same as 01/02 numbers) and are included in call packages from both landlines and mobiles.

A replacement Student Smart will be posted to you free of charge.

Paper Student bus passes

If you lose your paper Student bus pass please complete and submit the lost ticket form. 

Paper Student bus pass replacements will cost £50 up until 31 October 2018. Replacements from 1 November 2018 will cost £30.
Only one replacement will available  in an academic year.

*Annual bus pass £250. Equivalent travel for 10 months using megarider Xtra tickets £580. Saving 56%. 
**83p based on Annual bus pass £250 used for 303 days.
***Annual price reduced to £235 online and Autumn Term price reduced to £105 online from Sunday 14 October 2018