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Oxfordshire bus travel for young people

Travel for young people in Oxfordshire

 Stagecoach offer a wide choice of travel options for young people in Oxfordshire. Whether you want to travel by bus or tube, occasionally or regularly, you’ll find the ticket you need.

When young people can travel for free 

Children under 5

Up to three children under the age of 5 can travel free at all times. They’ll need to be accompanied by a fare-paying passenger or pass holder.

Single journey and day tickets for young people

Single and return tickets

Children aged 5 to 15 years can travel for between half and two-thirds the cost of the equivalent adult single or day return. This excludes ‘N’ night buses eg the N1 night bus.

Child dayrider tickets 

Children aged 5 to 15 can travel with a child dayrider ticket, which are available for some areas. They offer unlimited travel in your chosen travel zone or zones and are valid for twenty four hours from the time you buy them.

Young people who are 16 and over pay the full adult fare for all single journey and day tickets.

Longer term bus travel for young people 

Our longer term bus tickets offer you better value for money than regularly paying for single or day tickets. These tickets are available to anyone under 18 - you may need to show ID to prove your age. 

To help you decide which ticket suits you best, choose the area you want to travel in:


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 Oxford (Stagecoach buses only) 
 Oxford megarider
 Oxford (Stagecoach, Oxford Bus Company and Thames Travel buses) 
 Oxford SmartZone
 Oxford and surroundings 
 Oxford megarider Plus or Oxfordshire megarider Gold
 Oxford and surroundings (with travel on Oxford Bus Company and Thames Travel buses as well within Oxford) 
 Oxford megarider Plus /Gold with SmartZone
 Banbury only 
 Banbury megarider
 Banbury and surroundings 
 Banbury megarider Plus or Oxfordshire megarider Gold
 Bicester area and to get to Oxford (not valid for travel in Oxford) 
 Bicester megarider
 Travel wholly outside of Oxford/ Banbury 
 Oxfordshire megarider Country


megarider – 18 & under passes 

Our megarider ticket provides unlimited travel in your chosen area. You can choose how long you want your tickets for – 1 week, 4 weeks, 13 week or 52 weeks.
Where available, you can pay for a megarider Xtra ticket by a monthly recurring payment and add it to your StagecoachSmart card.

Oxford SmartZone - 18 & under passes

Children aged 5 to 18 can get an Oxford SmartZone 18 & under pass, which gives you a 25% discount on adult Oxford SmartZone passes. It’s perfect if you want to use Stagecoach, Oxford Bus Company and Thames Travel services within the Oxford SmartZone area.

You can choose SmartZone tickets for 1 week, 4 weeks, 13 weeks or a year.

Young person’s travel on the Oxford Tube 

The best value ticket will depend on where you are travelling and when.


There are a number of discounted tickets available for Children and young people for travel on the Oxford Tube between Oxford and London.  There are also child single and return tickets available for journeys made between Hillingdon and London.


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Oxford and London  Hillingdon and London*
 single – one way
 return – within three months
 tube 12 – 12 singles to use within one year

*reduced fares for young people (16-26) and students aren’t available between Hillingdon and London.

Children under 14 always need to be accompanied by an adult on our Oxford Tube services between Oxford and London. This excludes children travelling between Oxford and Lewknor, as long as they’re in school uniform.


Brookes Key

Students and staff at Oxford Brookes University can get discounts on their travel with the Brookes ID card:

  • Travel for £1.20 per journey within the Megarider Plus zone (including night buses).
  • Get a period return ticket between Oxford and London on the Oxford Tube for only £10.

Just show your valid Brookes University ID card to the driver.