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In South Wales, all of our timetables will go back to what we were running before the 'firebreak' lockdown. There will also be some timetable changes to a number of Aberdare services to improve connectivity. 

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We've put in place measures to allow you to travel safely including limiting available seats on buses and enhanced cleaning. Unless you’re exempt, you must wear a face covering throughout your journey. Please avoid busy times, use contactless payment where you can, keep your distance and take your litter with you. Stay up to date on our Coronavirus page.

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Kent & East Sussex Student Bus Passes

Student bus travel from just £1.40* per day! Whatever's on your timetable travel with confidence. Travel with Confidence

The StudentRider bus pass is available to all students in school, college or university, regardless of age. It gives you unlimited travel on all Stagecoach buses from 1 September 2020 through to 31 July 2021, that’s the whole academic year sorted!

*Based on the price of an annual local StudentRider ticket. 





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Benefits of a StudentRider bus pass...

  • Unlimited bus travel with just one pass
  • Travel at any time - no restrictions
  • Buy your ticket in advance and never worry about paying for a bus journey

How much is a StudentRider bus pass and where can I use it?

There are local and regional versions available.

There are seven different local versions valid in each of our travel zones, the same as the equivalent MegaRider ticket. 

The South East StudentRider is valid on all Stagecoach buses throughout the south east region in Kent and East Sussex. That means you can travel across both counties for just £2.34 per day! 

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Ticket Travel zone Price Purchase

Ashford StudentRider

Ashford travel zone

£468 Buy Now
Canterbury StudentRider

Canterbury travel zone

£468 Buy Now
Dover & Deal StudentRider Dover & Deal travel zone
£468 Buy Now
Eastbourne StudentRider Eastbourne travel zone
£468 Buy Now
Folkestone & Hythe StudentRider Folkestone & Hythe travel zone
£468 Buy Now
Hastings & Bexhill StudentRider Hastings & Bexhill travel zone
£468 Buy Now
Thanet StudentRider Thanet travel zone
£468  Buy Now
South East StudentRider South East travel zone £780 Buy Now

These prices offer a 27%** discount on the equivalent monthly MegaRider ticket.

**Based on the price of buying a four week MegaRider ticket for 11 months. 


How do I get a StudentRider bus pass?

It will come loaded onto a   StagecoachSmart  card, a reusable travel card which you can top up and add tickets to. Your details are stored on your Stagecoach account so it’s quick and easy to add tickets in the future.

What happens if I lose my StudentRider bus pass?

To safeguard your ticket against theft, loss and damage your StudentRider will be automatically registered when purchased online.

If your StudentRider is lost, stolen or damaged you should notify us immediately:
• Use the ‘My account’  section of the website.
• Contact the StagecoachSmart Helpdesk on 0345 810 1000. 

Where there are 5 or more days left on a ticket, we will transfer this to a new card and issue to the delivery address provided. Please note it can take 3 working days for this to arrive.

Can I cancel my StudentRider bus pass?

You can buy your student bus pass now and get unlimited bus travel whether you’re studying or socialising. And don’t worry if things change later as you can get a refund if you need to cancel your ticket, subject to our standard terms and conditions. 

Find out more about how we calculate refunds