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In Wales you must wear a 3 layer face covering on public transport and put it on before travelling unless you are exempt.
In Wales you must wear a 3 layer face covering on public transport and put it on before travelling unless you are exempt.
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Kent & East Sussex Student Bus Passes

What is it?

The StudentRider ticket 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!


Where can I use my StudentRider?

There are local and regional versions available.

The local StudentRider costs £468 which works out at just £1.40 a day! There are seven different local versions valid in each of our travel zones, the same as the equivalent MegaRider. You can check the zones below:

Ashford travel zone

Canterbury travel zone

Dover & Deal travel zone

Eastbourne travel zone

Folkestone & Hythe travel zone

Hastings & Bexhill travel zone

Thanet travel zone

The South East StudentRider costs £780 and 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 a day!

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

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


How do I get one?

Buy your studentrider online now

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?

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?

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.