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South Wales Student Bus Passes

What is a unirider student bus pass?

Unirider is the flexible student bus pass that gives you cheaper travel anywhere within your zone - pay once and use it as many times as you like throughout the term.


Why you'll love your student pass  

  • buy your ticket for 12 weeks at a time
  • travel anytime on our buses in your chosen travel zone
  • buy it in advance and never worry about having cash on you

Who can buy a student pass?

Any student or staff member that attends the following Colleges/Universities with appropriate ID

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  • University of South Wales (Newport, Treforest, Cardiff)
  • University Hospital of Wales
  • Cardiff University
  • Cardiff Metropolitan University
  • Swansea University 
  • Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama
  • Royal College of Nursing Cardiff
  • NPTC Colleges (Brecon)
  • Hereford & Ludlow College
  • Hereford College of Arts
  • Coleg y Cymoedd (Aberdare, Nantgarw, Ystrad Mynach, Rhondda)
  • Cardiff & Vale College
  • Bridgend College
  • Merthyr Tydfil College


Where can I use my student pass?

We offer an 3 unirider tickets to suit your travel zone:  Newport,   Cardiff    or   South Wales. Check out the maps at the bottom of this page to find out where you can travel

The  South Wales unirider is valid on all Stagecoach buses in South Wales*, not just the bus you need to get to Uni/College. That means you can use it for days out too. Whether it's going to class, the shops, cinema or food and drinks. If you can get there by Stagecoach bus in your zone, you can get there with unirider!


Here’s some travel ideas.....

• Service T4/T14  takes you right to the heart of the Brecon Beacons. Hop on the bus from Cardiff, Pontypridd or Merthyr to Pen-Y-Fan, the highest peak in South Wales. On a clear day you can see for miles down to the Bristol Channel & as far north as Snowdonia!

• For a day at the beach & a fun fare, why not try Porthcawl?!   Service 172  goes from Aberdare, Tonypandy & Bridgend. You can also stop at McArthur Glen Designer Outlet in Bridgend for a little retail therapy or to catch the latest films. 

• Love history? We have some iconic Castles in Wales including Cardiff, Caerphilly & Castell Coch.  Castell Coch is a 19th-century Gothic revival castle built above the village of Tongwynlais. You can get there on   Service 132 gold jumping off at Bute Street (from Cardiff) or Wyndham Street (from Maerdy/Pontpridd) in Tongwynlais village and walking up the hill. The gold buses have free WIFI, USB chargers and comfortable leather seats.

 • Travel to Abergavenny or the historic city of Hereford. Abergavenny is a vibrant town with a weekly market on a Tuesday. Hereford has a historic cathedral with a new eating quarter in the old market, there's plenty of shops too! Get there on Service X3

• Fancy a day or night out in Cardiff? there are loads of trendy bars, clubs & coffee shops around the capital! These include the Vulcan Lounge, Breakout Cardiff, Gassy Jacks and Gwdihw Cafe Bar. We have frequent services into town until late! Plan your journey now


How much does a student pass cost?

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Ticket Type  Price MTP*  Price Adult  Validity Dates

Cardiff & Newport Term 2 Student Ticket 

Buy your Cardiff ticket online now

Buy your Newport ticket online now



06 Jan    2020 - 03 April 2020

South Wales Term 2 Student ticket

Buy your S.Wales ticket online now






06 Jan  2020 - 03 April 2020

Cardiff & Newport Term 3 Student ticket
£35.99 £53.99 27 April 2020 - 29 May 2020
South Wales Term 3 Student ticket
£82.99 £124.49  27 April 2020 - 29 May 2020

* must show a valid mytravelpass

**Price based on the term ticket divided by 82 days of travel


What is 'mytravelpass?

mytravelpass is a scheme funded by the Welsh Government to provide discounted bus fares to young people. It provides people in Wales aged 16 to 21 with approx 1/3 off their bus fare. It's easy to apply online, by post or phone & you can use your pass at any time 

How can I buy my student pass?

  • If you're 16-21 with a 'mytravelpass' card, you'll be entitled to 33% discount off your student bus ticket. You can buy your ticket online (just select 'longer than a month tickets') and we'll send you a paper ticket in the post (please keep this safe). Simply show your valid 'mytravelpass' card, your college/uni ID which must include a photo and your paper ticket to the driver when you board the bus
  • If you're 22 or over, you'll pay the adult student price. You can buy your ticket online and we'll send you your ticket loaded onto a StagecoachSmart student card. Renew your term ticket easily online and get peace of mind that your ticket is protected if your card is lost or stolen. Simply tap your card onto the reader when you board the bus, and remember you'll be required to show your college/uni ID when you board the bus  which must include a photo. 


What happens if I lose my student bus pass? 

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. 

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


Can I cancel my student bus pass? 

If you want to cancel your unirider, we will calculate the refund by deducting the cost of the value of the ticket portion used based on the best value alternative ticket you would have been able to purchase at the date the ticket was purchased for the period it was used. There is a £10 administration fee for refunds



  Cardiff unirider zone


 Newport unirider zone

South Wales unirider zone




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06 Jan 2020 - 03 April 2020

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06 Jan 2020 - 03 April 2020