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What is PlusBus?

Need to travel by bus before or after you catch your train? PlusBus is a great way for you to save money.

What is PlusBus?

PlusBus is a day (or season) ticket that allows you unlimited travel by bus, both before and after you catch your train. All you need to purchase one is a valid rail ticket! Starting at £2.50, they’re both the easy and affordable option for travelling by bus and train.

Where is PlusBus valid?

It’s available at over 400 GB rail stations. All you need to do to find the right one for you is visit the PlusBus website.

Some tickets are valid for an entire region. For example, any ticket purchased for Leeds, Bradford or anywhere else in West Yorkshire is valid on buses in the whole of West Yorkshire. The same applies to tickets purchased for Greater Manchester and South Yorkshire.

Purchased a PlusBus ticket for Nottingham, Sheffield, Wolverhampton, Blackpool or Birmingham? You can use it on trams, too.

Just be aware that sometimes, you need to start your journey from a certain point to be entitled to a PlusBus ticket. For example, you can only buy a Sheffield PlusBus if you’ve come from outside of South Yorkshire.

Which bus companies accept PlusBus?

Usually all of them! However, it’s important to check before you travel. When you’ve found the right ticket for you on the PlusBus website, check the ‘Participating Operators’ section. You’ll also find a handy map which shows where the ticket is valid.

PlusBus website showing participating operatorsCan I use a Railcard?

Yes, you can use the following Railcards to get a third off your ticket:

  • 16-17 Saver
  • 16-25 Railcard
  • 26-30 Railcard
  • Disabled Persons Railcard
  • Family & Friends Railcard
  • HM Forces Railcard
  • Network Railcard (or Gold Card equivalent)
  • Senior Railcard
  • Two Together Railcard (you must buy 2 tickets together)
  • Veterans Railcard.

Our handy page on Railcards will tell you about any additional restrictions you need to know about.

Can I buy a PlusBus ticket for longer than a day?

Yes! You’ll need to have your season ticket ready to present at your staffed ticket office in order to buy one. They can be purchased for seven days, a month, a quarter of a year or a full year.

You can only buy one for the origin and/or destination on your ticket.

How do I buy a PlusBus ticket?

Unfortunately, we don’t currently offer the ability to purchase PlusBus tickets at Railsmartr. However, you can buy one from any staffed ticket office or from the conductor on the train. Just present your valid rail ticket and a Railcard if you have one! Just be aware that you can’t buy them on buses, so you’ll need to have your ticket before you board.