Scholar season tickets

The Scholar's Season ticket is a prepaid ticket and can be used on some Essex County Council contracted local bus services (see route list in the Downloads section below).

You can use your ticket for 1 return journey each day, at any time, to or from school or college. It cannot be used at weekends or during school/college holidays. The price is based on the cheapest child rate return fare for the chosen journey. This is then multiplied by the number of days per term and a discount of 10% is taken off term tickets or 20% from annual tickets. 

To purchase a Scholar's ticket, you will need to contact the Transport Provider directly. To ensure your ticket is ready for the start of term we recommend purchasing a month in advance.

Things to know

  • The scholar ticket is appropriate for children in secondary education. Tickets cannot be offered for parents to accompany their child to school and then return immediately afterwards.

  • 18-year-olds: on reaching your 19th birthday you will continue to be entitled to purchase a ticket at the child rate fares until the end of the academic year. You can read the Scholar's Season Ticket terms and conditions via the link below.

  • You can normally only buy a ticket for one route – you must pick which one if you have several running to your destination.

  • If we have reached our limit for ticket sales on a particular route, we’re sorry that the Transport Provider may be unable to sell you a ticket. We must adhere to the limits to ensure passenger safety.

  • Do you think you might be entitled to free transport? For information about travel to school for pupils who are entitled to free transport, please follow the link to our travel to school pages.

Tickets are now sold directly by the Transport Provider operating the bus service on behalf of Essex County Council.


Scholar Season Tickets - Routes and Operators - (PDF)

Scholar Season Tickets - Terms & conditions - (PDF)

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