Back to school with Brighton & Hove Buses  

3 weeks ago Fri 3rd Sep 2021

Back to school with Brighton & Hove Buses

While you’re getting together school bags, uniforms, and packed lunches for the first day back, don’t forget to think about your child’s bus journey to school. 

The first day back at school in September can be anxious time for children, parents and carers, especially if your child is starting a new secondary school. 

You can plan your child’s bus route on our website https://www.buses.co.uk/plan-your-journey. Just enter your start point and school destination. There is a web page dedicated to planning travel to every Brighton & Hove secondary school here.  

Our experienced, friendly drivers on the school run understand children may be feeling anxious, so if something does go wrong, like your child missing their stop, they will come to the rescue. Every bus has audio-visual announcements for the next bus stop, which means most school stops will be announced. For those school stops that aren’t announced, tell your child the name of the bus stop they will hear where they’ll need to get off. 

Brighton & Hove Buses’ Managing Director Martin Harris said: “I know parents have a lot to deal with before the start of the new school year. We can take away at least some of the worry by making your child’s journey to school as smooth and as easy as possible. Our drivers understand these back-to-school jitters and they’ll make sure your child gets to school safely and on time.” 

Martin said the bus safety measures used when schools returned in September 2020 were still very much in place and some additional measures had been introduced. This included extra cleaning using hospital grade products, window blockers to keep windows open, on-board hand sanitiser and anti-virus air filters. 

Our busID scheme for young people aged 5 to 18 made buying children’s bus tickets straightforward.

With it, children can make a one-way journey any time or day for 50p when travelling with an adult. Unaccompanied children can use busID to make a one-way journey at weekends, certain school holidays, and after 1800 on schooldays for £1 when travelling alone.  

Alternatively, your child can use their busID card to save money when paying cash directly to the driver. Children aged 14-18 will need a busID to get half-price child fares. You can find out more here.  

To get a busID card, visit 1 Stop Travel or Head Office at 43 Conway Street, Hove, BN3 3LT with proof of date of birth, (these can be copies). You can bring a passport photograph or a photo can take be taken at the office. BusID is processed on the spot.  

Alternatively, download the form from the website - most secondary schools have them as well - and post proof of your child’s date of birth and a passport photograph to Head Office. This can take up to five working days but all your documents will be sent back to you.  

Once you have one, you can upload e-tickets on to the card and top it up online or at 1 Stop Travel shop. It’s a little cheaper to buy tickets online but please bear in mind that it can take up to 24 hours for an online ticket to activate, while at 1 Stop Travel it’s instant.  

If your child will only be using the bus occasionally, or you just want a more flexible option, citySAVER Multi-Trip tickets are for you. You can buy single journeys in bulk and the more you buy, the more you save. 

If you have more than one child at school you can take advantage of the Sibling Saver, which offers discounts to parents buying more than one 90-day pass or 12-month busID city or network saver. Children must be living at the same address and both tickets must be bought at the same time but they can have different start dates.  

It’s also worth checking with your local council to find out if your child is entitled to a free bus pass. Eligibility rules consider distance travelled, parental income and whether you or your child have a disability or long-term health problem.