Bus travel discounts

This provides you with an interest-free loan, which you can pay back monthly via deductions from your salary. 

To qualify for the scheme, you must be a permanent or fixed-term staff member with at least a 12-month contract and be on the University payroll.  Please note that we cannot extend the benefit to family or friends or transfer an existing season ticket into the scheme.  

If you are a student or staff member and not on the University payroll, you will have to pay for your season ticket in full but you can still benefit from the discount. 

Discounts available from the Oxford Bus Company and Thames Travel:

  • 10% for 52-week season tickets except for Smartzone products 
  • 5% for 52-week Smartzone products and Smartzone combined with other zones and products  
  • 10% for 36-single trips - sold in batches, valid for 6 months from date of purchase.

Discounts available from Stagecoach: 

  • 10% for all 52 and 13-week tickets except for Smartzone only products. 
  • 5%  for 52-week Smartzone product
HOW TO APPLY

Once you’ve chosen your route and ticket type, find out which services and zones are covered by the scheme and what the total and monthly costs are. 

Please apply at least 10 working days before you need your pass.

Just click on the price link for the ticket you want and complete the online form. You will need your payroll number.  

If you need help completing the form or would like to order your ticket over the phone, contact the Facilities Helpdesk. They will also help if you find that you’ve ordered the wrong ticket, but unfortunately there may be a charge to cancel and reissue it.

If you are a new member of staff and don’t yet have your payroll number, or have a query about salary deductions, email the Payroll team or phone them on 01865 616301.

Below you can find the costs for 13 and 52-week bus passes from the Oxford Bus Company, Thames Travel and Stagecoach. This shows both the total price and the monthly cost that will be deducted through payroll.

To apply for your pass, click on the monthly price link to complete the form. Please note that you can use Smartzone tickets across all services, regardless of the company you buy them from.

You can also find the network and zone maps below:

Zones and ticket types

52-week

 

13-week

  36 single trips  

 

 

Total

Monthly

 

Total

Monthly

 

Total Monthly  
  £ £   £ £   £ £  

Oxford Smartzone

536.75 

 

44.73

 

APPLY

153.00

 

51.00

 

APPLY      

Oxford Smartzone
+South Oxfordshire Zone

868.00

 

72.34

 

APPLY

289.00

 

96.34

 

APPLY      
Thames Travel 13 weeks N/A N/A   171.00 57.00 APPLY      

Cityzone

445.50 37.13 APPLY 134.50 44.84 APPLY 41.85 41.85 APPLY

Cityzone +
South Oxfordshire Zone

764.10

 

63.68

 

APPLY

248.00

 

82.67

 

APPLY 81.00 40.50 APPLY

South Oxfordshire Zone

539.10 44.93 APPLY 184.00 61.34 APPLY 56.70 56.70 APPLY

Park & Ride
(200/300/400/500) *

346.50  28.88 APPLY 116.00  38.67 APPLY 39.15 39.15 APPLY

Cityzone Extra

575.10

47.93

APPLY 195.00 65.00 APPLY      

 

*You can also apply for a season ticket loan for parking at Park & Ride sites.

Zones and ticket types

52-week

 

13-week

 

 

 

Total

Monthly

 

Total

Monthly

 
  £ £   £ £  

Oxford Megarider

418.50

 

34.88

 

APPLY

121.00

 

40.34

 

APPLY

Oxford SmartZone

536.50

 

44.71

 

APPLY

153.00

 

51.00

 

APPLY

Oxford Megarider Plus

495.00

 

41.25

 

APPLY

165.60

 

55.20

 

APPLY

Oxford Megarider Plus 
(with SmartZone)

664.20

 

55.35

 

APPLY

211.50

 

70.50

 

APPLY

Megarider Gold

786.60

 

65.55

 

APPLY

223.20

 

74.40

 

APPLY

Megarider Gold
(with SmartZone)

955.80

 

79.65

 

APPLY

269.10

 

89.70

 

APPLY

Megarider Country

504.00

 

42.00

 

APPLY

165.60

 

55.20

 

APPLY

Bicester Megarider

720.60

 

60.00

 

APPLY

209.70

 

69.90

 

APPLY

Oxford Tube

1025.00

 

85.42

 

APPLY

441.00

 

147.00

 

APPLY

Oxford Megarider

418.50

 

34.88

 

APPLY

121.00

 

40.34

 

APPLY

 

*Stagecoach is running a ‘try-before-you-buy’ Megarider Gold taster ticket on all routes in Oxfordshire. Megarider Gold gives you unlimited travel on Stagecoach buses across the county. To take advantage of the offer, contact info@easit.org.uk for more information.

For more help and any other queries about applying for a bus pass, contact the team.

HOW TO RENEW YOUR PASS

We will not renew your bus pass automatically and you need to apply in the same way as for a new one. For details visit the 'how to apply' section of this page.

You will need to provide your existing pass number and allow at least 10 working days before your pass is due to expire so that you get your top-up or new pass in time.

WHAT TO DO IF YOUR BUS PASS IS LOST, STOLEN OR FAULTY

To replace an Oxford Bus Company or Stagecoach pass, please fill out the relevant form below and the Helpdesk will arrange for a replacement and send it to you. This could take a few days. There is also a charge of £25.

Stagecoach replacement bus pass form.

Apply

 

Oxford Bus Company replacement bus pass form.

Apply

Oxford Bus Company 

If you require an urgent replacement bus pass, the Helpdesk will give you a form to take to one of the company’s travel shops where you can get a replacement straight away for a £5 charge.
These charges are applied by the bus companies, not by the University. You will also have to pay for your bus fares until you get your new pass.
You will not have to pay to replace a newly-issued smartcard that is faulty and we can refund you for any bus fares you have to buy. 

WHAT TO DO IF YOUR PASS DOESN'T WORK

Check that:

  • it is valid for the bus you wanted to use
  • you are not trying to use it before the activation date you provided
  • it has not expired
  • you have used your new Smartzone pass on a bus operated by the issuing company (it will not work if you use it first on another company’s bus)

If none of these apply, contact the Facilities Helpdesk for advice.

CANCELLING YOUR BUS PASS

If you want to cancel your bus pass – if you are leaving the University or changing your travel arrangements – email the Helpdesk. Tell them your bus pass number, why you are cancelling and the last date you expect to use it.

You may have to pay an additional charge through your last salary payment, including an admin fee – the Helpdesk will contact you to explain the cost – and you will need to return your pass.

Contact us


Facilities Helpdesk

+44 (0) 1865 2 70087

facilities@admin.ox.ac.uk

Opening hours: 8am to 5pm Monday to Friday excluding bank holidays and University closure days

 
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