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b_line discount travel card

Save money on bus and train fares with your b_line card. It's free! Cards also give you discounts at around 600 local shops and businesses and library membership.

If you're 11 to 18, up to your 19th birthday and live in Derbyshire you can have a b_line card.

This applies to all young people, not just if you go to school. So if you are an apprentice, on a training scheme, working or looking for work you can get a card too.

Most of you will get your b_line card automatically through your school. But if not, an application form is attached to this page.


Start or end in Derbyshire

You can use your b_line card to get money off on any local bus as long as you get on or off in Derbyshire. You cannot use it on things like coaches or tour buses though.

Go further

You can use your card on buses to and from some places outside of Derbyshire. Here's a list:

Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Ashton Under Lyne, Beeston, Burton upon Trent, Hucknall, Hyde, Leek, Leicester, Loughborough, Macclesfield, Manchester, Mansfield, Meadowhall, Nottingham, Sheffield, Stockport, Uttoxeter, Worksop.

Go direct

If you're travelling outside of Derbyshire you need to use a direct bus. So you cannot get off the bus anywhere outside of Derbyshire and then get back on again.

Well you can, but you won't be able to get cheap fare with your b_line card!

Cost of bus travel

If you have a b_line 1 card, you'll be charged child fare or the bus or rail company's own discount ticket.

If you have a b_line 2 card, you'll get up to 25% off adult single and return fares.

All purple b_line2 cardholders can also get up to 25% off some saver tickets. These include:

  • Arriva Midlands - Weekly Local Saver (valid in Derby City)
  • High Peak Buses - adult day tickets within Derbyshire, adult week tickets within Derbyshire or where the journey starts or finishes in Derbyshire and period return tickets
  • Trentbarton - Zigzag and Zigzag Plus
  • TM Travel - Yoyo Plus day and week tickets
  • Rail operators - weekly and monthly season tickets

Make sure you get the best deal by asking the driver.

If you're a b_line2 cardholder aged under 16, you might also be able to get further travel discounts. Make sure you get the best deal by asking the driver.


Use a main train company

You can use your b_line card to get cheap train fare, as long as you use one of the main train companies - CrossCountry Trains, East Midlands Trains and Northern Rail.

Travel direct

If you're travelling outside of Derbyshire you need to use a direct train.

For example you can get a train from Chesterfield to Meadowhall, but you cannot jump off in Sheffield city centre and then get a train from there. If you do, you'll have to pay full fare between Sheffield and Meadowhall.

There is one exception though. You can hop on and off at any of these stations between Worksop and Nottingham on the Robin Hood line: Worksop, Whitwell,Creswell, Langwith, Shirebrook, Mansfield, Sutton Parkway, Kirkby in Ashfield, Newstead, Hucknall, Bulwell and Nottingham.

Travel further

Like on buses, you can get cheap train fare to travel to some places outside Derbyshire:

Attenborough, Beeston, Bulwell, Burton upon Trent, Hazel Grove, Hucknall, Kirkby in Ashfield, Manchester (Piccadilly), Mansfield, Meadowhall, Newstead, Nottingham, Sheffield, Stockport, Sutton Parkway, Tutbury and Hatton, Uttoxeter, Worksop.

And also these rail stations between Derbyshire and Manchester:

Ardwick, Ashburys, Gorton, Fairfield, Guide Bridge, Hyde North, Hyde Central, Woodley, Belle Vue, Reddish North, Brinnington, Bredbury, Romiley, Marple, Levenshulme, Heaton Chapel, Davenport, Broadbottom, Middlewood, Disley.

Buying train tickets

If the train station does not have a ticket office or if it's closed, you can use your b_line card to buy a ticket on the train. But if you can buy a ticket at a ticket office, you need get one before you get on the train or you might end up paying full fare. Our advice is to get there early so you have plenty of time to work out the ticket situation.

Cost of train travel

If you're under 16, you can get a child fare on all trains.

If you have a b_line 2 card, you'll get up to 25% off adult fares with your b_line card.