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b_line discount travel card

From 1 November 2023 get £1.50 max single fares on buses in, to and from Derbyshire (including Derby) with b_line.

b_line is our cut-price travel discount and library card for young people aged 11 up to 19. It's for young people in school, college, on training courses or in an apprenticeship providing they live in Derbyshire. Now is the perfect time to apply to start saving and travel sustainably.

b_line cards

b_line cards are free unless you need a replacement for a lost or damaged card. Replacement cards are £5.

There are 2 types of b_line card:

  • an orange b_line1 card for 11-year-olds (in secondary school) up to your 16th birthday
  • a purple b_line2 card for 16-year-olds up to 19th birthday

Using b_line for travel

Your b_line card gives you £1.50 max single fares on local buses throughout Derbyshire and to some nearby towns and cities as long as the journey is direct and starts or finishes in Derbyshire. 

If you've got a b_line1 card you can use it to prove that you qualify for a £1.50 max single fare or the bus or train company's own discounted ticket.

With a b_line2 card you can get the £1.50 max single fare as well as some saver tickets.

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

b_line is now available on mango, meaning you can take advantage of single fares capped at £1.50 on trentbarton, kinchbuses, TM travel and Notts & Derby services.

You just need to apply for the discount on your mango account and enter the 18-digit code from your b_line card and the rest should take care of itself. For trentbarton and kinchbus services you'll only be able to get the discount via mango – not through the driver.

Get a b_line card

b_line cards are no longer issued automatically. If you want a card you must apply online. You can also request a replacement card. Before you start your application please read the instructions on the form to make sure you have everything you need to make your application.

Apply for a b_line card

Here's some more information about how to use b_line.


A b_line card will get you a discounted fare including £1.50 max single fare on most local buses for journeys starting or ending in Derbyshire.

You can't use it on long distance coaches or tour buses. You'll also not get the £1.50 max single fare on the following services:

  • dedicated night buses which operate after midnight
  • dedicated school buses where school fares already apply
  • event and tourist buses, such as the Peak Sightseer
  • community transport operators
  • non-stop services, such as redarrow

You can also use your card to travel to or from the following destinations providing your journey is direct and starts or finishes in Derbyshire:

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


Your b_line card also gives you cheaper rail tickets on journeys starting and finishing in Derbyshire and direct trains to some places over the county border.

Travel to or from:

  • 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 these stations between Derbyshire and Manchester:

  • Ardwick
  • Ashbury's
  • Gorton
  • Fairfield
  • Guide Bridge
  • Hyde North
  • Hyde Central
  • Woodley
  • Belle Vue
  • Reddish North
  • Brinnington
  • Bredbury
  • Romiley
  • Marple
  • Levenshulme
  • Heaton Chapel
  • Davenport
  • Broadbottom
  • Middlewood
  • Disley

There is one exception. You can hop on and off at any of these stations on the Robin Hood line:

  • Worksop
  • Whitwell
  • Creswell
  • Langwith
  • Shirebrook
  • Mansfield
  • Sutton Parkway
  • Kirkby in Ashfield
  • Newstead
  • Hucknall
  • Bulwell
  • Nottingham

If the station has a ticket office, and it's open, you must buy a ticket before you board the train to get the discount or you could be charged full fare. You can use your b_line card to buy a ticket on the train if the ticket office is closed.

Using b_line at the library

Your b_line card is also your library card. Once you've registered it at your local library use it to borrow from any Derbyshire or Derby library. You can download e-books too.

Terms and conditions

Terms and conditions apply to using your b_line card. These are fully explained in the letter you will be sent when your b_line card is posted out to you.

b_line cards remain our property. You must make sure you are using a card with a valid date. If your card is out of date or it is being used fraudulently it will be taken off you and you'll have to pay the full, appropriate fare.