Information for students

Save money and get involved

Discover the cheapest and most sustainable ways to travel, including information on journey planning, ticket advice and any travel questions you have. We can also help you prove to the driver or conductor that you’re eligible for cheaper fares.

The education team

We can help all year long. We can arrange to visit schools, colleges and universities throughout the year to talk to groups of students in class, assembly or at one of our popular travel surgery events. If you’d like to find out when we’ll visit you, please get in touch. Together we can achieve more.


Tickets and passes

Best value tickets and passes

Why pay full price for travel when tickets and passes are available to save you money?

Child rate fares

If you’re under 16 you’re able to buy child rate tickets and passes to cut the cost of travel.

Under-16 card – Make sure that you only ever have to pay a child's fare by having a Photocard to prove your age. It proves to drivers and inspectors that you’re entitled to a child's fare, even if you look older.

You can use this card to get a child fare when you're paying cash or buying the child rate season ticket on the bus, train and Metro.

Apply for your Under-16 card now – it's free and easy to apply. 

16-18 card

If you’re aged 16-18 and in full-time education you may be eligible to continue to pay child rate fares. You prove this to the driver or conductor by having a 16-18 card. Check to see if you’re eligible and apply for your card online. 

Student tickets

If you're over 18 and in full-time education then our network student tickets are for you. Tickets are valid for one term and there are different options depending on how far you need to travel.

Free travel for apprentices

The WorkWise scheme offers free travel tickets to apprenticeship interviews and gives you free travel for four weeks if you get the job.

Youth Forum

We welcome the views of young people to help us to shape public transport in the West Midlands.

The Youth Forum is involved in different activities across the network and makes sure that young people's voices are heard. You can develop new skills and also make a real difference, so join today.

Email: for an application form.

Travelling Safely

 A few precautions can help to ensure your journey is safe and comfortable.

Top tips for staying safe:

  • Be aware of your surroundings
  • Keep valuables out of sight
  • Keep keys separate from anything with your address on
  • Keep bags closed at all times
  • Switch your mobile from ring to vibrate in public places and use it discreetly
  • Always wait in busy and well-lit places
  • If possible, avoid sitting upstairs on buses and sit near the driver
  • On trains, sit in a busy carriage and close to the train colleagues. There are emergency alarms on board – don't be afraid to use them in an emergency. They are there for your safety

If you see any nuisance or anti-social behaviour during your bus, train or tram journey, say something. 

Text "Bus", "Metro" or "Rail", leave a space and tell us the details with time, date, location and route number to 83010.

Contact us

Education Team


Tel: 0345 303 6760

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