Information for students

Save money and get involved

Discover the cheapest and easiest way 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 by getting an Under 16 or 16-18 Photocard.

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 any education site events. If you would like to find out more please contact 

We have a range of information available:

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

Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) currently run a Youth Forum. Members are aged from 12-24 years old and are interested in all things transport related in the West Midlands. We meet up once per term on a Saturday morning and go out on the network visiting operators and learning how the trams, trains and buses keep us all travelling around. All young people in the West Midlands are welcome to join us and help TfWM shape the future of transport in the area.

Join us:

Travelling Safely

For the most up to date information on travelling safely, visit Safer Travel

Here are a few tips that can help to ensure that 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


Plan your journey

Plan your journey

Due to the short notice of many changes to public transport services, our journey planner and timetable services are unavailable until further notice.

Operators are publishing their timetables on their websites as they change.

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