If you’re aged over 66 or have mobility issues you can get free access to public transport in Nottingham with a Concessionary Travel Pass. The Robin Hood card for bus, tram and train travel in Nottingham also offers discounts for under 19s and students. There is also support available if you cycle or drive.
Click the sections below for further information:
Until December 2024, a single fare on all buses in Nottingham will cost just £2.
Bus operators in Nottingham are introducing a £2 single fare on services, thanks to the Government’s Help for Households campaign. Bus operators in Nottingham are taking part in the scheme including:
The scheme hopes to help families save money during cost of living pressures and encourage people to swap their cars for bus journeys. During the campaign, it’s hoped that millions of cars will be taken off the road. This will reduce carbon emissions whilst encouraging greater bus use to help the bus industry in its continued efforts to recover from the pandemic.
Which routes are included?
All local bus routes operating in Nottingham are included in the scheme. This includes services that cross over into neighbouring Nottinghamshire and Derby areas. Services excluded from the scheme include Trentbarton’s Red Arrow service and dedicated school services.
Do I have to use cash to benefit from the discounted single fare?
No, you don’t have to use cash. Whilst cash will be accepted for the £2 single fare, the discounted ticket will also be available on contactless, Robin Hood Pay-As-You-Go cards, and on operator mobile apps (such as the NCTX Buses app or the mango app).
If you are using cash, just ask the driver for the £2 adult single. And remember, the exact fare will be needed.
How do I get the £2 single fare using contactless?
If you usually use your credit or debit card to travel on Nottingham’s buses, you don’t need to do anything. Just tap your card or device onto the reader and the system will automatically offer you the correct fare.
How do I get the £2 single fare using Robin Hood Pay-As-You-Go?
If you usually use Robin Hood Pay-As-You-Go travel on Nottingham’s buses, you don’t need to do anything. Tap your card onto the reader when you board the bus and the system will automatically offer you the correct fare. You can get two single trips for £2 each. Once you travel for a third time, you will be charged the Robin Hood day cap (this ranges from £4.70 to £5.70 depending on the operator(s) you use).
The Robin Hood card for bus, tram and train travel in Nottingham also offers discounts for under 19’s and students. For more information please visit the Robin Hood Network website.
If you’re aged over 66 or have mobility issues you can get free access to public transport in Nottingham with a Concessionary Travel Pass. For more information please visit the Nottingham City concessionary travel webpage.
Depending on your circumstances you may qualify for free access to public transport in Nottingham with a disabled person's bus pass. For more information please visit the Nottingham City disabled person's bus pass webpage.
A range of railcards are available that offer discounts on rail travel. Be sure to visit railcard.co.uk to see if you are eligible and how to apply.
For those aged 16-25, save a 1/3 off rail fares for days out, seeing family and friends and even festivals!
For those aged 60 and over, save 1/3 off rail fares for days out, holidays, seeing family and friends, and theatre trips!
Two Together Railcard
For two named people travelling together, get an average annual saving of £129 plus special partner discounts!
Disabled Persons Railcard
If you have a disability that makes travelling by train difficult, you may qualify for a Disabled Persons Railcard
Valid for those aged 26-30. For just £30, save 1/3 on most rail fares to travel across Britain for a year!
Family & Friends Railcard
Children aged 5-15 get 60% discount on kids fares! Up to four adults and four children can travel on one card.
For those travelling in the South East, aged 16 or over. Get an average annual saving of £191 plus partner discounts.
For those aged 16 or 17. Enjoy 50% off standard Anytime, Off-Peak, Advance and Season tickets, for just £30 a year.
If you are a veteran of the UK Armed Forces, you may qualify for a Veterans Railcard. Save a 1/3 on most rail fares.
Visit railcard.co.uk to see if you are eligible and how to apply.
Are you an adult who never learned to ride a bike, or hasn’t ridden one for a while?
You can take part in free group cycle lessons, happening every Saturday morning at Lenton Abbey Park until February 2023. There are two sessions – one for complete beginners and one for people who need a brush-up. The sessions include free use of bikes and helmets.
If you are a city resident and over 18 book your place here
Want a fun, sustainable way to travel across the city? Bike hire operator Lime has launched an electric bike (e-bike) rental scheme in Nottingham, in partnership with Nottingham City Council. Users can pick up and return Lime e-bikes from a network of designated e-bike-hire bays across the city.
Some features of the e-bikes include:
- Built-in front and rear lights – with rear lights that indicate when users brake
- An electric motor to help riders climb hills and restart their ride when stopped/stationary at traffic lights or zebra crossings
- A phone holder, allowing riders to easily navigate without having to stop and check directions
- Built-in baskets to help people carry shopping or bags
- A range of 64 km with batteries monitored by Lime so they can be charged when they run low
Lime will offer 50% off the cost of e-bike rides for lower income residents via its Lime Access programme. The programme provides eligible riders – including existing concession pass holders, key workers, students and jobseekers – with unlimited discounts with Lime, helping them to get where they need to go in a safe, sustainable and affordable way.
If you can cycle, there is support available through the Bike2Work scheme which employers can sign up for to offer savings on new bikes to their employees – often with discounts in partnership with local bicycle shops. Find out more at bike2workscheme.co.uk
If you are looking to save money every time you fill up your vehicle, be sure to visit the gocompare.co.uk website. By inputting your postcode you can find and compare pricing on fuel at your local petrol stations.