New tickets which offer unlimited bus travel across the county from £6 a day will be available from 24 April 2023, thanks to a scheme organised by Derbyshire County Council.
These new tickets, called the Derbyshire Wayfarer, are part of a range of improvements for bus travel in the county, funded by the Government. All bus operators in Derbyshire are offering the new tickets.
Day tickets can be bought on all buses, or can be bought online and loaded onto special Wayfarer smartcards. Several options are available, including weekly and group tickets. Wayfarer cards will also be available in libraries and tourist information centres.
Derbyshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways Assets and Transport, Councillor Kewal Singh Athwal, said: “These new tickets are great news for everyone who currently uses the bus. We hope they will tempt more people to give the bus a go.
“For a small sum of money you can travel all across the county, making it cheaper and easier to get to work, to visit some of our wonderful tourist attractions or perhaps pop to see friends and family.”
“This new discounted travel scheme is one of a large number of improvements that we will be making to bus travel in Derbyshire and we are grateful for the financial support from the Government.”
Roads Minister Richard Holden said: “People up and down the country deserve a modern, reliable, and affordable public transport system. That is why we have provided Derbyshire County Council with £47 million to boost its bus services.
“Supporting all bus operators in Derbyshire with providing unlimited bus travel for as little as £6 is great for local residents, who will now benefit and be able to make the most of the fantastic work, business and leisure opportunities Derbyshire has to offer.”
The Wayfarer tickets available are:
- One day for an adult – £8
- One day for a young person aged up to 16 – £6
- One day for a group of up to 2 adults and 3 children – £15.50
- Seven days for an adult – £33
- Seven days for a young person aged up to 16 – £24.60
Wayfarer smartcards can be bought online at sytravelmaster.com. These prices are set for the next six months as an introductory offer.
The current Derbyshire Wayfarer ticket will become the Derbyshire Wayfarer Bus and Train ticket.
The council was awarded £47m from the Government to improve bus services in Derbyshire, after submitting a Bus Service Improvement Plan. This amount was one of the largest awarded in the country. The new Wayfarer tickets are being funded from this money.