What is the County Ticket?
The County Ticket is an electronic bus pass product that is loaded on a ‘Love the Bus’ smart card, which carries the student’s name and the name of their 16+ establishment
For more information about this ticket please read the ‘2018/19 County Ticket Terms and Conditions of use’ document in the Information and Resources section of this page. There you will find important information about ticket restrictions and cancellation details, look for the questions:
- Is there a limit to the distance you can travel with a County Ticket?
- What are the Individual Bus Operator Restrictions?
- What if I apply and then no longer require the County Ticket?
It is very important that you read the full terms and conditions, including the declaration, as you will be asked to accept this on completion of the application form. Please be aware that this ticket may not be the most suitable for your individual needs and you are advised to check other transport options before applying.
The County Ticket is valid on all Park and Ride services, whether the passenger uses a Park and Ride car park or is using it as a town service (for example, from college to the town centre). Drivers should never refuse travel to the holder of a valid County Ticket wherever they get on or off.
The County Ticket does not cover journeys that are wholly outside the administrative borders of Somerset County Council, or any travel by train.
The cardholder must present the card to the electronic reader on the bus. Where the bus does not have an electronic reader, please show the pass to the bus driver.
Students are eligible if they are aged 16 – 25 on the 1st September of the academic year and are attending a 16+ establishment when the course they are taking is funded by the Education Funding Agency (EFA), or they are attending college as part of a work-based learning course. The 16+ establishment will be able to tell you if the EFA funds the chosen course.
The cost is £795.00 and will be held at that for the 2018/19 academic year.
You may be entitled to claim funding from the 16-19 Bursary Fund. please use this link or contact your chosen 16+ establishment for more information. We have also included more information about this fund in the ‘2018/19 County Ticket terms and conditions of use’ although this fund is administrated by the Education and Training providers and Somerset County Council has no involvement with eligibility or payments.
Other transport ticket options
All bus operators offer a range of daily tickets and most can offer types of season tickets at a discounted rate.
We strongly advise you to check your options with the various bus operators to ensure the County Ticket is the most appropriate ticket for your individual needs. Please be aware that Somerset County Council has no control or responsibility over the amount commercial operators charge for their own tickets. They also have the right to vary their ticket prices as and when they feel it is commercially necessary.