PlusBus is an add-on (issued as a separate coupon) to rail tickets which allows unlimited travel on bus services on specified companies within one of hundreds of specified areas across Britain (search for maps
). PlusBus is administered by Journey Solutions. PlusBus is usually valid on most if not all companies operating within the specified area and is available as a day ticket for all locations. Railcard discounts apply for these day tickets (See restrictions
). There is no minimum fare. 7-day, monthly and yearly seasons are also available for many PlusBus locations (no Railcard discount).
PlusBus day and season tickets are usually excellent value for money compared to the relevant operator-specific or all operator day or season tickets. However, singles (and sometimes returns) are usually better value than PlusBus day tickets if only making one journey. PlusBus is only available for travel around the origin and/or destination stations of a ticket, not intermediate stations.
Some PlusBus tickets are better value than others. For example, a £3.00 Leeds PlusBus day ticket allows travel in the whole of West Yorkshire, whereas the £3.00 York PlusBus ticket is only valid in the York area.
PlusBus can be bought
from any station ticket office when purchasing or upon showing (an) appropriate rail ticket(s). You can also buy the day tickets online from any booking engine powered by WebTIS, thetrainline or My Train Ticket or from Ticket Vending Machines run by some operators. You can buy the season tickets from the websites of Chiltern Railways, London Midland, Southeastern and Southern.
PlusBus is only available with a rail ticket to/from a station outside of the PlusBus zone - (see PlusBus FAQ 12
). PlusBus is therefore not available as an add-on to a journey within the PlusBus zones.