Dundee

Study and Save  

Around 1 in 5 people who live in Dundee are students. They're either enrolled at one of our world-class universities, or they're registered with the excellent D&A College. So, to help you get the best bang for your borrowed bucks, we offer cut-price bus travel across our network. That means students attend class, get to placements and nip into town on as many buses as you like - all while saving money. There’s no restriction on age, either. All you need to do is show your matriculation card (with a photo and visible expiry date) and you’ll be on your way!

If you travel with us often, there is bound to be a multi-journey ticket that works for you. And if you travel rarely but regularly, then we offer bundles of journeys which are cheaper than stumping up a full cash fare every time. Why not ​make the most of paying less​?

Plus, don’t forget: ​contactless payments are accepted on all our buses, and there are double discounts with mTickets, meaning you’ll never need to worry about carrying the exact fare ever again.    

Get ID-Ready

Students can save money when travelling across our network.​To keep things simple, we only ask for forms of ID that are freely available: for students, that means a college- or university-issued matriculation card. A photo and the expiry date must be displayed.

ID is no longer just requested at the point of purchasing tickets; it is now needed for ALL journeys. That way, whether you're travelling with a paper pass or an mTicket, there will be no doubt that you're entitled to use it.  

Single Journeys & Bundles

Single fares on-bus are like a pay-as-you-go option if you don’t travel often. The price of a single journey is calculated based on the distance you are travelling: Short Hops are valid for up to one fare stage and Max Singles are valid for two fare stages or more. Using a trip from a10-TripSaver is not restricted by distance - they are valid for any journey, anywhere, as long as you’re on one bus.

Single Journeys

Pay-as-you-go on the bus.

NEW: Unihop

Travel one-way for £1.50 on services 5 | 9/10 | 17 | 22 anywhere between the City Centre and Ninewells Hospital (including the Universty o Dundee and halls of residence).

Young Scot Short Hop

£1.15

Young Scot Max Single

£1.50 

Adult Short Hop

£1.80

Adult Max Single

£2.30

Student 10-TripSavers

Buy now, travel later - and save up to 50p per journey.

Paper Ticket

£13.50

Buy on the bus or from the Travel Centre.

Digital Ticket

£13

mTicket or smartcard top-up.

When paying with cash, there is an exact fare policy on-bus, meaning our drivers cannot give change. This is both for security reasons and to speed up boarding. Cashless options are available with contactless and mTickets, and change can be given for purchases made at the Travel Centre.

Special-rate single fares are charged on services 57a/59 | 73b | 137/138 | 139, as we operate them under Council contracts.

Daysavers

Student DaySaver

All our buses, all day. Valid on the day of purchase.

Paper Ticket

£3.60

Buy on the bus or from the Travel Centre.

Digital Ticket

£3.20

mTicket or smartcard top-up.

EveningSaver

Let us be your desingated driver. Available and valid from 6pm until the last bus.

Paper Ticket

£3

Buy on the bus or from the Travel Centre.

Digital Ticket

£3

mTicket or smartcard top-up.

GroupSaver

Travel together all day. Valid for up to five people on the day of purchase.

Paper Ticket

£9

Buy on the bus or from the Travel Centre.

Digital Ticket

£8

mTicket or smartcard top-up.

Student WeeklySaver

Everywhere, every day. Seven days unlimited travel.

Paper Ticket

£10.50

Buy on the bus or from the Travel Centre.

Digital Ticket

£10

mTicket or smartcard top-up.

There isn’t a single 4-WeekSaver product for students, but smart-cards can be topped-up with multiple weeks in advance - priced at £10.50 per week.  

FAQ's - Student bus pass

Do I need ID?

Yes. If you are a student (of any age) you are required to present your college- or university-issued matriculation card as proof of eligibility. A photograph and the expiry date must be visible. Without it, Student tickets cannot be purchased and are not valid for travel. 

I have a Young Scot card. Does this entitle me to discounted travel?

Not necessarily. Young Scot cards are usable for various other purposes until the card-holder turns 25. But it is only recognised as eligibility for discounted bus travel until the card-holder turns 19. U19 Smart-card products can only be added to a Young Scot card, and can only be added to those held by people aged 19 and under. Outwith these parameters, it will not top-up. 

Are all tickets available to buy on-bus?

Almost. Your driver can issue all multi-journey tickets as a smart-card product ([find out more about MyXplore here]), and most are available as paper tickets too. Monthly direct debits must be applied for separately, either [online] or by picking up a form from our Travel Centre. Date-stamped TravelCards are also available from our Travel Centre. 

Can I still buy student tickets during the holidays?

Yes. You can buy and use student tickets at any time, as long as your matriculation card is still valid. 

Can I buy tickets in advance?

Advance products are available from our Travel Centre, but tickets bought on-bus take effect from the date of purchase. If you purchase mTickets in-bulk on our app, the first one will take effect from the date of purchase and the rest will be stored in your Ticket Wallet; 

single journeys also remain in your Ticket Wallet for up to 90 days until activation. Bear in mind that your matriculation card must still be valid on the dates you wish to use an advance-ticket. 

My ticket has expired. What should I do?

mTickets, smart-cards and paper tickets (with QR codes) automatically expire, meaning they will not be recognised as valid for travel. Under no circumstances should you attempt to board a bus with an out-of-date paper ticket. If you do, it will be withdrawn by the driver for fraudulent use. If your ticket is out of date, pay a single fare and renew your pass when you can. 

What happens at Christmas & New Year?

As we do not operate any buses on Christmas Day or New Year’s Day, we provide an additional day’s worth of travel to passengers with multi-day tickets - provided the period of validity includes either/both of those dates. This can be claimed free of charge at our Travel Centre. The only exception applies to ABC tickets; to ensure consistency with the policy of other participating operators, an additional day is not offered. 

Who can use my ticket?

Only you. No matter what format (whether paper, smart-card or mTicket) tickets are non-transferrable and cannot be used by other family members or friends. Any breach of this rule may result in the your ticket being withdrawn and you may be liable to a penalty fare of £25. 

Can I use my pass anywhere else?

Our tickets are only valid for use on services operated by Xplore Dundee. The exception to this is the ABC multi-operator product, which can be used on all bus companies in Dundee and the surrounding areas. [Check out this map] to see where the ABC zone boundaries lie. 

Please note: multi-journey fares are only valid on services 57a/59 (weekend evening journeys operated by Xplore Dundee) as far as the last stop in Muirhead. The EveningSaver, however, is valid for the full routes to Blairgowrie and Perth.