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What is PlusBus?

PlusBus a discounted ticket, for unlimited bus travel around town, that you buy with your train ticket. Bus travel can be at the start, the finish, or both ends of your train journey. You pay for your complete train and bus journey in one easy transaction online. It's a great-value way to make your entire journey by public transport and reduce your carbon foot-print! 

PlusBus is available in a range of locations around the UK and across the CrossCountry network. You can buy PlusBus tickets in the North & Scotland; in the Midlands & North Wales; and in the South West & South Wales

For each town, there is one zone that covers the whole urban area, and your train journey must start or finish outside this bus travel zone. With your PlusBus ticket you can travel as much as you like on all participating bus services anywhere within the zone.

PlusBus ticket prices start from £2.00, with most priced around £2.50 to £3.50 for a day, depending on the town or city. Save one-third off the PlusBus day ticket price with your Railcard (usual Railcard peak period restrictions apply). Children aged 5-15 are entitled to a discount of 50% on PlusBus day ticket prices.

How to buy a PlusBus ticket

It's easy to buy a PlusBus ticket! You can buy a PlusBus ticket:

  • online from CrossCountry, or on the CrossCountry app.
  • at all railway station ticket offices.
  • at self-service ticket machines (at selected stations).

PlusBus can be added to most types of train tickets and offers you unlimited journeys on participating bus services in that location.

Please note, you cannot currently purchase PlusBus season add-ons online or by telephone. To add a PlusBus add-on to you season ticket, you can visit any railway station ticket office.

PlusBus Offers on the CrossCountry Network

PlusBus offers are available at a range of towns and cities on the CrossCountry network, including:

  • Alnmouth (for Alnwick)
  • Bournemouth
  • Birmingham/Wolverhampton (including Tram)
  • Burton-on-Trent
  • Bristol
  • Cambridge
  • Cardiff
  • Cheltenham Spa
  • Darlington
  • Derby
  • Edinburgh (including Tram)
  • Leeds
  • Leicester
  • Manchester
  • Macclesfield
  • Newcastle
  • Reading
  • Sheffield/Meadowhall (including Tram)
  • Stafford
  • Tamworth
  • Wakefield
  • York

For more information, please visit the PlusBus website to check PlusBus ticket prices, to view zone maps showing where you can travel in each town, and details of participating bus operators.

Visit the Traveline website for information about bus routes and times.

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