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Discount codes for First Bus

Posted on 17 July 2023

First Bus are introducing fare increases across routes across York from 24 July. This increase will affect all buses across the city, including those routes to and from the University.

First Bus have confirmed that this is a result of the impact of inflation on their costs, as well as a stagnation of prices for over 5 years. 

Following discussions we have secured a number of discount codes for staff and students to use when purchasing weekly and monthly tickets, which will ensure fares remain at their current price until our new contract with First begins on 23 September. Unfortunately day tickets cannot be discounted and the new fare will apply. 

Using your discount code

Step 1: Contact the Travel and Transport team to request a discount code. 

They can be contacted via email on Monday to Friday between the hours of 8am and 5pm. If you plan on purchasing a weekly or monthly ticket on a Saturday or Sunday we would advise you to plan ahead and speak to our team in advance. 

Step 2: Redeem the code on your weekly or monthly ticket. 

Information on redeeming the discount codes can be found on the First website. Please note, discounts are only available until 23 September after which the new increased fares will be applicable to all students and staff. 

Route changes

In addition to fare increases there will be changes to bus routes from 24 September 2023. Full details will be available on our travel and transport web pages and also the First App and website. 

We understand that staff and students will be concerned by news of the fare increases, especially at a time when there are many other pressures on the cost of living.  Please remember there is general information about financial help and advice available to students on the Cost of Living Hub and for staff on cost of living web page.