All Day Ticket
Many bus companies offer an All Day ticket although the
name of the ticket may vary. Usually it is purchased on the bus and then is valid for the rest of the
day on all the services of that company. There may be a few exceptions -
typically All Day tickets cannot be used on London services.
What makes these tickets even better value, and this is not
always advertised, is the ability to use the ticket on the
services of more than one bus company. Often companies come to an
arrangement with neighbouring companies to accept each others tickets. So
if you buy your ticket from one company, find out what arrangements it has
made with other companies.
Both Arriva Shires & Essex and Stagecoach
East offer an All Day ticket and have agreements to
accept some other companies tickets. Arriva offers an All Day
ticket called an Explorer whilst Stagecoach sells a range of Dayrider
Arriva Shires & Essex Explorers are issued and accepted
on all local Arriva buses. So, for example, it is possible to buy
an Arriva Explorer on a local city bus and use it to travel on the
express service 100 between Aylesbury and MK. Arriva Explorers are also accepted by most bus companies in Hertfordshire. Hertfordshire covers St Albans, Stevenage, Welwyn, Hertford & Bishop's
Stortford. For timetable information in this area visit the Intalink
timetable site. To obtain a bus map for
Hertfordshire, email a request to firstname.lastname@example.org
- don't forget to include your postal address!
Stagecoach has a more complicated range of
tickets. A Dayrider ticket sold on the X5 route is valid thoughout the Oxford to
Cambridge route as well as other Stagecoach East routes and routes
All Day Ticket Prices
How much you pay will depend on which company you buy
the ticket from. Stagecoach East charge £13.20 for an
adult X5 Dayrider ticket and £9.70 for children.
Also a family ticket is
available for a group of up to 5 people (maximum of 2 adults) for £24.20.
An Arriva Shires & Essex adult
Explorer costs £8.50. A group Explorer costs £12.50. A
group can consist of up to 4 people travelling together. This can be
a mix of adults and children but a group of 4 adults is ok and at
only £12.50 is obviously very good value.
Arriva also sells a Day Saver ticket which might be of interest to those who only wish to
travel locally within Milton Keynes.