KCC Travel Saver
The KCC Travel Saver is a bus pass that can save parents and pupils up to 50% on the cost of travel to and from school.
Before you apply please read our guidance to help you decide if you will save money with the Travel Saver Pass this year.
To apply you must be:
- a resident of Kent (whose household pays Council Tax to a Kent district/ borough council for Kent County Council services)
- at school in years 7-11, whether the school is in Kent or not.
For most children’s journeys this pass will save you around 50% of what you might pay for an annual season ticket from a bus operator.
Travel Saver applications and COVID-19
We still want to help parents with the cost if your child needs to travel by bus. Before you apply there are some things you should think about.
- Current government advice is to avoid public transport, so we are urging parents to use alternative transport where possible.
- If children live close to the school they should walk or cycle, for those that live further away they should consider getting a lift.
- How any changes to school times and social distancing on buses might affect use of the pass.
- If you are traveling less frequently, you might not save as much as usual and you might want to consider getting bus tickets from the operator.
If you are going to be travelling regularly then apply for the pass and let us help you with the cost.
Update on part year passes
We understand that it has been a difficult decision to make about applying for a Travel Saver pass this year.
We have said if government guidance changes, and there are less restrictions on bus travel, we will consider making a part year pass available later on in the year at a cost that reflects the shorter time you would use it for.
At this point, advice remains to avoid public transport where possible. While buses are working well and there is space for current passengers, some services are very busy. Therefore we don’t think it would be right to make this offer and risk causing capacity problems for children already using buses.
If the government guidance changes, making a part year pass does remain an option. In the meantime, parents can buy tickets from the operator or make different transport arrangements.
Lost and stolen passes
You can order a replacement online if your pass has been lost, stolen or damaged. All you will need is your child’s details and a credit or debit card to pay the £10 replacement fee.