Public Transport discounts

Which bus?

We offer a number of discounts on First and Arriva buses for full or part time bus travel.

Check your nearest bus service and frequency on our bus network map. Once you know your nearest bus service, check the timetable using essexbus.info

If you work on Severalls Industrial Estate, North Colchester Business Park or on Axial Way, you can find a more detailed bus map here.

Please note that First have withdrawn their service 65  peak hour loop around the business park although this is still reflected on our map at the moment.

Mobile apps

Arriva, First and Greater Anglia offer apps where you can check timetable information, get real time information on the service you are waiting for and purchase tickets. 

Which discount?

The tables below outline the discounts we offer and how to apply.

The inner zone covers urban Colchester, and is the area shaded in yellow on the bus network map opposite.

Some Travel Plan Club members have their own discounted ticket schemes offering even bigger discounts. If you work for Colchester Institute, Colchester Hospital University Foundation Trust, The University of Essex or Colchester Borough Council, find out more here.

Train travel

You can find out information about onward travel from Colchester station here including Fixing the Link, bike hire, PlusBus and free parking for car sharers.

Discounts

Bus Carnet tickets Retail Price Discounted Prices How to purchase
Inner zone - Arriva Carnet - 10 journeys over 2 months £22 £15 CTPC/your TP rep
Inner zone - First Carnet - 12 journeys in 1 month £22 £15 Currently paper ticket Changing to M ticket 
Bus Season ticket Retail Price Discounted Prices How to purchase
Inner Zone - Arriva Monthly ETC £50 £41.67 Direct debit online
Inner Zone - First Monthly CC (staff/volunteers only) £51.25 TBC Direct debit changing to M ticket
All Essex - First Monthly CC (staff/voluteers only) £104 TBC Direct debit changing to M ticket

 

Train discounts Retail Price Discounted Prices How to purchase
Greater Anglia season tickets one month or more 10% By telephone
Greater Anglia carnet tickets 20 or 30 tickets over 3 months 10% By telephone

Colchester Park and Ride

The P&R is located off junction 28 on the A12 and offers a frequent, comfortable and quick service into the Town Centre. The P&R also stops at the hospital, train station and Middleborough. You can find out more information on the Essex County Council website.

A daily ticket is only £3 and allows unlimited travel on P&R buses along the route. Weekly and monthly tickets offer an even better deal. The Colchester Travel Plan club is unable to offer any discounts on this service, but you can access up to 20% discount through bulk buying tickets directly from Essex County Council.  Email essexparkandride@essex.gov.uk or telephone 0345 743 0430 to express your interest.

Other local bus operators

Hedinghams and Chambers also run regular bus services but we don't have discounts with them.

Other local bus operators and ticket products

Carnet tickets - for part time bus travel

The Travel Plan Club stock discounted bus carnet tickets for part time travel for First and Arriva. Request your tickets using the form below, you can pay online once we have provided you with a reference number and you can either collect them or we will send them by post.

Order Arriva or First Carnet tickets

Season tickets - bus travel

To access the discounted monthly season tickets please complete the application below and we will send you the details.

The direct debit deals have no minimum contract, so you can cancel at any time. 

Apply here to join the bus discount scheme

Discounts - train travel

You can check the timetable from your local station on Greater Anglia's website.  Season ticket prices vary depending on where you are travelling from. Use the Greater Anglia season ticket calculator to see what a season ticket would cost before the 10% discount is applied.

If your organisation's Travel Plan has been accredited by Essex County Council you can gain an additional 5% discount on quarterly season tickets and longer.

There are additional benefits if you commit to an annual travel card - you receive three months free travel and numerous discounts on traveling with your family and friends for leisure.

Apply here to join the train discount scheme