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Ticketing and Fares

Important: The tickets and passes listed on this page are NOT valid on our Occasional and Special Event services.

Fare tables for each individual route are available to view or download on each Bus Timetable page on this website.

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Explore East Sussex for £5 or less

From 1 April 2023 a £5 East Sussex multi-operator Day Ticket is available on all our services. Young people aged under 19 pay only £3.20.

This multi-operator ticket is valid on Stagecoach, Brighton & Hove Buses, Metrobus, Compass and Cuckmere Buses. All trips must either start or end in East Sussex.

A new East Sussex family and group travel ticket offer allows up to 4 young people to travel free with an adult fare paying passenger or concessionary pass traveller. Young people must show their proof of age.

Unaccompanied young people aged under 19 (proof of age may be requested) can make a one way journey for £1.

For more information see East Sussex County Council.

Child fares

Infants under 5 years travel free. Children aged between 5 and 15 years (inclusive) are charged at half the adult fare. Persons age 16 and over are charged the full adult fare.

Return fares

Return adult and child fares are available for most journeys - please ask the driver when you board. These can only be used on the day of issue.

Weekly tickets

Weekly tickets are available for journeys on services 120 and 126, they can also be used on journeys operated by Compass Travel. Please ask the driver.

Discovery tickets

We issue Discovery tickets - please ask the driver. These provide unlimited travel on most other operators' services throughout the area on the day of issue.

There are three types of tickets:

  • Adult £10
  • Child £8
  • Family £20

The Family ticket can be purchased for up to five people travelling together - but there must be a minimum of one, or a maximum of two adults travelling.

We also accept Discovery tickets issued by another operator for travel on the day of issue, on all of our normal bus services - but not on our Special Event Services.

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ENCTS Passes (Bus Passes)

We accept English National Concessionary Travel Scheme Passes for free travel on all of our normal bus services after 0930*. and all day on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays.

* ENCTS passes are accepted before 0930 on our services 44, 44A & 44B.

For full details of the scheme, please see the leaflet issued by East Sussex County Council:

ENCTS leaflet

Adult NetworkSaver tickets

On services 25, 26, 120 and 126, we accept the paper and scratch-cards NetworkSaver Tickets issued by Brighton & Hove Buses and Compass Travel BUT ONLY within Seaford and Lewes towns. They are valid on the entire service 120 route and on services 26 and 126 in Seaford between Morrisons and Chyngton only. On service 25 they are valid ONLY between Lewes Bus Station and Lewes, Malling Down. We also issue Saver tickets on these routes which are valid on Brighton & Hove Buses and Compass Travel.

NetworkSaver tickets are NOT valid for travel to and from Alfriston on any service and they are NOT valid on service 47, the Cuckmere Valley Ramblerbus. Please purchase a Discovery ticket for onward travel outside of Seaford and Lewes as they are accepted for all journeys on all our services.

We do NOT accept Child and Student, The Key smart card or M-tickets.

Compass Travel service 126 tickets

We accept return tickets issued by Compass Travel on service 126 (only) for return travel on the day of issue. We also accept Compass weekly tickets on this service and the 120.

PLUSBUS tickets

We accept Brighton, Seaford, Eastbourne and Polegate PLUSBUS tickets issued by the train companies for use in the travel zones designated in their areas. Please visit the relevant PLUSBUS webpage for the travel zone maps and area of validity.

Electronic Tickets, Mobile Phones and Smartcards

We do not accept any tickets on smartcards or mobile phones issued by any other operators.

Occasional and Special Event Services operated by Cuckmere Buses

Important: All of the tickets and passes listed above are NOT valid on the Special Event Services operated by Cuckmere Buses. The organisers of these events normally set the fare we charge and that is publicised in advance and on the bus.

Our Special Event services include Charleston Festival Shuttles, Eastbourne Tennis Park & Ride, Bentley Wood Fair Shuttle, Middle Farm Apple Festival Shuttle, Alfriston Dickensian Evening Park & Ride.

Conditions of Carriage

Our Conditions of Carriage are available as a pdf document:

Conditions of Carriage