Child tickets

Travel for school or leisure

Children under the age of 16 (and 16-18 year olds with a photocard) pay a discounted fare on all buses, trams and trains in the West Midlands. Just ask for a child ticket when you travel. Children under the age of five travel free.

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Most child tickets are now available on Swift photocard. This gives you quicker access at rail gates with network and train tickets, and you just scan and go when hopping on board the bus. Plus the cards are more durable and replacements are easier to process and cheaper for you.  

Other tickets

Some operators have an additional range of passes available to use on their services only. See operator websites for more details.

Term Dates

Autumn Term 2019

Term Starts: Monday 2 September 2019
Half Term: Monday 28 October 2019 to Friday 1 November 2019
Term Ends: Friday 20 December 2019

Spring Term 2020

Term Starts: Monday 6 January 2020
Half Term: Monday 17 February 2020 to Friday 21 February 2020
Term Ends: Friday 3 April 2020

Summer Term 2020

Term Starts: Monday 20 April 2020
Half Term: Monday 25 May 2020 to Friday 29 May 2020
Term Ends: Monday 20 July 2020


Child term ticket replacements made easy with the PassProtect scheme.


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Tickets are for students over 18 in full-time education or 16-18 year old's who are not eligible for the 16-18 photocard

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Direct Debit

Most child tickets are available on Direct Debit which is the best value option for buying tickets

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Ways to buy

Convenient places to buy or top up


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Aged 16-18?

If you're aged 16-18 you may be eligible for child fares with a 16-18 photocard.

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Under 16?

If you're under 16 but look older, you can apply for an under 16 Photocard which can be used as proof of age when travelling

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