Children urged to apply for cheaper travel


Up to 30,000 kids may be missing out on cheaper travel in South Yorkshire.

Eleven to sixteen year-olds are being urged to apply for a MegaTravel pass before school is out to get flat 80p single fares on buses and trams and half price train tickets within South Yorkshire this Summer.

“There are around 80,000 young people eligible for a MegaTravel pass in the region, but we know at least 30,000 of them are currently missing out. We want to make sure that everyone entitled to a pass can take advantage of the cheapest fares on public transport available for their age group”, says South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive Director of Customer Services, Tim Taylor. 

“It’s easy to get a free MegaTravel pass. Parents or carers can simply apply online and it will be sent to their home. To use the pass, children just need to take it and tap it on board or show it to the driver or conductor before paying their fare.”

“Getting applications in early for passes before the new school year means they can make the most of the cheaper fares all over the summer.”
The MegaTravel pass works as a proof of age and is accepted on all buses, trams and trains in the region. Children who travel via public transport often can also upload a range of discounted weekly and monthly tickets on their pass, saving time and money.

Ordering a MegaTravel card online at Travel South Yorkshire is free and quicker than doing it by paper, with passes delivered in an estimated seven days after application. The pass is valid up to the 31st July of the year in which a child turns 16, or until the day before their birthday, if it falls in August.

Those unable to apply online can complete a paper application form and return it by post to SYPTE or at a drop-box at South Yorkshire interchanges.