Travelling via train and bus with PlusBus

I’m a regular train traveller and recently discovered PlusBus.  It’s an economical way to travel via bus in addition to train.  It was great because I had to take a side trip one day, which meant I was unable to use my regular train route.

PlusBus is available at various towns across England. For around 2-3 GBP, you can travel via bus all day around that town.  There is no catch; however, there are stipulations.  First of all, you must have a valid train ticket.  The town you are visiting must be en route on that train ticket.  For example, if you are travelling from London to Brighton or from Brighton to London, you may buy a PlusBus pass for Brighton.  However, you cannot buy a PlusBus for Brighton if your train travel only includes the Brighton area. 

PlusBus is accepted as bus fare on all participating buses.  In some towns, PlusBus may also be used on the trams.  You may wish to check that the bus you want is a participating bus, though most buses in participating towns will be included.

You must buy the PlusBus tickets at the railway station or bus station prior to travelling on the bus.  You cannot buy it on the bus itself.  You will be expected to show proof of a railway ticket.  Children pay half the adult rates, and Railcard holders save one-third off the adult rate.

PlusBus tickets are available as singles, day return, period return (when the outgoing and return are on different days), or even season tickets, if you expect to use it for more than just one day.

Travelling via public transport may be relatively slow and inefficient, making you rather dependent on timetables and various other conditions, but in the end, it may be less hassle for bigger towns.  With the PlusBus, you also won’t have to spend much money.  For more information on PlusBus, you can check out their website at www.plusbus.info