Stagecoach announced on Thursday (June 29) that it is extending its offer of a maximum fare of just £2 for a single bus journey in England. The offer, part of the Bus Fare Cap scheme, has been extended until the end of October – meaning more people can join the 38 million Stagecoach bus passengers who have already taken advantage of the new £2 single fares since their launch in January 2023.
And to say thank you for choosing to use the bus, Stagecoach has rewarded some of its lucky £2 fare customers by giving them a year of free unlimited travel on any Stagecoach service. May’s free annual travel pass winner, Juxhina, a student from Oxford, uses the bus to travel into the city and says winning a year’s free travel will save her money, which helps a lot whilst she studies during the ongoing cost-of-living crisis.
With the offer now being extended until 31 October 2023, the operator has revealed plans to reward more people for choosing to travel by bus. Customers who buy a £2 single ticket on the Stagecoach Bus App, available on both Apple and Android, can win further free travel passes during the next phase of the offer. One winner will be chosen at random from eligible customers in July, August, September and October*.
The £2 offer, part of the Government’s Help for Households campaign, has helped bus customers save money but has also boosted local economies and communities. 23% of Stagecoach surveyed £2 single ticket customers said they were making trips they wouldn’t otherwise have made, showing how public transport boosts local economies and supports businesses. A similar proportion of customers reported they had switched some journeys from private vehicles to the bus, taking cars off the road, helping to reduce congestion and improve air quality for everyone.
Ray O’Toole, Executive Chairman for Stagecoach said: We are delighted that the £2 fare offer has been extended until the end of October, giving more people the chance to see where the bus can take them.
'With summer now here, there’s never been a better time to try the bus. Around 10 million people in England live within walking distance of one of our bus stops, so we’re hoping that people will take the opportunity to get out of their cars and give the bus a try for the bargain price of just £2 for a single ticket.'