Travel and discounts
Walking and cycling are the most sustainable ways to travel.
Visit Travel Dorset for all travel and public transport information.
Travel discounts for young people and teenagers
Young people can often get cheaper travel. Each bus company may operate on different terms, but most will charge you for a child's fare if you're 15 or under.
Companies such as First Group offer student bus passes if you're in college or further education, so it's useful to contact bus operators to find out your options and the cost.
Apply for a Young Person's Railcard if you want to travel by train and you're aged between 16 and 25; you can save a third on most train fares. You can buy a Young Person's Railcard at some stations, although it's free with some bank accounts.
You must be 16 or over and in further or higher education to apply for a National Union of Students (NUS) extra card. There is no upper age limit.
The NUS extra card is available to students studying full-time or part-time. You're only eligible to buy an NUS extra card once your course has started.
With the NUS extra card you can get discounts and offers on things like:
- eating out
Check out the NUS website for more information.
The Dorset Max Card
The Dorset Max Card is available to all Dorset-based:
- children and young people with special educational needs or disability and registered on The Xchange
- young carers
- young people in care
- some care leavers
Email our Xchange coordinator for an application form.
The Max Card means you can access free or discounted activities or benefits at a range of leisure activities across Dorset.
The list of venues that accept the card changes all the time, so make sure you contact the venues directly for prices, restrictions and opening times.