The Harrogate Bus Company Children and young people
BOB around on the bus – reduced fares for young people in North Yorkshire
Meet BOB - the smartcard that gives you a saving of around a third off the full adult bus fare. Just place BOB on our ticket machine, tell the driver where you want to go and travel cheaper! As well as using it on your journeys to and from school or college, you can BOB out in the evenings, at the weekend and during the holidays too – saving you even more. And that's not all – look out for BOB bonuses coming very soon which can give you discount at selected places or freebies!
Now for the rules…
BOB replaces our old paper Young Person Supersaver and Student SuperSaver cards.
If you are aged between 11 and 18, you can travel with BOB for the discounted rate until the day before your 19thbirthday. If you are a full time student who is over 19 you can travel with BOB and get a discount, but you will have to carry your college ID.
BOB entitles you to the lower young person's fares on most services except those wholly within West Yorkshire. For these journeys you'll need a METRO pass – see below for more details.
A BOB card costs just £5, and don't worry - lost, stolen and damaged cards will be replaced free of charge.
Apply online to get your new BOB smartcard.
Aged under 5
Up to 3 children aged under 5 may travel free of charge with each fare-paying customer. (This includes anyone who has bought a ticket on the bus or who has a prepaid ticket.)
Aged 5 to 10 inclusive
Children aged between 5 and 10 may travel at the child fare, without proof of age. Generally our staff will assume that all primary school children are within this age group, but parents of children within this age group may wish to consider getting a BOB card to prove entitlement.
City of York
If you live in the City of York you may purchase and use our BOB tickets (as above). Alternatively, you may choose to obtain a YOzone card from City of York Council, which is valid for travel on all bus companies' services within the City of York area. YoZone Cards have the same validity as BOB for journeys outside City of York.
If you live in West Yorkshire, and are over 11, you must obtain either a Metro Young Persons PhotoCard (for 11-16) or a Metro 16-18 Photocard to get YP fares. These cards can also be used on all our services outside West Yorkshire. A 16-25 MCard is available to anyone (no residence requirement) and offers reduced price period tickets for journeys wholly within West Yorkshire.