Over 300,000 people take advantage of Stagecoach’s £2 single fares in first week

Over 300,000 people take advantage of Stagecoach’s £2 single fares in first week

  • Services on the South Coast and in South Lancashire amongst those seeing the highest number of travellers 
  • Stagecoach bus services in England offering single fares capped at a maximum of £2
  • Builds further on Stagecoach’s continuing commitment to offer value-for-money fares 
  • Offers new incentive for people to move out of cars and onto bus to improve air quality

Perth, Scotland, 2023-Jan-10 — /Travel PR News/ — Stagecoach has announced today (6 January) that over 300,000 bus passengers have taken advantage of the new £2 single fares since the launch of the initiative on 1 January 2023.

People on the South Coast and in South Lancashire have been the amongst the fastest to benefit from the initiative, with large numbers choosing to travel on popular Stagecoach routes such as the 700 “Coastliner” service between Portsmouth and Brighton and the 125 service between Bolton and Preston in the first few days of the scheme. Other areas which have proved popular have been Cumbria, which is home to the 599 service from Bowness to Grasmere, named one of the most scenic bus routes in Britain, and Oxfordshire where Stagecoach customers can now travel between Oxford and Witney or Bicester for just £2 one way.

The scheme, which has been launched as part of the Government’s Help for Households Campaign, is offering maximum fares of just £2 for any single bus journey on eligible routes up until 31 March 2023. It is available on around 50,000 Stagecoach bus services a day across England.

Carla Stockton-Jones, UK Managing Director of Stagecoach, said: “We are delighted to see that thousands of people are already making the most of this great initiative.

“There’s never been a better time to try the bus, and with around 10 million people in England living within walking distance of one of our bus stops, 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.”

Stagecoach bus tickets can either be bought on the Stagecoach App in advance or on the bus.

The three month scheme means all adult, concession and child single tickets on eligible routes will be capped at £2, with any single tickets previously cheaper than this remaining the same price. This nationwide scheme in England is running in addition to other local fare schemes already in place, such as those in Greater Manchester and Merseyside, which Stagecoach is delivering in partnership with local Mayoral authorities in these areas. This scheme replaces the scheme operating in South Yorkshire during November and December 2022.

For more information, terms and conditions and exclusions, click here https://www.stagecoachbus.com/promos-and-offers/national/2-pound-fare


  • Stagecoach is one of Britain’s leading public transport businesses, helping connect communities for over four decades.
  • Our team of 24,000 people and our 8,300 buses, coaches and trams are part of the fabric of daily life in England, Scotland and Wales.
  • We connect people with jobs, skills and training, bring customers to our high streets, connect tourists with visitor attractions, and draw families, friends and communities together.
  • Stagecoach is Britain’s biggest bus and coach operator. We run megabus, the market-leading value coach operator, and Scottish Citylink, which connects 200 locations across Scotland. In Sheffield, we also operate the Supertram light rail network.
  • We are proud to serve communities in major cities including London, Manchester, Liverpool, Newcastle, Hull, Sheffield, Oxford and Cambridge, as well as rural locations from the Highlands and Islands of Scotland to Wales and south-west England.
  • Our impact is about far more than transport – we support the economy, help cut congestion on our roads, protect our environment and air quality, boost safety on our roads, and contribute to a healthier nation.
  • Stagecoach is part of a portfolio of transport and infrastructure assets managed by DWS Infrastructure.

Notes to editors

The 300,000 journeys does not include those journeys made in areas where Mayoral fares schemes are already in place, such as Manchester and Merseyside.

Pictured: Buses Minister Richard Holden MP with Mark Whitelocks, Managing Director for Stagecoach Midlands, launching the new £2 fares scheme.


Charlotte Somerville

Source: Stagecoach