Park & Ride bus fares to increase next month – Here’s by how much

Park & Ride buses at Monks Cross. Photograph: YorkMix

Fares on Park & Ride buses are to rise next month.

The standard return fare will rise by ten pence from Sunday 2 February, to £3.30 – an above inflation increase of 3.13%.

Both monthly and annual smart tickets rise by 5.6%, but weekly tickets go up by only 1.72%.

The upcoming fare change will also apply to return tickets for children and concessions. It will be reflected in weekly, monthly and annual tickets, and the smart multi-day carnets.

However, the Young Person’s Return is unchanged and it will still be possible for up to three children to travel free of charge with one fare-paying adult.

The new fares

The Park & Ride fares due to change from Sunday, 2 February include:

  • Standard Return will increase from £3.20 to £3.30
  • Young Person’s Return frozen at £3.10
  • Smart 5-day Carnet will increase from £14.50 to £14.75
  • Weekly smart tickets will increase from £12.80 to £13.20
  • Monthly smart tickets will increase from £50 to £52.80
  • Annual smart tickets will increase from £500 to £528

Cost-effective travel

Marc Bichtemann, managing director of First York
Transport lead at City of York Council Cllr Andy D’Agorne said: “With buses operating from six sites around the city from early each morning until late into the evening, Park & Ride is the most cost-effective and hassle-free way to travel into York city centre.

“Up to three children can travel free with one fare paying adult and there are also discounts for regular users with the York By Bus smartcard.”


And MD of First York which runs the Park & Ride buses added:

  • The incentives to use Park & Ride for work or leisure are clear to see and we continue to develop fare structures that suit different needs.

    Our range of smart ticket options for weekly and monthly travel provides excellent value; for instance a customer travelling five days a week will pay £2.64 for a return trip.

    We’re enjoying growing interest in our corporate travel club, which works with businesses to encourage employees to switch to bus for commuting by providing discounted tickets.

An on-board upgrade of the Park & Ride fleet has brought in audio-visual announcements and USB ports.