If you are over pension credit age or over or are disabled you can get free travel on almost all buses between 9.30 and 23.30 but you have to apply for a pass from East Sussex County Council. You can apply at any East Sussex library, or your local district and borough office
For Brighton buses ticketing information see here
For Compass Bus information see here
For Cuckmere Bus information see here
Community Transport Lewes Area does not current show information about tickets.
HOW TO BUY YOUR TICKET
Bus fares get more and more complicated but one thing is always sure:
The most expensive way to buy a ticket on Brighton buses is in cash on the bus or using contactless payments on the bus. This is not the case for other companies unless you are buying a season ticket.
The following ways of paying will always be cheaper
BRIGHTON BUS MOBILE PHONE TICKETS
You will need to have the Brighton Buses app on your phone and to buy the ticket on the app before you get on the bus. Not valid on Compass bus, CTLA or Cuckmere Bus. This will always give you the cheapest fare on Brighton buses
KEY CARD TICKETS
You will need a Brighton buses key card (not a Southern Railway one)
Key card tickets are valid on Compass Bus services where appropriate but not CTLA or Cuckmere Bus.
Key card fares will always be cheaper than paying cash and are sometimes as cheap as mobile phone tickets
Nework saver scratchcards can be bought Lewes Tourist office, Martins in the High Street or Leicester Road shop. ) and are available on all Brighton buses, even as far as Tunbridge Wells, Steyning or Eastbourne. Simply scratch the date off when you want to use them.
They will be cheaper than cash fares on all but short journeys, but not as cheap as buying on a key card or mobile phone.
They cannot be used on Compass Buses, CTLA or Cuckmere Buses.
Note that if you are standing in the High Street waiting for a bus it will normally be cheaper to nip into Martins or the Tourist Office to buy your ticket than buying it on the bus.
WHAT TICKET SHOULD I BUY?
You can simply get a single or return ticket to where you are going, but the following tickets may be cheaper:
WEEKLY, MONTHLY AND OTHER PERIOD SEASON TICKETS
Check the web site of the company that you are interested in. It is often difficult to get a season ticket that covers two different companies.
THE LEWES DAY TICKET
A day ticket for nearly all buses in Lewes town is available. Buy on any bus in Lewes. There is also a weekly version. Not accepted on the Cuckmere buses 125s on Saturdays.
NETWORK SAVER TICKETS
Not to be confused with the city saver tickets, which are not valid in Lewes, these tickets entitle you to travel on any Brighton bus (even to Tunbridge Wells) including night buses, as well as Compass buses in Lewes town and on the whole of the 123 route to Newhaven. If the ticket is on a key card Compass only accept the adult version.
COMPASS BUS ROVER
A weekly ticket offering transport on all Compass Bus routes for a week.
These tickets are valid on almost any bus run by any company in Sussex, Surrey and Kent for one day. You can buy them on the bus, but they will be more expensive than the Network Saver
FAMILY AND COUPLES TICKETS
There are a number of tickets for families and other groups. Check the bus company web site for details
If you are travelling on trains and buses it may be cheaper to buy a plusbus ticket. Even if you are not travelling on a train, it can sometimes be better to buy a plusbus ticket
SOME 2020 FARES
The Lewes Rover ticket is £3.70 day and £15.00 a week.(may be different if bought on Compass buses.)
The price of a network saver valid on all Brighton buses on a scratchcard bought at the Tourist office, Martins newsagents in the high street or Leicester road stores is £5.50
A network saver bought on Brighton bus using cash or contactless costs £7
A network saver bought on theBrighton bus mobile phone app or on the key now costs £5.20
A return from Lewes to Brighton bought on the bus remains at £5.