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Our strength is in our reach

Arriva’s train and bus companies have some great value offers for students. Our vast network covers many university and college towns and cities and so helping students to connect to more is important. Here are some of the ways we’re making it easier to connect you to more, whether that’s friends and family, new experiences or different destinations.

The Arriva network

We cover much of the UK and you can find out more about our parent company Arriva here.

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With a fleet of 5,250 buses, Arriva is one of the UK’s largest bus operators, providing services for customers in London, the north east, north west and south east of England, Yorkshire, the Midlands and Wales.

Arriva Student Saver tickets can save you heaps of money off standard adult fares. And you can travel in the evening and at weekends too, as many times as you like! So get your ride on to lectures, to the shops, out with mates and well, anywhere you fancy really.

For more information visit the Arriva Bus website.

Arriva Trains Wales provides inter-urban, rural and commuter rail services throughout Wales and the English border counties. It operates all stations in Wales and many in the border counties.

You can save up to 51%* on what’s important to you with Arriva Trains Wales Advance tickets. Visit faraway friends and discover exciting new places while saving money getting there.

For more information visit the Arriva Trains Wales website.


Chiltern services run along the M40 corridor between London Marylebone and Birmingham Moor Street or Aylesbury via Amersham.

Advance fares with a young person’s Railcard are as low as £3.65 – London to Oxford and £3.65 London to Birmingham (subject to availability, terms and conditions apply).

For more information visit the Chiltern Railways website.

The CrossCountry network is the most extensive in Great Britain. Stretching from Aberdeen to Penzance, and from Stansted to Cardiff, it calls at more than 120 stations. Students can…

For more information visit the CrossCountry Special Offers page.

Based in York, our Grand Central Railway services link large cities in Yorkshire and the North East with London Kings Cross.

Students with an NUS extra card can save 25%*** on Grand Central train travel. With tickets between the North East and London starting at just £12.80 when you book in advance, book now to take advantage of our great savings. Combine it with a 16-25 Railcard and you could take 50% off Grand Central Advance train tickets!

For more information visit the Grand Central website.

Northern connects many towns and cities across the North of England and you can save over 60%**** when you book in advance.

For more information visit the Northern website.

* Average saving in comparison to equivalent Standard Single fare. Sold subject to availability. National Rail Conditions of Travel, terms and conditions apply. Valid until 01/01/2018.)

** Applies to CrossCountry journeys only. Average saving calculated by comparing Advance standard single ticket prices, purchased before the day of travel, for 4,871 CrossCountry journeys to the equivalent price of an Anytime standard single ticket. Advance fares are subject to availability, terms and conditions apply. Please see website for full details.

*** The 25% discount is available for Grand Central Advance train tickets only (depending on the journey being made - train operator will be stated on your ticket) which are exclusively for use on Grand Central trains.

**** Northern Advance tickets are available off-peak only and are subject to availability. The lowest fares are available up to 23:59 the day before travel. Actual average saving is 64%. Saving is based on an average Northern advanced fare versus cheapest walk up fare. Tickets are subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply.

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