You can apply online for a YOzone card, allowing you to travel on buses within the York area at a reduced fare.
In addition to this, you will be entitled to lots of great discounts from retailers throughout the York area.
The YOzone 11-16 card is available free to any young person aged 11-16 who lives or studies in the City of York Council area. Cards are valid until 31st August after your 16th birthday.
The YOzone 16-18 card is available free to any young person aged 16-18 who lives or studies in the City of York Council area.
When you turn 16, keep using your YOzone 11-16 card until you finish Year 11 in order to get the lowest possible bus fares available.
During August, when you've completed Year 11, you can apply for your YOzone 16-18 card as soon as you know which school or college you'll be attending in Year 12. If you live outside York you'll still need to be enrolled at a York school or college.
Applying for a card
If you don't already have a YOzone card, you can now apply online. Before starting your application, you will need:
- A valid email address.
- A good quality digital photo of yourself- clearly showing your whole face in front of a plain background with no-one else visible in the picture. Photos should ideally be in jpg format, and must be no more than 5Mb in size.
- If you provide your passport number your application will normally be processed within 3 days. If you do not have a passport, you can still apply online but your application will be delayed until we can confirm your details.
By completing an application you authorise City of York Council to verify your details against the current student roll.
To update an expired 11-16 card to a 16-18 card, log in or create an account then select "upgrade to a 16-18 card". There is no charge for this service.
If you have any comments or queries about our new online application system, please contact us.
Download the YOzone application form, fill it in and post it back to us.
You will need to send your completed form with a passport-sized photograph and proof of your age to YOzone, FREEPOST RTEG–TYYU-KLTZ, City of York Council, West Offices, Station Rise, York YO1 6GA. We will normally process your application within 5 working days.
Apply in person at West Offices customer centre. Bring proof of age- we'll take your photo free of charge.
Lost and stolen cards
If you've lost your YOzone card, you can order a replacement online for a fee of £7.50.
Stolen cards can be replaced free of charge on production of a valid police reference number. Please note that stolen cards can not be replaced online- please call (01904) 551670 or visit our customer centre.
Reduced fares for YOzone cardholders
The following bus companies offer reduced fare travel to YOzone cardholders on journeys within the City of York boundary:
|Bus company||YOzone 11-16 fare||YOzone 16-18 fare|
|Arriva||Half adult fare.||Half adult fare.|
|Coastliner (Transdev York)||£1 single journey tickets.||£1 single journey tickets (other fares one-third off adult price).|
|Connexions||Half adult fare.||Adult fares apply to over 16's.|
|East Yorkshire Motor Services||Half adult fare.||20% discount with EYMS Go Card.|
£1 single journey tickets, £2 day ticket, £5 weekly ticket.
|Maximum £1.40 single journey tickets, £3 day ticket, £10 weekly ticket (for other fares see First's website).|
|Reliance Motor Services||Half adult fare.||Adult fares apply to over 16's.|
|Stephenson's||Half adult fare (all routes).||Half adult fare (within City of York boundary).|
|Utopia Coaches||Half adult fare.||One-third off adult fare.|
|York Pullman||Half adult fare||One-third off adult fare.|
|All York bus companies||£2.30 off-peak day ticket (All York Young Person's Day).||Adult fares apply to over 16's.|
Smart YOzone cards
All cardholders should now have a smart YOzone card. If you still have one of the old non-smart 11-16 cards (without the blue 'ITSO' circle printed in the top-right corner) please contact us for a free replacement.