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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.

YOzone 11-16 cardThe 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.

YOzone 16-18 cardThe 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 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.
  • Proof of your age- eg. birth certificate or passport. This should be scanned or photographed in jpg or pdf format, clearly showing your date of birth.

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, enter your details then select "YOzone 16-18 card - to replace my expired YOzone 11-16 card". There is no charge for this service.

By Post

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 10 working days.

In Person

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 for a fee of £7.50 by visiting our customer centre or calling us on 01904 551670.

Stolen cards can be replaced free of charge on production of a valid police reference number.

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. Half adult fare.
East Yorkshire Motor Services Half adult fare. 20% discount with EYMS Go Card.
First York

£1 single journey tickets, £2 day ticket, £6 weekly ticket.

Maximum £1.40 single journey tickets, £3 day ticket, £11 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).
York Pullman Half adult fare One-third off adult fare.
All York ticket £2.30 off-peak day ticket (All York Young Person's Day). Adult fares apply to over 16's.

Leisure and shopping discounts

In addition to reduced-fare bus travel, there are lots of other great offers available to YOzone card holders. More