Bus and Tram in Nottingham

Brilliant offers to travel around Nottingham this winter

All bus operators in Nottingham now have a £2 single fare on services until 31 March 2023, thanks to the Government’s Help for Households campaign.

The Government’s campaign is investing £60m to enable local bus operators outside of London to cap their single bus fares at £2. This means that if a single fare usually costs £2.50, the Government will provide the bus operator with the 50p difference. You can pay for the discounted ticket by cash, contactless, Robin Hood Pay-As-You-Go cards, and on operator mobile apps (such as the NCTX Buses app or the mango app).

The scheme hopes to help families save money during the cost of living pressures and encourage people to swap their cars for bus journeys. During January, February and March, it’s hoped that two million cars will be taken off the road. This will reduce carbon emissions whilst encouraging more people to use the bus. It will also help the bus industry recover from the pandemic.

Nottingham’s trams are not included in the £2 fare cap, but the City Council are lobbying the Government to include our award-winning tram system in this scheme. However, NET are offering their own special offer of a £365 annual pass (usually £585), available until Tuesday 31 January via their NETgo app and ticket machines. The offer also includes free parking at any of the 5,000 spaces at NET’s seven Park and Ride sites across the city, offering motorists a more convenient, greener and affordable way to travel into Nottingham.

Here are some of the best fun and cheap places to travel to on public transport to make the most of the discounts:

• Newstead Abbey – Check out the 300 acres of parkland with walled gardens, a fort and much more. Kids go free with a paying adult. Catch the 141 bus from the city centre.

• Wollaton Hall – There’s plenty to see and do at Wollaton Hall. Enjoy free Natural History exhibits, tours of the house, the grounds and lake, formal and botanical gardens, cafés, shops and much more. Travel on the 30,35 or 36 lines from the city centre.

• Nottingham Contemporary – View some international art for free. The nearest bus stop is Fletcher Gate H1 which is served by Nottingham City Transport green, navy and turquoise lines. Also close to the Lace Market tram stop.

• New Art Exchange – A ground-breaking, award-winning and internationally recognised creative space with free exhibitions in the heart of Hyson Green. It can be reached by bus services (78, 79, 80, 81 & L12). Also close to The Forest tram stop.

• Green’s Windmill – Visit the restored and working 19th century tower windmill. Admission to the mill and museum is free. Bus number 43 from King Street in the city centre passes Windmill Lane.

Nottingham City Council’s Portfolio Holder for Highways, Transport and Parks, Councillor Audra Wynter, said:

“I’m delighted that so many bus operators have signed up to the fare cap between 1 January and 31 March. I’d encourage people to take advantage of the £2 tickets which offer a great saving on many of the fares currently in place.

“It’s fantastic to see that NET are also offering their own special deal of a £365 annual pass. With the pass working out at just £1 a day, it’s worth getting if you plan to catch the tram more than once a week. Both these offers aim to reduce car use and encourage people onto more sustainable public transport.”

You can find out more information and read FAQs about the £2 single fares here.

Posted on 11 January 2023

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