28 June 2023

Plymouth Citybus School Buses 23/24

There will be some changes to the Plymouth Citybus run Plymouth School Bus Network from September 2023.

Changes are being made to make sure the remaining school services are viable after central funding for the bus industry has been reduced.

We have listed the changes below to both routes and tickets.

  • Coombe Dean

We have worked with Coombe Dean school to make sure the buses are now timed to coincide with the later school finish time. All current buses, 806 / 807 / 808/ 809 will depart Coombe Dean at 15.15 and the 810 (currently 808 late trip) will depart at 16.30. The 807 will have a revised route in Mount Gould avoiding a double loop in the afternoons.

  • Tor Bridge

There will be no timing or route changes to the 106 and 107.

  • Notre Dame

The 103 / 112 and 118 will be retimed to improve reliability on morning trips and will leave Notre Dame 5 minutes later in the afternoon at 15.40.

  • DHS

The 101 and 102 will be retimed to improve reliability. The 104 will be revised to start at Roborough Roundabout and not extend to Yelverton and Tavistock. The 105 will be withdrawn. There will be no Plymouth Citybus school buses north of Roborough. Passengers will need to seek alternatives, such as the Stagecoach X1.


All school buses will now run within the new ‘Plymouth Zone’, formally Zone 1 and 2.

Passengers will still be able to access single, return, day, week tickets on the bus and additionally 4 week and 13 week via the Plymouth Citybus App.

These tickets enable travel on the school bus of choice, plus travel on any other Plymouth Citybus services in the valid zone, meaning you can still travel off peak and in school holidays across the local bus network. This year you will be asked to purchase the ticket for the bus you will be travelling on. For instance, a 112 ticket will not be valid on other school bus except the 112. Tickets for the 806 / 807 / 808 / 809 will also be valid on the 810.


Singles and Returns (on bus) = depend on journey length

Day (on bus and app) = £5.50

1 week (on bus and app) = £22.00

4 week (on app) = £86.00

13 week (on app) = £275

Full timetables can be downloaded from the side bar to the right. 


Singles and returns

Available to buy on bus and price dependant on distance travelled.

  • Day Tickets

Available to buy on bus and on the Plymouth Citybus App.

Zone 1 and 2 = £4.50

Zone 3 = £6.50

  • 1 Week Tickets

Available to buy on bus and on the Plymouth Citybus App.

Zone 1 or 2 = £16.00

Zone 1 and 2 = £18.00

Zone 3 = £22.00

4 Week Tickets

Available to buy on the Plymouth Citybus App.

Zone 1 or 2 = £60.00

Zone 1 and 2 = £70.00

Zone 3 = £80.00

  • 13 Week Tickets

Available to buy on the Plymouth Citybus App.

Zone 1 or 2 = £190.00

Zone 1 and 2 = £220.00

Zone 3 = £250.00

The School Bus times can be found here: Plymouth%20School%20Times%202023.pdf

The days of a fleet of StudentLink buses seem a distant memory

Student Link Lineup

Student Link


  1. When were the school link buses withdrawn? Anyone got any interior photos

    1. Wow classic - even the lack of stop buttons is amusing on the top deck.

  2. Best deckers ever those

  3. Studentlink buses a distant memory? Stagecoach Gold seems to be doing a pretty good impression of it!

    1. Yes + the tacky looking yellow Falcons with Megabus plastered on them as an after thought.

    2. The Falcon coaches are getting past it now, air conditioning don't work on hardly any of them either. Be interesting in the next couple of years if they'll renew the fleet or give up the service completely now that Flix bus and National Express are expanding there services between Plymouth and Bristol

  4. Anyone know if 477 is due to be withdrawn? Engine sounds like its dying

    1. it's not far off, i believe - it was never meant to be a "in service bus" anyway. it's just filling in for whenever the next batch of 4000s are ready

    2. Ah okay - its a painful experience when I get it on the 34 infact any of the 06/56 enviros

  5. What / when are the next batch of 4000's ready? Are they the same 57 plate ones as what's out there at the mo?

    Also - can anyone confirm if 164 is back out today? bustimes has shown it online today but not sure if the ticket machine has been moved? Not been seen since December.

    1. Yes indeed 164 is actually back out after months and months off the road.

    2. Danny Walmsley-Dawe2 July 2023 at 13:20

      Saw it pass Milehouse with a driver NIS around 22:20 after a day of work - after operating the 21:35 34 to Royal Parade

    3. i believe theres only 2 or 3 of the 57 plate 4000s left to be put into service

  6. What buses do we currently have in reserve? Are the Citaros considered reserve buses? Can't see an accurate list anywhere.

    1. Any Citaros with PCB are either now allocated solely to the training fleet, or parts/for disposal. No Citaros will return to front line service or enter the reserve pool.

  7. Falcon coaches should not be 'past it' at their age. Its just poor maintenance. They just need to service all the air conditioning units so that they're re-gassed and cleaned. Nothing a couple hours with an air con engineer can't sort. Typical of Stagecoach's approach to coaching.

    1. The coaches they took on from the X5 Stagecoach East service Cambridge to Oxford were so unreliable due to breakdowns


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