all derby – one ticket

Derby has several bus companies that run the services that are vital to travel all across the city. If your journey involves travelling with different companies, then Spectrum is the right ticket for you. The Spectrum smart card can initially be purchased from the bus station information office, and then topped up on participating Arriva, Trent Barton, Notts & Derby, Kinch and Yourbus services, with some exceptions (see below).

You can buy daily tickets which are valid until midnight on the date of purchase, and you can save even more with our new 7 day and 28 day saver tickets, giving you unlimited travel within the Derby city area for less.

How it works

Customers can now buy better value 7 day or 28 day advance tickets from the bus station information office. You can make as many journeys as you want on any participating services within the city during the 7 day/28 day period. Customers can then continue to top up additional saver tickets at the bus station or on participating Arriva, trentbarton, Notts and Derby, Kinch Bus or Your Bus.

At the start of each new day of travel, customers will simply need to place their Spectrum card on the bus ticket machine to activate that days travel. There is no need to touch off when you get off the bus. Every time you board a new bus service during the day, you will need to do the same thing.

How do I get one?

Smart cards are initially available to buy from the bus station information office. Users can then continue to top up on any participating bus service.

How much will it cost?

1 day      £3.80
7 day     £16 (40% saving)
28 day  £55 (48% saving)

1 day      £4.35
7 day     £18 (41% saving)
28 day  £64 (47 saving)

1 day    £5.80
7 day    £24 (41% saving)
28 day £85 (48% saving)
(Savings compared to buying 7 or 28 single day tickets)

What bus services can I use it on?

Any bus operated by Arriva, trentbarton, Notts and Derby, Your Bus and Kinch Bus in the Derby City area only and the built up area of South Derbyshire immediately adjacent to the boundary of Shardlow Road, Stenson Fields and Radbourne Lane except for the following services:

Excluded services

Spectrum cannot be used on the following services:

  • Any travel outside of the Derby city boundary
  • Coach or National Express
  • X38
  • Red Arrow, Comet, Zoom and 6X
  • Notts & Derby X17, X52, X60 and X63
  • trentbarton and Your Bus evening buses (departing the city centre after midnight and before 5.00am)
  • All football specials

What if I lose or damage my card?

Go to the bus station information office, where a member of staff will be able to issue you with a new card. Unfortunately any credit on your lost card can not be transferred.

Can anybody use my card?

Yes, family and friends can share the card too, so when you’re not using it they can.

How much money can I put on my card?

  • 1 day ticket – up to 10 top ups in one purchase
  • 7 day ticket – up to 4 top-ups in one purchase
  • 28 day ticket – up to 4 top-ups in one purchase

Can I continue to buy the paper Spectrum ticket on the bus as I do now?

The paper version of the single day ticket will only be available to purchase up until Saturday 25th February 2017.  After this day you will only be able to use a Spectrum smart card.