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Thinksmart - apprentice travel scheme

Helping young people into employment and supporting economic growth in Gloucestershire

Who is eligible?

If you are a resident of Gloucestershire employed in a Gloucestershire apprenticeship and are aged 16-24, you may be entitled to a free Thinksmart bus pass for journeys to and from your placement.

Your bus pass allows you to travel free of charge for up to 100 journeys on local bus services in Gloucestershire over the period of your apprenticeship.

How do I apply?

Both you and your employer need to complete and sign the application form.

Application Form for an Apprentice's Bus Pass (To print & fill in)

Application Form for an Apprentice's Bus Pass (To fill in on your computer/tablet then print to sign)

Scan and email to:


Post to:

Apprentice Bus Pass Scheme,
Integrated Transport Unit,
Shire Hall,
Gloucester, GL1 2TH

If you can't print or fill in the application form - contact us at buspasses@gloucestershire.gov.uk

What happens next?

We will confirm your eligibility with your employer. If your application is successful - you'll receive a pass in the post in 7-21 days. You will initially receive a 50 journey card. Once you have used nearly all the journeys you will need to contact us for your final card of 50 journeys. Email buspasses@gloucestershire.gov.uk.

Where when and how do I use it?

Just hold your pass against the card reader when you board the bus

Participating operators

  • AD Rains
  • Coachstyle
  • Cotswold Green
  • Community Connexions
  • Forest Community Transport (Lydney Dial-a-Ride)
  • James Bevan Coaches
  • Marchants' Coaches
  • Mike's Travel
  • Newent Shuttle
  • Pulhams' Coaches
  • Stagecoach West
  • Swanbrook Transport Ltd

Terms and conditions of issue and use of "Go Zone" tickets on Thinksmart cards for apprentices and care-leavers.

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