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Arriva Employer Travel Club

The Open University MK and Arriva and have joined together to offer great value travel ticket discounts to anyone using an Arriva Bus service to travel to-and-from work. There are a number of reasons why bus travel may prove a convenient option to you, not just the fact that car parking can be limited.  Bus travel is also a great way of meeting your social responsibility objectives, reducing your carbon footprint and meeting  your sustainability aspirations.

As a member of the Employer Travel Club we are able to offer bus travel discounts to all of our employees. The Scheme is open to everyone who is associated with The Open University Mk , irrespective of where you work. The ETC can provide you with reduced bus travel costs not just to-and-from work, as the ticket can also be used for traveling around on your days-off too.  Furthermore up to two children can travel free with the ticket holder at weekends and on public holidays.

Please see table below for prices and ETC savings

Travel Zones and Ticket Prices
A complete list of all travel zones across
Beds, Bucks & Herts can be viewed online

4 week
Saver Ticket Price

Travel Club Monthly
Ticket Price

Annual Saving

Milton Keynes (includes Buckingham)




Orbit (for travel in all of Beds, Bucks & Herts)




To join the scheme you can click this link

From here it’s a simple 2-step process to sign-up to the Employer Travel Club:

  1. Order your ticket online by choosing your zone and completing the direct debit online application form - you will need your bank account details.
    When completing the ‘Company and/or Organisation Name’ field, you MUST enter this as Open University MK
  2. Receive your season ticket in the post each month. Tickets can also be delivered to your iPhone or Android handset. 
    There is no set up fee and no minimum contract, which means that you can cancel the direct debit at any time should your circumstances change.

Payments are taken on the 1st or 15th of each month.

Please register at least two weeks before the date of your first direct debit payment.

i.e. for payments on the 1st July please register by 16th June 

  • For payments on the 1st  your first ticket is dispatched the following week and will commence from 12th of the month.  
  • For payments made on the 15th   your first ticket is dispatched the following week and commence on 27th of each month.
  • Thereafter your ticket will roll over every month  

To receive an m-ticket you must download the Arriva App and register your details first.

For children to travel free with the ticket holder at weekends and on public holidays, you will need to request a paper ticket 


The Open University is now a member of the SmartGo scheme, giving all staff FREE access to a range of discounts and incentives to help make your commuting and leisure journeys cheaper, easier or healthier.

The package includes bus and train offers, cheaper car hire, cycling deals and savings on hiking or running. Many can be used outside of work too, so your savings can quickly add up! To register:

  1. Visit:
  2. Complete the form for the Standard network and choose ‘The Open University’
  3. Enter: in the 'Verification email address’ box
  4. Fill in your details and click ‘Submit’
  5. You’ll receive an account validation email with an auto-generated password to complete your setup, then you’re ready to start saving!

If you have any questions, please get in touch with The SmartGo Team on Tel: 0330 024 56 65 or email:  

Please note that by signing up to Smartgo you may receive an invitation to take part in their own Travel Survey.  This survey is optional and entirely up to you if you wish to take part.

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The Open University
Travel Advice
First Floor
Geoffrey Crowther Building
Walton Hall
Milton Keynes

01908 659784