BROOKESbus fares

BROOKESbus is a public service open to everyone!

The BROOKESkey, exclusively available to Oxford Brookes University students and staff, allows access to discounted travel products on our local services. The BROOKESkey is issued on the Oxford Bus app.

Applications incur a non-refundable charge of £10 and the app also contains many other great features such as journey planning, live bus tracking, timetables and tickets for other services such as coaches to Heathrow and Gatwick airports.

You can apply for the BROOKESkey here.

Travel offers exclusive to Oxford Brookes staff and students

The below offers are restricted to Oxford Brookes University students and staff - you must carry your student/staff ID with you at all times when travelling. Further details on these offers can be found below.

Multi-trip options

12 Single Journeys - cityzone 

£14.40 (normally £19.50)

12 single journeys on Oxford Bus Company and Thames Travel local buses within cityzone. Includes BROOKESbus and NU night services. Use your Oxford Brookes email address in the app and the discount will be applied at checkout.

12 Single Journeys - cityzone & South Oxfordshire zone

£24 (normally £35)

Includes journeys on any Oxford Bus Company and Thames Travel local buses within cityzone & South Oxfordshire zone. Includes BROOKESbus and NU night services. Use your Oxford Brookes email address in the app and the discount will be applied at checkout.

the airline coaches

Oxford to Heathrow Airport Return

£25 (normally £35)

Period return on the airline coach service from Oxford to Heathrow Airport. Period return, valid for up to 1 month. Use your Oxford Brookes email address in the app and the discount will be applied at checkout.

Oxford to Gatwick Airport Return

£30 (normally £45)

A period return on the airline coach service from Oxford to Gatwick Airport. Period return, valid for up to 1 month. Use your Oxford Brookes email address in the app and the discount will be applied at checkout.

Time-based options 

In addition to the above offers, the below time-based passes are for unlimited travel on our BROOKESbus services (400 BROOKESbusU1 and 100 BROOKESbusU5). The BROOKESbus is a public service with tailored travel routes to help Oxford Brookes University students and staff.

Inclusive travel pass: Some Oxford Brookes University students are eligible for free travel on the BROOKESbus. 

To be eligible for an Inclusive travel pass, students must be either:

  1. Staying in an Oxford Brookes Halls of Residence (booked through the University); or

  2. Studying either a full-time, Oxford Brookes University:

  • Undergraduate course, or

  • PGCE course (Post Graduate Certificate in Education), or

  • MArch course (Masters in Architecture), or

  • MArchD course (Masters in Architecture Design)

Please note: The Inclusive travel pass is only valid for one academic year. Please refer to OBU's transport webpages

Academic annual 

01/09/2023 - 31/08/2024

£245

Calendar annual

01/01/2024 - 31/12/2024

£245

Semester one

01/09/2023 - 31/12/2023

£110

Semester two

01/01/2024 - 30/06/2024

£165

Summer pass

01/07/2023 - 31/08/2023

£40

Time-based options include unlimited travel on the 400 BROOKESbusU1 and 100 BROOKESbusU5 services. It also includes travel on the NU night services (NU1 and NU5) for just £1 a journey.

Buy on the bus

In addition to the BROOKESkey offers, Oxford Brookes University staff and students can show their valid University ID card to buy a single discounted travel fare on Oxford Bus Company or Thames Travel services within cityzone.

Single journey (one way) for £1.50

A single (one way) ticket on any Oxford Bus Company or Thames Travel local bus services (coaches excluded) within the cityzone. Simply show your valid Oxford Brookes photo ID card to the driver to pay the discounted fare price.

Staff-only offers

Oxford Brookes University staff can buy discounted passes to travel on BROOKESbus services.

BROOKESkey Academic Annual
£122.50 (normally £245)

Valid from 1 September 2023 until 31 August 2024.

BROOKESkey Calendar Annual
£122.50 (normally £245)

Valid from 1 January 2024 until 31 December 2024.

BROOKESkey Semester 1
£55 (normally £110)

Valid from 1 September 2023 until 31 December 2023.

BROOKESkey Semester 2
£82.50 (normally £165)

Valid from 1 January 2024 until 30 June 2024.


Further details on travel information for Oxford Brookes can be found on the University’s dedicated webpages.