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Spectrum is the all day multi-operator bus travel ticket for Derby, which allows unlimited bus travel from 5am to- midnight on the day of purchase on most Arriva, Trent Barton, Your Bus, Kinch Buses and Notts and Derby services within the Derby city area. 

Adult tickets are priced at £5.80 and child tickets at £3.80. 7 day and 28 day saver tickets are also available to purchase.

How do I get a Spectrum smart card?

Cards are available from the bus station information office which is open from 8.30am to 5.30pm Monday to Friday and from 8.30am to 1pm on Saturday. Once you have purchased a Spectrum card you can top up on participating bus services.

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)

How will it work?

Customers can now buy single day tickets as well as 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 1 day/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.

What bus services can I use it on?

Any bus operated by Arriva, trentbarton, Notts and Derby, Kinch Bus and Yourbus in the Derby city area and the built up area of South Derbyshire immediately adjacent to the boundary of Shardlow Road and Stenson Fields, with the following exceptions:

Excluded services:

  • All travel outside of Derby city
  • 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 5am)
  • 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?

Unfortunately paper tickets are no longer available to purchase. 

For more information, email spectrum@derby.gov.uk.

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