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16-18 PhotoCard

Available to all 16-18 year old residents of West Yorkshire

PLEASE NOTE: We have moved to a new online ordering system. If you have previously ordered a Young Persons, 16-18 (formerly Scholars) PhotoCard online, you must still create a new account.

What is a 16-18 PhotoCard?

A 16-18 PhotoCard costs £5 and is for West Yorkshire residents age 16 to 18. It is valid from your 16th birthday until the day before your 19th birthday. 


  • Half-fare bus and train travel in West Yorkshire at any time of the day, including evenings and weekends. (except late night services and special event services).
  • Load discounted MyDay, weekly and monthly tickets for unlimited travel across West Yorkshire. Find out how.
  • Valid up to the day before the card holder's 19th birthday

Please be aware that without a 16-18 Blue PhotoCard a full adult fare will need to be paid for the journey.

Applying for your PhotoCard 

 You can:

  • Apply online
    You will need a valid UK passport or driving licence, and a digital passport-quality photo to upload. You will need to be 16 to apply.
  • at a Bus Station Travel Centre

    If this is your first smart PhotoCard you must bring:
    (a) proof that you live in West Yorkshire, such as a bank statement.
    (b) proof of identity and age, such as your birth certificate or NHS medical card.  (Castleford and Pontefract Bus Station Travel Centres only accept credit or debit card payments.)
  • Or you will need to take a current Under 16 PhotoCard, or a 16-18 PhotoCard.  

There is no need to provide a photograph as the Travel Centre will take one for you.

Your smartcard will be posted to you within 2-3 working days.

What discounted travel do I get?

How much does it cost?

There is a £5 administration fee when you apply for your PhotoCard.

Lost PhotoCards

There is a £5 fee to replace a lost 16-18 PhotoCard.  The replacement will have the same expiry date as your previous PhotoCard.    

You can order a replacement online or by going to a Bus Station Travel Centre

Damaged PhotoCard

Physically Damaged PhotoCards
It is the card holder’s responsibility to ensure that their PhotoCard is in good physical condition to allow it to be scanned by bus ticket machines and rail station gates (if a 16-25 product is loaded).

For example, ticket machines and gates cannot scan:

  • Split or cut, or
  • Held together with tape, or
  • Have holes in the card

Additionally, PhotoCards where the holder can no longer be identified by the photograph must also order a replacement.

There is a £5 fee to replace a damaged 16-18 PhotoCard.

You can order a replacement by:

Non-Scanning PhotoCards
If your card does not scan then it will be withdrawn and you MUST order a replacement. To have your PhotoCard checked please visit a Bus Station Travel Centre. If the PhotoCard has no obvious physical damage and fails to scan at a Bus Station Travel Centre they will order a replacement free of charge. The replacement will have the same expiry date as your previous PhotoCard.

Stolen PhotoCards

If your 16-18 PhotoCard has been stolen, report it to the police, who will give you a Crime Reference Number. 

You can order a replacement :

  • Online  - there is a charge of £5 for replacing your card online.
  • at a Bus Station Travel Centre - free of charge if you take your Crime Reference Number with you.

Travelling into North Yorkshire on Transdev services

With a 16-18 PhotoCard you can travel on all Transdev Keighley & District, Harrogate & District and Coastliner services into and within North Yorkshire. On these services you will receive a third off the fare for your journey in North Yorkshire.

16-18 rail travel outside of West Yorkshire

For travel outside of West Yorkshire, beyond the last West Yorkshire stopping station, full fare is payable for West Yorkshire 16-18 PhotoCard holders, unless they are in possession of a discounted railcard such as a 16-25 Railcard.