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Personal travel choices for jobseekers

Coronavirus update

Our Access to Employment and Access to Apprenticeships Ticket Schemes are currently suspended due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Please check back here for further information. Tickets already issued remain valid for travel.

The Bike to Work Scheme is still operational, and will is currently being fulfilled remotely via your advisor.

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Travel choices for jobseekers

Together with Jobcentre Plus and System One, TfGM offers two schemes to help jobseekers save money while finding work or starting a new job.

Free and discounted travel

Are you currently looking for a job but finding travel costs hard to meet? TfGM and System One, along with Jobcentre Plus, are here to help get you where you need to go by offering free and discounted travel to interviews, and to your new workplace when you get a job.

We have two ticketing offers available:

  • Free one-day bus passes to get you to interviews.

The System One day ticket for job interviews is valid for the specified date and can be used on any bus across Greater Manchester.

  • Free travel on buses and Metrolink trams for 28 days and then reduced price travel tickets for three more 28-day periods when you have started a job.
Period Cost Saving
First 28-day period Free Saving £129
Second 28-day period £25 Saving £104
Third 28-day period £50 Saving £79
Fourth 28-day period £75 Saving £54

*Savings correct as of Febraury 2020

The ticket can be used on all Metrolink trams and most bus services in Greater Manchester, including those run by Stagecoach, First and Arriva. You can find a full list of bus companies which will accept the ticket at

How to get your free ticket

Simply ask your Jobcentre Plus advisor about our offers and they’ll assess whether you’re eligible.

You can apply for the free one-day bus pass directly with your advisor.

For the extended ticket offer you will need to be a Jobcentre Plus or Work Programme client who has gained employment and signing off the out of work benefit you are currently receiving. Your Jobcentre Plus advisor will support you to complete an application form and advise of the next steps, which involve taking the completed form to a TfGM Travelshop where you will receive your free travel card and voucher booklet.

Bike Back to Work

Cycling is a low cost and practical way of getting to work, especially where shift working or location rule public transport out.

If cycling is your best option to travel to work but you don’t have a bike, we have an offer of a free refurbished bike, which has been fully repaired and checked.

As part of the scheme you will also receive a free helmet, lock, hi-vis jacket and lights to keep you and your bike safe. Both the bike and accessories will be yours to keep after three months.

If you’ve not previously cycled on the road, or are completely new to cycling, you can take part in free training offered by TfGM to get you up to speed.

How to get your free bike

Jobcentre Plus claimants who have gained employment and are signing off benefit are eligible to apply.

Talk to your Jobcentre Plus advisor who will support you to complete an application form and return it to TfGM.

If your application is successful, you will be contacted by one of the bike suppliers so you can organise collection of your bike.

For any queries about any information within this page please email or call 0161 244 1984