Free travel offers and advice for new residents across the West of England

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Free travel offers

Loan-a-Bike scheme

A 2-week loan of your choice of electric, fold-up or hybrid (commuter) bikes. A range of sizes and frame types are available. 

Adult cycle confidence training 

Improve your road cycling skills with a private training session with a qualified instructor. Flexible and tailored to your confidence level, they can be delivered in a location of your choice (within the West of England).

Electric car demonstrator loan

Experience the brilliance of an electric vehicle for yourself with a 2-week loan of an electric demonstration car (Nissan Leaf or Renault Zoe). Delivered by our partners Ubeeqo E-car club. 

Electric vehicle advice consultations 

Free, impartial and personalised consultation with our EV expert for all your Electric Vehicle questions. 

Dr Bike service

Our trained mechanics provide cycle health checks and basic servicing and advice for further work required.

Bus taster ticket

Free First bus Day Rider taster ticket (valid for metrobus and other First services) with bus route plan for your chosen route.

Guided bike ride and route familiarisation 

Benefit from the experience of local cycle instructors through a guided ride and help with finding the best route to your destination. 

Personalised route plan 

Let our team of Travelwest Advisors do the research for you with a personalised route plan. We’ll provide a summary of all your options for any chosen journey, timings, fares and advice. 

Motorcycle training refresher 

1-day refresher days, with mixture of theory and practical instruction. 

Children’s bike Re-Cycle project

We can collect donations of children’s bikes you no longer need and arrange delivery of new sizes – eligibility criteria apply for those receiving bikes. 

Request an offer

Use the form below to contact us in regard to any of the offers we provide to new residents. We will be in touch with more information. You can also use this form to request printed maps and guides.

Free Travel Offers for new residents

A range of key offers available through the funding/project.

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Travel in the West of England

Plan Your Journey

Use the Travelwest Journey Planner to plan your journey, where you can find the best routes for different modes of transport, and view real-time information about buses, cycling, park & ride and trains. This travel tool was designed specifically for the South West and contains comprehensive, regularly updated information relating to your area that you will not find in any other online map. 

Live Bus Times

No more waiting around at the bus stop thanks to a range of bus checker apps – just install on your phone or tablet and you can get live information about when your next bus arrives. There are many bus checker apps available, and you can also use some of them for mobile tickets. To find the best one for you.


metrobus is a new rapid public transport system for the West of England region. The routes have been designed to fit in between the region’s rail and local bus network and do those long distance, cross-city journeys which the existing bus network doesn’t do so well. MetroBuses also have free on-board wifi and USB charging facilities so you can charge your phone whilst on the move. Off bus ticketing, dedicated bus lanes, prioritised traffic lights, fewer bus stops and direct routes mean faster, more frequent and more reliable bus services. Unlike regular bus services, MetroBus is a buy before you board service as this makes boarding times up to five times faster than a regular bus service. 

Car Clubs

If you don’t want to own a car, but need one on demand, car clubs are a great option. For a small monthly or annual subscription fee, a car club allows you to borrow a car on a pay-as-you-go basis – you will just pay for what you use, and won’t be responsible for servicing or maintenance costs. It is easy to become a member of a car club – just fill in a short form online. 

Electric Vehicles

With a rapidly expanding network of public charging points available across the West of England region, there has never been a better time to make the switch to electric vehicles. There are discounts available to buy all types of electric and plug-in hybrid cars, vans and motorcycles, ranging from £1,500 to £8,000. To check out your nearest public charging points and the wider network, plus help with selecting the right car and calculating your cost saving visit our Go Electric pages 

Car Share

Sharing a lift is a great way to save money, reduce the stress of driving and make your journeys more social. There are a range of services to help you link up with other people making similar journeys to you.