School transport options

There are different options to get your child to and from school.

Children are only eligible for free school transport in certain circumstances. These are set out in government guidance and include how far the walk to school is, the family's income, any special needs they have and whether the walk is safe.

Public transport

You can check if there is public transport that can get your child to and from school. Most operators offer season tickets and discounts for children.

Bus

Train

Taxi

Services may offer discounts for regular journeys.

School bus services

If you cannot find suitable public transport, you may be able to pay for a place on a school bus service.

Commercial school buses

These are buses on school routes run by commercial companies. You should contact the bus company to buy a place for your child.

Spare Seats scheme

You may be able to apply for a spare seat on one of the services we run for children who get free transport.

Parent and community schemes

Contact your school's Parent Teacher Association to find out if they run any school transport schemes. For example, arranging their own school transport or organising 'walking buses'.

Car share

You can arrange to car share with other parents, or use an app like Liftshare.

Childcare

A childminder may be able to pick up and drop off your child.

Walking and cycling

Check if your school has a travel plan. School travel plans offer help and support for children to get to school without using a car.