Commercial school buses
There are many dedicated school bus routes that are run on a commercial basis independently of the council, with parents buying tickets directly from the bus companies. The number of commercial routes increased from September 2021.
Additional commercial school bus routes from September 2021
The council has worked with bus companies to help set up new additional commercial dedicated school-only bus routes to support parents to get their child to school.
All children who paid for a seat on a council-run school bus who want a seat on a bus from September 2021 have the opportunity to buy a seat on a commercial school bus or on a public bus or train.
The council provides school buses for children who are eligible for transport assistance because of low income, distance from school or special educational needs. If there are spare seats remaining on these buses, these are then made available to paying parents of non-eligible children.
The council’s school bus routes changed from September 2021 to ensure that they are cost-effective. In 2020/21 only 66% of seats on council paid for school buses were taken up by children who qualify for transport assistance.
The council focus on providing school buses where there is a need for children who qualify for transport assistance under the council’s policy, and there are fewer spare seats on council-run routes for purchase by parents whose children are not eligible for free school transport.
From September 2021, bus companies have increased the number of new commercial school bus routes across the county. The council has worked with the companies to identify potential new routes, and the companies have taken over some council-run routes on which all, or nearly all, pupils are not eligible for free transport and are paying for their seat.
Bus companies offer services on a commercial basis which means that there needs to be enough demand from parents for seats in order to make a bus route commercially worthwhile. Likewise, the companies are responsible for setting ticket prices at a level which makes their services financially viable.
The companies have all published information on their websites setting out the route timetables and tickets are available to buy.
Links are provided in the route list below. Routes may also be subject to later change depending on ticket demand.
Please note that commercial companies also run other school bus routes not listed here. Please check their websites for further details.
Commercially-run school bus routes from September 2021
Aylesbury grammar schools
Great Brickhill, Soulbury, Stewkley, Drayton Parslow, Burcott, Wing - operated by Masons.
Buckingham School and the Royal Latin School
Whitchurch, Oving, North Marston, Granborough, Winslow, Padbury - operated by Red Rose Travel.
Newton Longville, Mursley, Swanbourne, Whaddon, Nash, The Horwoods - operated by Marshalls.
The Cottesloe School
Little Horwood, Swanbourne, Winslow, Granborough, North Marston, Cublington, Aston Abbotts, Whitchurch - operated by Masons.
Buckingham, Winslow, North Marston, Granborough, Whitchurch, Oving - operated by Motts Travel.
Beaconsfield High School
Seer Green, Chalfont St Giles, Chalfont St Peter - operated by Ashwood Travel.
The Beaconsfield School
Farnham Royal, Farnham Common, Hedgerley - operated by Imperial Coaches.
Dr Challoner's Grammar School
Great Missenden, Prestwood, The Kingshills, South Heath, Hyde Heath - operated by Motts Travel.
Dr Challoner's High School
Great Missenden, Prestwood, The Kingshills, South Heath, Hyde Heath - operated by Red Rose Travel.
Chesham, Chesham Bois, Great Hivings, operated by Red Rose Travel.
Chesham Grammar School
Chalfont St Giles, Chalfont St Peter, Seer Green - operated by Ashwood Travel.
Great Missenden, Prestwood, The Kingshills, Hyde Heath, Chesham Bois - operated by Red Eagle.
Great Marlow School
Stokenchurch, Wheeler End, Bolter End, Lane End, Studley Green - operated by Countrywide Coaches.
Royal Grammar School
Gerrards Cross, Beaconsfield, Loudwater, Bourne End, Wooburn Green, Flackwell Heath - operated by Ashwood Travel.
Other services are run independently by commercial coach companies.
Last updated: 13 September 2021