Free School Travel Assistance

1. Free school travel assistance

Help for pupils is provided where the nearest suitable school is more than:

  • two miles from your home address (under 8) 
  • three miles from your home address (over 8)

Most children do not qualify for travel assistance and parents are responsible for making the travel arrangements and meeting the cost

Check if you are entitled to free School Transport.

contact us 


When a school is not your nearest school

We may arrange transport to a school that is not your nearest school. We consider this where you have included the nearest school as a higher preference and have not been allocated a place there.

  • if you do not name your nearest school on your preferences we will not provide free transport to a school further away
  • If, when you applied for a school place, you could have applied for a nearer school which had vacancies, but chose not to, your child is unlikely to be eligible for free transport

Please do not assume that because an older sibling is already in receipt of free transport that a younger child will receive free transport to the same school. Eligibility may change as a result of changes to the road network or school gate locations or the order you express the school preferences.

Free transport on the basis of low income is available. 

You may also be able to apply for free transport to your nearest school, if:

  • you live under 2 or 3 miles (depending on age) from the school, and the route has been designated as an unsafe walking route
  • your child has difficulty in walking to school and this is confirmed by a medical specialist.

You can ask about this by using the contact us form if you think this is the case.



For primary aged children please contact us.


Secondary school

For secondary aged children check if your child would be entitled using our Free School Transport tool


Paid for home to school transport

If there are any spare places on the free school bus service, they can be purchased on a first come first service basis.

For full details of Home to School Transport policy

2. Families on a low income

Children aged 11 to 16 can apply if:

  1. they attend one of their three nearest schools and live more than two, but not more than six miles away
  2. or the nearest school for religious reasons more than two but not more than 15 miles away.

To qualify for free school meals, you must receive one of these benefits:

  • Income Support
  • Income Based Job Seekers Allowance
  • Employment Support Allowance (income related)
  • Child Tax Credit with an annual gross income less than £16,190 (and do not get Working Tax Credit)
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Guaranteed Element of State Pension Credit
  • Working tax credit run-on (paid for 4 weeks after you stop being qualified for Working Tax Credit)
  • Universal Credit

If your child is not entitled to Free School Meals, another benefit that is accepted is entitlement to the maximum level of Working Tax Credits. This means there is no reduction due to income in the Working Tax Credits section of your HM Revenue & Customs award notice for the current tax year.

3. Contact

To check if you are entitled to free School Transport contact us

Boarding and stop points, passes, and paid for travel Client Transport Team.


Lost or damaged tickets

Your school reception may issue you with a 5 day pass while you are waiting for a replacement pass.

Apply for a replacement ticket

You can also apply by post. Send your child's name, date of birth and £13 replacement fee.

Client and Public Transport
Buckinghamshire County Council
County Hall
HP20 1YZ

Cheques should be made payable to Buckinghamshire County Council.

Emergency tickets are not available before the issue of a travel pass.