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Paid-for school transport

Buckinghamshire County Council have recently carried out a consultation in regards to the provision of Home to School Transport. This may affect the way that some school transport routes are provided. With this in mind, parents and carers must be aware that routes advertised on the paid-for school transport system may be provided in a different manner, following different routes September 2019. We recommend making sure that students have alternative options to take up in the event of a paid-for place not being available.

Where spare capacity exists on current vehicles that have been contracted to provide Home to School Transport for entitled pupils, we will make these seats available for non-entitled pupils. A seat will only be allocated if public transport provision is not available. All purchased seats will be subject to the seat being withdrawn with five working days' notice should the seat be required for an entitled pupil.

New applicants for a paid-for place will need to complete the paid-for application form.

The default offer of a paid-for place will be on a bus. To be considered for an already running taxi or minibus, please state your preferred bus service as 'TAXI'.  We will only accept one application per service, and will discard additional preferences on the same route. If there is no boarding point or service to your child's school, please enter 'NEW' in the Stop ID field. You are welcome to suggest an existing route or also enter 'NEW' in the Bus service field. This will then be reviewed.

Apply for paid-for school transport

 Prior to completing this form you will need to have

  • the name of the school
  • boarding point 
  • stop ID number (last 4 digits)
  • bus service

Find a school bus stop here

We will where possible give preference to children travelling with a sibling. There is a section on the form to request this, you will need:

  • sibling student reference number (can be found on pass)
  • sibling name
  • sibling date of birth

2019/2020 fares have been voted on by Cabinet and are currently in a three-day call-in period. As guidance, it is expected that the annual fee will be increased by 5% on the current fare and that there will be an admin charge of £13 per pass on all fares. Fares will be published on this page on Friday 8 March, after the call-in has passed.

2018/2019 costs

These costs are reviewed annually.

In County Resident Out of County Resident (boarding within Bucks) Out of County Resident (boarding outside Bucks) Boarding Point (to school) Band Autumn Term Half Autumn Spring Term Half Spring Summer Term Half Summer Annual Fare Monthly Direct Debit over 8 months
Pre-16 Pre-/Post-16   All boarding points   £258 £136 £202 £107 £239 £126 £660 £87.37
Post-16  Pre-/Post-16   Under 4 miles Band 1 £258 £136 £202 £107 £239 £126 £660 £87.37
Post-16 Pre-/Post-16   4-4.99 miles Band 2 £299 £157 £235 £123 £277 £145 £772 £101.37
Post-16 Pre-/Post-16   5-6.99 miles Band 3 £340 £177 £267 £139 £316 £165 £884 £115.37
Post-16 Pre-/Post-16   7-9.99 miles Band 4 £382 £198 £300 £156 £355 £184 £998 £129.62
Post-16 Pre-/Post-16   10 miles or more Band 5 £424 £219 £333 £172 £393 £203 £1,111 £143.75
    Pre-16 All boarding points   £465 £240 £366 £188 £432 £223 £1,224 £157.87
    Post-16 All boarding points   £549 £282 £431 £221 £510 £261 £1,451 £186.25

Following a review of the 2017/18 fares, there has been a 5% increase to the annual price from last year.

Passes for monthly Direct Debit payers will be issued on a termly basis (3 passes per year) and includes the cost of issuing the 3 termly passes, as seen with the termly and half termly fares.

Apply for paid-for school transport

You will receive an email confirmation and your child will be added to our transport waiting list. The waiting list gives preference to siblings, and then operates on a first-come-first-served basis.

Next steps

  • There will be two rounds of offers made prior to the start of the school year and one further round during the autumn term.
  • If you have not been offered a place in either round 1, round 2 or round 3 of the process, your request will remain on the waiting list. We regularly review this list throughout the year and offer any spare seating available.
  • The cut off for the paid-for applications to be processed are:
    • round 1 is 5 pm on the 17 June 2019
    • round 2 is 5 pm on the 17 July 2019
    • round 3 is 5 pm on the 12 September 2019
  • If we are able to offer a place we will send you an Offer of Paid-For School Transport Form which you must then complete and return to us by post prior to the deadline on the form.
  • Please note we do not provide 'paid-for' passes for local public bus service, where tickets can be bought directly from the bus company. For more information on public bus routes and operators see our local bus timetables page or plan a journey on Traveline.

How to apply for post 16 Transport

We will send an offer of 'paid-for' transport for all year 11 pupils using dedicated bus services, to take up if they are staying on at sixth-form at the same school. Pupils wanting transport to a different school for sixth-form or are currently travelling on a taxi are able to apply for a 'paid-for' place by applying on the paid-for waiting list.

Apply for paid-for school transport

Further information on the 16-19 bursary and free post 16 transport 

Paying for your school bus pass

 Pay online

  • You need your Customer Reference number (5 digit reference number on your letter).
  • The first time you buy from us you will need to create an account. This means you can check the progress of your payment and speed up future payments.


Term Period Open on morning of Closing at midnight on
Annual Whole period Friday 18 May 2018 Monday 11 June 2018
Autumn Whole

Friday 18 May 2018

Monday 11 June 2018
  first half Friday 18 May 2018  Monday 11 June 2018
  second half Monday 3 September 2018 Monday 8 October 2018
Spring Whole Monday 22 October 2018 Monday 3 December 2018
  first half Monday 22 October 2018 Monday 3 December 2018
  second half Wednesday 19 December 2018 Monday 28th January 2019
Summer Whole Monday 11 February 2019 Monday 11 March 2019
  first half Monday 11 February 2019 Monday 11 March 2019
  second half Monday 1st April 2019 Monday 13 May 2019

Direct Debit

You must complete the new offer form sent to you in full.

  • Complete the Direct Debit mandate form
  • Then sign and date the new offer form and return it by post with the completed Direct Debit mandate to Client Transport for processing
  • Offers are made prior to the start of the school year and during the autumn term.
  • Note: If you have previously been paying by Direct Debit for a paid-for place and already have a Direct Debit mandate set up, then you will need to tick the box on the offer letter confirming the details are correct.

The months your first and final 8 monthly direct debit payments are made will depend on when you are offered a renewal or new paid-for place on school transport.

Offer round Initial month of payment (1st / 17th) Final month of payment
Renewals September April
Round 1 September  April
Round 2 September/October April / May
Round 3 November June

Places on school transport from Round 3 offers start on the second half of the Autumn Term. Therefore the total annual charge split over the 8 monthly payments will be reduced by the 7 weeks of the first half of the autumn term

Direct Debit agreement

The following terms and conditions are agreed to as part of accepting to pay for your child's paid-for place over 8 monthly direct debit payments:

  • By renewing your child's transport, you agree that you have read and understood the full Terms and Conditions of Transport and also the Behaviour Protocol which are available above
  • If you fail to keep up with repayments or cancel your direct debit mandate, you will still be liable to pay any remaining outstanding balance for the rest of the term. The transport pass for your child(ren) will become invalid and will be withdrawn.

  • No replacement or future pass(es) will be issued by Buckinghamshire County Council for your child(ren) until any debt owing is repaid.
  • BCC reserve the right to disallow you from making any future application for payments, where a previous request to make payments has failed, even when the debt owing has subsequently been repaid.

Lost or damaged bus pass

Your school may issue you a temporary 5 day bus pass while you are waiting for a replacement pass. Contact your school reception.

The cost of a replacement bus pass is £13.00

Apply online for a replacement bus pass

Refunds and cancellations

  • Annual payment and Direct Debit - you will be required to pay for the remainder of the term the cancellation is requested for and any refund due will be issued.
  • Paying per term - cancellation mid-term, no refund will be given.
  • Paying per half term - cancellation mid-half term, no refund will be given.

Refund Request Form

Cancellation and refund policy

For enquiries on pick up and drop off points, paid for travel, bus passes or any concerns in relation to the transport operator:

Contact details

Tel: 01296 387439 

8am - 5.30pm Monday to Thursday, 8am - 5pm Friday (term time)

9am - 5.30pm Monday to Thursday, 9am - 5pm Friday (non-term time)

For enquiries regarding free transport please use the Contact us form


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Last updated: 12 March 2019

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