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Paid bus passes

Students can apply for a paid bus pass if they are not entitled to free school transport to a school or assistance with transport to a sixth form or college.

Can I apply for a paid bus pass?

Paid bus passes are available for students to purchase if they are not entitled to our assistance with transport to a school, sixth form or college.

You can also apply if the following applies:

  • you are aged between 16 and 19; and
  • you are currently receiving free transport; and
  • you are continuing your education at your existing mainstream school.

You should apply for transport assistance to sixth form or college if any of the following applies:

  • you have any special circumstances (such as special educational needs); or
  • you wish to apply for a bus pass but are not continuing education at your existing mainstream school.


The cost of a paid bus pass varies depending on individual circumstances.

When to apply

You should apply as soon as possible as the seats are sold on a first come, first served basis.

Apply and pay

Apply for a paid bus pass and pay online by direct debit:   

We currently only accept payment online by direct debit. Payment details will be taken during application and you will be given the option to pay the full amount or by monthly direct debits. The first payment is taken in October, with the final payment taken in June. Payment will only be taken if your application is successful. 

Contact us if you wish to apply and pay by credit or debit card.

2016-17 applications
Online applications for paid travel permits has now closed for the academic year 2016-17. Please contact us if you wish to purchase a permit for the summer term 2016-17.  

What happens after you apply

We will review and check the availability on your chosen service(s) and once the transport request has been approved, a permit will be issued and payment will be then taken. Please note, terms and conditions apply.

It may take up to two weeks to process your application and you will have to pay for your travel until you receive the pass.

Replacement passes

If your child travels on school transport and their bus pass has been lost or stolen or is in poor condition you will need to request a replacement.

Cancelling your pass

If you no longer require your bus pass you must return it as soon as possible. Find out how to cancel and return your bus pass.

Bus routes

In order to check whether a bus serves your school from your town/village, visit the timetable information page.

Further information

This page was last updated on 25 May 2017