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.

Coronavirus (Covid-19) update

Due to COVID-19 and the impact that government guidelines in relation to social distancing are having on transport services there is likely to be a significant impact on the availability of spare seats on school buses. Whilst we can never guarantee a spare seat for your child you should be aware that we may not be in a position to sell spare seats to non-entitled pupils from September 2020.


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.

Fees for 2020-21

  Full permit Single journey Two days per week One day per week

Reception to year 11

£490

£392

£196

£98

Transport to sixth form or college £600 N/A N/A N/A

Upper Wharfedale School (services 981C, 986C and 987C)

£725

£580

£290

£145

Nidderdale High School (services 736H and 739H)  £550 £440 £220 £110

Other options are available when applying online.

When to apply

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

Apply now for 2020-21

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. 

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 then be taken.

We may not know availability of your chosen service(s) until mid to late August, therefore we strongly advise you to have an alternative transport option in place should your application be unsuccessful.

If you have submitted your application part way through the academic year you require the transport for, it may take up to two weeks to process your application and you will need to make your own arrangements until you receive the bus pass.

Bus routes

Visit our timetable information page to check which buses serve your area and when.

Further information

Our preferred method for receiving payment is online, but if you are unable to pay online, you can pay by telephone.

Apply and pay by telephone

Apply and pay by telephone if you wish to pay in full via a debit or credit card payment or if you wish to set up direct debit instalments. Please contact integrated passenger transport by telephone on 01609 536148.

You can request a replacement bus pass online if your school or college bus pass has been damaged, lost or stolen. Find out how to request a replacement bus pass here.

If you no longer require your bus pass you must return it to us as soon as possible.

To cancel a paid bus pass, the pass or passes must be returned to us at the address below. We recommend that you use a recorded delivery service as proof of postage may be requested in the event that the pass is not received. You will remain responsible for the cost of the permit until the date we receive it.

Please note, you are unable to cancel transport assistance to sixth form or college after 1 April.

The address for returns and refund consideration is:

North Yorkshire County Council
FAO Integrated Passenger Transport
County Hall
Northallerton
DL7 8AH

Please note, by applying for a paid bus pass, you are agreeing to have read, understood and that you will abide by our terms and conditions.

 You can view the terms and conditions here (pdf / 225 KB).