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.

Fees for 2017-18

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

Reception to year 11

£390

£311

£156

£78

Transport to sixth form or college* £490 N/A N/A N/A

Upper Wharfedale School (services 981C and 986C)

£420

£335

£168

£84

*Apply via the transport to sixth form or college page.

When to apply

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

Apply online for 2017-18

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.

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

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.

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.

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 post or telephone.

Apply and pay by post

If you prefer not to apply online  you can print and manually complete the paid travel permit application form (pdf / 362 KB). You will be required to state your payment preference (Direct Debit, cheque or postal order, or credit / debit card payment) on the application form.

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 / 25 KB).