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Applications and Payments for Primary & Post Primary Pupils 

  • Please note that the closing date for applications for school year 2014/15 was 25 April 2014. You can still make a late application for any new pupil who is not yet registered but please note that late applicants will not be guaranteed a seat on a school transport service.
  • The payment due for pupils registered for school transport will be displayed online and families will no longer receive a postal invoice.
  • You can pay online and/or submit medical card details in respect of any pupil/s who have a General Medical Service Scheme card (‘Doctor Only’ medical cards are NOT acceptable in respect of exemption from charges).  Please note that Medical card details should be submitted online rather than posted to local offices.
  • Please review the following instructions and when you have all of the necessary details to hand, please Register and/or Log On to the School Transport Management System.


    To Register you must create a secure account by:

    • Providing us with an eMail address with which we will communicate with you
    • Choosing a password which will allow you secure access to your family’s account at any time
    • Identifying your home address on the online map to enable us to process your application more efficiently
    • Entering the Family Identity Number quoted on last year’s tickets
      (Note: This Family Identity Number is ONLY required for families who had valid tickets for school transport for the 2013/14 school year.)

    During the registration process, an email will be sent to the email address that you provide. You must click on the link contained in this email to complete the process. This is for your protection to ensure that no one is accidentally or deliberately using your email address without your permission.


    Add the pupils’ details:

    When you have completed the registration process you will be asked to add details for each child by entering the Child’s PPS Number and the Child’s Date of Birth.

    The child’s name will automatically appear if,

    1. We have a record, from last year, of a child with your Family Identity Number and the Date of Birth you entered, or
    2. You have recently applied for school transport for a pupil who is starting school in 2014/15, and have at that time provided the child’s PPS Number and Date of Birth.

    Please verify the child’s gender.

    If the child’s name does not appear and you are clear that you have entered the data correctly, please complete the remaining sections of this screen and follow the on-screen instructions to select the school for this child. A new application for School Transport will be created for this child.

    You will note that there is a separate screen (tab) for each child’s details, which we hope helps to keep the details clear and unambiguous. If you need to add details for another child, please click ‘Add Student’ and repeat the process.

    A list of schools is available here.  Please consult this list and obtain the roll number for your school before proceeding to the application page. 

    We hope that you find the service easy and efficient to use.


    Special Educational Needs

    Applications for transport for pupils with special educational needs arising from a diagnosed disability should be made through

    The National Council for Special Education.


    Annual Ticket Charges 2014/15

    There are two payment options available for 2014/15 School Year:-

    Option 1
    The amount due may be paid in full (100%) on or before the deadline date of 1 August 2014 in which case an Annual Ticket for the full school year will be issued – see table.

    Option 2
    Alternatively 50% of the amount due can be paid by the deadline date of 1 August 2014 and a ticket valid for travel up to 19 December 2014 will be issued. The balance (50%) due will be invoiced in November and must be paid by 5 December 2014 and a further ticket, valid for travel up to the end of the school year will be issued – see table.

      Option 1 Option 2
    Pupil Category 100% Payment
    due by 
    1 August 2014
    or 50% Payment
    due by 
    1 August 2014
    50% Payment
    due by 
    5 December 2014
    Primary Pupils €100.00   or €50.00 €50.00
    Maximum Payment
    For Primary Pupils
    €220.00   or €110.00 €110.00
    Post Primary Pupils €350.00   or €175.00 €175.00
    Maximum Family
    €650.00   or €325.00 €325.00

    Eligible pupils holding valid medical cards (GMS Scheme) continue to be exempt from paying charges.

    Please note that only 50% or 100% payment will be accepted in respect of pupils from the same family.  It is not possible to pay 50% for one pupil and 100% for another listed under the same Family ID Number.

    For a safer journey pupils must wear their safety belts


    Contact Your Local Office

    If you have a query with a School Transport online transaction, please email your local Bus Éireann School Transport Office quoting your Family ID Number which can be found on an existing pupil's school Bus ticket.


    Contact details for local Bus Éireann School Transport Offices

    Region Local Office Contact No.
    Technical Support   1800 945 945
    Westmeath, Longford,
    Offaly, Roscommon,
    Bus Éireann School Transport Office
    Station Road 
    090 6473277
    Mayo Bus Éireann School Transport Office
    Kevin Barry Street,
    096 71816
    Dublin, Kildare,
    Meath, Wicklow
    Bus Éireann School Transport Office
    Tara House,Tara Street,Dublin 2
    01 8302222
    Louth, Monaghan,
    Bus Éireann School Transport Office
    Bus Station Dundalk
    Long Walk,
    042 682 5999
    Cork Bus Éireann School Transport Office
    021 4557137
    021 4557129
    Clare, Limerick
    Tipperary (North)
    Bus Éireann School Transport Office
    Roxboro Road,
    061 217484
    Galway Bus Éireann School Transport Office
    Ceannt Station,
    Eyre Square,
    091 537694
    091 537512
    Sligo, Leitrim Bus Éireann School Transport Office
    Lord Edward Street,
    071 9160440
    Donegal Bus Éireann School Transport Office
    074 9131008
    Waterford, Carlow,
    Tipperary (South),
    Kilkenny, Wexford
    Bus Éireann School Transport Office
    The Quay
    051 873401 

    Kerry Bus Éireann School Transport Office
    Casement Station,
    066 7164750

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    Forms you can Download

    Please click here for the Guidelines for Discipline and Procedures for Dealing with Alleged Misbehaviour on School Transport
    Cliceáil anseo chun Treoirlínte maidir le Smacht agus le Nósanna Imeachta is Féidir a chur i gcrích chun déileáil le drochiompar, a chuirtear i leith Daltaí, ar Iompar Scoile

    School Transport application forms for 2014/15 are available to download.  Completed forms should be returned to Bus Eireann.
    Cliceáil anseo chun Fhoirm iarratais Scéim Iompair Scoile 2014/15 a íoslódáil. 

    School Transport Travel Ticket Replacement Form’s are available here
    Cliceáil anseo chun an fhoirm D’athsholáthar Ceadúnas Taistil a íoslódáil. 

    Refund application forms are available to download here and may be sent to the local School Transport Office.


    Data Protection:

    Bus Éireann adheres to the principles of the Data Protection Act, 1988 & 2003 when collecting, processing, storing and disclosing personal data.

    Bus Eireann is the Data Controller with regard to personal data collected for school transport applications.  Applicants may access their personal data following an access request under S.4 of the Data Protection Acts 1988 and 2003.

    The personal data collected from you will be used by Bus Eireann to provide and manage school transport services in accordance with the terms of the school transport schemes. Bus Eireann may share your data with Third Parties solely for the purpose of providing and managing the school transport services. Personal data will be retained by Bus Eireann for the period during which school transport services are provided and for a further period of up to 6 years. More information on the CIE Group Data Protection policy is available online.


    Changes to Post Primary School Transport Scheme

    Changes introduced from the 2011/12 school year onwards

    A number of changes to the Post Primary School Transport Scheme came into effect from the beginning of school year 2011/12.  Included in these changes was an increase to ten in the minimum number of eligible pupils from a distinct locality, as determined by Bus Éireann, required to establish/retain a school transport service.  

    Changes introduced from the 2012/13 school year onwards

    From the commencement of the 2012/13 school year, the use of the Catchment Boundary Area (CB) System as a means of determining eligibility ceased for all pupils newly entering post primary school. 

    • From the 2012/13 school year, school transport eligibility for all pupils newly entering a post primary school is determined by reference to the distance they reside from their nearest Post-Primary Education Centre having regard to ethos and language. 
    • To be considered eligible for school transport, pupils must reside 4.8 kilometres or more from and be attending their nearest Post-Primary Education Centre, as determined by the Department and Bus Éireann, having regard to ethos and language. 
    • Pupils who are not eligible for school transport, under the above criteria, may apply for concessionary transport subject to a number of terms and conditions. These concessionary pupils will not be exempt from paying the annual charge nor will they count for the establishment or retention of a service.


    Concessionary Transport

    Children who are not eligible for school transport, under the terms of the schemes, may apply to Bus Éireann for transport on a concessionary basis subject to the following conditions:

    • there is a suitable service, as determined by Bus Éireann, operating into their school of attendance/education centre
    • there is spare capacity on the service
    • routes will not be extended or altered, additional vehicles will not be introduced, nor will larger vehicles or extra trips using existing vehicles be provided to cater for children travelling on a concessionary basis; no additional State cost will be incurred
    • the appropriate annual charge is paid; Medical Card waiver is not applicable

    The availability of concessionary transport may vary from year to year, is not available on public scheduled services, and cannot be guaranteed for the duration of a child’s primary/post primary school education cycle. Where the number of applications for transport on a concessionary basis exceeds the number of seats available, Bus Éireann will determine the allocation of the tickets.


    Terms & Conditions – Online Purchase of School Transport Travel Tickets

    1. All applications are processed and eligibility is determined in line with the rules of the Department of Education & Skills School Transport Schemes.
    2. All passenger tickets are issued subject to bye-laws, regulations and conditions contained in the publications and notices of or applicable to Bus Eireann.
    3. Purchase of a ticket is deemed to imply acceptance of these conditions.
    4. Payment of the charge does not guarantee a seat on a School Transport Service. Those not accommodated will have their payment refunded once seating has been fully allocated.
    5. No pupil will be allowed to travel without a current valid School Transport Travel Ticket.
    6. Any application for a refund where a ticket has been purchased but is then not required, must be submitted online and the School Transport Travel Ticket must be returned to your local Bus Eireann School Transport Office (with the exception of those who cannot be catered for due to lack of accommodation).
    7. In the event that the School Transport Travel Ticket is mislaid, there is a charge for a replacement ticket. This charge can be paid online and a replacement ticket will be issued upon receipt.
    8. School Transport Travel Tickets are not transferable.
    9. School Transport Travel Tickets must be carried at all times when travelling and must be produced for inspection by the driver or any authorised official of Bus Eireann. School Transport Travel Tickets must be surrendered to an authorised company official upon request, and in any event at the end of the School Term.
    10. School Transport Travel Tickets are not valid for boarding public scheduled services after 17.00 hours except where no earlier service operates.
    11. School Transport Travel Tickets are only valid for travel between the locations indicated on the ticket.
    12. School Transport Travel Tickets may only be used for travel to and from school on school days during the School Term.

    The Terms & Conditions which apply to the purchase of tickets issued under the School Transport Scheme may be amended at any time at the discretion of Bus Eireann and/or the Department of Education & Skills.

    June, 2014


    In the interests of safety please remind your children to wear Safety Belts at all times when travelling by car or school bus.

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