School Transport

Applications for School Year 2023/24

Applications for transport for the upcoming school year will commence in early March 2023. For new customers to the school transport scheme, please visit our page on how to apply for School Transport. Existing customers who may have changed their attending school or home address in the past year are requested to check their applications for 23/24 to ensure they are accurate and up to date.

Customers are asked to familiarise themselves with the terms of the scheme and eligibility rules that apply. Customers may apply for school transport at this time, and payment details will be advised in due course. 

The Bus Éireann portal is now open for new applications. The closing date for new applications is 28 April 2023. 

The eligibility criteria for School Transport for the 2023/24 school year is as follows:

  • Children are eligible for transport at primary level where they reside not less than 3.2 kilometres from and are attending their nearest national school, and at post primary level where they reside not less than 4.8 kilometres from and are attending their nearest post primary school/education centre as determined by the department/Bus Éireann, having regard to ethos and language.
  • Children who are eligible for school transport and who have completed the application and payment process on time will be accommodated on school transport services where such services are in operation.
  • Children who are not eligible for school transport, but who complete the application and payment process on time, will be considered for spare seats that may exist after eligible children have been facilitated; such seats are referred to as concessionary seats.
  • Because of the nature of concessionary transport for non-eligible children and the priority of providing places for eligible children, there may be an excess of demand over supply for concessionary places, in these cases Bus Éireann will allocate tickets for spare seats using an agreed selection process.
  • In addition, temporary alleviation measures will continue for the 2023/24 school year, pending completion of the school transport scheme review and this means that transport will be provided for post-primary pupils who are eligible for transport to their nearest school and are attending their second nearest school and who apply and pay on time. 
  • Pupils from UkrainePupils from Ukraine who require school transport should not apply on the Bus Éireann family portal but should visit gov.ie/ukraine for details on how to apply. Please note that any pupils from Ukraine who are currently on school transport do not need to re-apply for the 2023/24 school year unless they have changed address or school. 

Full details on eligibility can be found by clicking: http://www.gov.ie/en/service/school-transport/

Notice for Customers on Services currently: Please ensure your child has their School Bus ticket at all times when travelling on our services.

For safety reasons, we would advise only students with a valid ticket for school transport will be permitted to travel on school transport services.

For Queries & Information;

Should you require the assistance of one of our School Transport teams, please contact Bus Éireann by email or telephone the relevant School Transport office for your region. Operating hours are 09.00 – 17.00 Monday to Friday.

Region Local Office Contact No. Contact Email 
Westmeath, Longford,
Offaly, Roscommon,
Laois
Bus Éireann School Transport Office
Station Road 
Athlone
0906 473 277 
schools.athlone@buseireann.ie
Mayo Bus Éireann School Transport Office
Kevin Barry Street,
Ballina
096 71816 schools.ballina@buseireann.ie
Dublin, Kildare,
Meath, Wicklow
Bus Éireann School Transport Office
Regional School Transport Office,
Area Office, Broadstone
Dublin 7
01 830 2222 schools.dublin@buseireann.ie
Louth, Monaghan,
Cavan
Bus Éireann School Transport Office
Bus Station Dundalk
Long Walk,
Dundalk
042 682 5900 schools.dundalk@buseireann.ie
Cork Bus Éireann School Transport Office
Capwell
Cork
021 455 7137 schools.cork@buseireann.ie
Clare, Limerick
Tipperary (North)
Bus Éireann School Transport Office
Roxboro Road,
Limerick
061 217484 schools.limerick@buseireann.ie
Galway Bus Éireann School Transport Office
Ceannt Station,
Eyre Square,
Galway
091 537530 schools.galway@buseireann.ie
Sligo, Leitrim Bus Éireann School Transport Office
Lord Edward Street,
Sligo
071 916 0440 schools.sligo@buseireann.ie
Donegal Bus Éireann School Transport Office
Stranorlar
01 703 4028 schools.stranorlar@buseireann.ie
Waterford, Carlow,
Tipperary (South),
Kilkenny, Wexford
Bus Éireann School Transport Office
Plunkett Station,
Waterford
051 873401 schools.waterford@buseireann.ie
Kerry Bus Éireann School Transport Office
Casement Station,
Tralee
066 716 4750 schools.tralee@buseireann.ie

The School Transport Scheme supports transport to and from school for children who reside remote from their nearest school. The scheme is operated by Bus Éireann on behalf of the Department of Education.