About School Transport

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 and Skills.

Applying for School Transport
Ticket Fees and Payment Options
Concessionary Transport
Terms & Conditions
Primary School Transport Scheme Information
Post Primary School Transport Scheme Information
Transport scheme for Children with Special Education Needs
School Transport Appeals Process
Data Protection

Applying for School Transport

Applications for Primary or Post Primary School Transport Schemes must be made online. The closing date for applications is the last Friday in April for the forthcoming School Year.

Please note that only new pupils need apply, for example pupils starting Primary school or moving to Post Primary School, or those who are changing home address or school.

Details of all existing pupils who currently hold tickets are already recorded and the email address provided in the registration process previously is used to communicate with families each summer when it is time to pay the school transport charges for the forthcoming school year.

For Applications of pupils with special educational needs arising from a diagnosed disability, please refer to the section ‘Transport for Children with Special Education Needs’

New Users register here: Returning Users login here:
click here to register for school transport click here to login to your school transport account

Ticket Fees and Payment Options

The School Transport ticket fees are as follows:

Primary School Transport: €100 per child

For Account Holders with 3 or more children in the Primary School Transport scheme, a maximum family charge of €220 will apply

Post Primary School Transport: € 350 per child

For Account Holders with 2 or more children in the Post Primary School Transport scheme, a maximum family charge of €650 will apply

For Account Holders with 2 or more children on a combination of the Primary & Post Primary School Transport scheme, a maximum family charge of €650 will apply.

Family Account Holders have the facility of paying for School Transport in one or two options; Full Year or Part Year. Details of these options are:

Option 1 – Annual Ticket:
Pay the full amount due (100%) on or before the last Friday in July. An Annual School Transport Ticket for the full school year will be issued.

Option 2 – Part Year Ticket:
Pay half (50%) of the amount due on or before the last Friday in July. A ticket will be issued that is valid for travel up to the last School day before the Christmas Holidays.

You can make regular payments on your account and clear your balance on payments due on your account on or before the last Friday in November. When payment has been made in full, a second School Transport ticket will be issued valid until the end of the school year.

Online Payment
Your School Transport ticket can be purchased online here.

Medical Cards
Account holders who have Eligible children holding valid medical cards (GMS Scheme) should submit their child’s medical card details in order to avail of the exemption from School Transport charges. You can check online to see if your child’s medical card is valid.

Concessionary Transport

Children who are not eligible, under the terms of the schemes may apply to Bus Éireann on a concessionary basis. The conditions are:

  • that Bus Éireann determines that a suitable service exists to school or education centre
  • that the service has spare capacity
  • that routes are not extended or altered, additional vehicles are not introduced, larger vehicles or extra trips using existing vehicles are not provided. No additional State cost is incurred
  • that the appropriate annual charge is paid, Medical Cards are not applicable

Availability may vary from year to year and is not available on public scheduled services. Concessionary transport cannot be guaranteed for the duration of the school cycle.

Bus Éireann determines the allocation of the tickets when the number of applications exceeds the number of seats available.

Terms & Conditions of School Transport

  1. All applications are processed and eligibility is determined in line with the rules of the Department of Education and 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 Éireann.
  3. Purchase of a ticket is deemed to imply acceptance of these conditions.
  4. Payment 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 and received but is then not required, must be submitted online and the School Transport Travel Ticket must be returned to your local Bus Éireann 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 Éireann. 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 only valid for travel between the locations indicated on the ticket.
  11. 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 Éireann and/or the Department of Education & Skills.

Primary School Transport Scheme 

The Primary School Transport Scheme supports the transport to and from school of children who reside not less than 3.2 kilometres from and are attending their nearest national school, having regard to language and ethos.

For the purposes of school transport provision, ethos relates to the religious ethos of minority religion schools, while language relates to the Irish or English language. In practice this means that:

  1. Children who, for reasons of their religious ethos, choose to attend their nearest minority religion denominational school may be eligible for school transport to that school, even if it is not their nearest school/li>
  2. Children who choose to attend their nearest all-Irish school/unit may be eligible for school transport to that school/unit, even if it is not their nearest school
  3. Children who choose to attend their nearest all-English school/unit may be eligible for school transport to that school/unit, even if it is not their nearest school

Full details of the Primary School Transport Scheme can be found here.

Post Primary School Transport Scheme Information

The Post Primary School Transport Scheme supports the transport to and from school of children who reside not less than 4.8 kilometres from and are attending their nearest post-primary education centre/school.

Under the terms of the Department's Post-Primary School Transport Scheme children may be eligible for transport where they reside 4.8 kilometres or more from their nearest education centre, subject to limited exceptions relating to ethos and language. While it is the prerogative of parents to send their children to the post-primary school of their choice, eligibility for school transport at post primary level is to the nearest education centre/school, subject to limited exceptions.

For the purposes of school transport provision, ethos relates to the religious ethos of minority religion schools, while language relates to the Irish or English language. In practice this means that:

  • Children who, for reasons of their religious ethos, choose to attend their nearest minority religion denominational school may be eligible for school transport to that school, even if it is not their nearest school.
  • Children who choose to attend their nearest all-Irish school/unit may be eligible for school transport to that school/unit, even if it is not their nearest school.
  • Children who choose to attend their nearest all-English school/unit may be eligible for school transport to that school/unit, even if it is not their nearest school.

Full details of the Post Primary School Transport Scheme can be found here.

Transport for Children with Special Education Needs

The purpose of the scheme is, having regard to available resources, to support the transport to and from school of children with special educational needs arising from a diagnosed disability.

Application forms should be completed and signed by the parent, school principal and the Special Education Needs Organiser. Please visit the Department of Education’s own website for more details. 

Full details of the Scheme can be found here.

School Transport Appeals Process

The School Transport Appeals Board is an independent body appointed by the Minister of State at the Department of Education and Skills. The School Transport Appeals Board examines and determines appeals against the school transport application process regarding the provision of school transport services and/or grant aid under the terms of the School Transport Schemes.

Details of the Appeals process may be found on the Department of Education and Skills website under School Transport

You may make an appeal by applying on-line 

Decisions made by, or on behalf of, the Department of Education and Skills regarding the provision of school transport services and/or grant-aid under the terms of the School Transport Schemes may be appealed to the School Transport Appeals Board.

Data Protection

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

Bus Éireann 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 Éireann to provide and manage school transport services in accordance with the terms of the school transport schemes. Bus Éireann 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 Éireann for the period during which school transport services are provided and for a further period of up to 6 years.