Free school transport

Find out if your child qualifies for free school transport and how to apply.

Who gets free school transport?

Primary school pupils

Distance pupil lives from catchment primary school:

  • 2 miles away or more
  • 1 mile away or more and gets both a clothing grant and free school meals (in agreement with qualifying benefits)
  • 1 mile away or more and has 3 or more older siblings

Secondary school pupils

Distance pupil lives from catchment secondary school:

  • 3 miles away or more
  • 2 miles away or more and gets both a clothing grant and free school meals (in agreement with qualifying benefits)

We check the distance by the shortest safe walking route.

How to apply

Fill out an online application for school transport.

When to apply

You should apply when your child starts primary or secondary school.

For any other time, apply 4 weeks before you need transport.

Bus stops

The school bus service is organised on our behalf by Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT).

If you get a school bus place, we'll ask you to contact SPT to confirm pick up points and times.

When you need to reapply for a free school bus place

You need to reapply if:

  • your child moves from primary to secondary school
  • you move address
  • there's a change in your circumstances. For example, if your child no longer gets free school meals

School transport complaints

You should contact your child's school in the first instance.

How to apply

Email: schooltransport@eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk

Last modified on 17th June 2020

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