Free and discounted school travel

Children under 10 can travel on most London public transport for free.

Children under 16 can travel on London buses and trams for free. 

If it’s not possible for your child to travel by bus, they may be eligible for an Education Travel Pass.

More information about free and discounted travel fares for under 18s:

Zip Oyster Photocards - tfl.gov.uk/fares-and-payments/travel-for-under-18s

Free school transport 

Education Travel Pass

You can apply for a pass if your child attends a council maintained school or academy in zones 1 to 6, and meets the following:

Distance

  • aged 8 or under and must travel 2 miles (3.2km) or more
  • aged 8 to 16 and must travel 3 miles (4.8km) or more 
  • no closer school place is available
  • journey by bus is unreasonably long or difficult

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Low income

You can also apply for an Education Travel Pass if your family is on a low income. Your child will be receiving free school meals or your family receives the maximum level of Working Tax Credit. You child must also meet 1 of the following:

  • 8-11 years old
  • goes to one of the 3 nearest suitable schools
  • the journey is unreasonably long

OR

  • 11-16 years old
  • goes to one of the 3 nearest schools and distance from home is between 2 to 6 miles
  • the journey is unreasonably long

OR

  • 11-16 years
  • goes to the nearest suitable school on the grounds of religious belief
  • the school is between 2 to 15 miles from home
  • the journey is unreasonably long

Special circumstances and vulnerable groups

Special Circumstances

If you feel that your child has special circumstances which require an education travel pass, you may apply. You will need to state the reasons and attach any relevant supporting evidence, such as a letter from a GP or school. 

Special Educational Needs

If your child has a statement of special education needs and there is a specific recommendation for an education travel pass, you may apply.

16 to 19 Bursary Fund for vulnerable groups  

Apply for an Education Travel Pass

To apply for an Education Travel Pass, please complete the below application form. Once completed, return the form to the schools admission team and you will receive a reply within 10 working days. If successful, the pass can be collected from the school. Renewals will be automatically issued to the school at the start of each term.

You can also contact the school admissions team to request a form be sent to you. 

Primary school: Education Travel Pass application (PDF)

Secondary school: Education Travel Pass application (PDF)

If refused, you have the right to appeal in writing to the school admissions team.