Transport to school

We want to ensure every child in Leicester has access to a school place, and in certain circumstances we will provide free home to school transport to the nearest available eligible school.

Further information

Is my child eligible for free transport?

Pupils up to 16 years old may be eligible for free home to school travel support under these circumstances:

  • they attend their nearest suitable school and the walking distance is greater than three miles, or two miles if aged under eight
    or
  • they attend their nearest suitable school and the walking distance is greater than two miles, and they are eligible for free school meals or their family is in receipt of the maximum level of working tax credits.

Voluntary aided faith schools

For children aged 11-16 years old who are attending faith based schools on genuine denominational grounds, free transport may be available if the child is eligible for free school meals, or the family is in receipt of the maximum level of working tax credits.

The child must attend the nearest appropriate school based on a religious belief, and the walking distance must be greater than two miles but less than 15 miles.

School and college transport for 16-18 year olds

If you want to travel to college via a First or Arriva bus, your cheapest option is likely to be to contact them directly:

If you need to use both companies to get to college then we offer a joint provider bus pass which costs £425 a year. Travel is restricted to college days only and the student's specified route. To be eligible for a pass you must:

  • Live in Leicester;
  • Be aged between 16 and 18 at the start of the college year
  • Live between three and 20 miles from the college

Pay for school transport

You can pay for your transport using the quick link above. Please have the student reference number available.

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