Transport to school

As part of our commitment to education we want to ensure that every child in the city has access to a school place. 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 under 16 transport?

Compulsory school aged children (pupils up to age 16) are eligible for free home to school travel support if they:

  • Attend their nearest suitable school
  • Walking distance is greater than 3 miles (2 miles if under 8 years)
  • eligible for Free School Meals
  • or the family is in receipt of the maximum level of Working Tax Credits

Voluntary Aided Faith Schools

For children attending faith based schools on genuine denominational grounds if the child is

  • eligible for Free School Meals
  • or the family is in receipt of the maximum level of Working Tax Credits


  • child attends the nearest appropriate school to the home based on a religious belief
  • Walking distance is greater than 2 miles but less than 15 miles

Apply for an under 16 bus pass

School and college transport for 16-19 year olds

We provide a local authority pass to students are over 3 miles away from their college. The costs £425 per year and allows combined travel on Arriva and First buses within the city. Travel is restricted to college days only and is restricted to your specified route. To be eligible for a pass you must:

  • Live in the City of Leicester i.e. pay Council Tax to Leicester City Council;
  • Be aged between 16 and 19 at the start of the college year, normally 1 September
  • Live between 3 and 20 miles from the college
  • Ensure that if you are studying at a college based outside of the city, then the course(s) you are studying should not be available at a city college. 

Apply online or contact Customer Services

Pay for school transport

If you've completed the school transport application you can pay for your transport via our secure online payment service. Please have the student reference number available. 

Special Education Needs (SEN) transport

We provide free transport for pupils under 16 with Special Educational Needs when placed at a school or college which is further than 2 or 3 miles depending on age, or where the student has mobility difficulties.

Download an application form or contact Customer Services for more information


Contact school transport

If you have any questions about school transport issues please get in touch.

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You can get in touch by phone using the following number…

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Write to us

If you need to send us a letter, please use the following address…

Education Transport
Leicester City Council,
York House,
91 Granby Street,