The School Transport Scheme which is operated by Bus Éireann on behalf of the Department of Education and Skills supports transport to and from school for children who reside remote from their nearest school.
The full terms of the primary and post primary schemes are available at:
Apply online on the School Transport webpage at www.buseireann.ie
Application forms should be submitted by the last Friday in April each year.
In cases where the Department is satisfied that your nearest school is full, eligibility for school transport will be determined based on the distance you reside from your next nearest school having regard to ethos and language.
To establish that the nearest school is full parents must provide:-
Yes, the current annual charge is €100 per primary child subject to a maximum of €220 for families with primary children only; €350 per post primary child. The overall family maximum is €650.
Yes. Children eligible for transport who hold valid Medical Cards (GMS Scheme) do not pay a charge. The child’s Medical Card details are required when making the payment and details may be entered online at www.buseireann.ie
Generally, invoices will issue in the first week of July. Payment must be made by the last Friday in July.
You can pay on line at www.buseireann.ie or by sending a cheque/postal order/money order directly to your local Bus Éireann School Transport Office.
Payment may be made either in full by the last Friday in July or in two equal instalments in July and December.
From your local Bus Éireann Office – see contact details here .
Children are eligible for school transport where they have special educational needs arising from a diagnosed disability and are attending the nearest recognised mainstream school, special class/special school or a unit, that is or can be resourced, to meet their special educational needs.
Application forms are available to download here .
Such forms should be completed and signed by the parent(s), school principal and the Special Education Needs Organiser [SENO]. Completed application forms will be forwarded by the SENO to the School Transport section of the Department.
The closing date for receipt of completed application forms is posted on the Department's website.
Please note: FAQs are for information and guidelines purposes only. Full details of the terms of the schemes can be found on the main school transport page.