The post-primary school transport scheme supports the transport to and from school of children who live more than 4.8 kilometres from and are attending their nearest post-primary education centre/school, subject to the following limited exceptions relating to ethos and language:
children who, for reasons of their religious ethos, choose to attend their nearest minority religious denominational school may be eligible for school transport to that school, even if it is not their nearest school
children who choose to attend their nearest all-Irish school/unit may be eligible for school transport to that school/unit, even if it is not their nearest school
children who choose to attend their nearest all-English school/unit may be eligible for school transport to that school/unit, even if it is not their nearest school
For information on the scheme, including eligibility criteria see:
Post-primary School Transport Scheme
This document provides detailed information on the Post-primary School Transport Scheme.
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
What to do if your nearest school is full
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 live from your next nearest school having regard to ethos and language.
To establish that the nearest school is full you must provide:
evidence that an application for enrolment was made within the deadline dates specified by the school, and
a letter from the school authorities confirming that the school was full, and
Application forms should be completed and signed by the parent, school principal and the Special Education Needs Organiser [SENO].
Parents or pupils who have reached 18 years may appeal a decision made by the Department under the terms of the school transport schemes and/or grant aid under the terms of the school transport schemes. See the School Transport Appeals website
Department of Education, School Transport, Portlaoise Road
, County Offaly
, R35 Y2N5