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Free school travel

Any parent choosing a school more than 3 miles away from their home, regardless of whether it is a religious or grammar school is unlikely to qualify. If you already have a child in receipt of assistance then any future siblings will not qualify.


Children who look under the age of 14 can travel free on buses without a photocard.

Children who are 14, 15, 16 or 17 years of age, or who look it, need a 14/15 or 16/17 Oyster photocard. Applications are available at the Post Office or from the Transport for London helpline on 0845 330 9876.

TfL Oyster photocard »


  • Sept 2004 - Our Transport Policy changed
  • Sept 2005 - Transport for London introduced free travel on all London Buses for children up to the age of 16.
  • Sept 2006 - this also included pupils up to the age of 18.
  • Sept 2007 - Changes from the Educations and Inspections Act 2006 means that travel arrangements will be made for children who are aged 8, but under 11, from low income families, and living more than two miles from their nearest qualifying school.
  • No new applicants since this time have been awarded any assistance towards travel.

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