School Transport

Update on School Transport Post-primary Scheme

Bus Éireann operates the School Transport Scheme on behalf of the Department of Education.  

Bus Éireann’s school transport teams will begin to re-organise post-primary services in the coming weeks towards 100%, with public health measures including face masks, hand sanitisers, and allocated seating remaining in force.  This requires logistical and contractual changes, and Bus Éireann will be working to ensure that every student who has been issued a ticket for this school year will retain their place on school transport. 

Where additional vehicles that were provided for social distancing purposes are removed and when all services resume operating at 100% capacity, any spare capacity that may become available will be offered on those services to concessionary pupils or late applicants.   

This information will only available to Bus Éireann when routes have resumed at 100% capacity and we will then contact families and provide updates on buseireann.ie

COVID-19 Notice for School Transport Users and Operators

To ensure a timely response to your query, we are asking all customers and operators to contact your local School Transport office by email, until further notice.

The contact details are:

County of SchoolSchool Transport OfficeEmail address
Laois, Longford, Offaly,
Roscommon, Westmeath
Bus Éireann Athlone School Transport Office st.athlone@buseireann.ie
Mayo Bus Éireann Ballina School Transport Office st.ballina@buseireann.ie
Cork Bus Éireann Cork School Transport Office st.cork@buseireann.ie
Dublin, Kildare, Meath, Wicklow Bus Éireann Dublin School Transport Office st.dublin@buseireann.ie
Cavan, Louth, Monaghan Bus Éireann Dundalk School Transport Office st.dundalk@buseireann.ie
Galway Bus Éireann Galway School Transport Office st.galway@buseireann.ie
Clare, Limerick, Tipperary (North) Bus Éireann Limerick School Transport Office st.limerick@buseireann.ie
Leitrim, Sligo Bus Éireann Sligo School Transport Office st.sligo@buseireann.ie
Donegal Bus Éireann Stranorlar School Transport st.stranorlar@buseireann.ie
Kerry Bus Éireann Tralee School Transport Office st.tralee@buseireann.ie
Carlow, Kilkenny, Tipperary (South),
Waterford, Wexford
Bus Éireann Waterford School Transport Office st.waterford@buseireann.ie

The School Transport Scheme supports transport to and from school for children who reside remote from their nearest school. The scheme is operated by Bus Éireann on behalf of the Department of Education.

Applications for the School Year 2020/21 must be made by the last Friday in April.
Only new pupils need apply, for example pupils starting Primary school or moving to Post Primary School, or those who are changing home address or school.

Applications for pupils with special educational needs arising from a diagnosed disability should be made through The National Council for Special Education.

Details of all existing pupils who currently hold tickets are already recorded and the email address provided in the registration process previously is used to communicate with families in July when it is time to pay the school transport charges for the new school year.

Payment for school transport tickets may be made online between late June and the last Friday in July.  Details of the closing date will be published soon.