School Transport Provider

New! School Transport Service Contracts now available

We are seeking additional vehicles with available drivers for the provision of services under the Post Primary School Transport scheme.

Applications are invited from operators of large, medium, small buses and taxis with available drivers. If you wish to be considered for the requirement please submit a Pre-Qualification Questionnaire and a maintenance questionnaire to us before Monday 31st August 2020. These documents can be downloaded from and must be returned to

In addition:

  • Operators on the School Transport Services Qualification panel 2016-21 need not re-apply, unless you wish to be considered for other counties or vehicle categories previously not qualified for.
  • Garda vetting is mandatory for all personnel performing transport services under contract with Bus Eireann
  • All vehicles must eb fitted with seat belts, be less than 20 years old and must meet all statutory requirements.
  • Operators must comply with all applicable legislation in relation to Covid-19 and any guidance, direction or notice issued by, or on behalf of, the Government, the Health Service Executive, the Health and Safety Authority, the National Transport Authority , Bus Eireann or any other public authority in relation to Covid-19.

School Transport Scheme

The School Transport scheme supports transport to and from school for children throughout the country who reside remote from their nearest school. Bus Éireann operates the Scheme on behalf of the Department of Education and Skills with a fleet of over 4,500 vehicles. There are over 40 million passenger journeys made on the School Transport Scheme each year. Some 90% of these vehicles are owned by independent contractors.

How to apply?

To be eligible to quote for school transport contracts, administered by Bus Eireann on behalf of the Department of Education & Skills all operators must be registered on the Etenders website and have submitted and passed the Pre Qualification Questionnaire (PQQ).

The PQQ is now open and located in the tender BE/SV/08/01/2015 - Provision of School Transport Services - Qualification Panels 2016 to 2021

Who can apply?

Operators of large, medium and minibuses who may be interested in undertaking, on a contractual basis, the operation of a Transport Service(s) under the Primary and Post Primary School Transport Schemes to School Centre(s) and Operators of large, medium, minibuses and taxis who may be interested in undertaking, on a contractual basis, the operation of a Transport Service(s) under the School Transport Scheme for Children with Special Educational Needs to Primary and Post Primary School(s) throughout the Republic of Ireland.