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Navigating the School Transport Scheme for the 2024/25 School Year

As the new school year approaches, families are starting to plan for the various needs of their children, including transportation. One vital resource available to Irish families is the School Transport Scheme, managed by Bus Éireann, which has recently opened applications for the 2024/25 school year. Here’s everything you need to know to ensure your child has a safe and reliable way to get to school.

Important Deadline for New Applicants

The deadline for new applicants to the School Transport Scheme is set for Friday, April 26th, 2024. If you’re new to the scheme, it’s crucial to apply before this date to ensure your child’s transportation needs are met for the upcoming school year. New applicants include:

  • Pupils starting Junior Infants in Primary School.
  • Pupils starting First Year in Post-Primary School.
  • Pupils who are starting at a new school.
  • Pupils who have moved to a new home address.

To apply, visit Bus Éireann’s School Transport website.

Fees and Charges

The annual charge for the School Transport Services for the 2024/25 school year has been set at:

  • €50 per Primary School pupil.
  • €75 per Post-Primary pupil.

It’s also worth noting that the maximum annual charge per family will not exceed €125, making it a cost-effective option for those with multiple children attending school.

How to Apply and Payment Information

Applications and payments are being accepted through the Bus Éireann Family Portal. Here, you can also submit medical card details if applicable, which may affect your eligibility or the fees required.

For those applying, ensure that you have all the necessary information on hand, including details about your child’s school and your home address, to streamline the application process.

Eligibility and Further Information

To understand whether your child qualifies for school transport and to get more information on the scheme, visit the official Government information page. Here, you’ll find detailed eligibility criteria and additional guidance on the application process.

Special Note for Ukrainian Pupils

In response to the ongoing situation in Ukraine, special provisions are being made for Ukrainian pupils requiring school transport. If you are from Ukraine and need assistance with school transport for your child, please visit for specific information on how to apply under these circumstances.


The School Transport Scheme provides a vital service to families across Ireland, ensuring that children can attend school safely and consistently. By planning ahead and applying before the deadline, you can secure a spot for your child in this valuable program. Don’t wait until the last minute—check your eligibility, gather the necessary documents, and apply today to take one more item off your back-to-school checklist.