Home to School Transport

The current arrangements for the provision of home to school transport came into operation in September 1997.

Provision of Home to School Transport

A child will only be eligible for transport assistance in circumstances where he or she enrols at a grant-aided school which is beyond the qualifying distance from his/her home (two miles for primary pupils or three miles for post-primary pupils) and has been unsuccessful in gaining a place at all suitable schools within the qualifying distance from his/her home.

For the purposes of the transport arrangements, the term 'suitable school' is defined as being a grant-aided school in any of the following six categories:

  • controlled or other voluntary;
  • maintained;
  • integrated;
  • Irish-medium;
  • denominational grammar (post-primary) ; and
  • non-denominational grammar (post primary).

The Department is undertaking a review of the current home to school transport policy and as a first step would be keen to hear what the public have to say about school transport. More information can be found on the Department's website at Home to School Transport Review

More information

For more detailed information about the home to school transport policy and how to make an application for school transport assistance see:

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