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School bus services


Around 80 per cent of Greater Manchester’s bus services in Greater are run by commercial operators, who decide routes, timetables and set fare levels.

TfGM financially supports the remaining 20 per cent – which run at times of day and in areas where there is a social need – including school services.

Most are ordinary bus routes open to the general public and, as such, primary school children should be accompanied by a responsible adult.

We also run a fleet of 50 hybrid-electric Yellow School Buses (YSB), which are not open to the general public and pick-up and drop-off children close to home, in a safe place to wait and board.

To use a Yellow School Bus service, children must have a valid YSB pass, which will need to be renewed each year. Children under the age of seven must be accompanied by an adult.


Applications for Yellow School Bus Passes are no longer being taken for the 2018/19 academic year. The Applications Portal for the 2019/20 academic year will open in June. Please check back here for further information or refer to information provided by your school.

Do you qualify?

School bus services help pupils aged 11 to 16 get to and from some Greater Manchester secondary schools.

Only Yellow School buses are reserved just for school pupils: anyone can use normal school buses, so you're not guaranteed a seat.

Applicants should note TfGM are only able to issue a limited number of passes for each bus, if applicants do not use the pass they could be preventing other pupils from using the service. Should they no longer wish to use the service can they return the pass to TfGM so we can issue another pass.

Find out more about Yellow School Bus services

The costs and the benefits

For children aged 11-16 with an igo card and primary school children:
- Single ticket £1.35
- Return ticket £2.30 (Exceptions)
- TfGM school weekly ticket £7.30. This ticket is ONLY valid on schooldays on school buses. (Exceptions)

Children aged 11-16 who do not have an igo card will be charged a single fare of £1.75 and will not be able to buy returns or weekly tickets.

Students with a scholar’s permit can also buy the £1.35 single ticket (not returns or school weekly tickets)

TfGM fares do not apply on the following services.

School bus timetables


Please see below for timetables for the 2018/2019 school year:

Bolton Schools
Bury Schools
Manchester Schools
Oldham Schools
Rochdale Schools
Salford Schools
Stockport Schools
Tameside Schools
Trafford Schools
Wigan Schools

Buy your ticket

Buy your single, return or weekly ticket from the driver when you get on the bus.

Weekly tickets are also available to purchase at TfGM Travelshops and PayPoint outlets.

You should show your igo card to buy a ticket, and must carry the igo with you when you travel.

Find a Travelshop

Find a PayPoint location

If you lose your ticket

Sorry, there are no refunds; you have to buy another ticket.

If you leave something on the bus

The contact details for the company operating the service are shown in the School Bus timetables.

Capacity and standing

Buses are legally certified to carry a specified number of seated and standing passengers. The capacity and maximum number of standing passengers is displayed on all vehicles.