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Yellow School Buses

Secondary school children can get a reserved seat to and from school on a Yellow School Bus

Yellow School Bus Applications

Updated: Thursday 11 June

Please note that in light of the current Covid-19 situation and the social distancing measures that have been put into place on public transport, TfGM are currently reviewing how the scheme will operate for the 2020/21 academic year. As such no applications are being taken at this time.

Further updates will be sent to individual schools which will be passed onto you when they become available. When we are in a position to accept applications they will be individually assessed and will NOT be processed on a first-come first-served basis. You may also check our website for any updates.

Do you qualify?

You must live in Greater Manchester and go to a secondary school in Greater Manchester that's served by Yellow Bus.

See which secondary schools are served by Yellow School Buses

You and your parent or guardian must agree to the Yellow Bus code of practice.

You must have an igo card to buy Yellow School Bus tickets.

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.

The costs and the benefits

A weekly ticket costs £7.40. This is the best choice if you go to school by bus every day. There is the option to buy single tickets (£1.40 with an igo Pass, £1.80 without) and return tickets (£2.40).

You could qualify for free school travel if the child:
- is blind, or deaf and with speech problems, or has learning disabilities; or
- lives more than three miles from school

See if you qualify for free school travel

Contact your local council to apply for school transport for a child with special educational needs

Unlike a normal school bus, the Yellow School Bus gives you a guaranteed seat to and from school every day.

The bus picks you up at a convenient place near your home, and will usually have the same driver every day.

Buy your ticket

Before you buy a ticket, you must apply for a yellow school bus pass. Applications are processed in July, and passes last for one academic year.

Applications are first-come-first-served basis as there are limited seats on the bus. Once a bus is full, it will no longer show as being available on the application form.

When you have a pass, you will be able to buy tickets on the bus. You need to show your Yellow School Bus pass and your igo card. You can only use the bus with the same number on as your pass.

If you lose your pass

If you lose your bus pass, email

Renew your pass

You must make a new application before the start of each academic year. We are currently reviewing how the scheme will operate for the upcoming academic year. Further information will be provided via your child’s school and on as soon as it becomes available.

Frequently asked questions

For further information please consult our frequently asked questions document

Our Pass

From 1 September 2019, Our Pass will entitle card holders to free bus travel across Greater Manchester, as well as off-peak 1-day and weekend Metrolink travelcards at half adult prices, from

To be eligible for Our Pass you must be a resident in Greater Manchester and be aged at least 16 and under 18 on 31 August 2019. Please see

Our Pass will be accepted on all Yellow School Bus services but you must have it with you when you travel. If you don’t have your pass, you will need to pay full adult fares and cannot claim a refund later. Additionally, students wishing to use Our Pass on Yellow School Buses must also be in possession of a valid Yellow School Bus Pass.


Your Bus

In 2018, we donated a previously decommissioned yellow school bus to Greswell Primary School in Denton.

This year we opened up an opportunity for community interest groups or schools to apply for the opportunity to be gifted one of 6 Yellow School buses. Applications for this have now closed.

To see what Greswell Primary School did with their bus and for details of the winners when availble, click the link below.