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Yellow School Buses

Yellow School bus passes

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, TfGM won’t be issuing Yellow School Bus passes for the start of the new academic year in September.

Instead, all Yellow School Buses will operate as regular dedicated school buses, meaning no passes will be needed and any child can board any service. This will allow more students to use the buses at a time when the overall capacity on the network is still likely to be reduced.

Students will still need an igo card to pay concessionary fares.

See which secondary schools are served by Yellow School Buses


Cost of school bus tickets

From September 2020, fares on TfGM-funded dedicated school buses (including Yellow School Buses) are:

For children aged 11-16 with igo cards, and primary schoolchildren:

  • Single ticket £1.40.

  • Return ticket £2.40*.

  • TfGM schools weekly ticket £7.60* - this is only valid on schooldays and on dedicated school buses. It’s available to purchase on the bus or at a TfGM Travelshop. It can only be loaded onto an igo card.

  • Carnet ticket (10 single trips) £10* – this is only valid on schooldays and on dedicated school buses. It’s available to buy on the bus or at a TfGM Travelshop. It can only be loaded onto an igo card and will be valid for 28 days from the date of purchase.

Children aged 11-16 who don’t have an igo card will be charged a single fare of £1.80 and will be unable to buy return or weekly tickets.

Students with a Scholar’s permit can also buy the £1.40 single ticket (not returns or school weekly tickets).

  • TfGM return, weekly and carnet tickets are valid on the majority of dedicated school buses, with some exceptions.

Buying your ticket

Due to coronavirus, some bus operators are only accepting exact fares when paying in cash on board. So we'd encourage children to buy prepaid tickets or use contactless payment if they can. Please visit our tickets and passes page for more information.

Weekly tickets are available to buy in advance at TfGM Travelshops and PayPoint outlets.

Children must show their igo card when buying a ticket and carry it with them on their journey.


Our Pass

Our Pass entitles 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 getmethere.com.

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 2020. Please see ourpass.co.uk

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.