Privilege School Transport

The council provides free transport to all children who live over two miles walking distance from school, in the case of primary school children, and three miles for secondary school pupils. Free school transport is also provided for children with additional support needs. School transport routes are determined by the pick-up locations required for pupils who are entitled to free school transport.

Further information can be found in the home-to-school transport leaflet (pdf 868KB).

Privilege school transport costs

The costs shown below are for the full 2017-2018 school year. Part year transport is available on a pro-rata basis. You can contact us to find out the specific charge that will apply to your application.

Families in receipt of a school clothing grant are entitled to a 50 percent discount.

  Per place Family price
Primary £107.00 £267.50
Academy £168.00 £420.00

Applying for privilege school transport

Pupils who live within two miles of primary school or three miles of secondary school may be able to travel on school transport at a charge. Where spare seats are available on a school transport route parents or carers can apply for a privilege place for their child by downloading an application form. Discounts are available for pupils entitled to school clothing grants, and to families with three or more children travelling to the same school.

In-zone pupils

If you submit an application part way through a school year you will be charged on a pro-rata basis. You can contact us to find out the specific charge that will apply to your application.

Information on how to apply is provided in the in-zone privilege transport application form (pdf 135KB).

Out of zone pupils

All Aberdeenshire addresses fall within the catchment area of a primary school and a secondary school. If you do not know which schools your home is zoned to, check the interactive map.

A new application form must be submitted to the Passenger Transport Unit (PTU) prior to the start of each new school year. The application can only be considered following the allocation of seats to pupils travelling to their zoned school.

Information on how to apply is provided in the out of zone privilege transport application form (pdf 141KB).

Local bus services

There are school transport services which operate as local bus services which are open to the general public. On these services pupils may purchase single, return or multi-journey tickets from the driver. Alternatively, parents can apply to purchase a season ticket by downloading the correct application form. For details of the times of these buses please visit the Traveline website.

The bus routes are: 

School

Service number

Route

Aboyne Academy

142

Dinnet – Tarland - Aboyne

Aboyne Academy 

201

Braemar – Aboyne 

Alford Academy

219

Strathdon – Alford

Banff Academy

304

Ordiquhill – Whitehills – Banff

Banff Academy

895

Macduff – Banff

Banff Academy

896

Macduff - Banff

Ellon Academy

251A*

New Deer – Ellon

Gordon Schools

231

Alford – Huntly

Gordon Schools 

41A

Inverurie – Insch – Huntly

Gordon Schools 

792

Keith – Oyne – Auchleven – Huntly 

Kemnay Academy

221

Inverurie – Kemnay

Mackie Academy

104

Auchenblae – Stonehaven

Mackie Academy

107

St Cyrus - Stonehaven

Mackie Academy 

26/26A

Brechin – Stonehaven

Mearns Academy 

29

Brechin – Edzell – Laurencekirk

Portlethen Academy

70A

Newtonhill – Cammachmore – Portlethen

Portlethen Academy

70B

Newtonhill – Portlethen

Turriff Academy 

253

Fraserburgh – New Deer – Turriff

Turriff Academy 

258

Turriff Circular Service

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