Mainstream School Transport

The council provides free school transport to all children who live more than two miles walking distance from their zoned primary school and three miles walking distance from their zoned secondary school. They can also receive free school transport if their walk route is deemed unsafe for a child accompanied by a responsible adult.

Pupils who do not meet the eligibility criteria may still receive free school transport if there is spare seating capacity on a dedicated school transport vehicle.

Applications for pupils eligible for free transport are made via the school.

Further information can be found in the home-to-school transport leaflet (pdf 973KB).

Find out more about mainstream school transport:

Bus services included

Season tickets are available for these services:

School Service number Route
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
Kemnay Academy 221 Inverurie – Kemnay
Mackie Academy 104 Auchenblae – Stonehaven
Mackie Academy 747 St Cyrus - Stonehaven
Mackie Academy 26 Laurencekirk – Stonehaven
Mearns Academy 29 Edzell – Laurencekirk
Peterhead Academy 82S Boddam - Peterhead 
Portlethen Academy 70A Newtonhill – Cammachmore – Portlethen
Portlethen Academy 70B Newtonhill – Portlethen
Portlethen Academy 70C Newtonhill – Portlethen
Turriff Academy 253 Maud – New Deer – Turriff
Turriff Academy 258 Turriff Circular Service

Bus times are available on the Traveline website.

Season ticket prices

From January 2020 the cost of a season ticket for the remainder of school year 2019/20 is:

  • Primary pupils - £57.30 per place or £143.30 per family
  • Academy pupils - £89.70 per place or £224.30 per family

A family discount is provided where 3 or more children from the same family are travelling to the same school. Pupils who receive a school clothing grant will get a 50% discount.

If applying part-way through the year, you can contact us to find out the charge which will apply. Please note that there is a minimum charge per pupil of £25, or £12.50 for those entitled to a clothing grant.

How to apply

Some pupils travel on school transport services which also operate as local bus services that are open to the general public. Pupils who are not entitled to free school transport on walking distance grounds may purchase a single, return or multi-journey ticket from the bus driver. Alternatively, parents or carers can apply to purchase a season ticket using our online application form.

Apply for a school transport season ticket

Cancelling a season ticket

If your circumstances change you can cancel the season ticket issued and a credit will be issued for the appropriate amount. Please note that passes must be returned to the PTU before a credit will be issued.

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