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 973KB).

Privilege school transport costs

View our privilege school transport costs for the full 2019/20 school year:

  • Primary - £114.60 per place or £286.60 per family
  • Academy - £179.40 per place or £448.60 per family

If you require transport for the current school year please contact us for prices.

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

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.

Please note that there is a minimum charge of £25 (£12.50 for those entitled to a clothing grant) per child for school transport.

Applying for privilege school transport

Parents or carers can apply for a privilege place for their child by downloading an application form, where spare seats are available on a school transport route.

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 681KB).

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.

Information on how to apply is provided in the out-of-zone privilege transport application form (pdf 662KB)

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: 


Service number


Aboyne Academy 


Braemar – Aboyne 

Alford Academy


Strathdon – Alford

Banff Academy


Ordiquhill – Whitehills – Banff

Banff Academy


Macduff – Banff

Banff Academy


Macduff - Banff

Ellon Academy


New Deer – Ellon

Gordon Schools


Alford – Huntly

Gordon Schools 


Inverurie – Insch – Huntly

Kemnay Academy


Inverurie – Kemnay

Mackie Academy


Auchenblae – Stonehaven

Mackie Academy


St Cyrus - Stonehaven

Mackie Academy 


Brechin – Stonehaven

Mearns Academy 


Brechin – Edzell – Laurencekirk

Peterhead Academy


Boddam - Peterhead 

Portlethen Academy


Newtonhill – Cammachmore – Portlethen

Portlethen Academy


Newtonhill – Portlethen

Portlethen Academy


Newtonhill – Portlethen

Turriff Academy 


Fraserburgh – New Deer – Turriff

Turriff Academy 


Turriff Circular Service

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