School transport

Page updated on: 06/11/2019

Free transport to school

Your children may be able to get free transport to school, depending on how far they live from the school and any additional needs they may have.

To qualify for free school transport you must:

  • be at least 5 years old
  • be resident of Carmarthenshire 
  • go to their nearest or designated school
  • live at least 2 miles from the school if they’re in primary school
  • live at least 3 miles from the school if they’re in secondary school

You are advised to email learnertravel@carmarthenshire.gov.uk before you decide which school to send your children in order to establish eligibility for free school transport.

Under certain circumstances transport may also be provided for pupils who do not normally qualify under the general policy based on:

  • Road safety
  • Medical condition
  • Learners with learning difficulties/disabilities
  • Change of residence in GCSE years
  • Religious beliefs

Parents who have submitted an application for free transport and have been refused, will be notified of the review process as part of the written notice of refusal. 

The arrangement and cost of transport to school for pupils who do not qualify for free transport is a parental responsibility. Public transport may be available, for further information visit Traveline

Spare Seats

For pupils not eligible for free transport because they live too close to the school and there is no public transport, we operate a concessionary scheme where spare seats on an existing school bus can be made available once all the eligible pupils have been allocated their seats.

Spare seats are allocated for the duration of the current academic year, you will need to re-apply for an allocation every academic year. 

If your application is successful, a charge of £50 is required for the issue of spare seat travel passes. 

Please read our home to school transport policy and/or spare seat policy carefully before starting your application. 

Apply for school transport / spare seat 

Education & Schools