School transport

Page updated on: 20/02/2019

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.

All children of eligible age qualify for free school transport if they are residents of Carmarthenshire and go to their nearest or designated school. They must also live at least:

  • 2 miles from the school if they’re in primary school
  • 3 miles from the school if they’re in secondary school

You are advised to contact us 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.

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 contact Traveline on 0871 200 22 33 or visit their website. 

For pupils not eligible for free transport because they live too close to the school, and where 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 entitled pupils have been allocated their seats. Once a vehicle is full, we will not provide larger vehicles to accommodate further concessions.  Allocation of a spare seat is made only for the duration of the current academic year and will not automatically result in the concession being offered in future years. A charge is made for the issue of spare seat travel passes.

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

Apply for school transport Download application for a spare seat