Young Person’s Free Bus Travel Scheme

Free Bus Travel Scheme for 5-18 year olds

Legislation has been approved by the Scottish Parliament enabling the introduction of a new statutory scheme to allow 5-18 year olds resident in Scotland to access free bus travel through the National Entitlement Card.

The Scottish Government and its partners are working to set up the new scheme, which will start operating as soon as practicable during the 2021-22 financial year.

Application survey

If you are under 19 and live in Scotland, help us prepare for this scheme by telling us how you plan to apply. Survey closes 31 March.


Proposed Free Bus Travel Scheme for 19-21 year olds

On 8 March 2021, the Scottish Government announced its intention to extend free bus travel further to include 19-21 year olds. It committed to making as much progress as possible on this further extension during 2021-22 and allocated an additional £17 million for this.

Updates on the progress of the new scheme for 5-18 year olds and the further extension to 19-21 year olds will be provided in due course.