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The Education Authority has a statutory responsibility for the provision of transport assistance to facilitate attendance at a grant-aided school of pupils for whom fees are not paid and who are resident in Northern Ireland. This guide aims to help you navigate the transport application process.


How to Apply for Transport Assistance for My Child

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Due to the Coronavirus outbreak the Home to School Transport Online Application Process for this current 2019-20 School Year is no longer available. Further information relating to Covid-19 can be found on our Covid-19 Coronavirus section on the EA homepage which is updated regularly. 

 Please note that the online transport application process for September 2020 applications will open for:

  • Primary Pupils on Tuesday 12th May 2020
  • Post Primary Pupils on Tuesday 16th June 2020

Read the Terms & Conditions below.

You will receive a unique reference number which must be used in any correspondence with the Authority.

If you have any difficulty completing this form, contact the School Transport Online Application Helpdesk 0300 200 7824.

Guidance Notes

Additional information

If your child is not eligible for transport assistance, this does not preclude them from availing from alternative transport arrangements offered by Translink.  

Children and young people enjoy the independence and value the sense of freedom that pubic transport offers, and Translink are committed to providing the best value fares for every individual.

Children aged under 16 are entitled to half fares on Translink bus and train services in Northern Ireland.  To facilitate this Translink provide a free ‘Proof of Age’ card which are available from any main bus or train station in Northern Ireland on presentation of a birth certificate, or passport, and a passport sized photograph.  This is valid up to the 30th June, after their 16th birthday.  A ‘proof of age’ card is not mandatory, however, they are recommended for any young person who may need to prove they are under the age of 16. On production of the card the child will be able to obtain a reduced fare of 50% off the full adult fare on local and Cross Border services. 

Young people aged 16 – 23 can avail of one third off a range of bus and rail fares on the production of a yLink card. For full details on yLink and discounted fares visit www.translink.co.uk/yLink.  This Translink yLink is a discount card that can be used up until their 24th birthday. yLink cardholders can also get discounts and offers on local brands.

A range of great value smart card options are available for both passengers under and over the age of 16. To find the best ticketing option for your child use Translink’s useful ‘Find the Right Ticket’ tool at http://www.translink.co.uk/Find-The-Right-Ticket/  or contact Translink on 028 90 66 66 30.

Please be advised that due to the Coronavirus outbreak Transport will not be currently receiving or processing appeals at this time. 

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  • PRIMARY APPLICATIONS on      Tuesday 12th May 2020
  • POST PRIMARY APPLICATIONS  on Tuesday 16th June 2020

Do you know that your choice and order of preferences could impact on your child’s eligibility for transport assistance?

Last updated: 30/03/2020