Free school transport

We provide transport for children aged 4 – 16 , living in Denbighshire, who attend: 

  • junior and primary school, if the child lives further than two miles from their nearest suitable school
  • secondary school, if the child lives further than three miles from their nearest suitable school

How do I apply for free school transport?

You can apply for transport any time from when your child has a confirmed school place.

Apply online for free school transport 

After you've applied for transport

If you would like to track the progress of your school transport application, or if you have been asked to provide more information, you can track the progress or provide more information online.

Track progress or provide more information on a school transport application

Mid-term applications

If you are applying for free school transport to start during the the school year, we will contact you about the outcome of your application within 15 working days.

Start of school year applications

If you are applying for free school transport to start at the beginning of the school year (September), we will contact you about the outcome of your application before or during the summer holidays.

If your application is refused

If your application for free school transport is refused, we will contact you to let you know why and provide details of the appeal process.

Learners aged 16 and over

We also provide transport for learners aged 16 and over who live more than three miles from their nearest suitable school or college, and who are under 19 at the start of the school year (September).

For Statutory Education the nearest suitable school is the nearest school to the child’s home that: 

  • provides education for the relevant age of a pupil 
  • is the nearest school to meet the language preference 
  • is the nearest faith school or non-faith school

We also provide transport for pupils whose route to school is considered to be hazardous. We periodically review hazardous routes, and if we find that a route is not hazardous, we will give one school term's notice that eligibility for transport will come to an end. If you would like to know more about hazardous routes to school, please email admissions@denbighshire.gov.uk.

Welsh medium education is provided through both category 1 and category 2 schools.  We will provide free school transport to your nearest Welsh medium school, if all other eligibility criteria are met.

Please note that we normally only provide transport to the nearest suitable school to your home address.   If you have secured a place at a school that is not your nearest suitable school, you will need to make your own transport arrangements.

If you move house, you will need to re-apply for free school transport.  This is because your eligibility depends on the distance between your home and your school.  If you move to a new home, we will need to check your eligibility again.

If you are applying for transport after moving house during the school year, please apply as soon as you can after your new address is confirmed.

As long as your home address and the school attended do not change, there is no need to re-apply for school transport every year.

Concessionary seats

If a child does not qualify for free school transport, it is sometimes possible to purchase a seat on an existing contract transport route, if the vehicle has spaces. There is a charge for concessionary seats, which is payable every term. Unfortunately it is not possible to divert the route of the vehicle for concessionary (paying) passengers. Concessionary seats may be withdrawn at short notice for various reasons, for example, if the number of eligible pupils increases and the seats become unavailable, or if a vehicle route is changed.