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School bus services

Please be aware, the below information relates to schools services operating until July 2018.

Information for services for the 2018/2019 school year may be different.

Applications are now being accepted for TfGM’s Yellow School Buses, they are processed on a first come first served basis.

If you have not selected a school bus as the bus is full TfGM will not be able to process your application.

Yellow school bus application portal

Do you qualify?

School bus services help pupils aged 11 to 16 get to and from some Greater Manchester secondary schools.

Only Yellow School buses are reserved just for school pupils: anyone can use normal school buses, so you're not guaranteed a seat.

Applicants should note TfGM are only able to issue a limited number of passes for each bus, if applicants do not use the pass they could be preventing other pupils from using the service. Should they no longer wish to use the service can they return the pass to TfGM so we can issue another pass.

Find out more about Yellow School Bus services

The costs and the benefits

For children aged 11-16 with igo passes and primary school children:
- Single ticket £1.35
- Return ticket £2.30 (Exceptions)
- TfGM school weekly ticket £7.30. This ticket is ONLY valid on schooldays on school buses. (Exceptions)

Children aged 11-16 who do not have an igo pass will be charged a single fare of £1.75 and will not be able to buy returns or weekly tickets.

Students with a scholar’s permit can also buy the £1.35 single ticket (not returns or school weekly tickets)

TfGM fares do not apply on the following services.

School bus timetables


Please see below for timetables for the 2018/2019 school year:

Bolton Schools
Bury Schools
Manchester Schools
Oldham Schools
Rochdale Schools
Salford Schools
Stockport Schools
Tameside Schools
Trafford Schools
Wigan Schools

Buy your ticket

Buy your single, return or weekly ticket from the driver when you get on the bus.

You should show your igo pass to buy a ticket, and must carry the igo pass with you when you travel.

If you lose your weekly ticket

Sorry, there are no refunds; you have to buy another ticket.