Reminder: Applications for school transport for the new school year 2022/23 will close on Friday 29 April 2022

Dear Deputy,

Following my earlier correspondence in February, I just wanted to remind your constituents that applications for school transport for the new school year 2022/23 will close on Friday 29 April 2022.  This applies only for new applicants seeking primary and/or post-primary school transport for 2022/23.  That includes: 

  • Students starting school in September 2022
  • Students moving school, including those moving from primary to post-primary school
  • Students who have or will move address before the 2022/23 school year

The closing date for new applications is fast approaching (Friday 29 April) and all students who are eligible for school transport will receive seats if they have applied and paid by the relevant deadlines.

No fees are required at this point as the payment portal will open in June 2022. Further communication will be sent to registered applicant families in relation to payments for school transport for the new school year.

Please note that reduced fares for School Transport were announced as part of a package of Government initiatives to encourage greater use of public transport services and to assist with the overall increased cost of living. The annual family maximum contribution for Post Primary transport will reduce from €650.00 to €500 for the 2022/23 school year, with the family maximum fare for Primary school transport reducing from €220 to €170.

School Transport is a significant operation managed by Bus Éireann on behalf of the Department of Education.  In the current school year, over 122,000 children, including over 16,000 children with special educational needs, are transported on a daily basis to primary and post-primary schools throughout the country. Bus Éireann understands how important the school transport service is to families and schools throughout the country.

For more information about school transport, please visit About School Transport – Bus Éireann – View Ireland Bus and Coach Timetables & Buy Tickets (

I appreciate your help and support as always, in communicating relevant updates on school transport with your constituents.


Miriam Flynn

Chief Schools Officer

Bus Éireann