School bus routes and timetables

Service information for students eligible to free transport or using public bus routes.

1 Overview

This section includes information on:

  • dedicated school transport routes
  • public bus service routes.

If your child is eligible to free school transport they will be allocated a route, which you will receive by email. If travelling by bus, this may be a dedicated school service or a public service. You can find route and timetable information on the following pages.

If your child is not eligible for assistance with school transport but will be travelling to school by public bus, please see our public bus routes page.

Guidance on using transport 

Guidance about expected behaviour and important information about school transport for eligible pupils is available in the leaflet below:

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update: See our School Transport and COVID-19 page for the latest information on how we are adapting home to school travel during the pandemic.

2 Dedicated school transport routes

You will find the route your child has been allocated in the email you have received from the school transport team.

Your child should not attempt to travel on a route that has not been allocated to them. They will be refused travel if they do not have a valid pass.

While drivers do all they can to keep to the timetable, times stated are approximate. Pupils should be ready at their pick-up point at least five minutes earlier than the scheduled time.

The route timetables can be found on the links below:

Public service transport

If your child has been allocated a pass for use on a public service bus, please see the public bus routes page.

3 Public bus routes

When travelling on public transport, pupils are encouraged to follow the guidance about travelling safely on GOV.UK. We highly recommend that, unless in the exempt category, pupils aged 11 and over continue to wear face coverings on public transport.

Timetables

To view public bus timetables, please see the links to the operator websites below:

Note on making payments for fare paying children

If your child is not eligible for free school transport, please try to pay the fare by contactless card payment, smartphone app or the correct change. Some bus operators are not able to give change on cash fares due to current safety measures.

4 Operator information

These are the contact details for school transport providers.

Please contact the operator direct for lost property enquiries.

Compass Travel

Crawley Luxury

Portsmouth City Coaches

Southdown Buses

Stagecoach

Sussex Coaches

West Sussex County Council and all other operators

You can also contact the school transport team using our online form.

5 Requesting an alternative route

Requests to change transport arrangements or bus routes can sometimes be met. You must ask for changes in writing using the online form below.

Contact us online

You may have to wait for a change to become possible. In some cases, we may not be able to provide your requested change.

Students must remain travelling on the route allocated to them until we notify you otherwise.

Last updated:
11 August 2021
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