Young Persons’ Free Bus Travel

A family walks off a bus onto the pavement of a leafy street.

Scotland’s taking action to reach net zero, with free bus travel for all under 22s to help combat climate change.

Young People Travel Free in Scotland

Supporting people to make sustainable travel choices is key to tackling the climate emergency, and many young people are already actively engaged in the challenge. Research also shows that 61% of young Scots agree that free access to public transport will play a central role in the fight against climate change.

That’s why we’ve introduced the Young Persons’ Free Bus Travel scheme, to help young people make sustainable travel choices that minimise emissions and help us reach net zero. It will also help to create a fairer, safer transport system that gives young people easier and more equal access to work, education, and leisure opportunities. Not to mention the health benefits that come with relying less on cars and opting for bus and active travel instead.



To easily apply for free bus travel, under 22 year olds need a recent passport style photo as well as proof of identity and address.

Parents or guardians can apply for children aged between 5 and 15.


How to apply for the Young Persons’ Free Bus Travel scheme


75% of 16 to 21 year olds already joined and benefitting

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