Weekday bus travel in Kent for 11-16 year olds.
Full year pass:
We process all applications within 28 working days.
Term 1-3 pass:
We process all applications within 28 working days.
Term 4-6 pass:
Apply from 21 November 2016 and by 6 January 2017 to make sure your pass is ready for the start of term 4. If you apply after 6 January 2017 we will process your application within 28 working days.
You can apply online if you:
Before you apply online, make sure that:
You can't apply online if you are eligible for a free pass or are applying for the third or fourth pass for free. You'll need to apply by post.
Print and complete our young person's travel pass application form (PDF, 437.7 KB).
You can renew your pass using the online and paper forms linked to below. We'll send your pass to your school or college for collection.
You need to renew your child's pass each year but you do not need to send a new photograph.
You'll need the pass number and the email address you used to register.
You can renew online if:
Use the young person's travel pass application form (PDF, 437.7 KB) to renew the pass if you:
Send your form and payment to: Public Transport, Kent County Council, PO Box 441, Aylesford, ME6 9HJ.
You'll receive your pass within 28 working days. Terms and conditions (PDF, 24.5 KB) apply.
You can also find information about the pass in our leaflet for parents and students (PDF, 476.9 KB).
Before you apply you may want to check if you are eligible for our free school transport scheme.
If your child goes to school in Kent but you're not a Kent resident they can't get a young person's travel pass. Please contact your local council.
Once you've paid for and received your pass, bus travel is free.
There is an increase to the cost of some types of pass for 2016/17. Our press release explains the decision to increase the cost.
Full year pass (5 September 2016 to 31 July 2017)
Term 1-3 pass (5 September 2016 to 24 February 2017)
Term 4-6 pass (20 February to 31 July 2017)
Make sure you tell us which pass you're applying for.
You can get a free pass if you are:
If you're in care, a care leaver or a young carer you must get your application endorsed or you'll end up paying the standard £270. Find out who to contact below.
Kent Young Carers 17 – 19 Monson Road, Tunbridge Wells TN1 1LS.
Call: 0300 111 1110
If you live in Maidstone you can also contact Crossroads on 01622 817114 or email email@example.com
11 - 16 year olds: ask your case worker to arrange for someone to endorse your application.
17 years old and over: Catch 22 (formerly Rainer Kent Services) must endorse your application.
Your child can collect their pass from school. We don't send passes to your home.
It should be ready for the first day of term if you applied or renewed on time.
We have agreed with bus operators that for the first few days of term 1 and term 4, children who have applied on time and need to collect their new pass from school should be allowed to travel. If they have it, your child should carry their old pass, but anyone who would qualify for the scheme should be allowed to travel without any proof of payment or eligibility.
Once your application has been processed, you will receive an e-mail or letter as confirmation. There is no longer a need to present a letter for travel and we are therefore not providing them.
If your child's pass wasn't at the school as expected, please contact us and provide your child's name, date of birth and school.
Email us on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 03000 41 84 84 (Monday – Friday, 9am - 5pm).
If you apply or renew late you may have to wait up to 28 working days for us to send the pass to your child's school.
We don't refund fares your child pays whilst waiting for their pass to arrive or provide letters they can show the driver.
You can use your pass on buses between 6am and 7pm, Monday to Friday between the start of the school year and 31 July.
Certain bus operators offer additional travel to pass holders outside the 6am to 7pm, Monday to Friday limit:
Stagecoach are also offering people the opportunity to upgrade their young person's travel pass to one which allows free travel on any service at all times, including evenings and weekends and during August. This is through a separate annual ticket which can be purchased through Stagecoach. The cost of the ticket is:
For further information regarding the additional services and reduced fares offered by Stagecoach, please contact them directly:
Telephone: 03456 00 22 99
(open from 07:30 to 18:00, Monday to Saturday)
See the list of operators you can use your pass with (PDF, 26.9 KB).
Outside of Kent: you can use your pass to travel to counties bordering Kent as long as the journey starts or ends in Kent.
Medway: you can use your pass as long as your journey starts or ends at a Kent address but you can't use your pass to make journeys from one Medway address to another Medway address.
Download the young person's travel pass code of conduct (PDF, 707.8 KB) .
We can take passes away from anyone who doesn't stick to this code.
Download our terms and conditions (PDF, 24.5 KB).
You need to pay extra on some special school services. See a list of special school services and services not covered (PDF, 26.9 KB).
To get a replacement pass please contact us with your child's name, address and school.
Call: 03000 41 84 84.
Cost: £10 per replacement
Pay by debit or credit card: Call 03000 41 84 84
Pay cheque or postal order: Make your cheque/postal order payable to Kent County Council and write your child's name, address and school on the back. Post to: Public Transport, Kent County Council, PO Box 441, Aylesford, ME6 9HJ.
You can have 3 replacement passes per school year.
It can take up to 10 working days to get your temporary replacement pass. In the meantime you'll have to pay the fare. We don't refund fares you pay whilst you're waiting.
We will send a temporary pass to your home for your child to show the driver whilst you're waiting for your replacement.
We will send the replacement pass to the school before the temporary one runs out.
If you have found a bus pass please: