Free bus travel for under-22s across Scotland

Young people and children can now access free bus travel, by applying for a National Entitlement Card (NEC).

The Young Persons’ (under-22s) Free Bus Travel Scheme was announced in November 2021, offering young people across Scotland free bus travel.

From today, young people aged five to 21 years can apply for a card to allow them to travel by bus under the scheme from January 31 2022.

Currently, the Scottish Government is encouraging people to stay at home as much as possible and only make essential journeys by bus, such as for work, education or health care, until the situation with the pandemic improves.

Anyone aged 5-21 and living in Scotland is eligible for a card. Previously issued cards, such as the Young Scot NEC will not allow access to the scheme and anyone holding an existing card will need to apply for a replacement card, with a new embedded chip.

Children aged five to ten years old, will need to apply for a new ‘Junior’ NEC to access free bus travel.

Young people and children under 16 years old will need their parent or guardian to apply on their behalf, while anyone aged 16 or over can make an application themselves.

Children under 5 years old already travel for free on buses and don’t need a card.

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