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For the latest travel information for England, Wales and Scotland, see our Coronavirus page.

From Monday 17th May in England only, we’re safely and steadily making more seats available on local buses, when busy. For full details go to our travelling safely page.

Please continue to keep your distance, where possible and wear a face covering throughout your journey, unless you’re exempt.


COVID School services

Last updated at 15:07 on 17/05/2021

Q. Is it safe to travel by bus?

A. Absolutely! The safety of our customers and our employees is our main priority and we’re doing everything we can to make sure people can travel with confidence. We’ve added extra cleaning to our schedules and, if travelling on a normal scheduled service, all children over the age of 11 will need to wear a face covering (exemptions apply).

To find out more about how we’re making travel safer check out our Travelling Safely video.

Q. Where can I find out about dedicated school services in my area?

A. We’ve put all the information you need on our Back to school safely page

Q. Can the general public use the special bus services?

A. No. These are dedicated school services that we’ve added to our schedule to make sure we can get children to school safely. The buses will clearly indicate on the front if it’s a special school service.

Q. Does my child need to wear a face covering?

A. If they’re travelling on our dedicated school service we recommend the use of face coverings for children over the age of 11 as they may be travelling with other pupils outside of their year bubble. If they’re on a normal scheduled service, it's mandatory to wear a face covering for all children over the age of 11, unless they're exempt.  

There are exemptions to wearing face coverings for certain conditions, you can find out more about these here  along with details of our Journey Assistance card scheme.

Q. Is social distancing in force on dedicated school services?

A. The Government rules in place state that children travelling on the dedicated services will be able to sit on any seat and even sit beside their friends.  

Q. What if there’s no space on the school service?

A. We’ve worked with the local authorities and schools to arrange the correct transport for each school. Children are still welcome on our scheduled services but, if there are issues with your child’s dedicated service, please give us feedback  and we’ll look into it.

Q. I don’t want my child to use cash, how can they pay for their journey?

A. Lots of our tickets can be bought online and loaded on to a StagecoachSmart card, meaning there’s no need to carry cash. Contactless payment is available on all of our buses as an alternative, too. Find out more about the different ways you can buy a ticket.