Young people aged between 5 and 21 years old are eligible for free bus travel from 31 January 2022.

At present, the Young Persons' Free Bus Travel Scheme does not cover transport to and from school.

How to apply

All young people aged between 5 and 21 years old will need to apply for a new or replacement National Entitlement Card (NEC) or Young Scot NEC. There are several ways to apply:

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Applying online

To apply for a Young Scot National Entitlement Card online, please go to getyournec.scot.

Full application details can be found on the website including requirements to use the online application service.

Young people under 16 years old will need their parent/guardian to apply on their behalf and provide approval for free bus travel to be enabled on their card.

This allows parents or guardians to exercise their responsibility for their children's safety.

Applying through school

If you or your child/young person attends school and are unable to use getyournec.scot, please contact the school office and request guidance and an application form.

Young people under 16 years old will need their parent/guardian to apply on their behalf and provide approval for free bus travel to be enabled on their card.

This allows parents or guardians to exercise their responsibility for their children's safety.

Aged 16+ or no longer at school

Young people aged 16+ should apply for free bus travel themselves using getyournec.scot.

If you are 16+ and no longer attend school and are unable to use getyournec.scot, please contact Young Scot Falkirk:

Children under 5 years old

Children under 5 years old can already travel on buses for free.

They will not need a to apply for a Young Scot National Entitlement Card.