From 31 January, 5–21 year olds living in Scotland will be eligible for free bus travel across Scotland with a valid National Entitlement Card. You can apply from 10 January 2022. However, in light of high levels of COVID-19 transmission, the Scottish Government is asking that you only apply for the scheme at this point if it is essential* that you, or your child, travel while restrictions are in place. All other eligible applicants will be proactively encouraged to apply at a later date.
*There is no prescribed list of what constitutes essential travel – it will differ for different children, young people and families. But it might include travel for education, training, work, care or health reasons.
Even if your child already has a National Entitlement Card or Young Scot National Entitlement Card, they must apply for a new or replacement card to travel by bus for free.
You can visit the Transport Scotland website to find out how to apply and more.
To assist you there are videos with step-by-step instructions on how to apply for a NEC and free bus travel through https://getyournec.scot/nec/
- How to apply for a card for your child: https://youtu.be/Ev_sEjprEDE
- How to request a replacement card with free bus travel: https://youtu.be/M7OgYZ3Fh5s