Summer Essentials for Bus Users in Scotland

Traveline Scotland

Traveline Scotland is a website and app that provides public transport information in Scotland. You can use it to plan journeys, check timetables, and see live departure times for buses, trains, ferries, and trams.

You can visit the website here or download the app:

Free Bus Travel for Under 22s

You can apply:

  • Online at
  • Directly with your local council. You can find their details here. Scroll down and select your local council area.
  • If you’re aged between 16 and 21 and already have an active NEC or Young Scot NEC, you have the option to download free bus travel onto your existing card using the Transport Scot Pass Collect app.

Watch the video below for a step-by-step guide on using the Transport Scot Pass Collect app: Watch the video

For more information about the Young Persons’ (Under 22s) Free Bus Travel Scheme, please visit

Free Bus Travel for Children Aged 5-10

Parents Portal is a convenient way to apply for free bus travel in Scotland for your child aged between 5 and 10 years old, provided their school uses the Parents Portal service. Here’s how to do it:

  • Access Parents Portal: Head to the Parents Portal website.
  • Login: Sign in using your existing credentials.
  • Services Tab: Once logged in, scroll down and find the “Services” tab.
  • Young Person’s Free Bus Travel: Within the “Services” tab, you should see an option for “Young Person’s Free Bus Travel.” Click on it to access the application section.
  • Select Your Child: If you have multiple children registered on Parents Portal, you’ll be prompted to choose the child you’re applying for.

You can watch an explainer video here.

Bus Travel for Over 60s in Scotland

If you are aged 60 or over, you can apply for a National Entitlement Card (NEC) that allows you to travel for free on most bus services across Scotland.

How to Apply

There are a few ways you can apply for your NEC:

  1. Online Application
  2. Local Council Application

Eligibility Requirements

To qualify for the NEC for free bus travel, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be aged 60 or over.
  • Be a permanent resident of Scotland.

Using Your NEC

Once you receive your NEC, you can use it to travel for free on most bus services in Scotland. Simply show your card to the bus driver when you board the bus.

For more detailed information on the application process and eligibility criteria, please visit the website or contact your local council.

Glasgow Tripper

Unlimited multi-operator bus travel in Glasgow on thousands of buses and hundreds of routes. Available to purchase within the apps of First Bus , McGill’s Bus Group and West Coast Motors and can be used on Stagecoach Bus and Whitelaws Coaches Ltd. as a show and pass.

For more information, check the participating operators’ websites or their respective apps.

More news

Join our Newsletter