Lewisham Council - Travel for school children

Transport for pupils and students

See what transport options are available for pupils and students in the borough.

Travel for pupils aged up to 16

Public transport

Children and young people under 18 can travel free of charge on London buses and trams with a Zip Oyster photocard. Children under 11 can also travel free on London Underground, Overground and DLR services.

Free rail fares

We can reimburse your child's rail fares if their nearest available school is more than five miles away from their home address and one of the following applies:

  • Bullying, including racial harassment, means your child can’t go to the nearest school.
  • You want your child to attend the nearest Catholic, C of E or (for Muslims) single sex school for religious reasons.
  • The child’s family has experienced domestic violence
  • The child is living in temporary accommodation
  • The child has special educational needs and no transport is provided.
  • You have moved and want to keep your child in the same school, if they are in the last year of primary school or they have been at their secondary school for more than one academic year.
  • We allocated your child a place at a school over five miles from home because there were no places in closer schools.
  • We have already granted travel support to siblings attending the same school.
  • Circumstances beyond your control, such as a boundary change, mean you need travel support or your child will have to change schools.

We do not treat low income, curriculum choice, single sex or mixed sex school preference or preference for an out-of-borough school as grounds for justifying travel support.

If you are in temporary accommodation

You need to show us your child benefit letter, proof of address and a tenancy agreement if you are in temporary accommodation.

Fares we can't refund

We cannot refund you for taxi fares or for a parent’s travel fees.

How to apply

Please print and complete this form and return it to us at the address below.


Travel for pupils aged 16 and 17

Public transport

Young people ages 16 and 17 can apply for a 16+ Zip Oyster photocard to get child-rate travelcards and bus and tram passes, or half-price pay-as-you-go adult rates.

Travel support

Students aged 16 and over who would like to apply for travel support should read our post-16 transport policy statement. 



Pupil Support Team
Fourth Floor
Laurence House
1 Catford Road
Se6 4ru


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