Benefits 

Free off-peak travel for visits to educational, sporting and cultural venues in London for school groups.

The scheme gives free travel on:

  • Bus
  • Tube
  • Tram
  • DLR
  • London Overground
  • TfL Rail
  • Most National Rail services within London Zones 1-6
  • National Rail services outside London between Amersham and Moor Park

Can my school register?

You can register if you're:

  1.  In a London borough
  2.  Teaching the National Curriculum or Further Education subjects

The scheme is open to state, independent and academy schools.

Summer schools run in association with local education authorities can register. You may need to provide evidence in your application, such as an Ofsted report.

Nursery schools can register but can't use National Rail services.

How does it work?

Register your school

To register your school for the scheme, send us a letter on letter-headed paper, confirming:

  • Your school wants to join the School Party Travel Scheme
  • Your school follows the National Curriculum or a substantially similar programme
  • The London borough your school is in
  • Your schools Ofsted Unique Reference Number (URN)
  • Name and school email address of the head teacher and person submitting the application

Email your letter to schoolparty@tfl.gov.uk, or post it to us at:

School Party Travel team
Transport for London
14 Pier Walk
London SE10 0ES

Number of trips per school

A maximum of two trips per child, per term. You can include up to 90 children and 18 adults on each application.

Group size

A maximum of two adults (aged 18 or over) for every 10 children (aged under 18). If you need to travel with more adults, they'll need to pay adult fares.

If you're a special needs school and need to travel with more than 10 adults, contact us.

When you apply for tickets, we'll check which services are available for your time of travel. We may need to stagger the travel time to make sure there's space for your group and other travellers.

You must only travel at the times shown on your tickets. If you don't, you won't be allowed to travel using your tickets and will have to pay.

Tube, DLR, London Overground, TfL Rail and National Rail

  • Maximum group size per ticket: 20 children and two to four adults
  • One adult if you're travelling with less than 10 children

Bus and tram

  • Maximum group size per ticket: 10 children and up to two adults

Places to visit

You can apply for free travel to educational, cultural or sporting venues that support the National Curriculum. These include:

  • Animal parks and zoos
  • Areas of cultural interest (for example Chinatown)
  • Artists' studios, arts centres and design studios
  • Buildings of architectural or environmental interest
  • Cinemas, concert halls and theatres
  • City Farms, commons, heaths and parks
  • Film studios, galleries, museums and print works
  • Sites of archeological, environmental or religious interest
  • Sporting venues, swimming pools, playing fields and indoor leisure centres. You can also be spectating or participating in sport
  • Occasional venues which support an area of study but take place for a limited time

Any recreational trips, such as trips to theme or amusement parks, are excluded.

Journey times 

Try to start your journey after 10:00 to avoid the busiest times. The scheme runs from Monday to Friday at the following times:

Service Journeys must start no earlier than  Must begin the final leg of your journey by
Buses and trams 09:30 16:30
Tube, DLR, London Overground, TfL Rail and National Rail 09:50 where journey starts in Zone 1 or 2 16:30
Tube, DLR, London Overground, TfL Rail and National Rail 09:30 where journey starts in Zones 3-9 16:30

Apply for tickets 

You can apply for School Party Travel tickets up to three months in advance. If you apply online, you can't apply any later than 14 days before you travel. If you apply by email or post, you can't apply any later than 21 days before you travel.

It's best to apply early as we may reject applications from too many school groups travelling to the same venue or event.

Travelling to a new venue

If your venue or event doesn't appear in the drop down list when you apply, it may take up to seven working days for us to determine if it can be added.

Travelling on National Rail

If your trip includes National Rail services you can book your tickets through us. On your application you must tell us:

  1. The name of the train operator
  2. The time of the train(s) you want to travel on

Special requirements

If you have special requirements for your trip, include these on your application.

Terms and conditions

Apply online

Apply on your School Party Travel Scheme account

Apply by email or post

If you don't have an online account:

  1. Complete the application form.

2. Scan and email your form to schoolparty@tfl.gov.uk. Or, post it to: 

School Party Travel team
Transport for London
14 Pier Walk
London SE10 0ES

It can take up to 21 days to process email or post applications.

We'll email your tickets to you when your application is approved.

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