Free off-peak travel for visits to educational, sporting and cultural venues in London for school groups.
The scheme gives free travel on:
You can register if you're:
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 also register.
To register your school for the scheme, send us a letter on letter-headed paper, confirming:
Email your letter in pdf format to email@example.com, or post it to us at:
School Party Travel team
Transport for London
14 Pier Walk
London SE10 0ES
A maximum of two trips per child, per term. You can include up to 90 children and 18 adults on each application.
A minimum of one adult (aged 18 or over) and maximum of two adults 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 educational needs school and/or making a trip with children with special needs 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 use School Party Travel tickets:
If you don't, your ticket isn't valid for travel and your school may be suspended from the scheme.
You can apply for free travel to educational, cultural or sporting venues that support the National Curriculum. These include:
Recreational trips, such as trips to theme or amusement parks, are excluded. If you have special requirements for your trip, include these on your application.
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|
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.
If your venue or event doesn't appear in the drop down list when you apply, you can suggest it. It may take up to seven working days for us to decide if it can be added.
If your trip includes National Rail services you can book your tickets through us. On your application you must tell us the time of the train(s) you want to travel on.
Apply on your School Party Travel Scheme account.
If you're a nursery school, you can apply by email or post: