Travel guidance for schools

Our changes to London's bus network

Most routes will not be separated into School Services and Non-School services, and all customers who need to travel can board the first bus that comes (subject to capacity).

We will continue running schoolday-only services where they are required. Most of these services (routes generally numbered between 600 and 699) will run in the week starting 4 January, but some may be withdrawn if our monitoring shows they are not being used. Anyone who needs to travel should check before they travel by using our journey planner tool or the TfL Go app

The additional school services that ran last term are not running currently. This is because of reduced school attendance, in line with the latest Government restrictions.

Services will continue to operate with restrictions on the number of people who can board to help ensure social distancing.

We will keep these arrangements under review, and will continue to closely monitor demand for services and plans for the return of schools.

We are also reminding everyone who needs to travel to continue following safe travel guidance to protect themselves and others. This includes wearing a face covering over your nose and mouth throughout any public transport journey unless you are exempt, and keeping bus windows open to ensure a good supply of fresh air, even in cold weather. More information is available on our safer travel guidance webpage.

Customers should continue to follow other Government guidance on safer travel, including maintaining social distancing where possible, washing or sanitising hands before and after journeys, and considering walking or cycling where possible.

School times are the busiest on the bus network, and we ask everyone travelling to follow this guidance help protect everyone's health and control the spread of the virus.

We are continually reviewing how our network is operating to ensure our approach is working and meeting demand as best as possible. Check this page for the latest information on our services. Check this page regularly for the latest information on our services and safer travel guidance.

Use the STARS Safer Journey Planner

Our STARS Safer Journey Planner helps students and parents/carers plan their journeys and provide useful advice on walking, cycling and scooting to school safely.

Participate in STARS

Your school may be participating in STARS. This is TfL's community project to inspire young Londoners at over 1,500 schools, nurseries and colleges to travel sustainably, actively, responsibly and safely by championing walking, scooting and cycling.

Take part in our online Cycle Skills course

Take our new online Cycle Skills course - aimed at both those cycling for the first time, or those wishing to refresh their skills. Modules include cycle safety for young people as well as tips on getting you and your bike prepared for the road.