Free school transport

When do you have the right to free school transport?

Your right to free transport is determined by how far your home is from the school. You can request an exception from these rules for special needs. Pupils in upper secondary schools must apply on their own behalf. For primary and lower secondary pupils, the application is made by the school.

Pupils in front of red school bus - Klikk for stort bilde CP studio

The transport scheme covers pupils attending a school in Østfold and who have a home address in the county.

Transport for primary and lower secondary pupils

  • You have the right to free transport if your home is more than two kilometres (year 1) or four kilometres (years 2-10) from the school.

  • Exceptions could be made in the case of a dangerous route to school and/or special needs.

  • Transport to/from primary and lower secondary schools is organised by Østfold county council’s public transport agency (Østfold kollektivtraffik) in collaboration with the local authorities.
  • You can request an exception to the distance rule if special needs exist. Contact the school if you want to apply for an exception.

Transport for upper secondary pupils

  • You have the right to free transport if your home is more than six kilometres from the school.

  • You can request an exception from the six-kilometre rule if special needs exist. Contact your school if you want to apply for an exception.
  • At the start of their first term, most upper secondary school pupils will receive an electronic ID card which can be used as evidence that they are a student, for borrowing from the school library and as a bus pass. These cards are distributed to the pupils during the first few weeks of term.

Customised school transport

Customised transport is provided for a period or on a permanent basis when the pupil has a disability or is suffering from a temporary injury or illness which requires transport to get to/from school.

An application for customised school transport must be accompanied by a doctor’s certificate/disability declaration. This must be sent to the school, which applies on behalf of the pupil.

Apply for customised school transport (form in Norwegian only)

More information

Questions about guidelines, decision and complaints can be directed to the county council’s transport section on 69 11 70 00.

Contact the Østfold public transport agency (Østfold kollektivtrafikk) on 69 12 54 70 with questions about school transport services, collection times, carriers and the like.

The maps utilised for determining distances are supplied by the Norwegian Mapping Authority (Statens Kartverk)

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