Travel Safely to School

With a new school year set to begin, we want to make sure Dundee's youngsters (and their parents) are comfortable and prepared for getting back on the bus.

Safe Travel Tips

There are some simple things all of our passengers can do to look after themselves and others during their journey. This includes:

  • Washing your hands (or using sanitiser) before and after your journey
  • Wearing a face covering (making sure to cover both your mouth and nose)
  • Using all the space available and sitting apart to support physical distancing
  • Keeping the windows open to aid ventilation

These things don't just apply to adults - they apply to school children who are travelling on regular service buses as well. If you're a parent or guardian, please have a chat with your children about these new steps. It's a 'new normal' which we are all getting used to. But don't forget: we're here and we're happy to help if you have any questions.

What We're Doing

To make sure we're operating responsibly, we've got a new programme in place to keep our buses clean and safe. This includes:

  • An enhanced cleaning regime which involves thorough disinfection of all touchpoints, anti-viral fogging and mobile wipe-downs at Ninewells Hospital
  • We're running more buses from Sunday 9 August, including as many double decks as possible, to support physical distancing
  • There are safety signs throughout the vehicle reminding passengers of the simple steps to look after themselves and others

Getting Back on Board

Let us take care of the school run by checking out our great value ticket range. Options include:

  • 4WeekSavers which offer unlimited travel every day (including weekends)
  • Monthly subscription by direct debit, which is less than £1 per day for unlimited travel
  • 10-TripSavers for those who only need to make occasional trips

Don't forget that tickets can be bought on the bus using contactless. That means parents dropping off younger children, or older children travelling alone, can buy tickets with just a beep of their bank card instead of scrambling around for the exact fare.

mTickets can also be downloaded onto a smartphone. Just search 'Xplore' in your app store and you'll be good to go.

Another digital option is to use a Young Scot card as a bus pass. All you need to do is visit our Travel Centre to get your card registered (which protects against loss, damage or theft), and then you can top-up on the bus.

Children entitled to free school travel (funded by Dundee City Council) should visit our Travel Centre so that it can be loaded onto their Young Scot card. Don't forget: we need to see your award letter as confirmation of eligibility.

Planning Your Journey

All of Dundee's schools are on (or close to) a bus route in our network. The latest timetables for all routes are published on this website (just type your service number in the search bar), and journey planning apps such as Google Maps or Traveline Scotland are kept up-to-date as well. 

There is a timetable change coming in from Sunday 9 August, so do make sure to take a look at the new timetables before you travel.

To avoid overcrowding on core routes, we'd ask that non-essential trips not be made during school times. This way, we will be able to get children to school safely and on time.