Our Services


New Term. Fresh Start.

Translink is connecting bright futures with sustainable travel.

We operate dedicated school services along with scheduled bus and rail services to schools across Northern Ireland.

Translink U16 Travel ID Card

Translink is working with digital ID experts Yoti to introduce a new FREE digital travelcard for school students aged 13 and over.

As well as offering reduced fares on all Translink bus and rail services, there are some great reasons to get your digital travelcard:

  • It is safe and secure
  • It cannot be lost or stolen – you can always download the Yoti app to your phone
  • It is easy to use – simply open the Yoti app and show your travelcard to the driver or conductor on any Translink bus or train
  • By using a digital travelcard, you can reduce paper waste
You can learn more about the free digital travel ID here.
Get the app
Click on the link below to visit the Translink Yoti website to download the app and register for your Under 16 Travel Card
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New Term - Tap to Travel to School

Translink and the Education Authority (EA) have announced they will be issuing new bus and rail smartcards for eligible school pupils and further education students for their home to school or college journeys, with important changes taking effect from September 2024.

In advance of the new school term, new smartcards will be issued and pupils and FE students will be required to electronically validate their new smartcards on each journey. This is done by tapping the card on a Translink ticket machine, reader, or gate.

This development aims to enhance the overall safety and effectiveness of bus and rail travel for schoolchildren and FE students across Northern Ireland. Not only does this streamline the boarding process, but it also helps young people with their independence while highlighting the key environmental and health benefits of using public transport, including reduced carbon emissions, reduced road congestion, cleaner air and active travel.

Each smartcard will contain the pupil's name, boarding and alighting location, and the name of their school. There are no changes to the duty of care requirements, and any pupil who forgets or loses their smartcard, will still be allowed to travel.

Timetable Update

September 2023 timetables for dedicated school services and scheduled bus and rail services are now available. If you are not sure what services operate to your school use our school services route finder

Download a Timetable

Need Some Help?

Find a School Service

Enter your school name or nearby stop to get a list of services and their routes to/from that school. 

School Services Route Finder

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Download a School Bus Timetable

If you know the school service number, you can simply download a timetable

Download a timetable

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School Services FAQs

Got a question about our school services and what we are doing to prepare for the new school year? 

Search School Services FAQs

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Free Education Authority Bus Passes
You can find out if your child is eligible for transport assistance and apply online using the Educations Authority eligibility checker.

More on Free Education Authority Bus Passes
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yLink is a smartcard for all 16-23 years olds using Translink services within Northern Ireland. You get 50% off Translink bus and rail travel* in Northern Ireland and up to 50% off Enterprise for up to 8 years – and the card is FREE!

Learn  more about yLink

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The quicker and easier way to travel with Translink. Buy, receive & use your tickets via your mobile. You can buy your Weekly, Monthly, 3 Day Flexi and new 1 Day Peak and 1 Day Off-Peak tickets using your mobile phone. 

Learn more about mLink

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Travel Cards

You can buy your day, weekly or monthly travel card for the new school term and your first top-up online now.

Tickets and Travel Cards

Ensure best value with a travelcard, or buy tickets online, onboard, at a station or a ticket vending machine.
Contact Us
If you require further advice or assistance to plan your school travel, you can find information on how to contact us at the link below.

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