Back to school travel


We need to make sure everyone can travel safely to school, and that transport isn’t a barrier for children getting back to their education.

Even in a ‘normal’ year the return to school places demand on public transport and road networks following the quieter summer holiday period. In 2020, the effects of the covid-19 pandemic have the potential to place significantly more strain on our networks, in particular on public transport where social distancing guidelines reduce the amount of space available.

Getting to school

Some people will understandably be nervous about children returning to school, and we want to make sure all pupils can go back safely.

There are many ways students can travel to school:

  • We would encourage anyone who lives within two miles of their school to consider walking, cycling or scooting, if they can, helping to reduce pressure on public transport and on the roads
  • Those who live a bit further away could use a bus or tram – all our operators are working hard to keep you safe when travelling
  • If you do need to drive, consider parking a short distance away from school and walking the rest of the way if possible – park and stride – to reduce congestion and improve safety outside schools.

Please plan your journey in advance, follow the guidelines around reducing the spread of coronavirus, and allow more time to get to school.

How will you get to school?

Walking and cycling

The City Council has long been committed to making walking and cycling easier in the city, through cycle lanes, pedestrianised streets, and cycle hire. More recently we have received funding from the Government to reallocate roadspace to encourage people to walk and cycle. Find out more about more about the temporary measures being put in place to support active travel.

Not only is it easier to social distance on foot or bike, but there are additional benefits – better health and cleaner air. It only takes 30 minutes to cycle five miles, so if you live close to school taking a bike is a great option. If you’re looking to gain confidence cycling on the roads there’s a lot of support available from our partner Ridewise.

Using public transport

Nottingham’s public transport operators have put in place a number of measures for passenger safety, including extra cleaning and markings to help social distance. Don’t forget to wear a face covering too, unless you are exempt.

Additional bus services have been put in place on the most popular school routes.

You can also buy your ticket using the operator’s app or a Robin Hood Card, to reduce unnecessary contact during your journey. Robin Hood season cards for under-19s can be bought at the travel centre in Victoria Bus Station:

Opening hours

Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm (last transaction 4.45pm)

Please note the centre will be closed between 12.30pm and 1pm each day.

Plan ahead

Some timetables have changed in readiness for the new school year. Make sure you check your local service for the latest information:

Nottingham City Transport (NCT)

Nottingham Express Transit (NET)