Help with travelling to school

All children attending a maintained school can get support with the cost of travel to and from school. This applied to children from reception class age until the end of Year 11.

Free travel in Sutton

Children under 18 travel for free by bus or tram, within the Transport for London (TfL) area

Children under 11 travel free on 

  • the London Underground
  • DLR
  • London Overground 
  • TfL Rail 
    • if they are accompanied by an adult, or 
    • with a 5-10 zip oyster photocard 

You can find out more by visiting the Transport for London (TfL) website.

If you need extra support

Children who need to travel on alternative forms of transport, or by bus outside the Transport for London area may be entitled to additional support. This support is provided by Cognus’ Assisted Transport team. 

Who’s eligible for extra support

You may be able to get financial support with school travel costs if:

  • the primary school is not accessible within a time tabled journey of less than 45 minutes, or
  • the secondary school is not accessible within a time tabled journey of less than 75 minutes, and 
  • the Transport for London free travel concession applies throughout the journey

Sustainable travel

We have a duty to encourage and facilitate travel to school in an environmentally sustainable way. 

We work with all schools in the borough to help them do this in accordance with Sutton's School Sustainable Modes of Travel Strategy (PDF).

If you use assistive technology (such as a screen reader) and need a version of this document in a more accessible format please email us at and let us know what format you need the document to be provided and we will try to meet your request.

Read more about sustainable ways to travel to school.