Post-16 Travel

When a student moves into Post-16 education, Suffolk County Council (SCC) offers Post-16 Travel to school sixth forms and colleges for eligible students. However, there is a charge for using this service.

Therefore, we would urge parents/carers and Post-16 students to explore all the travel options available when considering Post-16 pathways and to find the most cost-effective travel options available to plan their journey for the beginning of September.

Schools/College own transport arrangements

Some schools and colleges provide their own transport for students. Details on the travel options available can be explored using the below drop-down menu

Travel Options

Abbeygate Sixth Form CollegeThe college operate 4 dedicated bus routes from Soham, Diss, Haverhill and Brandon. 
Students are able to purchase 5 day, 4 day or 3 day passes via the Kura app.
Bishop Laney Sixth Form
Bungay High School (Sixth Form)
Cambridge Regional CollegeThe college operate their own buses, including from Haverhill.
City College NorwichComprehensive travel options are offered by the college and local bus companies
Colchester Institute
Colchester Sixth Form College
Diss High School (Sixth Form)
East Coast College (Lowestoft & Great Yarmouth)
East Norfolk Sixth Form CollegeStudents can apply for subsidised bus travel through the college at a cost of £360 for the year (£120 per term).
Farlingaye High School (Sixth Form)
Felixstowe Academy (Sixth Form)
Hartismere School (Sixth Form)
Haverhill Community Sixth Form
Hills Road Sixth Form College
Kesgrave High School (Sixth Form)
Long Road Sixth Form CollegeThe college operates a shuttle bus service from Cambridge train station.
Lowestoft Sixth Form College
Mildenhall College Academy (Sixth Form)
Northgate High School (Sixth Form)
Norwich City College
One Sixth Form CollegeCollege routes operate from Stowmarket, Felixstowe, Claydon, Colchester, Leiston and Harwich.  Students are able to purchase 5 day, 4 day or 3 day passes via the Kura app.
Sir John Leman High School (Sixth Form)
St Alban’s Catholic High School (Sixth Form)
St Benedict’s Catholic High School (Sixth Form)
Stowupland High School (The John Milton Sixth Form)
Suffolk New CollegeThe college is a short walk from the main bus stations in Ipswich.
Suffolk New College – Suffolk Rural (Otley)Dedicated routes operated by the college as well as two shuttle buses: SB1 from Ipswich Train station and SB2 from the Cattle Market bus station.  College transport costs £250 per term.
Suffolk New College – on the Coast (Leiston)
Suffolk New College – Halesworth
Thetford Academy (Thomas Paine Sixth Form)
Thomas Gainsborough School (Sixth Form)
Thomas Mills High School (Sixth Form)
Thurston Community College (Sixth Form – Beyton Campus)
West Suffolk CollegeThe college operate 4 dedicated bus routes from Soham, Diss, Haverhill and Brandon. 
Students are able to purchase 5 day, 4 day or 3 day passes via the Kura app.

If your college or school sixth form is not listed, we would advise you to contact them directly to ask about any travel options available to you.

The Journey Planner is also available to help you plan your journey to college/school sixth form.

Further information on rural transport services can be found through Connecting Communities.

Students could consider investigating options with moped hire companies such as: or

Local bus or rail services

Local bus or rail services in the area operate to many schools, colleges and sixth form centres. Most bus or rail operators offer discounted tickets for students, with weekly, monthly, termly and annual tickets often available.

Our journey planner can be used to check if any applicable local services operate to your chosen Post-16 establishment.

Additionally, you are able to find links to local bus and rail operators websites on our contact page.

Travel Costs Assistance

Some Post-16 students may qualify for a bursary to assist with their travel costs; we would advise parents/carers and students to contact their college or school sixth form for further information. 

Some Post-16 students may also be eligible for financial assistance from the 16-19 Bursary Fund.

What is the best option for me?

The following questions will help you to determine the best travel options available to you:

Suffolk County Council Post-16 Travel

Suffolk County Council (SCC) has a Post-16 Travel Policy which may support some Post-16 students if they are eligible under the policy criteria, however it is important to understand that this may not be the most appropriate or cost-effective option for many students.  SCC Post-16 travel is not funded, and all students are expected to pay for any travel offered as per the Discretionary Terms and Conditions.

It is also important to note that the routes allocated to eligible students through the Post-16 Travel Policy may be on local public transport routes and students will be expected to get to the nearest main road pick-up point/bus stop to access the travel offered; this would include getting to the nearest village or town for some students.

The cost of SCC Post-16 travel for the 2024/25 academic year is £1,050 for a mainstream student and £780 for a student who has SEND. These charges are reduced by 50% for families in receipt of Free School Meals (FSM).

If you wish to apply for SCC Post-16 travel for September 2024, you will need to apply between 1 April and 31 May 2024. If an alternative course is secured after 31 May 2024, you will need to let us know as soon as possible.

If your application is approved, you will be sent a termly invoice. Post-16 travel will be provided after we have received your payment.

Please only proceed with your application if you agree to pay this termly cost if travel is approved. If you fail to pay this termly cost, Post-16 travel will be withdrawn as per our Discretionary Terms and Conditions.

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