Children travelling between their home and IoM Government-run schools and college courses can travel for 25p per journey with a pre-paid Go smart travel card. Those travelling to school without a card or at other times will have to pay the standard fare. Please note, Go School cards will not be accepted as proof of age to obtain half fares outside of school journeys.
Go School 1 (SCH1) cards are for primary school children and Go School 2 (SCH2) cards are for students at secondary school.
College students aged 16-19 can purchase a Go College (SCH3) card. Go College cards can be used with college ID to obtain concessionary fares when travelling to and from the Isle of Man College of Further & Higher Education. All students can obtain half fare bus travel on production of their college ID outside these times.
Also, as an interim measure, until the introduction of a young person's Go card, students attending the IoM College who do not have entitlement to 25p travel can purchase a child rate Go Places or 5 or 7 day bus travel on a Go card. At the time of travel the student MUST present their college ID card together with the Go Places or Go (5 or 7 day) card. Where students travel on two separate services between home and the college they will require a Go Places card for each separate journey. For example from Peel, you would need a green Band D Go Places card to travel from Peel to Douglas and a yellow Band B to go from Douglas to the IoM College. If paying cash then a separate payment for each journey is required.
Children who receive free school meals are exempt from paying a fare on school buses and those eligible will be issued with a Go School travel card before terms starts.
- Go School 1 (SCH1) is for primary school children
Valid on school days up to 6pm until the end of the school term (21 July 2017). Standard fare (half fare for children aged 5 to 15 years) is payable after this time. Always ensure you board the bus before 6pm on school days if you are intending to use a school journey on your Go School card.
- Go School 2 (SCH2) is for secondary school students
Valid on school days up to 6pm until the end of the school term (21 July 2017). Standard fare (half fare for children aged 5 to 15 years, full fare for those aged 16 and above) is payable after this time. Always ensure you board the bus before 6pm on school days if you are intending to use a school journey on your Go School card.
- Go College (SCH3) is for full time students aged 16-19 years attending the IoM College of Further & Higher Education.
Valid during college term time up to 9.30pm on journeys to/from the college to enable students to access evening classes. A college ID card must also be carried and shown to the driver. Journeys can be taken only on Douglas routes away from the college after 6pm.
All journeys between home and school/college taken within the time limits above can be taken as school journeys. One 25p fare will be deducted from the card each time it is used.
Two or more children taking the same bus to or from school may share a single card – multiple journeys can be deducted by holding the card up to the electronic ticket machine reader on the bus the relevant number of times, leaving a small gap of around 5 seconds between uses. A green light will display on the driver’s screen to indicate payment has been taken.
- Children requiring to change buses to get to and from school or college will be charged only once in each direction providing they obtain a paper transfer ticket and they board the second bus within one hour of the first. Children wanting to transfer must ask the driver for a transfer ticket on the first bus.
Cards can be purchased
- In person: from the Welcome Centre in Douglas, Ramsey Bus Station, Port Erin Station and the House of Manannan in Peel
At these outlets, the minimum sale will be £7 which is £5 for 2 weeks' school travel plus £2 activation fee. After the card has been obtained the minimum top-up of £5 is available only at these outlets. The maximum top-up is £50.
Online top-ups are available at £10, £20, £30, £40 and £50.
The minimum purchase online is £12: that is 40 x 25p journeys + £2 card activation. This would provide school journeys for 20 days/ 4 weeks. The maximum purchase online of £52 would provide 200 journeys or 100 days' travel to and from school. Any unused credit can be refunded at the Welcome Centre or card issuing stations after the end of the summer term by completing the 4R form.
We recommend you buy your card online or go to the website to register your card when you receive it so that refunds can also be made if the card is reported lost. Alternatively you can keep a record of the number on the card issued to you.
For more information about Go cards, instructions on how to obtain yours and how to report lost or damaged cards, please see Frequently Asked Questions.