Bus & Transit Pass Rates

Student transit bus Pass


eligible students

ineligible students


Distance Criteria

Yellowknife School Boards will be enforcing the existing distance criteria for riding the school bus. Students who meet the following criteria are eligible for a subsidized bus pass at a cost of $225:

  • Kindergarten children living further than 0.4 km from school.
  • Students in Grade 1 – 3 living further than 1.2 km from school.
  • Students in Grade 4 – 6 living further than 1.6 km from school.
  • Students in Grade 7 – 8 living further than 2.0 km from school.

School bus passes are $225 for eligible students and $480 for ineligible students that are exempted by their school district.

Student transit bus passes are $275 for the school year. Monthly and daily transit passes are available for purchase through the City of Yellowknife. Locations for purchasing those, transit maps as well as additional transit information is available at

All bus pass rates are pro-rated at set intervals, from Nov 1 onward.

Bus Pass Sales

Bus passes for the 2024-2025 school year will go on sale from May 1, 2024 until June 30, 2024. Processing of applications will begin after June 30. All applications must be completed using the interactive online applicationAn appropriate head shot photo of your child will need to be attached to the application. Applications for students in kindergarten and grade 1 include a consent form with drop-off instructions. Children in any Pre-K programs are not eligible to ride school buses.

Distance criteria will be applied to all students to determine school bus eligibility. Ineligible students, due to the distance criteria, can appeal to their school districts for exemption, pending seat availability.

Transdev will contact parents via email for payment for eligible children. Payment is due in full at that time. If payment is with a purchase order, a copy of the original PO must be emailed.

Bus passes will be ready for pickup at their school up to 3 days prior to the first day of school. For families with children at more than one school, all of the bus passes will be packaged together and sent to the school of the eldest child.  All children must have their current bus pass in their possession to ride on any bus. No children will be allowed to ride with their previous school year’s bus pass.

Applications received after the June 30, 2024 deadline will be processed when the May1- June 30 applications have been processed and if seating availability remains. Priority will be given to applications received during the sale dates (May1- June30).

Individual transit pass applications will continue to be processed after the deadline, in the order they are received, but with no guarantee that they will be delivered to the school before the first day of school. Students will be responsible for paying the transit fare until they receive their passes. Student transit passes are valid from the first day of school until the last day of school only. Summer months are not included with these passes.

School Bus Pass

School bus passes may cost anywhere between $225.00 to $480.00 (with a family plan capped at $600.00), depending on your child’s home address, school, grade, etc. The cost is prorated after the months of August to October.

From November to December, parents will pay 85% of the full rate for a new bus pass for their child.
From January to March, parents will pay 65% of the full rate for a new bus pass for their child.
From April to June, parents will pay 40% of the full rate for a new bus pass for their child.

Bus passes sold for the 2024/2025 school year are only valid between the dates of August 25th and June 30th.

Eligibility for school bus passes is as follows:

N.J. MacPherson – Grades K to 5

St. Joseph’s – Grades K to 7

Range Lake North – Grades K to 8

École Allain St. Cyr – Grades K to 8

William MacDonald – Grades 6 to 8

Ecole Įtłʼǫ̀ – Grades K to 5

Mildred Hall – Grades K to 8

Weledeh Catholic School – Grades K to 7

Transit Bus Pass

Yearly transit passes are valid for the fiscal school year (August 25th – June 30th), and both monthly and yearly transit passes are available for purchase from various locations in the city:

  • City Hall
  • Village Reddi-Mart
  • Downtown Reddi-Mart
  • Direct Charge Co-op
  • Sutherland’s Drugs
  • Ruth Inch Memorial Pool
  • Fieldhouse

A yearly transit pass costs $275.00 per bus pass, with a family plan capped at $600.00. The cost is prorated after the months of August to October.

From November to December, a yearly transit pass will cost 85% of the full rate.
From January to March, a yearly transit pass will cost 65% of the full rate.
From April to June, a yearly transit pass will cost 40% of the full rate.

Eligibility for Transit passes is as follows:

St. Pats – Grades 8 to 12

Sir John – Grades 8 to 12

For any questions regarding school bus passes, please e-mail


For payment, please submit a credit card authorization form with your child’s application package so we can process the payment when we have printed their pass. Alternatively, let us know if you’d like to do the payment over the phone, so we can give you a call once we are ready to go forward with the payment. We are not currently taking payments at our office, due to our online payment system. We also do not accept debit cards – however, we do accept Visa Debit and Mastercard Debit. (Your card information will be properly disposed of once the payment has been processed.) We do not take cash or cheques at this time.

A bus pass can cost anywhere between $225.00 to $480.00, depending on the pick-up location, school, and grade. Please e-mail for specifications.

Please contact us by e-mail ( Please be patient in receiving an answer, as it can sometimes take a few days to get everything in order for charters.

At this time, Junior Kindergarten students are not permitted on the bus. We apologize for the inconvenience this may cause. If you have questions or concerns regarding this policy, please contact your child’s school board.

If your child has lost a bus pass, we will look for their bus pass in our lost and found when you contact us. If we’re unable to find it, we provide replacement passes for both school and transit bus passes at a rate of $20 per pass. Contact us either by phone or e-mail, and we will reprint the pass you need if necessary.

For school bus passes, we can send the pass with the respective driver to deliver it to your child. For transit bus passes, you will have to come to our office (located at 107 Kam Lake Road) to pick up the replacement pass.

Please discuss all complaints regarding buses with Nancy Marchiori by e-mail at

For bus pass and charter inquiries, please contact us either by e-mail ( or phone (867-873-4693 ext. 301).

For YATS inquiries and bookings, please contact the YATS line by phone (867-873-4693 ext. 303 or 867-445-4343).

For transit and other inquiries, please contact Nancy Marchiori by e-mail ( or phone (867-873-4693 ext. 304).

Please leave a voicemail with your name and phone number if you are unable to reach us, so that we can contact you as soon as we’re available.