Transport & Travel

Public Transport to College

If you are 21 or under then you can access free bus travel through the National Entitlement Card (NEC) or the Young Scot National Entitlement Card (Young Scot NEC).  Dumfries and Galloway College will NOT reimburse travel expenses if you are 21 or under.  Further details on free bus travel and how to apply can be found on the website

If you are over 22 and studying a full-time FE course at Dumfries and Galloway College then we will reimburse your bus travel if you have applied for travel costs on your bursary application.  Please retain your bus ticket and Reception at both campuses will reimburse your bus fare.

No travel will be permitted with your student id card.

Bus Timetables

You can use the following services to reach Stranraer Campus or Dumfries Campus. You may have to use more than one bus service. For Dumfries Campus, once in Dumfries the D5 service will take you to the Crichton Campus.

Please note, bus timetables are subject to change, we advise you to check with the provider before you travel.

Bus Timetables to Dumfries
Bus Timetables to Stranraer

National Travel Scheme

The Scottish Government recently launched a free travel scheme from January 31st 2022, allowing young people 21 and under to travel on the bus networks for free.

Anyone aged between 5-21 living in Scotland can apply for a National Entitlement Card (NEC) or Young Scot NEC card which will allow you to access free bus travel in Scotland.

This will allow you to travel to and from college, as well as any part of Scotland on registered bus services. Please Note that this scheme is not available for premium-fare night buses or City Sightseeing buses. We suggest if you are unsure to contact the bus company you are planning to travel with.

Anyone with previously issued NEC or Young Scot NEC cards (i.e. before January 31st 2022) will need to apply for new cards. Old cards do not allow you access to this benefit so you will not be entitled to free bus travel while using the old card. 

Depending on your age you may need parental or guardian approval, whether a photo is needed for the ID, and which card you can apply for.

  • Aged between 5-10
    Apply for an NEC card without a photo. Parents or guardians need to apply on their behalf.
  • Aged between 11-15
    Apply for an NEC card or Young Scot NEC card with a photo. Parents or guardians need to apply on their behalf
  • Aged between 16- 21
    Apply for an NEC card or Young Scot NEC card with a photo. You will need to apply by yourself

The Young Scot NEC card is also PASS accredited, which means it can be used for proof of age, discounts, rewards and a membership.

Using your card

Using your card is simple. All you have to do is tell the bus driver where you are going and then tap on the electronic card reader.  Remember to check ahead if you are unsure if you are able to travel for free.

The most important thing about your card is remembering to bring it with you. You will not be offered free bus travel if you do not have it on you. 

You can find out more on how to access free travel with your NEC card via the link below.

How to Apply

Both links for applying for National Entitlement Card and Young Scot NEC card can be found at If you are applying for a child and their school uses, you can apply here.

Alternatively, if you are having issues applying online, please contact your local council. They will offer support in finding alternative ways to apply.

To find out more about the free bus travel and any questions you may have, please click here.

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COVID Travel Advice

  1. Keep your distance at bus stops and on the bus
  2. Board the bus one at a time
  3. Use contactless where you can
  4. Use all space for physical distancing
  1. Keep the windows open for ventilation
  2. Clean your hands before and after
  3. Wear a face covering
  4. Cough or sneeze into a tissue
  5. Do not travel if you feel unwell.

Helpful Guides

We have created a page with a number of useful links for checking your route before you travel if there is bad weather. Click the button below to find out more.

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