Here is all the information you need to know about children traveling on Greyhound buses!
Children under the age of 2:
On Greyhound, one child under the age of 2 can sit on the lap of a passenger who is over 17 instead of using a seat, and in this case the child under 2 travels for free.
Children under the age of 2 who occupy a seat can get up to 20% off the full fare.
Children under the age of 2 are not allowed to travel unaccompanied
Many Greyhound buses come equipped with seat belts that have both lap and shoulder harnesses. You can use these with your own child seat, as long as it can be attached using a seat belt, has been approved for use in a motor vehicle, and is used according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
Children aged 2-11:
Children aged 2-11 get 20% off the full fare. Children under the age of 12 can’t travel on Greyhound unless accompanied by someone 17 years of age or older.
You can get two discount kids tickets for each adult ticket, but any additional kids ages 2-11 traveling with you may have to pay the full fare. Also, all passengers have to travel together (both outbound and return)
Children ages 2-11 are not allowed to travel unaccompanied
Accompanied Children aged 12-16:
Children aged 12-16 get 20% off the full fare when they travel with someone 17 years of age or older (this does not apply to trips within Canada).
Also, please note:
- Children and young adults should be prepared to show proof of age, if requested
- Children’s discount cannot be combined with any other discount or special promotions
- Children won't get discounts on routes to casinos
- You should arrive at the station at least 1 hour prior to scheduled departure time
- Children ages 2-16 are not allowed to travel in to or out of the U.S. unless accompanied by someone 17 years of age or older.
- Pursuant to Illinois state law, unemancipated minors under the age of 17 traveling from Illinois to a destination outside of Illinois can only do so with the consent of the parent or legal guardian.
Unaccompanied Children aged 12-16:
Children between the ages of 12-16 that travel unaccompanied must have a completed Unaccompanied Child Form and pay the full fare.
Buying tickets for unaccompanied children:
- Unaccompanied children traveling must pay the full fare
- You can only buy tickets for unaccompanied children in person, at the departing Greyhound station – you can’t buy tickets for unaccompanied children online
- Greyhound also requires you to fill out an Unaccompanied Child Form when you buy the ticket. These forms can only be filled out at a Greyhound station so that Greyhound can verify your ID and get consent for the child to travel and be picked up by a designated person at the other end.
Things you need to know before booking a trip for an unaccompanied child:
- The trip should be direct (no transfers)
- The trip can be a maximum of 8 hours in duration (each way), between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.
- The departing and arriving stations must be fully serviced agencies or company operated facilities. (not curbside stops) The station should be scheduled to be open when the child’s bus is scheduled to arrive. Use Greyhound’s bus stop location tool to help you find these important details
- The person named on the Unaccompanied Child Form who is meeting the child must have positive photo ID, such as a driver’s license or state-issued ID card. Without the correct ID, the child may be released into the custody of Child Protective Services or to local law enforcement
- A $15 fee (or $30 for a round-trip) must be paid at the point of purchase for each child traveling unaccompanied.
Unaccompanied Child Form
The form is only available at Greyhound stations and has to be signed at the counter by the child's parent or guardian when they buy the ticket.
You'll need to provide to Greyhound in the Unaccompanied Child Form:
- The name, contact details and signature of the person who is giving permission for the child to travel (the child’s parent or legal guardian)
- The departing and arriving destination of the child’s trip
- The name and contact details of the person picking up the child at the final destination
Travellers ages 17 and up:
- Travelers 17 years of age and older pay the full fare and are allowed to travel unaccompanied with no restrictions.