Children traveling

We look after our younger travelers, with discounted fares for those age 11 and younger, and seat belts that can accommodate standard child car seats. And for the safety of all kids who ride with us, we have a few important rules…

Things you need to know

  • 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
  • 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. For general information related to international travel for children, take a look at our Traveling To/From Canada and Traveling To/From Mexico pages.
  • Children under the age of 2 who occupy a seat can get up to 20% off the full fare. To find out more, visit our discounts page
  • 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.

Taking a stroller? See our baggage allowances

  • 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

  •  Children ages 12-16 traveling unaccompanied must pay the full fare



Buying tickets
  • 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 do it online
  • We’ll also require 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 we can verify your ID and get consent for the child to travel and be picked up by a designated person at the other end. These precautions help ensure the safety of all children traveling with us
Here's an overview of the information you'll need to provide 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
Unaccompanied Travel Restriction
Things you need to know before booking a trip for an unaccompanied child:
  1. The trip should be direct (no transfers)
  2. 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.
  3. The departing and arriving stations must be full 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 our bus stop location tool to help you find these important details
  4. 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
  5. A $15 fee (or $30 for a round-trip) must be paid at the point of purchase for each child traveling unaccompanied
Exceptions may apply for travel related to the Home Free, Job Corp or similar Greyhound supported programs.  Please see ticket agent for details. 



Here's an overview of the information you'll need to provide 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 start and end destination of the child’s trip.
  • The name and contact details of the person picking the child up at the final destination.

It’s your responsibility to secure your child seat to the bus seat using the harnesses provided.

Children under the age of 2 can sit on your lap instead of using a seat, and in this case can travel for free. Children under the age of 2 who occupy a seat can get up to 20% off the full adult rate. To find out more, visit our discounts page.

Kids ride for less

Kids get a discount when traveling with an adult. And little ones under two can go for free on your lap.