A school bus card is granted in the following cases:
- The distance between the home of a student in years 1–9 and the nearest local school is over 5km.
- The distance between the home of a 10th year student resident in Turku and the nearest local school is over 5km.
The distance between home and school is measured from the yard of the student’s home to the yard of the school via the shortest road that is suitable for pedestrians and is in public use.
According to the Basic Education Act the student has a right for free school transport if the way to school is longer than 5 km or it takes longer than 2,5 hours (3 hours for over 13-year-olds). The transportation benefit may also be granted based on the dangerous nature of the way or on an expert opinion that the way to school is too difficult or tiresome compared to the health or developmental level of the student.