Department of Education

How should I behave on public transport?

You should behave with courtesy on public transport, as you would in any other public place. Here are some things to consider:

  • Have the money ready for your fare or show your pass when you board a bus or train.
    • For rail travel, you should usually buy your ticket from the ticket office or in advance, before you board a train.
  • Be polite – don’t swear or shout. Respect the staff, other passengers and the vehicle.
  • Do not distract the driver on a bus or train.
  • Don’t eat smelly food, throw litter or drink alcohol on public transport.
  • Be ready to get off in plenty of time when arriving at your stop.
  • If you don’t know when your stop is, ask a fellow passenger to help you


Transport for London has a Young Person’s behaviour code, which you must adhere to.

UKStudentLife has some good advice on how to behave on the London Underground, which can also apply to other forms of public transport.

For information about using public transport with a disability, visit The Mix.


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