Getting To Us

Many of our students travel to Rainford High from the surrounding area. The buses that serve the school are public service buses and apart from the bus service we have provided for students coming from Skelmersdale and Knowsley, they are controlled and organised by Mersey Travel on behalf of the local authority. We do our best to ensure the buses provide a regular and efficient service. Please contact the school if you have issues with any service and we will do our best to resolve the situation.

Rainford train station is a 15 minute walk from the school but offers a direct and regular service from Kirkby and Liverpool into Rainford.

Our school building is cycle friendly with a number of cycle sheds for students who wish to come to school on their bikes. Please note that all bikes are brought on site at the students’ own risk. We advise that appropriate cycle locks are attached to any bikes stored in the bike shelters on site.

We have a small number of car parking spaces for sixth formers subject to an application process. Please see sixth form for further details

Public Transport


Rainford Circular – bus 38, 38A
Windle – bus 38
Ashton-in-Makerfield – bus 157
Billinge – bus 157
Ormskirk – bus 152



From Wigan Wallgate to Rainford Junction calling at Pemberton, Orrell, Upholland and Rainford Junction


From Kirbky station – Rainford Junction – direct and no stops

School Buses

Bus Details and Routes

Buses are available for students to use on their way to and from school. All routes are detailed in the links below:

Catching the school bus guide

Changes to 794 Bus Route from 12th June 2023

Changes to Bus Services from 17th April 2023

Main Bus Services

38 Bus Service

RHS 22 Skelmersdale bus service – please contact

Merseytravel Ticket Information

Ticket Types

Tickets can be purchased either on a weekly, 4 weekly or on a term time only basis.

If travel is only going to be used during school times and not at weekends you might find it more cost effective to buy a term time only ticket. This can save you up to £80 per year and travel can also be used during half term.

Term time only £93.00 per term Monday to Friday including half term

Weekly £10.00 per week and can be used any time on any day for one week.

4 – weekly £33.90 every 4 weeks and this can be used any time on any day for 4 weeks.  

What area’s tickets can be used

Tickets can be used across all areas round Merseyside, if any journeys go beyond the area, then the extra fare must be paid. These areas include Cheshire, Halton, Greater Manchester and Lancashire.

Where to buy tickets from

All ticket types can be bought either online, from any Merseytravel Centre or PayPoint retailers.  

If you have a MetroCard or Walrus you can buy and renew term time tickets online. If you don’t have a smartcard you can buy one from Merseytravel Centre or Merseyrail station for £1.

 How soon can tickets be used

If you buy a ticket online, it will be available 24/36 hours after you buy it, however if it is bought on the bus, at a Merseytravel Centre or at a PayPoint retailer than the ticket will be available to use immediately.

How to pay for tickets

Payment can be made by cash, contactless, Google pay and Apple pay.

For further information click here.

Maghull Coaches

Arriva commercial products are not accepted on these services.