Children’s Discount

We offer discounts for qualifying Children traveling on Hoosier Ride at the rates detailed below.

Please Note: Any passenger under the age of 8 must be accompanied by a passenger at least fifteen (15) years of age or older at all times. With the exception of Illinois passengers, those between the ages of eight (8) and fourteen (14) years of age inclusive, may travel unaccompanied at full adult fare.

Please see the Children Traveling tab for full details.

Children, traveling with an adult, receive discounts off the unrestricted walk-up fare at the following rates:

  • One (1) child who has not reached his or her second (2nd) birthday when accompanied by a passenger 15 years of age or older will be carried free when not occupying a seat to the exclusion of another passenger.
  • Children who have reached or passed their second (2nd) birthday but have not reached their twelfth (12th) birthday will be charged 25% less than the full adult fare increased where necessary to end in a “0” or “5” when accompanied by a passenger paying the full adult fare. The child must travel on the same itinerary (both outbound and return) as the passenger paying the full adult fare to qualify for the 25% discount.
  • Children who have NOT reached their second (2nd) birthday and will be occupying a seat to the exclusion of another passenger, will be charged 25% less than the full adult fare increased where necessary to end in a “0” or “5” when accompanied by a passenger paying the full adult fare. The child must travel on the same itinerary (both outbound and return) as the passenger paying the full adult fare to qualify for the 25% discount.
  • Up to two (2) children ages two (2) through eleven (11) will be allowed to travel at 25% less than the full adult fare for each passenger paying the full adult fare when all passengers are traveling on the same itinerary (both outbound and return). Any additional children age two (2) through eleven (11) in the travel party may be subject to paying the full adult fare.
  • Children twelve years of age and older will be charged an adult fare. Please be prepared to show appropriate identification clearly stating the date of birth when purchasing a child fare.

Rules for the Children’s Discount include:

  1. Discount is valid on Miller Transportation schedules and those of participating interline carriers.
  2. Children’s discount does not apply to advance purchase fares and other special promotions.
  3. Children’s discount may not be available on all schedules in all markets.
  4. No children’s discounts will be sold to casinos.
  5. Departure date and time may be changed for a charge of $10 per ticket provided that the advance purchase requirement is not violated.
  6. Fares are subject to change until purchase.

General Information on Children Traveling

Here are the answers to some general questions about children / minors traveling on Hoosier Ride.

What is the minimum age of an unaccompanied child / solo passenger?

Any passenger under the age of 8 must be accompanied by a passenger at least 15 years of age or older at all times. Passengers between the ages of 8 and 14 years of age inclusive, may travel unaccompanied at full adult fare if the following conditions are met in their entirety:

  1. The passenger’s trip will begin and end on the same schedule (no transfers).
  2. The passenger’s trip will be no longer than five (5) hours in duration.
  3. The passenger’s trip (origin to destination) must take place during daylight hours only.
  4. Both the origin and destination stations are full service agencies or company operated facilities.
  5. The destination station will be open at the time the passenger is scheduled to arrive.
  6. Parent, Guardian or Legal Custodian of the child must complete and sign the Unaccompanied Child Form authorizing the child to make the trip and return this to the Customer Service Supervisor on duty. This form specifically names the person authorizing the trip and the person meeting the child at the destination station and the telephone number(s) at which this person may be contacted. It also provides an emergency contact name and telephone number in the event it is needed.
  7. In order for the child to be released at the destination, the person named on the Unaccompanied Child Form as the one meeting the child must have positive picture identification, such as a driver’s license or state issued identification card, and provide such to the agent at the destination station. Without such identification, the child will be released into the custody of Child Protective Services or to local law enforcement officials in the destination city.
  8. A fee of $5 will be assessed for each child traveling unaccompanied.

If any of the above conditions are not met, then the passenger must be accompanied by a passenger at least 15 years of age or older in order to travel.

Tickets for unaccompanied children are not sold online.

Exception

In accordance with Illinois state law, NO tickets will be sold to unaccompanied minor children under the age of 17 for interstate or intrastate travel from locations within the state of Illinois.

Can I bring my child safety seat?

Customers are welcome to use child safety seats on Miller Transportation buses. However, the seat space must be purchased at the discounted child fare. You should ensure that your child seat has been approved for use in a motor vehicle, and is used in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.

It is your responsibility to secure the child seat to the bus seat with strapping or webbing that is approved by the child seat manufacturer. You are responsible for providing the strapping or the webbing. You should also secure your child in the child seat with a manufacturer-approved lap and/or shoulder belt/harness. Miller Transportation does not provide lap and/or shoulder belts/harnesses.