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Free Bus Ticket Back Home for Runaway Teens

Updated: Jan 15

Teens 12-21 can get a free bus ticket back home through the Home Free program, a collaboration between Greyhound Bus Lines and the National Runaway Safeline.


Over two million teens runaway from home in the U.S. every year. Most of those runaways are under 18-years-old. Homelessness and abuse are two contributing factors, although statistics also suggest issues such as human trafficking account for the numbers.


For many teens, going back home sounds like a dream come true. Yet, obstacles like a lack of money or vehicle prevent this, keeping teens in danger on the streets.


The Home Free Program gives teens an option when they'd like to return home. Sponsored by Greyhound Bus Lines and the National Runaway Safeline, the program provides teens 12-21 a free bus ticket to get back home.


Parents or guardians receive bus tickets as well if the runaway teen is under 15-years-old. Greyhound Bus Lines does not permit children under 15-years-old to travel alone on their fleet.


Teens must call the National Runaway Safeline and be registered as a runaway to qualify for the free bus ticket program. You can reach the Safeline at 1-800-786-2929.

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