Student fares and ticketing
School bus services may be free, or charge a fare.
A 20 per cent discount is available. You may be eligible for free travel.
Learn more below.
School buses are free when they operate wholly in a rural area and travel to the local school.
To travel on free school bus services you
A rural area is entirely outside the urban area.
If the school is within the urban area, the bus will charge a fare. This is to ensure fairness between urban and non-urban students at the same school.
A local school is the school within your intake area.
An intake area is the geographical boundary that surrounds each government primary and combined (district) school. Sometimes called school ‘catchments’ or ‘home areas’, intake areas are set by the Department of Education. Primary and district schools accept enrolments from their intake area. High schools accept enrolments from certain primary and district schools.
You can pay a fare on the bus using a smartcard or cash.
A smartcard is an electronic card that stores travel credit and can be topped up online.
When you use a smartcard you get a discount and can transfer between buses for free.
When you board simply tap your smartcard on the machine near the driver and your fare will be deducted.
Different bus operators use different smartcards.
Learn more and apply for a Transportme card by choosing your bus operator from the list below:
You can buy a single-trip or 10-trip ticket from the bus driver using cash. Drivers appreciate it when you have the right change.
If your bus operator does not offer a smartcard option you can buy a 10-trip ticket. The 10-trip ticket offers a 20% discount compared to single-trip cash fares.
There are different fares for child students and adult students.
You are eligible for a child student fare until the end of the year in which you turn 18.
For example, if you turn 18 on 1 May 2021, you are eligible for an adult fare until 31 December 2021.
You are eligible for an adult student fare from the start of the year in which you turn 19.
For example, if you turn 19 on 1 September 2021, you are eligible for an adult fare until 31 December 2021.
Child students pay a flat fare regardless of the distance travelled. Effective 1 January 2022 the child student fare is:
Adult students pay 50% of the adult fare for any trip. See adult student fares for different trips.
Student Bus Passes allow free travel for some or all of a journey between home and school and/or school and home.
You may be eligible if you
Learn more about Student Bus Passes.
Special Circumstance Bus Passes allow discounted or free travel for some or all of a journey between home and school and/or school and home.
You may be eligible if you meet certain criteria.
Learn more about Special Circumstance Bus Passes.