With 24 routes crossing the city, and many other buses serving regional schools, most schools are either on a bus route or just a short walk away.
Child fares apply to children aged 5-14 and to year 9-13 students with approved school ID, or when in school uniform.
Hamilton schools information
Getting to Hamilton's high schools and intermediates is easy by bus!
Whenever you travel in the city, you can transfer on to another bus for free, so long as it’s within an hour of buying your ticket.
2018 school travel information
Buses can be busy, especially at the end of the school day. Look into all the possible routes you can take to get to and from school.
Save with a BUSIT card
If you’re going to use the bus regularly, pick yourself up a BUSIT card and get a discount on your fares every time. Child fares reduce from $2.20 to $1.70 and it’s easy to get organised!
Buying and using your card
Purchase your card from the driver or at the Transport Centre – there’s a one-off $5 cost to pay for the card and then you can top it up with any amount of $10 or more.
When you buy your card, keep your original receipt – this has a reference number on it which helps us transfer your credit onto a new card if you lose yours.
You just have to present your card when you get on the bus and the driver will give you a ticket as usual.
You’ll see a figure on your ticket that shows you how much credit you’ve got left on your card. When it gets low, just pay the driver in cash to top it up for you, or by cash or Eftpos at the Transport Centre.
Catching the bus
Stand on the footpath near the front of the designated bus stop.
Many bus stops are used by more than one route, so as the bus approaches, check the route number and destination displayed on the front of the bus. Raise your arm as a signal to the driver that you want the bus to stop.
Look out for those around you
We want to make sure that travelling by bus is as friendly, safe and comfortable as possible for all our passengers. So, please make sure you treat other travellers with respect - perhaps even give up your seat for older passengers - and leave our buses clean and tidy.
When you're on the bus:
- No eating
- No drinking
- No feet on seats
- No loud music. Use your headphones.
There is a formal code of conduct. You can read it here, and it's also displayed on the buses and at the Transport Centre.
If you have lost an item on the bus, please call the team at the Transport Centre on (07) 859 0509 or visit the BUSIT counter inside the Transport Centre. We try our best to get lost property back to owners. We hold all lost property for one month.
Our friendly team at the Transport Centre is available at the BUSIT counter from 8 am until 4.30 pm Monday to Friday to help you with your journey. Or call 0800 205 305 where staff can assist 24 hours a day.