How to get to school


With 24 routes crossing the city, 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.

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.

The information below is also available in this flyer for you to download [PDF, 535 KB].

Getting there

Image - map of bus routes (smaller)

Use the map to find out your easiest route to school. (If you click on the image, you will open a larger map.)

Or check out the Journey Planner on this page, and information on the free Transit realtime app.

Explore your options

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. For example consider taking the Clockwise Orbiter to school and the Anti-Clockwise Orbiter home again.

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.

Lost property

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.

Need help?

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.