School bus route and timetable changes

There have some changes to School Bus Routes 154, 220, 673, 683, 725, 730, 770, 776, 784, 753, 512, 530, 510. Know before you go by checking your trip on our Journey Planner, or through School Bus timetables (external link)  remember to select date of travel from Monday 15 October.  

Below are the details of changes and Schools affected for Term 4: 

Route

Schools Affected

What you need to know

Why are we making these changes

154

St Oran’s

St Oran’s Route 154 afternoon 3.22pm trip – no stop at Bus stop 8120 - St Oran's College (school stop)

Due to low usage, this bus stop is no longer in operation.

220

Bishop Viard

On school days, route the 7.47am trip on the 220 route has been extended to the school after reaching Lyttelton Avenue bus stop 2008.

Health & Safety concerns have been raised by the school. The service has been extended to include the school grounds.

673

St Teresa’s

Marsden

Morning trip will start from Halswater Dr at 7.28am, get to Marsden at 8.10am; afternoon trip will still depart from Marsden School Vera Street school stop at 3.40pm

Health & Safety concerns have been raised around route 673 stop at Karori road. The route has been diverted to Vera Street to better serve Samuel Marsden School.

683

Cardinal McKeefry School

Otari School

Onslow College

The departure time of the morning route 683 school bus from Karori Park to Onslow College is changing to depart Karori Park 7 minutes earlier at 7.48am instead of 7.55am.

The timetable has been updated to improve service punctuality and reliability.

 

725

Wellington East Girls

Wellington College

Wellington High School

Morning trip will still depart from Houghton Bay road at 7.45am, but get to Basin Reserve at 8.31am to reflect the real travel time.

The timetable has been updated to improve service punctuality and reliability.

 

730

Wellington East Girl’s College

Afternoon trip will still depart from WEGC at 3.35pm, but get to Island Bay at 3.51pm to reflect the real travel time.

The timetable has been updated to improve service punctuality and reliability.

770

St Patrick’s College

Rongotai College

Wellington College

Wellington East Girl’s College

Wellington High School

Afternoon trip will still depart from Rongotai College at 3.30pm, but get to Kowhai Park at 4.29pm to reflect the real travel time.

The timetable has been updated to improve service punctuality and reliability.

 

776

Rongotai College

Afternoon trip will still depart from Rongotai College at 3.30pm, but get to the Esplanade at 4.10pm to reflect the real travel time.

The timetable has been updated to improve service punctuality and reliability.

784

Scots College

Will now depart 10 minutes earlier at 8.00am from Lambton Quay - Old Government Building and is timed to arrive at Scots College at 8.25am

The timetable has been updated to better fit the school bell times of both the junior and senior schools.

753

St Patrick's College

There is an extra medium sized bus for afternoon trip 3.30pm departure from St Patrick’s

As a result of Mana and school discontinuing some exempt and charter services other existing school afternoon services going to the railway station have become overcrowded.

Request for an additional medium bus to arrive after the 2 large buses. Which will depart at 3.30pm.

512

Kapiti College

  • Route 512 AM – 8.30am service ex Ngaio Rd, Waikanae changed to pick up students from Paraparaumu Station
  • Thursday only Route 512 AM – will now depart Waimea Rd, Waikanae Beach at 9.10am
  • Thursday only Route 512 AM – 9.00am service at Ngaio Rd, Waikanae now departs at 9.40am
  • Route 512 PM – this Waikanae Beach service will depart Kapiti College 10 minutes earlier at 3.20pm
  • Route 512 PM – the Waikanae Station service will now depart Kapiti College 10 minutes earlier at 3.20pm
  • Thursday only Route 530 AM – this service will depart 20 minutes later at 9.45am

The timetable has been updated to improve service punctuality and reliability, and to better fit the school bell times.

 

530

Kapiti College

Route 530 PM – 3.30pm Paraparaumu Station service will depart Kapiti College 10 minutes earlier at 3.20pm

The timetable has been updated to improve service punctuality and reliability, and to better fit the school bell times.

510

Paraparaumu College

Thursday only Route 510 AM – this service from Waimea Rd, Waikanae will depart 35 minutes later at 9.20am

The timetable has been updated to improve service punctuality and reliability, and to better fit the school bell times.

 

Route

Schools Affected

Proposed changes that have since been put on hold

Why?

Why has it not implemented?

774

St Patrick’s College

Rongotai College

South Wellington Intermediate

St Catherines College (Kilbirnie)

Earlier morning departure change proposed.

Depart Houghton Bay 10 minutes earlier at 7.57am instead of 8.07am.

Serving Island Bay, Owhiro Bay, Happy Valley, Berhampore  & Newtown to Kilbirnie Schools

Timetable update to improve service punctuality and reliability.

Changes were due to come into effect on October 14 to improve this timetable. However, it has been delayed for a short time to ensure preparations have been fully completed.

We’ll keep you updated as we know more.

624

Onslow College

Raroa Intermediate

Merge this trip into route 24 proposed.

Route 624 15.15pm trip would become a service bus route 24 from Term 4;

Which would adjust the trip departure time from 3.15pm to 3.18pm at Johnsonville.

This would have meant the bus getting to Stop 3825 Burma Road near Haumia Street (Raroa Intermediate) at 3.21pm, giving students more time to get ready for the bus.

Route 624 was designed as a temporary solution for students travel from Onslow College to Broadmeadows and Khandallah. 

We aimed to merge this into route 24 which will enhance the public service and better use the rescues.

Changes were due to come into effect on October 14. However, it has been delayed for a short time to ensure preparations have been fully completed.

We’ll keep you updated as we know more.

654

St Mark’s College

South Wellington intermediate

Owhiro Bay School

 

Later afternoon departure change proposed.

The departure time of the afternoon route 654 school bus from St Mark’s School via South Wellington Intermediate School would be changing to depart St Mark’s School 5 minutes later at 3.15pm instead of 3.10pm.

Timetable update to improve service punctuality and reliability.

Changes were due to come into effect on October 14 to improve this timetable. However, it has been delayed for a short time to ensure preparations have been fully completed.

We’ll keep you updated as we know more.

 

Paying for the school bus or train in Term 4

There is a 50% discount for children on Metlink services, as long as they use Snapper on buses or a 10-Trip or monthly pass on trains.

Metlink school buses only accept Snapper cards or cash

Snapper cards are now accepted on all Metlink buses. School term passes have been discontinued. If you don't have a Snapper card you can purchase from Snapper retailers or the Snapper website (external link)  and remember you need to ensure it is loaded with a child concession to receive the 50% discount.

Catching Metlink trains to school

Children can use these tickets and passes to get to school: 

  • Concession 10-trip ticket - this provides travel at 50% of the adult 10-Trip ticket fare
  • Rail Monthly pass - if they travel between Zones 1 and 3 or the trip to school doesn't involve travelling to or from Wellington Railway station
  • MonthlyPlus pass - if your child's trip to school involves travelling from Zone 4 or further out through Wellington Railway Station (Zone 1) they can use a MonthlyPlus pass. The added benefit of this pass is that bus travel from Zone 4 and further out is included - they just need to show the pass to the driver. However travel on school buses or within Zones 1 to 3 is not covered. 
  • Cash - but this will be the more expensive option

Rail term monthly passes have been discontinued.

Find out more about tickets and fares: