Working out the best transport options for getting to and from school

Your child can get to school by dedicated school bus or our public bus services. Using Metlink trains is also an option for many schools. If you live within one to two kilometres of the school, you might want to encourage your child to use active and independent travel options.

Walking, scooting, cycling, skating or catching public transport to school are all great options in the Wellington region, and more and more families and schools are enjoying the benefits they bring. 

We have a range of resources to help our region’s young people and their caregivers along this path. Links to these resources can be found below.

Changes to how you pay for school bus services in Terms 2 and 3, 2018

Melink bus services are changing over the next few months. Snapper cards will be accepted on all Metlink buses from 15 July 2018 but will be used in Wairarapa from 30 April and Hutt Valley school services from 17 June. Our new fares will also come into effect on 15 July. School term passes will be discontinued and replace by a 50% discount for school students as long as they use a Snapper card on buses or a 10-trip ticket or monthly pass on trains.


The Tranzit card has been replaced by Snapper from the start of Term 2. Find out how to get a free Snapper card and a refund on any outstanding balances on your Tranzit card. You also need to renew your child concession by 20 July to ensure you continue to receive the discount.

Wainuiomata and Eastbourne

Snapper will replace 10-trip tickets on Classic Coachlines school services in Wainuiomata and Eastbourne from 17 June. You can still use your 10-trip tickets up until the end of Term 2 (Friday 6 July). You will only be able to use your Snapper card or cash on buses from the start of Term 3 ( Monday 23 July 2018).

Term 3 - all Metlink school buses will only accept Snapper cards or cash

You will need to use a Snapper card with a child concession loaded on it to receive the 50% discount for school children. If you don't have a Snapper card you can purchase from Snapper retailers or the Snapper website (external link) .

Rail Term passes will also be discontinued from Term 3

Children can use monthly passes or 10-trip tickets to get to school. They will receive the 50% discount. They need to be in school uniform or show a valid school photo ID if requested.

Select how your child may be able to get to school

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1. Getting a bus or train to school

Another benefit of having your child catch public transport is that you don't have to drive them to school every...

2. Active and Independent travel options

School holidays are a great time to teach your children many things, including the best routes for walking and scooting...

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3. Getting a regular bus to school

As fee-paying passengers, school age children are entitled to travel on public transport services.

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4. Cycling to school

Cycling to school is a realistic option for students aged 10 and over in many parts of the region.

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5. Learning to catch a bus

School holidays are a good time to practice catching a bus.

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6. Learning to catch a train

School holidays are a good time to practice catching a train

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7. School term pass - bus

You can still purchase school term passes for Term 2.

8. School term pass - train

You can still purchase school term passes for Term 2.

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