Applications for student travel in 2020 is now open! Applications must be submitted by 31 December 2019.
About the School Student Transport Scheme
The School Student Transport Scheme
The School Student Transport Scheme (SSTS) provides eligible school students with free or subsidised travel from home to school.
The scheme includes:
- Free travel to and from home and school on approved metro, train, bus, ferry and light rail services during school term.
- Discounted travel on buses between home and school with a School Term Bus Pass.
- Free travel on NSW TrainLink Regional services and long distance coach services for boarding school students.
- Subsidised travel to and from school in private vehicles in areas where there is no public transport available.
Students with a disability who are unable to travel to and from school under the School Student Transport Scheme may be eligible for assistance under the Department of Education Assisted School Travel Program opens in new window.
What will my free school travel pass look like?
Depending on where they are travelling, students may receive a free school travel pass, School Opal card or both.
Free school travel passes and School Term Bus Passes are issued by operators to students travelling on buses outside the Opal network. Some operators in rural and regional areas may choose not to issue passes to students.
School Opal cards are issued for free school travel and for School Term Bus Passes by Transport for NSW for travel on metro, train, bus, ferry and light rail trips in the Opal network.
Using your school travel pass
School travel passes can only be used for approved travel on school days between the student’s home and school/TAFE college between 6.30am and 7pm (6.30am and 9.30pm for TAFE students).
Free school travel passes do not include travel to and from:
- before and after school care or child-minding premises
- before and after school activities
- school excursions
- sports events
- work experience
- Vocational Education and Training (VET) at a location away from where the student is enrolled
- multi-campus high schools, weekend schools, pre-schools or mini-schools (except for full-time geographically isolated distance education students).
- Student must comply with the Student Codes of Conduct.
How to apply
If you are ready to apply now, click here.