Back to school with Transport Canberra! Are you and your children ready?


Quick Checklist:

Prepare your back to school travel for 2019:

The new school year starts soon. If you haven’t already, then now is a good time to start preparing yourself and your children for Term 1 2019.

We remind all students and parents that the new bus network will begin operating on 27 April 2019, ahead of the commencement of Term 2, 29 April 2019. School services will be changing for Term 2. More information will be made available to schools and the public through Term 1, with timetable information available from March 2019. Transport Canberra is here to support the safe passage of students to and from school using public transport and active travel options

To assist in planning your child’s school bus travel, use our handy tips and checklist below:

  1. Routes and timetables

    Please check the details of the services required for your child to and from school, also make sure the child is familiar with the times and stops. If your child is new to school or changing schools, please check available school or regular bus route and timetable information.

    Useful links:

    Use Transport Canberra’s new Journey Planner to plan your travel on regular routes.

    Use NXTBUS to track your awaited service.

  2. MyWay cards

    MyWay is the cheapest and easiest way to travel with Transport Canberra buses. A student MyWay card can be purchased online, over the phone, or at a MyWay Recharge Agent. Adding travel credit is even easier with the options of B-Pay or Autoload direct debit, attracting an additional 5% discount on all fares.

    MyWay is the cheapest and easiest way to travel with Transport Canberra buses. A student MyWay card can be purchased at any MyWay Recharge Agent or Access Canberra Service Centre, over the phone (please allow 5 working days for postage). Adding travel credit is even easier with the options of immediate top up at a MyWay Recharge Agent or Access Canberra Service Centre, students can also top up their MyWay card or purchase a single or daily ticket at Transport Canberra’s new ticket vending machines, available at selected bus stations.

    Autoload, a direct debit top up, can be established which will automatically top up the MyWay card when it reaches a minimum balance. B-pay and online top-up please allow 3-5 days for processing. Autoload and B-pay attract an additional 5% discount on all fares.

    Registering your child’s student card protects the travel balance in the event the card is lost or stolen. Additionally, you can log in to view transaction details and travel history on the Transport for Canberra website. To find out more about MyWay, including full conditions and a list of MyWay Recharge Agents, click the MyWay & Fares drop down box on our homepage.

  3. Fares

    New bus fares came into effect on 5 January 2019. A single trip school student MyWay fare is now $1.22 on school days and a single trip school student cash fare costs $2.50.

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  4. Bus safety

    If your child is new to catching buses or a regular user, don’t forget that safety is a top priority so make sure your child is familiar with these rules for inside and outside the bus:

    • Children must signal the driver as the bus will not automatically service each stop it travels past
    • When waiting for a bus to arrive make sure you stand back from the kerb
    • Enter the bus in a single file
    • If a seat is free please sit down and stow your bag underneath the seat, well clear of the aisle
    • If there are no seats available, move to the back of the bus to leave room for others, then make sure you hold on to the closest rail or strap available
    • Exit in a single file and once off the bus, do not cross the road until it has gone
    • Remember to tap on and tap off with your MyWay card

    For further information on Transport Canberra bus safety, please visit the Etiquette and Safety and Staying Safe sections on our website.

  5. School Safety Tips

    School environments can become congested during the peak periods, which potentially increases the safety risk to children as they are smaller and less visible to drivers.

    By using the Transport Canberra Journey Planner, active travel options are made available if students seek to incorporate walk or riding to school.

    A School Crossing Supervisor program has commenced in the ACT at 20 crossing sites. School crossing supervisors (lollipop people) assist children to cross roads safely by directing traffic with a stop sign and providing instructions. They also help to manage the flow of pedestrians and motorists at the busiest crossings. Further information is available under the Active Travel for Schools section on our website, under School Crossing Supervisors.

    Further information:
    Pick-up and set down guidelines, tips for parents, tips for staff/volunteers, tips for students, safe driving, safety tips, safe school travel plans and travel congestion information can be found under the School Safety Tips on our website.

  6. Staying up to date

    To keep up to date with Transport Canberra news and important service information, sign up for our email alerts or follow us on our social media channels.

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    Further information can be found under the FAQ’s section on our website. For all other enquiries, please contact us on 13 17 10.