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School Buses


Snapper is a better way to pay on all Metlink train, school and public bus services
across the region. Snapper is accepted on all Metlink buses right across the region.

Snapper Card Travel Concessions

A travel concession is set to expire on a student's 16th birthday. Thereafter an adult fare is paid unless Snapper has notification and evidence that the student is still enrolled at school. From the age of 16 onwards enrolled school students need to renew their travel concession on an annual basis (by 28 February each year) to continue to receive the child fare.

What do I need to do to renew my travel concession?

Firstly, register your snapper card if you haven't already done so. This will make your snapper safer than cash, protecting it if it is lost or stolen, plus it gives you online access 24/7 to your snapper balance and transaction history.

To renew your concession, email and include the following

  • your 16 digit snapper card number
  • your registered email address (for your snapper website account)
  • your date of birth
  • proof of enrolment, eg a scan of your current school ID or a letter from your school confirming you are enrolled at school for the current year

School Buses

Level 2 Requirements

For students catching Metlink dedicated school bus services:-

  • Face masks or face coverings are now mandatory on school buses
  • All seats can be occupied on dedicated school services, and standing is allowed
  • Students are asked to follow physical distancing guidelines of 1 metre whilst waiting at the bus stop
  • For contact tracing purposes, each student needs to keep a record of their journey. Students with phones are asked to scan QR codes on board using the NZ COVID tracer app and have blue tooth turned on. Otherwise students will need to manually record their journey details

For students catching Metlink public bus services:-

  • the wearing of a face mask or face covering remains mandatory on all public transport for anyone aged 12 and over. There are exemptions for health, disability and practicality reasons. Any form of face covering is sufficient. If you don’t have a mask you can use a scarf or bandana.
  • All seats can be occupied, but there is no standing allowed on public buses
  • Physical distancing guidelines must be adhered to at bus stops

Metlink Changes effective from Thursday 9 September

Metlink have let us know that they are making some changes to the Metlink school bus services.

- For more information please click here

- Metlink School Bus Quick Reference Guide

School Bus Timetables effective from 9 September 2021


If you have any concerns or issues related to the school buses contact either the school bus co-ordinator, Amanda Picken, or Melink., Phone 385 8514

Melink - click here for Metlink website