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The 2020 School Bus Pass for those students who are deemed eligible by Transport for NSW for free travel will be mailed to the student’s postal address.

Most passes will be received between the 24th January and the 31st January 2020.

If the student does not receive their school bus pass by the 3rd February 2020 then please do not hesitate to contact our office.

A grace period is allowed at the start of the school year to enable sufficient time for students to be issued with their school bus pass. During this time drivers will not require students to show a pass and students may still travel, however we do require passes to be shown once the school bus pass has been received.

To travel free during the grace period school students must be in school uniform or be able to provide evidence (such as a school ID or school books) they are travelling to or from school.

New Applications

You will need to submit a new application online with Transport for NSW if you are:

  • applying for a school free travel pass for the first time
  • requesting an additional pass as a result of a new shared parental responsibility situation (e.g. joint custody).

If you are submitting an online application please ensure you have a valid email address.

Please note applications will require online verification by the School before being approved.

Updating Details

You will need to re-apply or update your details if the student had a free school travel pass and:

  • The student is changing school or campus
  • The student has changed address
  • The student has repeated a year
  • You've received an expiry notification

Applications must be completed by the student's parent or legal guardian if the student is aged under 16 years.  Students 16 years and over can complete the application form themselves.  Free school travel passes are subject to eligibility criteria set by Transport for NSW.

Links to the Transport for NSW online forms are also available from the home page on this website.

Unsuccessful Applications

Students who are not eligible for a free school travel pass as determined by Transport for NSW can:

  • purchase a School Term Bus Pass from Northern Rivers Buslines
  • purchase child fare tickets when boarding the bus
  • request a review from Transport for NSW. You can request a review online. Once you have completed your initial SSTS application you will receive confirmation whether your application has been sucessful.  If your application was unsuccessful and you feel that one of the special circumstances apply to you, you can request a review by clicking on the 'Request a review' link in your application status screen.  Alternatively, you can request a review via the Transport for NSW SSTS Website, using your application ID.

School Term Passes

Discounted Term Passes are available for all non-eligible students from our office.  These passes can be purchased over the phone, by visiting us in the depot or by emailing, posting or faxing us the Term Pass Application Form


In line with the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART), Transport for NSW have authorised changes to the bus fares provided by Rural and Regional Bus Operators in NSW which will be effective from 1 January 2020.

In Summary for 2020

  • No change to the  Regional Excursion Daily (RED) of $2.50 
  • No change to 1 to 2 Section Single Trip Adult fare (Fare Band 1) of $2.40 and the Child/Concession Fare of $1.20
  • 3 to 6 Section Single Trip Adult fare (Fare Band 2) will increase to $3.60 and the Child/Concession Fare will increase to $1.80
  • 7 to 15 Section Single Trip Adult fare (Fare Band 3) will increase to $5.10
  • No change to the 7 to 15 Section Child/Concession Fare (Fare Band 3) of $2.50
  • Those passengers travelling 16+ sections (Fare Bands 4-10) will have an increase from the current capped fare of $7.40 to the new capped fare of $7.60 and the Child/Concession Fare will increase to $3.80 this applies to Single Trip Fares Only
  • Daily ticket fares will also increase which will allow unlimited daily travel.  The correct daily ticket value must be purchased for the longest single leg of travel




Northern Rivers Buslines & Ballina Buslines Timetable Changes


Monday 18 March sees the commencement of a new Public Transport Trial in the Northern Rivers area. Northern Rivers Buslines & Ballina Buslines in conjunction with Transport for NSW will be introducing a new ON DEMAND BUS SERVICE TRIAL

 The trial will offer convenient and flexible on demand “small bus” connections to the large bus route services at Goonellabah- Wollongbar and Alstonville for travel between Lismore and Ballina.

These changes have necessitated the change of timetables on certain routes- new printed timetables are now available in printed form from our drivers, our Offices or on this website.

Timetable changes will effect:

Route 682

Route 685

Route 661

Some minor adjustments have been made to Route 683 & Route 684

Click below to view timetable changes.

Northern Rivers Buslines Timetable Effective 18th March 2019

Ballina Buslines Timetable Effective 18th March 2019