School Student Transport Scheme

    Information note

    NEW: Rural/regional applications now online

    Applications for school travel passes in rural and regional NSW will need to be completed online instead of using paper forms.

    This change makes it easier to apply, as you only need to complete one form for each eligible address that covers all situations, including journeys that involve multiple transport operators or modes of transport.  It’s also easier for schools and bus operators, as Transport for NSW will now handle the applications.

    This change only affects the application process; no changes to any public transport services are planned.

    Regardless of where you live in NSW, you can now update your details online (e.g if the student changes address or school).

    New applications for school travel passes for 2017 open from the start of Term 4, 2016.

    Parents without ready access to the internet can phone 131 500 for assistance with their application.


    Light rail available to eligible students from Term 3, 2016

    From 1 July 2016, School Opal card holders and new applicants can apply online to travel on light rail services. If approved, students can use their School Opal card to catch light rail services to and from school at the beginning of Term 3, 2016.

    Details of how to apply will be posted on this page from 1 July 2016.


    If you’re a school or TAFE school student you could be entitled to free travel to and from your school or TAFE under the School Student Transport Scheme.

     Inside Opal network

    • Free travel to and from school on approved trains, buses and ferries with the School Opal card (on school days during specific times)
    • Addition of light rail from the start of Term 3, 2016

    Outside Opal network 

    • Free travel to and from school on public transport services services with a school travel pass
    • For boarding school students, free travel on NSW TrainLink Regional services and long distance coach services
    • Subsidised travel to and from school in private vehicles in areas where there is no public transport

    Primary and secondary students in the Opal network who live too close to school for the SSTS may be eligible for a School Term Bus Pass.

    School Opal card

    School travel pass


    For details about eligibility and how to apply online, visit the School Student Transport Scheme website, which has comprehensive information for parents about the Scheme.

    The Transport for NSW corporate website has information for schools and operators.

    The SSTS school travel pass is issued as a School Opal card, which is kept by the student, if travel is within the Opal network. School Opal cards or SSTS school travel passes issued under the SSTS may be used on train, bus or ferry services as required. The SSTS also provides subsidised travel using long-distance coach services as well as private vehicles in areas without public transport.

    How to apply

    You will need to complete a new application form if:

    • applying for a school travel pass for the first time
    • enrolling in kindergarten
    • requesting a new additional pass as a result of a new shared parental responsibility situation.

    Only one application needs to be made for each eligible address, regardless of the number of transport operators or modes of transport required.

    If the student is changing their school, address or name, you can apply for an update.

    If the application is successful:

    • In the Opal network, the School Opal card will be sent to the student’s nominated address
    • In rural /regional areas, a school travel pass will be sent by each approved operator to the student’s school (or in some cases to their nominated address).

    Replacement passes

    Lost, stolen or damaged School Opal cards: If you proceed with replacing your School Opal card, it will be cancelled immediately and a new card will be sent within 8 to 10 working days. A card replacement fee may apply.

    Lost, stolen or damaged rural/regional travel pass

    Contact the relevant transport operator to find out the replacement procedure.

    Contact the Transport Concessions Office

    Mail: Locked Bag 5085, Parramatta NSW 2124
    Phone: 131 500