School transport


Getting to and from school

South East Queensland and Cairns

In South East Queensland, school students can catch any TransLink bus, train, ferry and tram service to and from their home and school. 

In Cairns, school students can catch any TransLink urban bus service provided by Sunbus to and from school.

Use the journey planner to find your best journey to and from school in South East Queensland and Cairns. Our helpful tips for journey planning for school services and tips for how to catch a bus makes planning your school journey even easier. 

If you already know your bus route number, you can also search for your school timetable.

Cairns school students can also catch dedicated prescribed school bus services operated by Loves Bus Service. For timetable information contact Loves Bus Service.

Regional Queensland

If you live in regional Queensland, you can search for your urban bus services to and from school via the qconnect journey planner. For timetable information for qconnect school bus services, please contact your regional qconnect school bus operator.

For all other students living in parts of Queensland where TransLink or qconnect services are unavailable, students may be able to catch prescribed school bus services offered by over 600 different bus operators.

Your school or local TMR school transport office will be able to advise who your local bus operator is.

School transport fares and assistance

go card and other TransLink tickets can be used on all TransLink and qconnect school services. 

Full-time primary and secondary school students are eligible for a 50% concession fare on any TransLink and qconnect service.

Across Queensland, eligible school students may also qualify for assistance under the School Transport Assistance Scheme (STAS) for bus, train, ferry, tram and/or private vehicle travel to and from school.

The Department of Education, Training and Employment also provides transport assistance for eligible students with a disability under the School Transport Assistance Programs for Students with Disabilities.

Non-state school students may also qualify for assistance under the Non State Schools Transport Assistance Scheme.  Further details are available at

Safe travel of school students

The safety and comfort of all students and other passengers when travelling is very important.  We recommend parents read our helpful tips before your child starts to travel independently.  If your child has a smartphone, you may also wish to download TransLink's free mobile application, MyTransLink, to set up their favourite services and stops and access real time information about a service.

Missed services

If a service does not stop for your child, they are still on the network and you know their current location, call us on 13 12 30 to make a report and we will investigate urgently. We will assist you to find a service that your child can take to reach their destination.  

If your child is no longer on the network or has changed their travel plans, you can still call us on 13 12 20 to make a report and we will conduct a standard investigation.

Code of conduct

The Code of Conduct for School Students Travelling on Buses outlines the requirements for students travelling on public transport and guidelines for bus operators, parents, and schools.

More information

For more information about school transport options in South East Queensland or Cairns, please contact TransLink.

For information about school transport options in regional Queensland, please contact one of your local regional school transport offices.