Transport to School



Buses Inside Hamilton (BUSIT)

BUSIT services to St John’s CollegeHamilton’s comprehensive public transport network is made up of 28 bus routes within the city, meaning there are plenty of bus connection options from home to school.

There are three bus services that travel to, or near, St John’s.

  • 2 Silverdale travels from Silverdale, via St John’s and Hamilton East into the city centre.
  • 17 Hamilton East Uni travels from the University, via St John’s and Hamilton East into the city centre.
  • Orbiter buses also travel to the university along Knighton Road and the Hillcrest Warehouse stop on Clyde Street, just a short walk through to St John’s.

All bus trips in Hamilton cost school students $1.70 with a BUSIT card, when in school uniform or with a valid school ID. Wherever you travel in the city, you can transfer onto another bus for free, as long as it’s within an hour of buying your ticket.  

Buses leaving the school towards town can be busy in the afternoon. Students are to line at the head of the bus stop. Three buses travel to this stop within a 15-20 minute period after school to enable all students to be picked up.

For more information about buses, visit and see their flyer (pdf).

There’s also a Google Transit journey planner available on the site so you can plan door to door journeys from home to school.


Buses from Outside Hamilton

There are routes currently operating from

  • Cambridge – GoBus Route 2365
  • Horotiu-Horsham Downs – Greenline Route 2103
  • Huntly – GoBus Route 2337
  • Matangi – Cambridge GoBus Route 2362
  • Morrinsville – Turley Motors
  • Ngaruawahia – GoBus Route 2338
  • Orini – Greenline
  • Paeroa-Te Aroha
  • Pirongia-Te Pahu
  • Puketaha-Gordonton – Greenline Route 2104
  • Raglan – GoBus
  • Te Awamutu – GoBus Route 2105

For a student to receive Ministry transport services, they need to meet all of the Ministry’s transport eligibility criteria. This means:

  1. they are attending the closest school they can enrol at
  2. they live more than the minimum year level distance required from that school
  3. there is no suitable public transport available

See here for more details or this pdf on eligibility

There is also separate assistance for special needs students pdf on eligibility

Historically, students have been able to transfer their entitlement for School Transport Assistance under guidance called Transport Entitlement Zones. Students who are currently using the ‘transfer of entitlement’ provision to use school buses may continue to do that until the end of the student’s tenure at the current school they are attending.

Conveyance allowance applications will only be approved for students who meet all of the eligibility criteria above, and have no Ministry of Education school bus provided or live more than 2.4km from a school bus service.

Routes reviewed and designed during 2016 and onwards will not be using Transport Entitlement Zones as a consideration for route design. This could potentially impact on new student enrolments and a change to some bus routes next year.

If you have any questions your local Transport Manager will be able to help you. Please contact Reade Nikora or Auckland, Waikato, King Country 0275689120.

To apply for School Transport Assistance, your student’s caregiver will need to fill out an application form. The application form is available online at or we can provide those to you.



In keeping with legislation, approved helmets are to be worn when cycling. Students are to obey the Road Code and have a safe bicycle.

Bicycles are to be walked in the College grounds and parked in the lock-up area by the hockey turf.



Students require written permission from their parent/caregiver to travel to and from College by car. Forms are available from Student Services.

The College accepts no responsibility for any damage, loss or use of your vehicle.

There is a limited number of carparks available for students and these will be offered to Senior Leaders first. Students who are not allocated a carpark will not be able to park on school property.

Cars parked on school grounds must display a valid parking permit at all times or risk being towed away.