Lincoln High School Ministry Funded Buses

The Ministry of Education provides transport assistance only for those students who can satisfy all the following criteria:

  • Attend the nearest secondary school
  • Live more than 4.8 km from that school and more than 2.4 km from a metropolitan bus service to that school.

The Ministry operates all services for eligible students whose nearest school is Lincoln High School and determine the bus routes based on location of homes.


Changes to Routes

A route may be moved, shortened, or stopped if the Ministry establishes that the service is not viable anymore.  For example, there might not be enough students using the bus.  If a route is changed, a conveyance allowance may be paid to caregivers of eligible students.

For further information School Transport please click on this link:  www.education.govt.nz/school/property-and-transport/transport/sta-eligibility/

If you have any questions or queries around this process, please direct to these to

Craig Reynolds

Regional Transport Advisor – Canterbury


03 378 7309


Lincoln High School Ministry Funded Buses 2021

A list of the Ministry Funded buses for Lincoln HS and the details along with departure times can be found here

Metro Bus Services

Red Bus Ltd run a public-school service (user pays) to and from Lincoln High School each day.   These buses are for Lincoln High School students only.  These services are:

Riccarton 691

Hornby 692

Springs Road 693

Details of these services are available here

Please note from February 2nd 2021 the Route 691 terminus will be relocated from the Bus Interchange to Riccarton Rd near Balgay St. From here, students can take one of several buses going to the Bus Interchange.

Students are also able to access the 80 Lincoln – Parklands public bus as well click here for timetable


Busing to School

We encourage students to catch a bus to school on their first day.  If you are familiar with a bus stop close to your house where Lincoln High School students wait, then students should wait in this area.  However, if you are unsure then the parent/caregiver can bring the student to school in the morning of their first day and then students can then bus home. 

Bus drivers have been instructed to pick up any student in Lincoln High School uniform. Drivers are also aware that all the students on the first day are new Year 9s and might be anxious about their first day.  As part of Year 9 students' orientation, they will be advised of their correct bus and taken to this bus at the end of the school day.  Where the bus drops them off after school on their first day will also dictate where they catch the bus the following morning.  Drivers will also be able to advise approximate pick up times.  Students should arrive at their bus stop at least 5 minutes before pick up.  In the interests of all students we expect a very high standard of behaviour on all buses.


Termination of Bus Services at the End of 2021

The following bus services will be terminated at the end of Term 4, 2021 due to Rolleston College being open to all Year levels.  The grand parenting scheme that started in Term 1 2017 that allowed students from Rolleston and surrounding areas to travel to Lincoln High School on Ministry funded buses expires at the end of Term 4 2021.

The bus routes that will be terminated at the end of 2021 are:


Burnham Army

Rolleston 1/6

Rolleston 2/11

Rolleston 3 /4

Rolleston 5

Rolleston 7/8

Rolleston 9

Rolleston 10

Two Chain/Rolleston 12

West Melton

Please note: The Weedons bus route will be under further review in 2021 and may also be terminated pending the outcome of this review.

Public transport is currently available from Rolleston to Lincoln (via 820 service).  Metro bus services are likely to increase this provision for 2021 and beyond to meet any demand.

If you need any further assistance with any bus information, please contact the bus co-ordinator or the school office.

Richard James

Bus Co-ordinator

Lincoln High School



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