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 Lincoln HS
  • There must be no suitable public transport options (within 2.4 km)

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.

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.

The following video helps to explain the process:  www.youtube.com/watch?v=eRmZlsWyn6c

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

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 2022

A list of the Ministry Funded buses for Lincoln HS are listed below.  Route details along with departure times can be found here.   There are some minor changes to some of these routes.

  • Ellesmere
  • Greenpark
  • Kaituna
  • Little River
  • Springston
  • Tai Tapu
  • Weedons

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

Public Bus Services

Students are also able to access the 80 Lincoln – Parklands public bus as well click here for timetable or the 820 Burnham - Rolleston - Lincoln public buses click here for timetable.

Termination of Ministry Funded Bus Services

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 Ministry agreed in 2017 to operate these services for 5 years and these services finish at the end of 2021.

The bus routes that will finish 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

Unfortunately, despite attempts, we have made no progress with Environment Canterbury in adding school services from Rolleston.  Attempts have also been made for adding capacity to the 820 public route and making timings to be more in line with school timetable.

Bentley Transport have developed a route for students coming from Rolleston and are now looking to trial the service for a month.  Bentley Transport would like a financial commitment from potential users to ensure the trial service can go ahead.

Please use this link to sign up to the service - https://www.bentleytransport.co.nz/lincoln-bus

For any further information about this service please contact Bentley Transport – bus@bentleytransport.co.nz


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. 

Responsibility of parents/caregivers

To ensure a safe environment for bus loading and unloading caregivers should:

  • not park in bus bays
  • adhere to the speed limit (20 km/h while passing a stationary school bus on either side of the road)
  • try to eliminate the need for children to cross the road
  • ensure that children get to and from the bus stop safely
  • advise children to not run across the road

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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