Bus Transport


Bus Network

NBCS is serviced by an extensive bus network. Student travel is subsidised by the Government for travel directly between home and school. In addition to the Forest Coach Lines, Sydney Buses, and Transdev services, NBCS runs two buses directly to the Pittwater region, with priority being given to Primary students in Avalon and Palm Beach.

Forest Coach Lines (timetable):

  • Belrose, Frenches Forest and Chatswood
  • Elanora Heights and Narrabeen
  • Mona Vale (connection to STA buses)
  • Terrey Hills, St Ives and Gordon Station
  • Pymble
  • Cremorne and Seaforth
  • Killarney Heights

Transdev (timetable):

  • Hornsby via Wahroonga Station
  • Gordon, Killara, Lindfield and Roseville
  • Mt Kuring-gai and Berowra Heights
  • Turramurra Station
  • West Ryde
  • Pymble/North Turramurra

Sydney Buses (timetables)

Services for Sydney Buses connect with Forest Coach Lines and Shorelink services for regions outside the locations listed above. Transport hubs include Mona Vale – connecting with services to Newport, Avalon and Palm Beach – and Narrabeen – connecting with services to Collaroy, Dee Why and Manly.


Private School Bus (run by NBCS):

NBCS operates a Private School Bus service to Avalon, North Avalon and Palm Beach. Seats are limited and must be booked in advanced, with priority is given to Primary-age students.

Download: Private Bus Online Application Form 2018
Information: Private Bus Routes 2018

Student Transport Details

In order to more effectively monitor student safety and logistics to and from school, we ask parents to complete the Student Transport Details form at the beginning of each year. This is for school records, and is separate from the bus application forms submitted to the bus companies. Forms are sent with the annual mail-out to all existing parents.

Download: Student Transport Details form


Expectations of students

When seats are available, students are to remain seated at all times. Primary students have seating priority. 

Dangerous or anti-social behaviour may lead to a student being excluded from travel by the bus operator or the school.


Bus Passes

The NSW Government provides subsidised transport for school students on bus, rail and ferry services between school and home. From 2016, Transport for NSW are replacing traditional bus passes with School Opal cards for each student. The School Opal card gives eligible students free travel to and from school between the hours of 6:30am - 7:00pm, Monday to Friday, using the train, bus and ferry services nominated in their application.

Students must carry and tap on with their School Opal card at the beginning and end of each trip in order to qualify for free travel. Bus drivers or company representatives can ask to see a School Opal card at any time during the travel.

New students to NBCS and students going into Year 3 and Year 7 need to re-apply. Students in other grades will automatically have their current passes rolled over into the new Opal system.

Step 1: Parents complete the online application form: https://apps.transport.nsw.gov.au/ssts/applyNow

Step 2: Print, sign and date the completed application, and return it to the NBCS School Office.

Step 3: NBCS will send the endorsed forms to Transport for NSW,

Step 4: The School Opal card will be sent directly to the student’s home address.

Please note: families that have shared living arrangements will need to complete the Opal form for each household. 

For further information regarding these changes in 2016, please visit the Transport for NSW website,  or phone NBCS Reception on 9450 1311.

Bus-related problems

Travel on buses is not supervised by parents or staff. Student Leaders are appointed to report any problems to the Bus Liaison Officer. Parents are welcome to contact the Bus Liaison Officer via the School Office regarding any problems relating to students, or to contact the bus company directly.

Forest Coach Lines
02 9450 2277

(02) 9457 8888

Sydney Buses
131 500