If you’re planning on using Schoolhopper to get to school in Term 2 there is an important change to note – you will need to pay a fare.
With a Smartride Card: $1.15
Using a Smartride Card is the fastest and cheapest way to travel.
All Schoolhopper students will be provided with a Smartride card through the school, which is pre-loaded with $10 credit. Please make sure this card is registered at www.baybus.co.nz as soon as possible, so that if the card is lost you can call 0800 884 880 and any remaining credit on the card can be transferred to a new card.
Smartride cards with the pre-loaded $10 credit will be sent home with students next week.
You can top up your card on the bus (either the Schoolhopper buses from term two or any Bayhopper bus anytime) or at the Tauranga iSite in Willow Street. You can also purchase new cards (the card is free when topping up with a minimum top-up of $10) from the same places.
While we would love to be able to offer online top-ups, unfortunately the technology our regional bus network uses does not allow this just yet, but we are planning a major upgrade in the next couple of years when it will.
For more information about using Schoolhopper, please visit www.baybus.co.nz/schoolhopper