Riding the Bus

The Department provides bus service in neighborhoods around the islands to ensure broad access to educational opportunity for Hawaii’s students. Learn more about price, eligibility, free bus pass information, and download ridership application forms. The DOE serves about 15,000 student riders on Oahu, 18,000 on the neighbor islands.

Applications, Rates and Payments

You can view/download the application and handbook here.
Applications are also available at your school or you can apply online at eTrition. Please note you will need your student’s ID number to apply online.

The flat rates for student bus passes are:

  • Quarterly Round Trip: $72
  • Quarterly One Way: $36
  • One-way bus coupons are sold by sheets of 10 at $10 per sheet

Payment will only be accepted after the school approves the application. Once approved, remit payment either in person or by mail at the school office (please do not mail in cash payments). All payments are due prior to the first day of using the bus service. Accepted payment includes cash, cashier’s check and money order (made payable to The Department of Education). Schools may also include personal checks; but please call your school to confirm. If you have applied online and your application was approved, you will receive an email that will prompt you to pay via the EZSchoolPay website.

SY2021-22 Buss Pass Refunds

Due to the various factors impacting the availability and consistency of the Department’s student transportation services, bus pass refund policies have been revised for the 2021-22 school year.

If your student’s bus route was cancelled or suspended during SY2021-22, you may apply for a refund here.

If you are requesting a refund for coupons, the coupons must be returned to the Student Transportation Services Branch in order to process your refund.  Please mail them to:

Hawaii State Department of Education

Office of Facilities and Operations

Student Transportation Services Branch

3633 Waialae Ave.

Honolulu, HI  96816


Routes​

The Hawaii State Department of Education’s Student Transportation Services Branch utilizes a bus stop locator/bus schedule information system called "Infofinder i."

The system enables parents and guardians to search for the nearest school bus stop to a home address. The website also provides morning pick-up and afternoon drop-off times for all school grade levels statewide.

For general inquiries and further bus route assistance, please contact your child's school

How to Find Your Bus Route

  • Visit www.hawaiischoolbus.com.
  • Select home state from the dropdown menu (Hawaii).
  • Click on "Hawaii Department of Education" link.
  • Enter a street name or residential address.
  • Users will have the option to modify their school search selection via a dropdown menu.
  • Results are displayed in a list and map form.

Note: Bus stop assignments will only populate for your child's school if you are living in an eligible neighborhood (over 1 mile from school for elementary, over 1.5 miles for middle/high school students), and there is a safe bus stop in your area. If you do not receive a bus stop assignment for your child's school and believe that your address is located within an eligible service area, then please contact your school for assistance.

Eligibility

Students in Grades K-5 must reside a mile or more, and students in Grades 6-12 must reside 1.5 miles or more, from the school within their attendance area to qualify for regular school bus service. Students who do not qualify for regular bus service may receive “space available” bus service provided that there are unused seats on the bus and that the accommodation will not result in additional cost to the state.

Parents can apply for space available bus service by completing the “Space Available Basis” form (also found at school offices) along with the completed bus pass application form located in the School Bus Handbook. Please submit both forms to the school office. The approval process may take four or more weeks. Students will not be permitted to ride the bus until the application is approved, so parents should plan accordingly. 

Free Bus Pass

​Students who meet one or more of the following criteria may receive a free bus pass. Please complete Part 3 of the application form if you believe your child is eligible for a free bus pass, and check all applicable criteria categories:

  • Student qualifies for the free lunch program based on household income information (Note: Students who qualify for reduced lunch prices are not eligible for a free bus pass)
  • Student is a foster child
  • Student is homeless (McKinney-Vento eligible​)
  • Student’s Special Education plan includes regular transportation as a related service
  • Student is directed by the District to attend a school outside of the designated attendance area
  • Student has three older siblings who are fare-paying bus rider

Operations​

The Hawaii State Department of Education's Student Transportation Services Branch handles tens of thousands of bus riders each school day.

Daily student ridership average:

  • Regular education students = 35,090 per day
  • Special education students = 3,359 per day

​​​​​Total     = 38,449 per day

Daily vehicle logistics:

  • Regular education buses = 390 units per day; up to 780 bus trips per day
  • Special education buses = 262 units per day; about 262 bus trips per day

​​​Total = 652 units per day; about 1042 bus trips per day​

Contact Information

Emily Evans, Administrator

Phone: 808-784-6850

Email: Emily.Evans@k12.hi.us

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