Jump to content

How does one use a bus these days?


  • Please log in to reply
17 replies to this topic

#1 3mummy3

Posted 19 February 2013 - 11:10 AM

ok this might be a stupid question but just how exactly do you use the public bus service these days in melbourne?
When i was at school/uni i regularly caught the bus and just either bought a weekly bus ticket or just paid the daily fare on the bus.

Now there is this new myki system and im a bit lost!

Some of you might have seen a previous thread of mine regarding a complicated scool run set up shared with a freind. Now on advice from some  posters in that thread i have decided  my two highschool boys will start going to school and back on the bus. Unfortunately the school bus is full so we will need to use public system. Fortunately for the boys there is a stop just around the corner from home.

So now what do i do? I assume i need to get each of them a myki account, then just top up the money in there regularly. Do the boys then show this myki card to the bus driver when they get on? Do they also need some kind of school id card to get concession fares?

And just how much does bus travel cost for a 12 and 14 year old? We are in melbourne and our travel will be in zone 2 i think (berwick).

Any help would be appreciated!!!



#2 cward

Posted 19 February 2013 - 11:12 AM

OK I'm in Sydney so it might be a bit different but even using the public bus I'm pretty sure kids can still use their school bus pass if they are travelling to and from school and they live a certain distance from the school.  Have you checked if they are entitlted to free travel?

#3 3mummy3

Posted 19 February 2013 - 11:17 AM

QUOTE (cward @ 19/02/2013, 11:12 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
OK I'm in Sydney so it might be a bit different but even using the public bus I'm pretty sure kids can still use their school bus pass if they are travelling to and from school and they live a certain distance from the school.  Have you checked if they are entitlted to free travel?



As far as i know there is no free travel in melbourne? We would still have to pay to use the school bus if there was vacancies, i think $800 per family per year

#4 #YKG

Posted 19 February 2013 - 11:17 AM

go to your local train station with the boys, they need to present their consession card to get a concession myki, put money on both cards, when the boys get on the bus the put card on the scanner pad, it registers they find a seat, before getting off they touch off the same way they did when they got on.

You can top up at participating 7/11 stores and train stations, the cost of the card is $10.

#5 amanda79

Posted 19 February 2013 - 11:17 AM

Vic doesn't have free travel for students original.gif

Yep you need to buy a myki for the kids, there are concession mykis as well as full fare.  You can get myki money (works like a whole bunch of 2hr/daily tickets) or a myki pass (which works on what zone you're in etc).

Then when they get on the bus, they tap their card against the card reader.

#6 noi'mnot

Posted 19 February 2013 - 11:17 AM

Get them each a concession Myki card. They'll need to show proof of concession entitlement to get one, and to carry this proof with them whenever they're using the Myki. Keep it topped up.

When they get on the bus, they just tap the Myki on a special sensor. Check the website for details of fares.

It's really very simple, and a great way to get them using public transport and getting used to it as a way to get around.

#7 ma-ma

Posted 19 February 2013 - 11:20 AM

Is there a yearly ticket equivalent with myki? If not, this frequent travelling could get expensive!

I don't think it's a silly question op! This new system is all too confusing.

#8 #YKG

Posted 19 February 2013 - 11:25 AM

no yearly on myki, its daily & 2 hour, its not as bad as you think ma-ma, works out the same as it did on metcards.

In all honesty its not as confusing or difficult as it seems, its just taping on and off & the  balance appears on the screen so you can see when you need to top up. This option is myki money.

Myki pass you can purchase 7 day or 365 day but it will expire in 12 months irrespective of how many times you use it. If they arent using it on weekends the myki money may be more economical.

Edited by YellowKittyGlenn, 19 February 2013 - 11:28 AM.


#9 hellsmail

Posted 19 February 2013 - 11:25 AM

The boys are in high school they can get a student conessiion myki.  go to a train stain and get the form for the conession card, you will need two passport photos and get the school to stamp the photos.  cost $500 for a yearly travel pass and includes a student ID card which can bee used at the pictures etc.  this entitles them to travel on any tram train and bus in victoria.  $500 cos a lot but it will save over $200 for the year in travel costwhen comparing with a concession myki and can be used on weekends.  remember that they need to TOUCH not swipe both on and off the bus  This method means you never have to top up their card and is valid till the end of Feb 2014

#10 hellsmail

Posted 19 February 2013 - 11:27 AM

actually yellowKittyGlen there is yearly myki for students as I have just bought 2 and there are yearly for workers cos I can get one via work



#11 mindy05

Posted 19 February 2013 - 11:56 AM

OP, hellsmail is absolutely right. My DD gets her yearly myki every February. She now goes out on her own using buses, trams and trains, and never has to pay any extra. Makes it a lot easier during school holidays when she can go out without relying on me for a lift. You will need 2 passport size photos. DD uses some of the small photos from the previous year's school photos. We just cut them down to size. Metro trains don't seem to be as fussy as the passport office and don't care if you're smiling or not. Go to your local manned railway station and ask for a form. Fill it out, attach the photos and drop the form in at the school to get it signed at the office. Then take it back to the station, hand over the money and they will make the card up on the spot.

#12 jojonbeanie

Posted 19 February 2013 - 01:01 PM

http://www.myki.com.au/About-myki/Students/Students

Did you even bother to try the Myki website?

#13 Bam1

Posted 19 February 2013 - 01:07 PM

Why don't you save yourself time and ask your children to investigate cost, the best route etc themselves.  

I've never had to worry about how the system works for students as my children have always worked it out (catching public transport since primary school)

#14 3mummy3

Posted 19 February 2013 - 01:37 PM

Thanks for all the replies, especially hellsmail and mindy05 for spelling it all out for me!!!

I definately like the idea of the cheaper school concession yearly passes but not sure if we have the $1000 outlay available in our budget at the moment. Will look into it.

Thanks for the link Jojobean, in fact i didnt 'even bother' looking at the myki website. I did however look at the MET website and got confused so decided to ask here instead! Will go look now though thanks.

Bam1 you make an excellent point and have got me really thinking about how i parent my teens!

#15 mindy05

Posted 19 February 2013 - 02:17 PM

If you, or your boys are wondering about the best way to get PT to school, you can use the Metro website's trip planner. Just put your starting and finishing point in, and it will tell you the fastest way to get there.

#16 MegzG

Posted 19 February 2013 - 02:24 PM

you will need to go to Dandenong Station i think as i don't think Berwick (and definately not Beacy) stations are manned stations

#17 hellsmail

Posted 19 February 2013 - 02:25 PM

3mummy3 I tell everyone I know about the student cards as not many people know about them.  Not much help now but Since my kids have been in grade 5 I put $20 a week away for high school stuff and with the government hand out for school kids I always have lots of money for school uniforms books and the travel card maybe its something you can consider for next year.  Also don't forget we get more money in june and you can get 6 month cards which will be valid till next feb.  I actually have enough money from my older son to pay for his 18th party this weekend

#18 BabeBlossom

Posted 19 February 2013 - 07:13 PM

Berwick station has been manned the few times I have used it.




1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

Teaching our son to say no to violence against women

Today, on White Ribbon Day - and every other day - we're teaching our son to say no to violence against women.

Mothers told to breastfeed in 'spacious' toilet

If there is one thing the owners of Tillings Cafe can be certain of, it is that the eatery won't win the award for Britain's best baby-friendly coffee shop any time soon.

Mother gives name to son dumped down drain

A woman who admitted to dumping her newborn baby down a Sydney drain has reportedly been allowed to give him a name.

Taking small steps to reduce stress

Are you feeling used up by life's stress, family problems and a demanding job you can't turn off? Many people are way beyond work-life exhaustion. They are functioning as robots.

Bad news: we're running out of chocolate

The world's biggest chocolate-maker says we're running out of chocolate.

Born at 23 weeks, 'Chopstick Baby' survives first week

A baby who was born at 23 weeks has survived her first week of life outside the womb.

Manic stations: the nesting instinct in pregnancy

It might sound like temporary insanity, but almost obsessive nesting as you near your due date isn’t uncommon – even if you’re not usually a particularly clean person.

How a baby can survive alone for days on end

The baby found abandoned in a Sydney drain may have been alone for up to six days without being fed, leaving many asking how he could have survived.

When it begins to look a lot like Christmas

A child's excitement at Christmas time is a beautiful thing, but one dad ponders whether his toddler daughter is getting into the festive mood a bit too soon.

Hospital lets dads the experience some of the pain of childbirth

A new experience is radically altering men's views of childbirth.

Italian doctors questioned over formula bribes

Italian police have placed 12 doctors under house arrest on suspicion of promoting baby milk formula over breastfeeding.

Heartwarming prank gives single mum the house she was hired to clean

Cara Simmons arrived at work to clean a large and beautiful house in time for a party planned for that evening. It was soon hers.

Those special moments of sibling bonding

Every now and then your child does or says something that is truly memorable.

Why we should stop telling new parents to 'enjoy every moment'

A few weeks ago, some dear friends of mine had their first baby. As the proud dad texted me a picture I had to fight the natural instinct to say “Enjoy every moment!”

Baby monitor footage posted online

Footage of Australian babies and children sleeping in their bedrooms are among the images on a Russian site showing live feeds from thousands of homes and businesses around the world.

Did this new dad really hit on his wife's midwife?

Was there really a man who was actually there by his wife’s side as she laboured and gave birth to his child, all while he was making what he perceived to be meaningful eye contact with a midwife?

Keep calm and ignore the Tantrum Trolls

Tantrum Trolls are a small but growing species of predatory bottom-feeders who delight in picking on parents at their most vulnerable.

It's okay to never 'get over' the death of a loved one

The death of children, siblings, and parents has long term impacts on the rest of our lives.

What Mark Latham needs to know about depression and motherhood

Love has nothing to do with mental illness. But love may drive a mother to do something about it.

'We're just trying to keep our child alive': life with FPIES

We have a beautiful seven-month-old son, and his allergy rules our life.

Transgender dad breastfeeds his babies

A transgender man who breastfed his first baby - despite having his breasts removed as part of his transformation from female to male - has now had a second child.

Couple face $1 million medical bill and bankruptcy after babymoon birth

A Canadian couple were slammed with a million dollar medical bill after their daughter was prematurely during their babymoon.

Cigarettes, junk food dominate supermarket sales growth

One in every five dollars spent at supermarkets goes on cigarettes or junk food, according to industry data.

Teacher under fire for breastfeeding in class

There is no doubt mums have a right to continue breastfeeding after they have returned to work, but one teacher in the US has taken it to the extreme.

Win a family pass to Disney Live!

We have 4 family passes to give away to see Disney Live! presents Three Classic Fairy Tales, touring Australia this December/January.

Download now: Essential Kids Activity Finder app

Got bored kids? Quickly find the best activities for kids wherever you are in Australia with the Essential Kids app.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

Join PADDINGTON on the red carpet!

To celebrate the release of PADDINGTON, we are giving five lucky winners the chance to win a family pass to the exclusive Australian Premiere in Sydney on December 7!

The tragedy of losing a favourite teddy bear

We were green and uninitiated, perhaps a little naïve when it came to the favourite toy responsibility.

Video: Baby sniffs beardless dad to make sure it's him

She looks him up and down and then touches his chin, but baby Lindsey still isn't sure this clean-shaven man is her dad.

It's possible to workout while pregnant

Medical experts say intense fitness routines can be done safely during pregnancy - if the mums-to-be follow some guidelines.

What parents really want for their kids

Are our hopes, dreams and expectations for our children what they really need?

'I had a feeling something was seriously wrong'

Before even giving birth, Katie Myers' maternal instincts warned her something was wrong with her baby.

When your pregnancy causes a relationship rift

Some dads-to-be don't miss a beat when their partner is pregnant; others struggle with a range of issues and can become withdrawn, right when their support is needed most.

Couple uses group photo trick to announce pregnancy to loved ones

Katharine and Kris Camilli devised a clever trick to immortalise their family and friends' reactions to their exciting pregnancy news.

Why Tracey Spicer has given up make-up

"After 30 years on television, I had become what I despised: a painted doll who spent an hour a day and close to $200 a week putting on a mask."

Knowing you are one of the lucky ones

I am secure, confident and strong, but the responsibility of protecting my children can almost bring me undone.

Why I am so emotional now I have kids?

There are so many ways in which parenthood changes us as women, but one of the most noticeable, for me, has been the changing state of my emotions.

Baby survives despite sharing womb with 'foreign body'

Baby Maia was conceived against the odds, only to find she was sharing a womb with an ominous "foreign body".

Video: Baby shows dog how to jump - or vice versa

They say dog is man's best friend, but this playful pooch seems to have chosen a jumping baby as her number one buddy.

10 ways to soothe a crying baby

New paernts can get frustrated when their newborn gets fussy and can't settle down. When you're feeling overwhelmed, try some of these simple tips to help soothe your baby.

20 baby names that are becoming more popular every year

The data-lovers at nameberry.com have been at it again – this time, they’ve discovered the names that are continually rising up the ranks, ready to take out some top spots in the next few years.

10 great meals to make for new parents

Ideally, you want to give food that isn’t expensive to make, isn't too difficult to create, and freezes well; stews, bakes, soups and pasta sauces are perfect.

Weird pregnancy products

Some pregnancy products come to market and are just awesome. Others just leave you scratching your head.

Carers admit to force-feeding children

Twin brothers have become dads on the same day ? with their partners giving birth in the same hospital, and even the same birthing pool.

 

How many weeks til Christmas?

On your To-Do list

Get the "Santa" shopping done without the kids in tow.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.