Bus Services

St Francis de Sales College is located in the heart of Mount Barker right next to the Homemaker Centre and the Mount Barker District Council on Dutton Road.

Our College is serviced by coach services throughout the Adelaide Hills.

Students who use the BusBiz (formerly Lofty Coaches) bus service are required to complete a consent form at the beginning of each school year or prior to using the service.

Tickets can be purchased at the College Administration Office, or by returning the completed bus ticket purchase form by email. Bus tickets are currently subsidised heavily by the College and Catholic Education to assist with the continuation of the services. Affordable ticket prices are further enhanced due to generous funding provided by the SA Government Department of Education. Prompt payment before ticket issue is required, to assist our subsidy of all bus routes. Parent/caregiver consent must be completed for tickets to be issued to students wishing to travel on the bus services offered by the College.

Subsequent passes can be purchased via credit card over the phone or by email to allow students to access new tickets as needed.

If a bus ticket has been lost please notify the College as soon as possible and a new one will be re-issued immediately.

All buses that service St Francis de Sales College are air conditioned and have seat belts fitted.

Please allow a possible +/- 5 minutes to AM/PM bus times.

Routes are subject to change. All changes will be notified via the College eNewsletter. 


If a Catastrophic (Code Red) rating has been declared in the Mount Lofty Ranges, school buses will not operate on that day as the College will be closed.

Please check news bulletins and SMS Messages.


Bus Fees

Our College Board approves the fees each year for the contracted bus services. In setting fees the Board is aware that bus fees represent an additional cost for parents/caregivers and has attempted to keep them as low as possible. In doing this the College will absorb approximately 70% of the cost of operating these services. Costs are calculated by seat capacity.

Both Link SA and BusBiz bus services will be issued with a list of students on each run and will be checking names and the frequency the service is used by the student.

High School Interchange

Link SA provide an interchange bus to travel from St Francis de Sales College to Mount Barker High School. Tickets for this service can be purchased at the St Francis de Sales College Administration Office.

Link SA Bus Services

A new ticketing system was implemented with the bus services run by Link SA in 2022. A card will be issued to students to ‘tap and go’ when using the service.

The annual fare is $520 for the Birdwood and Stirling service and $240 for the High School Interchange, or alternatively the balance on a card can ‘top up’ as needed. The top up fare is $2 per trip.

Download the transportme Passenger App User Guide to find out more.

  • Hills Route 2: Servicing areas of Birdwood, Mount Torrens, Lobethal, Woodside, Balhannah and Littlehampton
  • High School Interchange: Transporting students to and from the Mount Barker High School Interchange, via Mt Barker South Primary School for Out of School Hours Care and to connect with Government funded bus runs each morning and afternoon
  • Stirling: Servicing areas of Bluestone (Hurling Drive), Hahndorf, Verdun, Bridgewater, Aldgate, Stirling and Crafers
  • Aston Hills: Servicing Aston Hills Estate through to Blight and Harper Roads

BusBiz Bus Services

  • Hills Route 1: Servicing areas of Callington, Kanmantoo, Nairne, Bald Hills Road and Martindale Estate
  • Meadows: Transporting students to and from Meadows Primary School and students within the Newenham Estate
  • Waterford/Martindale/Dalmeny Estate: Servicing areas throughout these estates (please see Callington link)

Southlink Bus Services

The St Francis de Sales College bus runs are:

  • Route 855 Strathalbyn
  • Route 853 Dutton Road 'Park n Ride' to St Francis de Sales College

Please refer to the Southlink Bus Service website for more information on bus routes as these are not runs serviced directly by the College.

Bus Routes and Schedules

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Buying Bus Tickets

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