St Patrick's College Strathfield


For many boys, this may be their first experience traveling independently. While it is a new experience, they will quickly become adept at navigating it with confidence.

To find the best travel option for your son, please visit Transport NSW and utilise the Trip Planner. It provides comprehensive information for train and bus travel to the College. By selecting ‘School Buses’ under the refinement tab, you can plan the most efficient route for your son.


School Special Buses 

To view the timetables and maps of the school buses that service the College at: 



School Opal Card 

The School Student Transport Scheme (SSTS) provides eligible school students with free or subsidised travel from home to school on public transport. Applications are made through the Transport NSW SSTS website, not through the College.

  • Students currently without a School Opal Card will need to create a new application.
  • Students currently holding a School Opal Card may need to update their details.

Please submit this by Friday, 10 November so we can endorse your application for 2024, ready for Term 1. Cards are sent to the student’s nominated address.



The School Opal card provides eligible students with free or discounted travel between home and school, using the train, bus, and ferry services specified in your application.

When provided with a School Opal card or school travel pass, students must adhere to the Student Codes of Conduct. The School Opal card or school travel pass can only be used for approved travel on school days between the student’s home and school from 6:30 AM to 7:00 PM.

Please note that the School Opal Card does not cover travel to and from:

  • before and after-school care or child-minding premises
  • before and after-school activities
  • school excursions
  • sports events
  • work experience.

If a student possesses a School Opal Card, it is expected that they will use it for school special buses whenever available. Boys must ‘tap on’ and ‘tap off’ for each journey. If a School Special bus is not accessible, the pass can be used on an appropriate ‘public’ bus route, but only when your son is traveling ‘to’ or ‘from’ the College.

College Transport Access Guide


Important Guidelines: 

  • Students should possess a valid Opal Student Pass and remember to ‘tap’ on and off when traveling. 
  • Students should not catch the public bus (407 Burwood to Strathfield) before 4:00 PM. 
  • Students should not walk to Strathfield Station but rather wait for one of the 579 specials.