Sydney Buses - New South Wales Transport
Sydney Buses etiquette
When travelling on Sydney Public Bus
services, there are a few tips that travellers should be
Express and Limited Stops Services
not all buses stop at all stops. Some are
Limited Stops services. That means they stop to pick up
and drop off passengers at certain section points. If you
get on one of these Limited Stops services, by mistake, do
not expect to be dropped off until the next official
Sydney CBD bus stop
some buses only drop off and pick up
passengers at certain stops within the Sydney Central Business
District. It is up to you, the passenger to ensure that you
are at the right stop.
Stopping a bus
when requiring a bus to stop, you
must signal early for it to stop. Do not signal it at the last minute and
expect it to stop.
Bus fares and change
always carry some or the right change. Some travel
information have indicated that by carrying large denomination notes, that the
driver will not be able to change it and hence you get to ride for free. This
is not the case. You may end up with a bulging pocket full of coins. Carrying
large denomination notes, delays the bus and the other passengers.
do not request a bus driver to let you on when it is
pulled away from a bus stop or waiting at a set of lights. It is illegal for bus
drivers to pickup passengers at non designated places.
buses have a maximum bus load capacity. Depending on the bus
size, they only allow for a certain number of standing passengers. In event of
an accident, bus drivers are not covered if passengers get injured, due to over
And finally, bus drivers do cop a lot of flak from commuters, in fact it is
amazing what they put up with. By following the above rules, you make life
easier for the driver, the passengers and yourself. If you think you have had a
good service, write to the State Transit Authority and congratulate them on that
particular bus driver you had. Make their day.
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Transport Sydney Buses
The State Transit Authority of New
South Wales is the government authority that is responsible for the operations
of Sydney Buses, Newcastle Buses and Ferries and Western Sydney Buses (Liverpool
For visitors and tourist, Sydney Buses offer a number
of options for exploring the city. These special buses provide a great way to
see some of the cities popular attractions.
More information can be found on Sydney Buses website for
Free CBD Shuttle
There is the CBD shuttle (Route 555) that will get you around the City for
shopping, business or to connect with other transport. It's frequent and it's
free. The CBD shuttle connects with rail, bus, metrobus, ferries, light rail and
PrePay simply means purchasing a ticket before boarding the bus.
Some bus routes and some bus stops are PrePay Only, meaning that Bus
Operators do not sell cash fares on board. Customers are encouraged to PrePay
every time they travel, to save time and money.
PrePay Only Buses
Some Sydney Buses routes are PrePay Only. You must use a pre-purchased ticket to
use these services.
PrePay Only Bus Stops
Some bus stops are PrePay Only during specified times:
The CBD from Circular Quay to Central Station, is PrePay Only between 7am and
Visit the Sydney Buses website for more information on the PrePay Only bus
Ph: 131 500 (24 hours) or speak to an operator from 6 am to 10 pm 7 days per
For information on timetables, fares, trip planning and
other service information in the greater Metropolitan Region
(including Sydney, Newcastle, Central Coast, Bathurst,
Goulburn and Illawarra).
network covers suburban Sydney and extends to the Hunter, Central
Coast, Blue Mountains, Southern Highlands and South Coast regions.
Buses, Sydney Ferries,
and Newcastle Buses and Ferries.