Melbourne Buses

Buses are a fantastic way to discover the city of Melbourne, Australia. Melbourne city’s bus system is second to none when it comes to safety.

Melbourne Metropolitan Bus Network

The Melbourne bus network consists of regular transport services across the city and suburbs. There’s over 20 private bus companies in Melbourne covering just about every main attraction like Zoos, shopping malls, universities and museums.

The extensive Melbourne bus routes range from long journeys to shorter routes that link with other public transport options like trains and trams. Additionally, SmartBus routes offer a high frequency of timetable based services that conveniently connect with actual train times. This means that once you step off the bus, you can almost immiediately step on to your connecting train.

Bus in Melbourne
A bus in Melbourne travelling towards Crown Casino in Southbank.

The Melbourne bus network is an ideal way to see some of the delights of Victoria. Buses travel to:

  • Melbourne Airport
  • Melbourne University
  • The Botanical Gardens
  • Melbourne Zoo
  • Fitzroy Gardens (Captain Cook’s Cottage)
  • AFL (Australian Football League) games
  • The many beaches around Melbourne’s Port Phillip Bay
Bus stop near the beach in Melbourne, Australia
Bus stop near the beach in Melbourne, Australia.

Melbourne Night Bus network

The Night Bus network has replaced the old “Night Rider” bus services. There are now regular buses for the 21 most popular routes runing on a 24-hour basis for weekend services on Fridays and Saturdays, and also another 13 special bus routes that run after midnight.

For nightclubbers and party revellers, you’ll adore the variety of Melbourne Party Buses! There are many private party bus services offering happening pub crawls and nightclub tours. This moving disco is very popular for birthdays, bucks parties and hens nights!

Regional Night Coaches

For special night trips to regional Victoria, you can board Night Coaches from the city to Ballarat, Bendigo, Geelong, Seymour and Traralgon.

Wheel Chair Access

Coach buses now have greatly upgraded options for disability access. Coaches have a single toilet and space for at least one wheelchair. Most regional stops are by request only – let your driver know beforehand about your destination.

Airport Bus

The airport bus service in Melbourne is called SkyBus. It is the best way to transfer to and from the airport for many people, because Melbourne does not yet have an airport train link. The SkyBus operates from the domestic and international arrivals terminals at Tullamarine Airport to Southern Cross Station in the centre of Melbourne.

Bus Network Maps

Maps of the Melbourne metropolitan bus network, SmartBus network, Night Bus network, and Regional Night Coach network can be downloaded from the Public Transport Victoria website.

We look forward to seeing you busing around Melbourne!

Bus in Melbourne
Buses in Melbourne connect with tram stops and train stations.