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Public Transportation

Getting Around Australia

Bus

Many of the major cities have a bus service that runs continuously throughout the day. Two companies operate the main inter-city buses in Australia: Greyhound Pioneer and McCafferty's. Several other companies also run buses on the heavily-travelled Sydney-Canberra and Sydney-Melbourne routes.

Greyhound Pioneer and McCafferty's have similar deals in travel passes, with fares based on pre-set routes (travelling in one direction and stopping off as often as you like), time (valid for 2 to 12 months), or number of kilometres (no other restrictions). Discounts apply to cardholders of various backpackers' and seniors' groups.

To check on travel passes, timetables and fares, go to their websites:

Greyhound Australia
McCafferty's Australia

Railroads

The railways system is very large, and spans almost the entire country. The Great Southern Railway is the main railway system in the Country, but does not provide rapid transport in the cities of Australia. The railroad system in Australia is mainly used for long distance travel, in cases where a plane does not offer service to the location needed or at the time needed.

Getting Around Individual Cities

Melbourne

Tram

Melbourne is home to the largest tram network in the entire world. The Melbourne tram system is host to close to 500 trams, and leave several times an hour, depending on your location and street in the city. Reusable cards (called myki) can be bought and be loaded with money or trips, or a MetCard can be purchased for tram rides.  Metcards can be purchased here:

http://ptv.vic.gov.au/

Sydney

Rail Network

Sydney has an extensive rail network that extends to the very outskirts of the city. The City Circle provides access to all major City rail stations.  This service starts at Central station (platform 17 clockwise, platforms 20 or 21 anti-clockwise) and loops through Town Hall, Wynyard, Circular Quay, St James, Museum and back to Central. In addition, Martin Place station is on the Eastern Suburbs Line and is in the middle of the City Circle. 

Bus

Most buses to the southern, eastern and inner western suburbs depart from Alfred Street (Circular Quay) bus terminus which is outside Circular Quay station

If you are not at Circular Quay, most buses to and from the eastern suburbs travel along Elizabeth Street in the City. Most buses that travel down City Road and to the inner south-western suburbs usually use Castlereagh Street in the City. Most buses to the Inner West along Parramatta Road use George Street in the City. Most buses to the north-western suburbs (that do not use the Harbour Bridge) use George Street in the City between Circular Quay and the Sydney Town Hall.

You should check the timetable before boarding any bus at the Sydney Buses website. All buses usually pass through at least part of the city.
Tickets can be bought at most convenience stores (7/11 stores and City Convenience Stores), Post Shops (post office) in the CBD and at Transit Shops within the city.

Tourist and visitor passes for travelers

Travelers can buy passes for various means of transportation if they plan on staying a shorter amount of time. This service/pass service is offered through a product called MyMulti.

MyMulti

 Daytripper: $20 unlimited travel for 1 day on the entire CityRail network, all  Sydney Buses and private passenger buses and Sydney Ferries networks.
  
 MyMulti 1  - weekly pass: $41 unlimited travel for 7 days on all Sydney buses and  private passenger buses, Sydney Ferries network and CityRail stations within 10km of  the city centre.

 MyMulti 2  - weekly pass: $48- unlimited travel for 7 days on all Sydney buses and  private passenger buses, Sydney Ferries network and CityRail stations within around  25-30km of the city centre.
  
 MyMulti 3  - weekly pass: $57- unlimited travel for 7 days on the entire CityRail  network, all Sydney buses and private passenger buses, and the entire Sydney Ferries  network (this will enable you to travel on almost any train, bus or ferry). If you  are travelling for 5, 6 or 7 days in Sydney and planning to use a lot of   public transport this is the ticket suggested.

More Information is given here:
http://www.sydneycloseup.com/city-passes.html#axzz1x8B6zGNM

Brisbane

Bus

In the CBD itself there is a free loop service that runs from 6am - 6pm weekdays– just look for the red bus stops- which will take you from Adelaide street (opposite the Queen Street Mall) past central station, to riverside, back up past the gardens and back to the CBD again. It runs every 10mins. There is also a free loop service to Spring Hill.

Train

Brisbane’s train network is fast and efficient (mostly) and is a great way to see things a bit further out.

The main stations in the CBD are Central and Roma Street. There are also stations at Vulture Street and South Brisbane as well as the Brunswick Street Station in the valley.
Brisbane has integrated ticketing between its public transportation, so you need only to buy one ticket whether you're catching a bus, train or ferry.

The cheapest way to get around Brisbane is on Translink's goCard, with fares on the go card being up to 30% cheaper than on single one-way paper tickets.

Pre-loaded cards can be purchased for $20 or $30 with $15 or $25 respective travel credit
Go cards can be purchased online through the Translink website or at over 600 retail outlets.

Perth

Public transport is provided in the main by Transperth, which operates buses, trains and ferries in the city.

For travel around the CBD, Fremantle and Joondalup  there are a free services running several different bus routes. Hours vary by day and route, but most services ends between 6pm and 7.30pm depending on the route

A new text message service has been setup for receiving train timetables to your mobile phone for Perth Australia.

Send a text message to : +447854920781. This service is free. 

For route and fare information see Transperth's Journey Planner, which can be found at

Transperth Journey Planner and Information

Other cities

Buses, like Grey hound, are available in all cities.

Passes can be purchased through greyhound depending on your route, distance or the number of days you are staying. Discounts and special offers are common, depending on when you order a pass. A 3 day pass (with a 621 mile or 1,000 km limit) costs about $150, while a 10 day pass (with a  1,864 mile or 3,000 km limit) costs about $309. There are many options, however, on types of passes and their prices. To buy a pass with Greyhound:

http://www.greyhound.com.au/

Buslines Australia

Buslines is the central directory for all bus, coach and train travel in Australia. Travel and transportation for any city in Australia can be made here,  by booking through their website:

http://www.buslines.com.au/