Tuesday, 26 May 2020 Sydney

Regional bus fares reduced by 29 per cent::

Customers in regional NSW will pay up to 29 per cent less to travel by bus from 5 March 2018.

People living in rural and regional NSW will soon find it easier to stay connected with friends and family and reach the everyday services they need.

Under the previous fare structure, customers pay $2.30 for one section or $3.40 for two sections.

From 5 March 2018, customers will pay a maximum of $2.30 for one to two sections. Any trip longer than 200 kilometres will have a maximum fare of $48.20 for an adult. Daily adult tickets will start at $6.90 for short trips. Eligible concession holders will pay half the adult fare. The Regional Excursion Daily ticket for pensioners will remain at $2.50. 

Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance announced bus fares in regional NSW will be dramatically reduced following recommendations made by the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal.

“To ensure that we are delivering the best value for money for our customers, the NSW Government asked IPART to review bus fares in regional areas in February last year,” Mr Constance said.

“IPART’s review found that fares are higher than what customers are willing to pay, resulting in lower patronage on regional services.

“In response to the Tribunal’s recommendations, we will be implementing a simpler fare structure for customers from 5 March, with an average saving of around 29 per cent on adult tickets.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro said the decision will make bus fares more affordable for people living in rural and regional NSW.

“Having affordable access to transport is a critical part of living in regional NSW,” Mr Barilaro said.

The NSW Government will also continue to investigate other recommendations from the IPART review such as restructuring services to better match emerging needs, including on-demand services and improving operator cost efficiency.