What is Night Bus?
Night Bus is the revamped and improved night time bus service, replacing NightRider services in 2016.
When will Night Buses run?
Night Bus routes that depart from the CBD mostly run every 30 minutes. Night Bus routes departing from suburban stations run hourly to align with the train timetable. First and last trip times vary across routes due to connections to train services.
What is the service offering?
The new network includes 21 Night Bus routes – with half of these routes departing from the CBD, and the other half departing from suburban train stations, connecting with trains from the city.
All Night Bus routes are listed below:
- Route 941: City, Footscray, Sunshine North, Taylors Lakes, Watergardens
- Route 942: City, Footscray, Sunshine, Deer Park, St Albans
- Route 943: Watergardens, Caroline Springs, Melton
- Route 944: City, Newport, Altona, Altona Meadows, Point Cook
- Route 945: City, Geelong Road, Tarneit, Hoppers Crossing, Werribee, Wyndham Vale
- Route 951: City, Moonee Ponds, Brunswick West, Pascoe Vale, Glenroy
- Route 952: City, Footscray, Maribyrnong, Airport West, Gladstone Park, Broadmeadows
- Route 953: Broadmeadows, Meadow Heights, Roxburgh Park, Craigieburn
- Route 955: City, Brunswick, Ivanhoe, Bundoora, Mill Park, South Morang, Mernda
- Route 961: City, Collingwood, Eastern Freeway, Templestowe, Doncaster
- Route 963: Ringwood, Mooroolbark, Lilydale
- Route 964: Croydon, Kilsyth, Mt Evelyn, Lilydale
- Route 965: Lilydale, Woori Yallock, Healesville loop
- Route 966: City, Kew, Doncaster Road, Box Hill
- Route 967: Glen Waverley, Burwood Highway, Bayswater (returns via Bayswater North, Ferntree Gully)
- Route 969: City, Caulfield, Ferntree Gully Road, Rowville, Wantirna, Ringwood
- Route 970: Carrum, Frankston, Mornington, Rosebud
- Route 978: Elsternwick, Ormond, Huntingdale, Mulgrave, Dandenong (returns via Princes Highway)
- Route 979: Elsternwick, Bentleigh, Clarinda, Keysborough, Dandenong
- Route 981: Dandenong, Berwick, Narre Warren South, Cranbourne
- Route 982: Dandenong, Endeavour Hills, Hampton Park, Cranbourne
How is Night Bus different to NightRider?
The new Night Bus network supports and complements the rail network to serve areas beyond the reach of the train and tram networks.
Previous NightRider routes closely followed train corridors, and we have changed these bus route alignments to focus on areas further away from the train and tram services that will be operating. As such, not all streets that were served by NightRider bus services will be directly served by buses in the new network. However, the new Night Bus network has been designed to ensure the vast majority of people who have access to all night public transport will continue to do so under the new integrated network of trains, trams and buses.
We will closely monitor patronage, and if demand is strong, services could be altered or expanded in 2017.
How many new and changed bus stops will be required?
Where possible, the trial Night Bus network will make use of existing bus stops.
However, as the trial bus network will expand all night bus service coverage, there will be a need to install a small number of new bus stops, and make changes to some existing stops.
Night Bus services will stop to set down customers at any bus stop or kerbside tram stop along the route, while these buses can be boarded at specially flagged Night Bus stops at key locations along these routes.
Is Night Network free?
Night Network is not free, you will still require a valid myki to travel on any of the Night Network services.
For more information, see Night Network fares and ticketing.
Where can I download information about the trial?
Route descriptions, FAQs and all the information on this and other pages can be found on the Night Network Get involved page.
All Night Network maps are now available on the Maps page.
How can I get involved and provide feedback on the Night Network trial?
Community and customer feedback will be key to assessing the success of the trial.
Feedback can be provided in the following ways: