If you only travel by bus, an Opal card or a MyBus ticket is usually your best option.
Other valid tickets for travel on a bus include MyMulti tickets, some Day passes and Link tickets, special events, concessions for children, student, family, pensioner, senior and other discounted fares including Pensioner Excursion Tickets and the Family Funday Sunday deal.
You can use MyBus tickets on all government and private buses in Sydney, the Blue Mountains, the Central Coast, Hunter and Illawarra areas. They are not accepted on Newcastle government buses, some special event buses, charter services and NSW regional coaches.
The Family Fare deal applies to MyBus tickets for travel on State Transit buses.
Jump to one of the following topics:
- MyBus tickets
- NightRide bus tickets
- PrePay services
- Calculating sections
- Where to buy
- Ticket resellers
- Newcastle buses
- Regional and country coaches
Types of MyBus tickets
MyBus tickets are available in three section-based fare bands:
- MyBus1 – 1-2 Sections
- MyBus2 – 3-5 Sections
- MyBus3 – 6+ Sections
You can purchase MyBus tickets as a single or TravelTen in either of these section bands. Concessions are available on single and TravelTen to children aged 4 to 15, students and pensioners.
To work out which MyBus ticket you need, first determine the distance you intend to travel, measured in sections. See calculating sections.
The MyBus 1, 2 or 3 Single tickets are valid for one trip only. You cannot purchase a return MyBus ticket.
The MyBus 1, 2 or 3 TravelTen tickets are valid for 10 trips and offers a substantial saving on the cost of 10 single tickets.
MyBus terms and conditions
Find out more about bus ticket terms and conditions.
NightRide bus tickets
You can use an Opal card on all NightRide services. For Opal fares, visit the Opal card website.
You can also purchase a single NightRide ticket from the bus driver, or use your valid MyTrain (excluding single tickets), MyMulti, Family Funday Sunday, or Pensioner Excursion ticket for travel to your destination. MyBus single and TravelTen tickets are not accepted.
Route N100 is free to customers boarding at Kings Cross and travelling to the city. Customers travelling from any other stop on the N100 route (Bondi Junction to Central) will need an Opal card, a valid ticket or pay the standard fare.
For more information about NightRide buses, see late night bus travel.
Single Nightride fares
Fares charged on board NightRide buses are in line with MyBus cash fares. MyBus single and TravelTen tickets are not accepted.
You need an Opal card or a valid ticket before boarding a PrePay service. See more on PrePay services.
Reading a route map
- Select the correct route map of your journey. See bus maps.
- Find the start and end points of your trip (where you board and leave the bus).
- Count the sections, including part sections, through which you will travel. For example, in the screenshot below, you board the bus in section 10 and get off in section 8. You have travelled in 3 sections: 10, 9 and 8. You will need a MyBus 2 (3–5 sections) ticket.
Bus routes are divided into sections of approximately 1.6 kilometres, and these sections are marked on timetable maps and on some bus stop signs.
To calculate your trip in sections:
- ask your bus driver
- visit a Transport Shop. See customer information locations
- phone 131 500
- see bus maps to find links to route maps on operator websites.
Where to buy MyBus and Nightride tickets
- MyBus single tickets can be purchased from the bus driver (excluding PrePay services), State Transit ticket vending machines, Transport Shops and ticket outlets (including many newsagencies and convenience stores). See where to buy tickets
- MyBus TravelTen tickets can be purchased from Transport Shops, ticket outlets, Sydney Buses vending machines and train stations. See where to buy tickets
- You can use your Opal card or purchase a single NightRide ticket from the bus driver, or use your valid MyTrain (excluding single tickets), MyMulti, Family Funday Sunday, or Pensioner Excursion ticket for travel to your destination.
Government buses in Newcastle do not accept MyBus tickets and many Newcastle outlets (excluding train stations) instead carry the Newcastle TimeTen ticket. See Newcastle tickets.
Private bus services in Newcastle only accept MyBus, MyMulti or PET tickets.
From 26 December 2014, shuttle buses will replace trains in the Newcastle CBD. For more information, see Newcastle transport changes.
Regional and country coaches
If you are planning to travel on regional coaches in NSW, you must book your seat in advance. Regional services are coaches operated by NSW TrainLink, beyond the MyMulti ticketing area bounded by Dungog/Scone, Bomaderry (Nowra), Goulburn and Lithgow. Visit NSW regional services reservations and tickets.