Bus routes in Newcastle, New South Wales

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Buses terminating at Newcastle railway station

Newcastle bus routes connect suburbs in and around Newcastle and Lake Macquarie, about 100 kilometres north of Sydney.

Newcastle is the second-largest city in the state of New South Wales, serving as a regional centre for residents of the Central Coast, Hunter Valley and Great Lakes regions. Bus services within Newcastle are operated by Newcastle Transport. It also operates a ferry service across the Hunter River between Newcastle's CBD and Stockton. Hunter Valley Buses also operate a large number of routes in the area. These two main operators have an east-west split, with Newcastle Transport buses mostly covering the inner city and coastal region east of the lake as far south as Swansea, while Hunter Valley Buses cover the region west of the lake, Newcastle Airport, and outlying suburbs and towns, extending into the valley. Port Stephens Coaches serve the airport and coast north of Newcastle.

The network is controlled by Transport for NSW, with the Opal card ticketing system valid for most journeys. Newcastle consists of five outer metropolitan bus regions for the purposes of contracting arrangements (regions 1 to 5).[1][2]

Busways, Greyhound Australia, NSW TrainLink, Port Stephens Coaches, Premier Motor Service, Rover Coaches and Sid Fogg's also run intercity routes connecting Newcastle to the rest of New South Wales.[3]

Infrastructure[edit]

To reduce journey times, bus-only lanes are in operation on:

Newcastle Transport[edit]

  • 100 Newcastle – MayfieldUniversityJesmondCharlestown Square
  • 104 Newcastle EastCarrington – Mayfield – University – Jesmond
  • 106 Newcastle – Mayfield – WarabrookShortland – Jesmond (peak hour and evening)
  • 107 Newcastle – Mayfield – Warabrook – Shortland – Jesmond (off peak only, does not run Sundays)
  • 110 Replaces train services between Hamilton and Newcastle stations.[4]
  • 111 Newcastle – Mayfield – WaratahWestfield Kotara – Charlestown Square – Mount Hutton (does not run nights or Sundays)
  • 118 Newcastle - Stockton (Friday and Saturday Nightowl services only - 1 trip per night only - one way service, does not operate a return service)
  • 201 Marketown – Newcastle – The JunctionMerewetherHamilton (does not run nights)
  • 222 Newcastle East – BroadmeadowNew LambtonElermore ValeWallsend (does not run nights or Sundays)
  • 224 Newcastle – Adamstown – Westfield Kotara – Elermore Vale – Wallsend
  • 225 Newcastle – Merewether – Westfield Kotara – New Lambton – University – Jesmond (does not run Sundays)
  • 226 Newcastle – Broadmeadow – University – Wallsend – Elermore Vale – Glendale
  • 230 Newcastle – New Lambton – Jesmond – Birmingham Gardens – Wallsend
  • 231 Newcastle – Broadmeadow – Jesmond – Silver Ridge Estate – Wallsend (does not run nights)
  • 235 Newcastle – Hamilton North – Jesmond – Wallsend – Maryland
  • 310 Newcastle – The Junction – Charlestown Square – EleebanaBelmont
  • 313 Charlestown – Warners Bay – Eleebana – Valentine – Belmont (does not run nights or Sundays)
  • 317 Newcastle – New Lambton – Westfield Kotara – Charlestown Square – Windale – Belmont
  • 318 Belmont – Belmont HospitalGreen Point – Belmont (Anti-clockwise loop, does not run nights or weekends)
  • 320 Newcastle – The Junction – Kotara – Charlestown – Warners Bay
  • 322 Newcastle – Westfield Kotara – Charlestown Square – Redhead – Belmont
  • 334 Newcastle – Broadmeadow – Kotara – Cardiff – Glendale (does not run nights)
  • 339 Charlestown – Hillsborough – Cardiff – Glendale (does not run weekend nights)
  • 349 Newcastle – Charlestown Square – Belmont – PelicanSwansea North (does not run nights)
  • 350 Newcastle – Charlestown – Jewells – Belmont – SwanseaSwansea Heads
  • 352 Belmont – Swansea – Lake MunmorahWyeeMorisset station (2 return trips per weekday)
  • 363 Newcastle – New Lambton – Cardiff – Glendale – Speers Point – Warners Bay

The 100, 118, 224, 230, 310, 313, 322, 350 and 363 also run Night Owl Service (Early Saturday and Sunday mornings)

Hunter Valley Buses[edit]

Port Stephens Coaches[edit]

Rover Coaches[edit]

  • 160 Newcastle - University of Newcastle - Hunter Expressway - Kurri Kurri - Cessnock (Monday to Saturday)
  • 162 Cessnock - Aberdare - Kearsley - Abernethy (Monday to Saturday)
  • 163 Morisset - Pacific Motorway - Kurri Kurri - Cessnock (peak hour service)
  • 164 Maitland - Gilleston Heights - Heddon Greta - Kurri Kurri - Cessnock
  • 165 East-West City Hoppa: Cessnock East West Loop Service (weekdays)
  • 166 Maitland - Saddlers Ridge - Gilleston Heights - Heddon Greta - Stanford Merthyr - Kurri Kurri (weekdays)
  • 167 North-South City Hoppa: Cessnock - Nulkaba - South Cessnock Loop Service (weekdays)
  • 168 Cessnock - Bellbird - Pelton -> Ellalong -> Paxton -> Millfield -> Greta Main -> Pelton - Bellbird - Cessnock
  • 171 Kurri Kurri - Kurri Hospital - Weston (weekdays)
  • 172 Kurri Kurri - Deakin Street, Kurri (one service on weekdays)

Ticketing and fares[edit]

The bus network uses the smartcard-based Opal ticketing system. Opal is also valid on train services in the area but separate fares apply. Opal's bus fares are the same as those for Sydney's light rail. The Stockton Ferry (unlike Sydney Ferries) also uses the same 0-3 km fares as bus services.[5] Bus drivers and ferry staff also sell non-smartcard Opal single trip tickets. The single trip tickets are more expensive than the standard Opal fare. They are only valid for travel on the service on which they are purchased.[6] The following table lists Opal fares for reusable smartcards and single trip tickets as of 3 July 2017:

Bus or light rail 0–3 km 3–8 km 8 km+
Adult cards $2.15 $3.58 $4.61
Other cards $1.07 $1.79 $2.30
Adult single trip $2.60 $4.30 $5.60
Child/Youth single trip $1.30 $2.10 $2.80

References[edit]

  1. ^ Outer Metropolitan Sydney Bus Contract Regions 1, 2, 3 and 4 Archived 22 June 2014 at the Wayback Machine., NSW Government Transport and Infrastructure, Retrieved 4 November 2014
  2. ^ Outer metropolitan bus system contract regions, Transport for NSW, Retrieved 4 November 2014
  3. ^ Newcastle and Hunter Valley Timetables Australian Timetable Association, Retrieved 4 November 2014
  4. ^ Upcoming transport changes in Newcastle Transport Info NSW 8 December 2014.
  5. ^ "Opal in Newcastle". opal.com.au. Transport for NSW. Retrieved 1 August 2016. 
  6. ^ "Opal single trip tickets". opal.com.au. Transport for NSW. Archived from the original on 11 June 2016. Retrieved 4 July 2016. 

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