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Owner Transport for NSW
Locale Sydney, Australia
Transit type Bus
Number of lines 13
Number of stations 120
Began operation 18 June 1989 (1989-06-18)

NightRide is a network of bus routes in operation between midnight and 4.30am in Sydney, Australia. The thirteen routes are run by private bus operators and allow for a nightly shutdown of the Sydney Trains commuter rail network. The NightRide network was established in mid-1989 as low-patronage late-night train services were progressively withdrawn.[1][2] Services follow major roads, and some stops are some distance from the railway stations they replace. In addition, some routes serve stations on multiple train lines. In the City, most services depart from George Street, above Town Hall station.

Currently, normal bus fares apply to NightRide journeys.[3]

The suspension of train services overnight allows for maintenance to occur on tracks. Passengers reportedly feel safer on buses than mostly-empty trains late at night. However, in 2014, it was reported that patronage on most NightRide routes was falling. The Tourism and Transport Forum has called for 24-hour train operations to resume.[4]


The first NightRide routes, to Riverwood, Campbelltown and Sutherland, commenced in June 1989. Services to Penrith, Hornsby and Cronulla began two months later.[5] New services were introduced to Bondi Junction in 2009; and Carlingford and Richmond in 2011.

A city loop route, called N1, was established in 2000 and cancelled two years later.[6]


Route Origin/destination Replaces Operator Introduced
N10 Town Hall to Sutherland T4 Illawarra Line Punchbowl Bus Company 1989
N11 Town Hall to Cronulla T4 Illawarra Line Punchbowl Bus Company 1989
N20 Rockdale to Riverwood T2 Airport Line Punchbowl Bus Company 1989
N30 Town Hall to Macarthur T2 Airport, T3 Bankstown lines Transdev NSW 1989
N40 Town Hall to East Hills T2 Airport, T3 Bankstown lines Transdev NSW 1989
N50 Town Hall to Liverpool T2 Inner West, T3 Bankstown lines Transdev NSW 1989
N60 Town Hall to Fairfield T2 South Line Hillsbus 1989
N61 Town Hall to Carlingford T6 Carlingford Line Hillsbus 2011
N70 Town Hall to Penrith T1 Western Line Hillsbus 1989
N71 Town Hall to Richmond T1 Western Line Hillsbus 2011
N80 Town Hall to Hornsby (via Strathfield) T1 Northern Line Transdev NSW 1989
N90 Town Hall to Hornsby (via Chatswood) T1 North Shore Line Transdev NSW 1989
N100 Railway Square to Bondi Junction T4 Eastern Suburbs Line Transdev NSW 2009