|Owner||Public Transport Victoria|
|Number of lines||13|
|Began operation||May 1993|
|Ended operation||27 December 2015|
|Operator(s)||Dyson's Bus Services
McKenzie's Tourist Services
Ventura Bus Lines
The NightRider was a network of bus services in Melbourne, Australia. It operated on weekends and for special events from the Melbourne City Centre to the outer suburbs on 13 routes, with over 300 stops between 01:30 (00:00 on the Doncaster route) and 04:30 on Saturdays and 05:30 on Sundays. NightRider ceased operation on 27 December 2015, being replaced by Night Network's Night Bus services which commenced operation in 2016.
In November 2008, the NightRider network was overhauled. The logo and branding were replaced, and operators of several routes changed. New routes commenced to Doncaster, Healesville and Cranbourne. Frequencies were increased from 60 to 30 minutes. Due to Metro Trains Melbourne now running until 01:00, the first services were revised to depart at 01:30 instead of 00:30 on most services.
Route numbers were issued by Metlink for the first time (previously some operators did display them on buses) and are all in the 900 series, with the numbers corresponding to the predominant route number allocations at the outer termini. For example, many buses in the Dandenong area are in the 800s, hence the number 980 and 981 was allocated to them.
Buses ran half-hourly from 01:30 (00:00 on Doncaster route 961) to 04:30 on Saturdays and 05:30 on Sundays on the following routes:
||Swanston Street City||St Albans||Footscray, Sunshine & Deer Park||Dyson's Bus Services||Some services extend to Sunbury|
||Deer Park||Melton||Rockbank||Dyson's Bus Services|
||Swanston Street City||Werribee||Spotswood, Newport & Hoppers Crossing||Dyson's Bus Services|
||Swanston Street City||Craigieburn||Moonee Ponds, Essendon & Broadmeadows||Dyson's Bus Services|
||Swanston Street City||Epping||Brunswick, Coburg & Preston||Dyson's Bus Services|
||Swanston Street City||Eltham||Fitzroy, Northcote & Heidelberg||Dyson's Bus Services|
||Swanston Street City||Doncaster||Bulleen & Templestowe||Dyson's Bus Services||Service commences at 00:00 and runs to 04:30
on Saturdays and 05:30 on Sundays
||Lilydale||Healesville||Yarra Glen, Woori & Yallock||McKenzie's Tourist Services|
||Swanston Street City||Croydon||Balwyn, Box Hill & Lilydale||Ventura Bus Lines|
||Swanston Street City||Belgrave||South Yarra, Glen Waverley & Westfield Knox||Ventura Bus Lines|
||Swanston Street City||Mornington||St Kilda, Mentone & Frankston||Ventura Bus Lines|
||Swanston Street City||Dandenong||Prahran, Monash University & Springvale||Ventura Bus Lines||Connects with 981 at Dandenong|
||Dandenong||Cranbourne||Narre Warren, Berwick & Hampton Park||Ventura Bus Lines||Connects with 980 at Dandenong|
Buses are labelled with a large NightRider logo, and text saying "NightRider - The after midnight bus service".
- "Night Bus". Public Transport Victoria. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
- "Night Rider" Australian Bus Panorama issue 8/9 June 1993 page 32
- "NightRider buses". Public Transport Victoria. Retrieved 25 May 2013.
- Media Release: "Nightrider Now Included in Metcard Fare" Department of Premier & Cabinet 2 March 2007