Transborder Express

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Transborder Express Volvo B7RLE (P&D Coachworks).jpg
ParentComfortDelGro Australia
FoundedJuly 1954
DefunctJanuary 2023
Service areaSouth Eastern New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory
AllianceQcity Transit
Fleet16 (December 2013)

Transborder Express was an Australian bus and coach company based in Yass that operated from 1954 until 2023. It was a subsidiary of ComfortDelGro Australia.


Transborder depot at Yass

Transborder Express was established in July 1954 by Jack Williams operating a mail service from Yass to Canberra connecting with the South Mail at Yass Junction railway station with limited passenger capacity as far as Yass. On 1959 a passenger service between Yass Junction and Canberra commenced connecting with the Intercapital Daylight. Trading as Yass Canberra Coaches, it was renamed Transborder Express in 1983.[1][2]

In May 1999 Transborder Express purchased the coach operations of Lever Coachlines with four coaches.[3][4] In July 2008 Transborder Express was sold to Deane's Transit Group but retained its own identity.[2][5][6]

In September 2012 ComfortDelGro Cabcharge acquired Deane's Transit Group which included Transborder Express.[7][8]

In January 2023 the Transborder Express was retired with both it and Qcity Transit rebranded CDC Canberra.[9] [10]


Transborder Express operated services under contract to CountryLink and its successor NSW TrainLink. From 1997 until 2008 it operated services from Canberra to Cootamundra.[11][12] In 2002 it commenced operating services from Cootamundra to Tumbarumba, Canberra to Bombala and Canberra to Eden.[2][13][14][15]

In March 2004 Transborder commenced operating a Jolimont Centre to Goulburn service after CountryLink withdrew a Canberra to Sydney service. It connected with CityRail services to and from Sydney at Goulburn.[16][17] It ceased after CountryLink reinstated its service in May 2004.[18]

Until 2007 services were operated to the New South Wales snowfields and until March 2009 summer services were operated from Canberra to Ulladulla.[2][19]

Commuter services were between Yass and Canberra.[20] School bus services were operated under contract to the NSW and ACT governments. These brought students from the various rural communities on the western side of Canberra, including Hall, Wallaroo, Murrumbateman and Yass.[21]


As at December 2013, 14 vehicles carried Transborder Express livery with two in NSW TrainLink livery.[22]


  1. ^ Early History Transborder Express
  2. ^ a b c d Deane's Transit Group Queanbeyan-Canberra Australian Bus issue 58 March 2013 page 10
  3. ^ Lever Coachlines Fleetline issue 262 September 1999 page 176
  4. ^ Transborder Australian Bus Panorama 15/2 October 1999 page 46
  5. ^ Transborder bus takeover boosts Deane's fleet to 120 Canberra Times 19 August 2008
  6. ^ Sale of Transborder Express to Deane's Australian Bus issue 28 July 2008 page 7
  7. ^ Foreign firm to pay $53m for Qbn buses Canberra Times 3 August 2012
  8. ^ Deane Transit Group Australian Bus Panorama issue 28/3 November 2012 page 35
  9. ^ History CDC Canberra
  10. ^ CDC Australia launches rebranded bus services in Southern NSW and ACT Australasian Bus & Coach 27 January 2023
  11. ^ New Operators for CountryLink Services Australasian Bus & Coach July 1997 page 13
  12. ^ Countrylink Services Australian Bus Panorama issue 23/6 May 2008 page 27
  13. ^ Countrylink Contractors Announced Australian Bus Panorama issue 18/3 November 2002 page 29
  14. ^ New Countrylink contracts effective 1 November 2002 Fleetline issue 281 December 2002 page 190
  15. ^ New NSW TrainLink Rural Coach Service contracts Australian Bus issue 68 March 2015 page 20
  16. ^ Transborder Express Australian Bus issue 2 March 2004 page 4
  17. ^ Transborder Australian Bus Panorama issue 19/6 May 2004 page 25
  18. ^ Transborder Express Australian Bus issue 4 July 2004 page 4
  19. ^ Country Services Australian Bus Panorama issue 24/6 May 2009 page 19
  20. ^ Timetables Transborder Express
  21. ^ School Bus Services Transborder Express
  22. ^ CDC Group Qcity Transit & Transborder Express, Queanbeyan Australian Bus Fleet Lists

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