Canberra to Sydney $15 dollar bus?

brydon 7 December 2011 27

Hey, i have tried catching the bus from canberra to sydney multiple times, and there are always places that advertise $15 tickets, butt he cheapest i ever find is 25 one way.

just wondering, has anyone actually ever gotten a $15 dollar fare?


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pete09 pete09 11:49 pm 10 Dec 11

Waiting For Godot said :

devils_advocate said :

forgot to mention, with a car you can just go to sydney as and when you feel like it and don’t need to plan your life 3 weeks in advance.

I mean for some of us it’s tough knowing what we’ll be doing 3 hours in advance.

Pity about the souvenir of Sydney you always get when you go there in your car – a parking ticket or a speed camera fine.

Can’t say I’ve ever received either in Sydney?

RedDogInCan RedDogInCan 10:26 pm 10 Dec 11

+1 for the train. Being able to enjoy a hot meal, snack, coffee, or visit the toilet whenever you feel like it makes train travel far superior. Frequently the train is only half full, so you can easily move if sat next to above mentioned mother and three screaming kids.

Only downside is that parking at the railway station overnight is risky.

Spykler Spykler 7:40 pm 10 Dec 11

‘butt he cheapest i ever find is 25 one way.’
Male prostitute that does you an exceptionally good deal??

dundle dundle 5:39 pm 10 Dec 11

No I never have! I think $20-25 is the cheapest I’ve ever got. It’s funny you should ask that because they make a huge deal with the ads but even when I book odd times several weeks in advance they are not that cheap.

It is cheaper to drive if you have more than one person and and/or an efficient car. Assuming of course you have already paid for the car and insurance etc.

Thoroughly Smashed Thoroughly Smashed 8:07 pm 07 Dec 11

devils_advocate said :

Henry82 said :

Thoroughly Smashed said :

And which you got for free, and doesn’t require servicing, or registration, or insurance, or…

yep all those 😉 oh and don’t forget depreciation of the value of the car

Well if you had the car then those fixed costs don’t factor into the marginal decision of whether to drive to sydney, so it’s only fuel and depreciation that counts.

Also unless you live walking distance from the bus station you either have to catch a cab or a bus to the jolimont centre to get your bus, then when you get to central you have to get a train or cab to where you’re going.

Also you have to factor in your time, by the time you get to jolimont centre, everyone files in the bus, etc etc you could have been halfway to goulburn in your car, not *everyone* values their time at zero.

And another point that was raised was that it was ‘easier’, which is most assuredly is. Parking costs in Sydney depends on where you’re going, a lot of the new inner city developments have onsite parking.

The statement that one option is cheaper than the other is, as you’ve identified, both subjective and largely dependent upon the circumstances.

Thoroughly Smashed Thoroughly Smashed 7:59 pm 07 Dec 11

Henry82 said :

Thoroughly Smashed said :

And which you got for free, and doesn’t require servicing, or registration, or insurance, or…

yep all those 😉 oh and don’t forget depreciation of the value of the car

Depreciation? It’s a free car! 😉

farnarkler farnarkler 7:26 pm 07 Dec 11

I’ve had one or two $15 Murrays fares. The train is great. I used it to get back from Sydney when Qantas shut down.

Spykler Spykler 7:10 pm 07 Dec 11

Keijidosha said :

boffins said :

That being said, a quick look shows there’s a $15 fair on Monday.

Where abouts? I might go along and get my face painted.

+1 one of the better replies 🙂 spelling ”fare’ isn’t that hard FFS.

Waiting For Godot Waiting For Godot 4:27 pm 07 Dec 11

devils_advocate said :

forgot to mention, with a car you can just go to sydney as and when you feel like it and don’t need to plan your life 3 weeks in advance.

I mean for some of us it’s tough knowing what we’ll be doing 3 hours in advance.

Pity about the souvenir of Sydney you always get when you go there in your car – a parking ticket or a speed camera fine.

Henry82 Henry82 3:34 pm 07 Dec 11

devils_advocate said :

forgot to mention, with a car you can just go to sydney as and when you feel like it and don’t need to plan your life 3 weeks in advance.

i regularly book a bus ticket within 1 hr before departure, my best was 15 minutes before boarding – and it only cost me $28

devils_advocate devils_advocate 3:18 pm 07 Dec 11

forgot to mention, with a car you can just go to sydney as and when you feel like it and don’t need to plan your life 3 weeks in advance.

I mean for some of us it’s tough knowing what we’ll be doing 3 hours in advance.

MrPC MrPC 2:45 pm 07 Dec 11

I get to Sydney on $25 of fuel. Cheaper than Countrylink, and about the same as the $15 coach fare plus the Deanes fare from QBN to Civic ($7.20) plus the CityRail fare from Central to Sutherland or Padstow then a fare on the M92 bus to mums place. Rego and insurance are paid for already, and don’t cost any more if I drive to Sydney. Depreciation is zero as I drive a 95 Ford Festiva and it’s already fully deprecated.

devils_advocate devils_advocate 2:37 pm 07 Dec 11

Henry82 said :

Thoroughly Smashed said :

And which you got for free, and doesn’t require servicing, or registration, or insurance, or…

yep all those 😉 oh and don’t forget depreciation of the value of the car

Well if you had the car then those fixed costs don’t factor into the marginal decision of whether to drive to sydney, so it’s only fuel and depreciation that counts.

Also unless you live walking distance from the bus station you either have to catch a cab or a bus to the jolimont centre to get your bus, then when you get to central you have to get a train or cab to where you’re going.

Also you have to factor in your time, by the time you get to jolimont centre, everyone files in the bus, etc etc you could have been halfway to goulburn in your car, not *everyone* values their time at zero.

And another point that was raised was that it was ‘easier’, which is most assuredly is. Parking costs in Sydney depends on where you’re going, a lot of the new inner city developments have onsite parking.

Henry82 Henry82 2:28 pm 07 Dec 11

Thoroughly Smashed said :

And which you got for free, and doesn’t require servicing, or registration, or insurance, or…

yep all those 😉 oh and don’t forget depreciation of the value of the car

Thoroughly Smashed Thoroughly Smashed 1:30 pm 07 Dec 11

Henry82 said :

MrPC said :

However, really, it’s easier and cheaper still to drive.

please point me in the direction of a car that can do 300km+ with $15 worth of fuel.. (so ~10? litres)

And which you got for free, and doesn’t require servicing, or registration, or insurance, or…

Henry82 Henry82 12:55 pm 07 Dec 11

MrPC said :

However, really, it’s easier and cheaper still to drive.

please point me in the direction of a car that can do 300km+ with $15 worth of fuel.. (so ~10? litres)

Jethro Jethro 12:25 pm 07 Dec 11

arescarti42 said :

MrPC said :

However, really, it’s easier and cheaper still to drive.

Easier yes. You must be driving one helluva car if you can get from Canberra to Sydney on $15 worth of fuel though.

Not to mention the $50 a day parking if you are going to the CBD.

arescarti42 arescarti42 12:17 pm 07 Dec 11

MrPC said :

However, really, it’s easier and cheaper still to drive.

Easier yes. You must be driving one helluva car if you can get from Canberra to Sydney on $15 worth of fuel though.

Henry82 Henry82 11:23 am 07 Dec 11

As a very experienced traveller, you need to book at least 3 weeks early to get the $15 fares.

If you’re a student/have a valid concession card use the greyhound code ANU09 and ANU09R for $25 fares single/return. I prefer murrays because for $1 or so extra you don’t have to sit with all the troublemakers.

poetix said :

The train is about $50 each way or about $70+ first class.

yeah i think i paid about that, its alright unless you get stuck next to a mother with 3 crying babies. (there’s more room on the train). It also takes much longer (4.5 hrs+ from memory), particularly if they get caught in a cityrail traffic jam

poetix poetix 10:23 am 07 Dec 11

EvanJames said :

How much is the train these days? I’d much rather the train, trains are awesome, but the cost and slowness always gets in the way.

The train is about $50 each way or about $70+ first class. So it’s much dearer than the bus, and getting towards el cheapo air (when you book 3 years in advance). But you do end up in the middle of the city and may be able to avoid taxis. And it is a very relaxing way to travel, if you can spare the time.

A lot cheaper for pensioners, I believe, who may have more time on their hands.

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