Find out the next Sydney Buses services to arrive at your bus stop in real time using TXTBUS, powered by GPS technology.
If you have a smartphone, check out some of the Real time apps.
How TXTBUS works
Text your bus stop number to 0488 TXT BUS (0488 898 287). You will receive a reply SMS with the next Sydney Buses services expected at your stop.
To tailor the information you receive, leave a space after the bus stop number and type your route number(s) with a space between each one.
For example, 2000133 M41 will return all M41 services that approach that bus stop within the next 30 minutes, while 2000133 M41 M42 will return M41 and M42 services. This is handy for stops that service several bus routes.
Do not include any additional spaces or characters in your message. SMS cost applies for each text message sent. The reply SMS is free.
How to find your bus stop number
At your stop
The bus stop number can be found on all bus stops serviced by Sydney Buses. Look for the sticker on the pole or totem.
You can locate your bus stop number on Google Maps. Search for your address and then zoom in on the map until you see the bus stop icon. Click on the icon - an info box will appear with service information and the Stop ID (bus stop number).
A good tip is next time you are at your bus stop or on Google Maps is to check the stop number then save it in your phone.
Route number search:
- On the Timetables page, enter your route number
- Select direction of travel from the bus route timetable options
- On the bus route timetable details page, select the route number at the top of a bus trip for a complete list of stops along your route
- On the Timetables page, enter an address to find nearby bus stops
- A list of locations will display, showing the stop number
- Select a location to confirm departures from this stop
What your TXTBUS SMS includes
Your reply TXTBUS SMS will list the following information:
- A description of the bus stop location, so you can check you have used the correct bus stop number.
- A list of bus routes expected to arrive at the bus stop within the next 30 minutes, and the predicted number of minutes until they arrive. All predicted arrival times less than 2 minutes will be shown as “DUE”.
- If a bus is unable to be tracked your SMS will give the next timetabled service with the time marked with an asterisk, for example: 501 4 mins*.
What your TXTBUS SMS does not include
TXTBUS provides real time bus arrival information. The service does not include full bus route timetables or accessibility information.
For full bus route timetables, see the Timetables page, visit the mobile website or check out some of the real-time apps. You can also refer to the printed timetable and service information at the bus stop or call 131500.
For accessibility information, visit the Accessible transport page or call 131500.
More information and troubleshooting for the TXTBUS service.
|I received the following message: “Bus Information Temporarily Unavailable. Transport Info 131500”.||The system that provides TXTBUS may be down temporarily. Please try again later.|
|I received a message like: “Unknown transit stop number 2xxxxx. Transport Info 131500”.||A bus stop number was entered that was not recognised by TXTBUS. Please check the number of the bus stop you require and confirm it was entered correctly in the SMS message you sent to TXTBUS.|
|I received a message like: “No buses participating in this SMS service stop at bus stop 2xxxxx. Transport Info 131500”.||This will happen if there are no buses participating in the TXTBUS service scheduled to stop at the nominated bus stop.|
|I received a message like: “No buses participating in this SMS service are expected at bus stop 2xxxxx within the next 30 mins. Transport Info 131500”.||This will happen if there are no buses that are participating in TXTBUS, scheduled to pass your nominated bus stop in the next 30 minutes, or the system was unable to obtain timetable data from the bus operator.|
|An extra bus just arrived at my bus stop that wasn't listed in the TXTBUS SMS.||If the bus does not have GPS equipment on board or if the bus operator runs an additional bus and doesn’t inform TXTBUS, you will not be informed of its arrival.|
|I received a TXTBUS SMS containing some bus routes and predicted arrival times, but none of these buses arrived.||Every SMS sent by TXTBUS will contain a description of the bus stop location. Check this description to ensure it matches your intended bus stop.|
|A bus listed in the TXTBUS SMS message did not arrive at the time it said.||The predictions provided by TXTBUS are accurate at the time they are sent, but TXTBUS is unable to predict what may affect a bus after a message is sent, such as traffic or other incidents. For these reasons, it may be advisable to send a subsequent SMS message to find out about any recent changes in bus arrival times.|
|Does the TXTBUS SMS tell me which direction my bus is going?||The SMS will not include the destination of the bus because of space constraints. Check the destination of the approaching bus on its display board|
|Not all the buses that service my stop are listed in the TXTBUS SMS.||Messages contain details of arrivals for the next 30 mins. Your SMS may not include all bus arrival details during busy times, as messages are limited to 160 characters.|
|More buses arrived at my stop within the last 30 minutes than were listed in the TXTBUS SMS.||At busy stops and during peak times, many services may stop at the bus stop. Due to the 160 character limitation of all SMS messages, not all bus arrival details can be listed in the message so the buses displayed are the ones that will arrive first. You can use filtering on the SMS to filter only services that you need.|
|A timetabled service was listed in the TXTBUS SMS, but it did not arrive.||If the bus operator cancels a scheduled trip and doesn’t inform TXTBUS, you will still be sent the scheduled arrival time from the timetable.|