There are many tickets available in Newcastle to suit everybody's travel patterns including time based fares, TravelPasses, single ferry and MyMulti tickets. Private bus services only accept MyBus or MyMulti tickets.
Newcastle Buses & Ferries' bus fares operate around a simple time based system that allows unlimited travel and transfers between Newcastle Buses and Ferries bus services for the period of time paid for. Should your ticket expire while the trip is underway, the ticket remains valid until you alight from the bus, provided you do not transfer services. If you board a bus after the time period has expired, a series of beeps from the ticket machine will indicate your ticket has expired. To continue your journey, another ticket will need to be purchased.
1 hour ticket
Valid for one or more trips occurring within the hour of purchase. It's good for a quick run to the shops, or to pay bills at the post office or pick up a child from school.
4 hour ticket
Valid for multiple trips occurring within the four hours of purchase. It is ideal for a full shopping trip, to go to the movies, a half day out with friends, an appointment or to attend a church service.
23 hour (all day) ticket
Valid for multiple trips for up to 23 hours. Good for a full day out to the shopping centre or to visit friends and relatives. This ticket is perfectly suited to visitors planning a day of sightseeing in Newcastle and it is also valid for use on Newcastle Ferry services.
TimeTen Multi Ride Ticket
TimeTen tickets combine ten 1-hour tickets at a discounted rate. With the first use of each hour, the ticket machine will print the details of the start of each trip on the back of the ticket. Further boarding during the hour will be accepted without printing.
Unused time in the hour is not transferred and the ticket cannot be used for another person's fare. If you board a service after the one-hour period has expired, the ticket will automatically select the next valid one-hour period of your TimeTen ticket.See our fares page for current pricing on Newcastle Timed Fares.
Frequent travellers and those who use a combination of transport modes to reach their destination have the option of two TravelPasses which are available on a weekly, quarterly and yearly basis.
A bus and ferry ticket for unlimited travel and transfers on all Newcastle Buses and Ferries services. Can be purchased as a weekly adult or concession, quarterly or yearly pass.
A bus, ferry and train ticket for unlimited travel and transfers on all Newcastle Buses and Ferries services and CityRail services in the Newcastle area bounded by Telarah, Awaba and Toronto.
This map show the areas covered by the two TravelPasses.
See our fares page for current pricing on Newcastle TravelPass Fares.
Single ride tickets can be purchased for one way trips on the Stockton ferry. In addition, 23 hour time based tickets and TravelPass tickets may be used on the ferry.See our fares page for current pricing on Stockton Ferry Tickets.
MyMulti tickets offer unlimited travel on government and private bus services within the greater Sydney metropolitan area, which includes Sydney, the Central Coast, Newcastle, the Illawarra and the Blue Mountains, government ferry services and CityRail services in three zones and may offer a cheaper alternative for Newcastle travellers. See our MyZone page for more information.
Where to Buy Tickets
Purchase tickets from CityRail stations, most newsagents and Newcastle Buses and Ferries sales outlets. Stockton Ferry single tickets can be purchased from the ticket seller on the wharf. Quarterly and Yearly TravelPasses are only available through State Transit's Head Office in Sydney. Forms are available from Hamilton Depot and processing may take up to 14 days. See our Where to Buy tickets page for assistance finding your nearest ticket outlet.
Tickets purchased from CityRail Stations are active upon purchase. Tickets purchased from retail outlets are not active until first use. Weekly tickets activated after 3pm are valid for that day, plus 7 days, are non-transferable and valid to 4am the day after the expiry date.