Rural and Regional Buses

Rural and Regional Bus Fares 2021 - 2025

In progress
Start Date
Apr 2020
End Date
Dec 2020

IPART is reviewing maximum fares for rural and regional bus services from 2021 to 2025.

In addition to the matters set out in the Passenger Transport Act, we have been asked to consider the following:

  • Equity with bus fares in the Sydney metropolitan area
  • Simplification of fares, including the number of fare bands and day capping
  • Relativities between rural and regional bus fares and long distance coach services provided by NSW Trains
  • Development of on-demand services
  • Customers’ willingness and capacity to pay.


We will release an issues paper and draft report for consultation. We will seek feedback on each of these and will hold a public hearing. 



This review covers fares for local bus services in all areas of NSW except the Sydney metropolitan and outer metropolitan areas (Newcastle, Wollongong, part of the Hunter region and Blue Mountains).



This review affects users of bus services provided by private operators under contracts with the NSW Government in rural and regional areas.


Key Contact
Ineke Ogilvy
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