Follow these guidelines and tips below to ensure a safe and enjoyable journey for everyone on TransLink services.

Travel tips

  • Have your go card, valid paper ticket or correct fare ready.
  • Arrive at your stop five minutes before the scheduled departure time.
  • To hail a bus, raise your hand to show that you'd like the bus driver to stop. Make sure you are standing in a visible location so the driver can clearly see you.
  • Favourite your service in the MyTransLink app to receive notifications of service disruptions.
  • To get off a bus,  press the stop button well before your stop, at least 100 metres, to allow the driver to stop smoothly and safely. 
  • Treat all public transport staff and other passengers with courtesy and respect. (see Passenger code of conduct)
  • For lost property, please contact the operator of the service the item was left on.
  • If you're transferring to another service, you can combine your trips into a single fare.

Travelling with large items

Please be aware of these extra safety measures when travelling with a pram or stroller.

You'll need to fold your pram or stroller and store it in the luggage rack if:

  • you are travelling during peak times
  • the bus driver advises that there is not enough space on board the bus to safely park the pram
  • it is not a wheelchair accessible bus
  • the designated wheelchair space in already occupied or it is required throughout the trip.

At all other times, you can travel with the child seated in the pram or stroller.

Please remember to:

  • park your pram or stroller in the designated wheelchair space with its brake on, and
  • ensure your child is secured in the pram or stroller harness.

Due to workplace health and safety concerns, TransLink staff are not required to assist in folding and loading prams or other large objects.

Special conditions apply if you want to take your bike on the bus, train, ferry or tram.

Train

You cannot travel with your bike on the train between the hours of:

  • 7am and 9.30am (travelling towards the city)
  • 3pm and 6.30pm (travelling away from the city).

Bikes can be brought on trains at any time on the weekend and public holidays.

Bus and tram

If you have a foldable bike that can be carried in bag no bigger than 90cm x 70cm x 36cm, you can travel on any bus or tram.

Ferry

Travelling with your bike on the CityCat is subject to space availability—you may not be able to travel on your desired service if there are other bikes occupying space.

Check out the cycling and walking page for more details.

You can take small non-motorised recreational scooters on any TransLink service.

When travelling on a bus, scooters should be folded (where possible) and stored in the luggage rack. Care should be taken to not block the aisle or doors.

Motorised recreational scooters are not permitted on board.

You can take surfboards, golf bags and other large items on TransLink services that are equipped to do so. You may be refused travel or directed to use off-peak services if you have items which may inconvenience other passengers or pose a safety hazard.

Long surfboards cannot be carried on smaller Sunbus (Sunshine Coast) or Surfside (Gold Coast) buses.

You can take luggage and shopping bags on TransLink services, provided there is space to do so.

Please use luggage racks or store items under your seat, to minimise disruption to other passengers.

Hail 'n' Ride

There are several services around the network where you can catch the bus without waiting at a bus stop.

Hail 'n' ride locations are usually in rural and regional areas.

Contact your local bus operator for details about hail 'n' ride locations.

You cannot hail 'n' ride:

  • within 400m of a bus stop
  • on roads with speed limits of more than 60kph

Please make sure the bus has enough room to pull over safely and not interfere with passing traffic. Drivers are not able to pull over in a passing lane, on a corner or on a roundabout.

In addition to the above, in Cairns you cannot hail 'n' ride:

  • within Zone 20 (Inner city)
  • along Sheridan St or Mulgrave Rd

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