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Summary of Public Transport in Major Australian Cities on New Years Eve 2003

  Melbourne Perth Adelaide Brisbane Sydney
Routes operating 15 4 5 6 21
Average last train 1am All night All night 2:10am All night
Average Frequency 20-30 minutes 15 minutes until 3am, then hourly 30mins until 3am, then hourly 30 mins 5-15 minutes until 3am
Routes operating 24   1   1
Last tram 1:30am   All night   All night
Frequency 20 minutes   10-15 minutes until 4:30am, then 30mins   15 minutes or better
Routes operating 13 (NightRider) 50 73 48 All major routes (100+)
Average last bus 4:30am 2am (some 3am) 4am, many all night 3:30am All night
Average Frequency 30 mins 60 mins 60 mins 30-60 mins (not stated)
Routes operating   1   3 4
Average Last ferry   12:45am   3-4am 2:20am
Average Frequency   30 mins   (not stated) 30 mins
Total routes operating at 2am 13 54 79 51 All major bus, train and tram routes (100+)
Fares Normal fares, except NightRider Premium $6 fare. Normal fares Free after midnight Normal fares, Ferries free after midnight. Normal fares or $6/$3 special all night bus fare


Transperth holiday timetable information:

Adelaide TransMetro information:

Brisbane train information:

Brisbane bus and ferry information:

Sydney information:

Melbourne New Years Eve public transport capacity

Mode Total services Average Vehicle capacity Service capacity
M>Tram 68 150 10,200
Yarra Trams 40 150 6,000
M>Train 16 1300 20,800
Connex 13 1300 16,900
NightRider buses 85 80 6,800
Total 222   60,700
Expected crowd (City of Melbourne): 300,000
Public Transport max share: 20%


  • Includes services leaving the CBD after 12:20am
  • Assumes mostly B, Citadis and Combino class trams used (though in previous years we know many Z class trams were used)
  • All NightRider routes leave at 12:30, 1:00, 1:30, 2:00, 2:30, 3:00, 3:30, 4:00, 4:30am
  • Extra NightRider services to Dandenong at 5:30, 6:30 and 7:30am, and Eltham at 5:30am.

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Last Modified: 17 December 2003