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Cost for Greyhound/Oz experience ticket

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1. Posted by Smiley (Budding Member 27 posts) 11y

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Hi all,

i will be travelling for 6weeks down the East Coast (Cairns to Sydney) and am wondering if anyone can give me an idea the cost of a greyhound/OZ experience bus ticket?

Trying to calculate my budget!

Cheers.:)

2. Posted by erino (Budding Member 23 posts) 11y

Hey,
check out these websites for ticket quotes:

www.mccaffertys.com.au
www.greyhound.com.au

the other thing to consider is that Australia is a large island and attractions can be a long distance away (for example, the trip from Brisbane to Sydney will take you at least an entire day on the bus starting at about 4am and finishing up at 6pm). Consider mixing into your trip a few cheap flights (especially if you venture to Alice springs etc. - sites to check out for internet air tickets are www.virginblue.com.au and www.jetstar.com.au....ALL PRICES IN AUSTRALIAN DOLLAR!!! even www.qantas.com.au may have some good deals if you are lucky. the flights are getting cheaper all the time (ps - perth is 2 time zones away from sydney and melbourne - it is a slightly more expensive flight but will cut down on your travel time!)

3. Posted by Peter (Admin 5809 posts) 11y

Hey Smiley,

have a look at Oz Experience's East Coast Experiences trips

Looks like about AU $900 will take care of it with them.

4. Posted by Philymop (Full Member 110 posts) 11y

Hi Smiley,

Just finished 7 weeks on an Oz Experience bus up the East Coast, and I must say that I wouldn't recommend it. I guess it depends on what you want to do, but it's not good if you want some independence on your trip. I know that the ads all say hop on - hop off but in reality we found that the busses were so full that even booking 3 weeks in advance it was hard to get on when you wanted. This means that you may want to "hop off" at some remote town which would be lovely for a few days, but may well not be able to "hop on" again for about 8 days! And talking to other people on the bus it wasn't just us that found that. To be honest, I felt rather railroaded by the whole thing.

Also, if you are on a tight schedule, you will find a trip which would be an overnight coach with Greyhound would be a 3 day trip with Oz.

If you have plenty of time though it could be fun as you get to see a lot of places you wouldn't with Greyhound and they sometimes throw in activities for you.

Overall, if you want a guided tour without having to do much research or planning and you have a long time to do it, it would be great. If you want to be more in control of your itinery I would recommend hiring your own car, or teaming up with someone who has as I really wish that's what we'd done now!

I'm sure you'll have fun either way because the East Coast is great!

5. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 11y

I travelled the east coast with greyhound and it was perfect for me. Good to get from one place to the next and no strings attached. The oz ex way is also good, but you need to have quite some time and be a very different type of traveller than me to enjoy it to the fullest. Mind you, there are a TON of people that love this, so it's to each his/her own!!