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1. Posted by lukeo (Budding Member 2 posts) 10y

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Hi, hoping someone can give me a little advice here, cause the Greyhound website is just confusing me a little bit.

Firstly, I am wanting to get from Sydney to Cairns, and back, in about 23 days. I want to leave Sydney just after New Year, so 2nd or 3rd Jan probably, and my flight leaving sydney is 25th Jan. Greyhound seems like the best choice for me from what I have read and heard, but is the amount of time I have enough to be able to get there and back, stopping off at various places along the way.

I'm looking at the 'Mini Travellers to/from Cairns' ticket. Can anyone clue me in as to whether you are able to just jump on and off the bus when you please in the 48 day limit. Also, I assume this ticket only covers one way...?

Finally, on the ticket options, it has choices like, 'Ex Brisbain', 'Ex Byron Bay' etc. Does this mean 'excluding brisbain'... meaning the bus won't go through that place, or you can't get off there, or something like that...?

Anyway, thanks for answering if you do.

2. Posted by andync30 (Budding Member 2 posts) 10y

Hi Mate,

Your not the only one that is confused by the Greyhound site!!!

Can anyone help me!!

Im getting into Cairnes on the 2 November and am going to work my way down to Melbourne for the 16th December ish. I will not be leaving Cairnes until the 6th November. Iv'e been looking at these Greyhound tickets and cant work it out!! I know i need the mini traveller (valid 48days) But was does the EX mean before the city!! Sorry to sound like a total Plank!! And can i just hop on hop off at any greyhound stop?

If anyone has done the same route ish can you tell me what i need and roughly how much it will cost!!? I definatly want to travel with the greyhound not the Oz Experience.

Thanks for your help in advance!!


3. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4808 posts) 10y

From what I gather, Ex means as much as "from" or "up to". So Ex Brisbane means that it's good only for the Brisbane to Cairns (or Cairns to Brisbane; direction doesn't matter) stretch (2246 km). Ex Sydney is good for the Sydney-Cairns stretch (3492 km), and Ex Melbourne is the entire 4456 km between Melbourne and Cairns.

Backtracking is not allowed if you buy the pass at the backpacker rate. If you buy it at the regular rate you are allowed to backtrack, but if you do so, the pass changes to a kilometer pass, which would mean that you can't do the entire stretch on it anyway.

You can travel on any day within the 45 day travel period, but you must make a booking for each section before boarding the bus (online or by calling their call center), and if you don't board after booking, and don't cancel the booking before the bus leaves, the section that you booked is "void", so you'd have to buy a separate ticket to travel it.

So, Luke, you'd need the mini traveller ex Sydney ($294 backpacker rate), and then a flight back on - presumably - the 24th (which'll cost you another $150-$200 or so, probably; Qantas has a one way red e-deal for $215 that's valid till the 30th of January, which at the time that I'm typing is still available for the 05:45, 12:15 and 16:05 flights. Virgin Blue at this time even has several $125 one way flights available for that same day. Both prices are excluding taxes, I assume; didn't read the fine print.)

Andy, you'd want the mini traveller ex Melbourne ($333 backpacker rate).

4. Posted by andync30 (Budding Member 2 posts) 10y


Thanks mate, that is what i had thought.

Thanks for confirming.


5. Posted by lukeo (Budding Member 2 posts) 10y

Hey mate, thats great, thanks a lot for your help! :D