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1. Posted by nichuie2 (Budding Member 59 posts) 9y

Hey everyone.

My passport was stolen a week ago so I can't fly to Melbourne from Sydney when I'm going for the races next month. Does anyone know of the best bus company / cheapest one to use? Does it take AGES?!!

OR, does anyone know if there is another form of ID I can get that would enable me to fly within Australia?!

Thanks guys!

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4817 posts) 9y

I assume you've already dropped by your embassy to request a new one (you're going to need one eventually, and all...), but that that'll take too long too arrive?
I'd expect the police and/or embassy should be able to give you some temporary form of ID that'd be enough to let you fly with, although that's just common sense speaking, not at all experience. Have you asked them about it when you went to file the report about it being stolen?

Anyway, the best/cheapest bus going is the Firefly Express ($60), although if you book more than two weeks in advance, the train is very competitive (you get 40-50% discount iirc, which works out to nearly the same price), and makes for a much nicer travel experience, with really surprisingly decent food served on board as well.

[ Edit: Edited on Oct 14, 2007, at 10:55 PM by Sander ]

3. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 9y

Have you got an overseas drivers license? That would be good enough to allow you to board a flight especially if you had a letter from the police to say that your passport has been stolen just incase they commented. On your way down, you should stop in at Canberra and go to 20 Arkana Street, Yarralumla, ACT 2600, Canberra. This is where the Irish Embassy is so you could try to get your minor disaster soughted.

Hopefully they don't make your life as difficult as the Australian Embassy right around the world when an Australian has their passport stolen. You may end up needing to get forms and post them home to get them verified before you can apply for your new passport. If an Irish passport is like a UK one when reissued, you'll want a full passport and not just an emergency one. For the UK one an emergency passport would only let you go from the destination it was issued to the UK via somewhere else without leaving the airport. So it is basically worthless unless you plan on heading straight home after Australia. I'd imagine an Irish passport wouldn't be much better than that for an emergency passport.

[ Edit: Edited on Oct 15, 2007, at 1:43 AM by aharrold45 ]

4. Posted by hey_monkee (Respected Member 430 posts) 9y

Firefly and Greyhound are your 2 most popular bus services. I've used both for travelling Aussie before and they're pretty much the same, although something about Firefly makes me want to recommend it that little bit more ;) If you can sleep while travelling choose and overnight bus service, then you can just sleep through the trip and not realise it takes about 12hrs lol.

5. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3715 posts) 9y

you could break up the journey by stopping in Canberra for a night. There isn't loads to see but the Parliament buildings are quite interesting and Lake Burley Griffin is nice. that way you would have a 4 hour trip to Canberra and then another 8 on to Melbourne. I did this trip with Greyhound.

6. Posted by nichuie2 (Budding Member 59 posts) 9y

Hi guys, thanks a mill for coming back to me!! Looks like it's gonna be Firefly I think. The lovely person (!!) who took my passport also took my driver's license so I have absolutely NO photo ID at all, and my passport (which you're right, is a complete hassle to get!!!) won't be here for another 4 weeks or so! The joys!!

Do you guys know if the seats are properly reclinable, so you actually do sleep, or do they just go back a little bit like airline seats??

Thanks again xx

7. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3715 posts) 9y

Quoting nichuie2

Do you guys know if the seats are properly reclinable, so you actually do sleep, or do they just go back a little bit like airline seats??

Thanks again xx

The seats aren't particularly luxurious - at least not on greyhound. It will be more similar to airline seats.

8. Posted by hey_monkee (Respected Member 430 posts) 9y

Yeah the seats don't recline too much - hopefully you'll be lucky enough to get a double seat to yourself so you can stretch out that way lol. It won't be the best sleep of your life, but if you can manage it the trip will pass quicker