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hartleymartin

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Bikes on Buses Down Under (Australia)
« on: September 04, 2010, 09:38:30 PM »
Travel tips for anyone wanting to tour in Australia.

1.) Public Buses - Generally bicycles are not allowed on buses. Most drivers will accept folding bicycles as luggage. Bicycles are generally accepted on "Night-Ride" buses and on buses replacing local train services (on the premise that all trains accept bicycles as luggage).

2.) Greyhound Australia - charges $49 for an "assembled bicycle" $25 for a "disassembled bicycle" and $25 for a "boxed bicycle". "Disassembled" means front wheel removed and handlebars turned sideways.

3.) Countrylink Train services (beyond metropolitan railway networks) accepted boxed bicycles only at a charge of $12.10, but they must be completely disassembled and boxed, and reservations must be made well in advance

So, generally, Greyhound is better for carrying bicycles, but I do tend to find travelling long distances by bus quite tiring. I much prefer travelling by train where possible.

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Re: Bikes on Buses Down Under (Australia)
« Reply #1 on: September 06, 2010, 02:07:32 PM »
Very useful info Hartley, thank you very much! Do you know if Greyhound provides boxes for bicycles?

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Re: Bikes on Buses Down Under (Australia)
« Reply #2 on: September 20, 2010, 01:49:03 PM »
As we are about to hit Australia, a week to go, we opted out to rent a car to do the longer journeys. Because I read that buses in Oz will only take one bike a the time, not good when touring as a pair.

The rental company we used is http://www.britz.com . From what I understand this company is a relocation vehicle company so you are not stung with the relocation cost for when you are driving from A-B. That was nearly AUS300 on top of the also more expensive cost of the hire with Hertz.

Yes it is not the cheapest option but it is cheaper than other rental companies. And you can stop when you want on route not like on a bus and best of all you do not have to worry about the bus driver dumping heavy bag onto of your wheels.