New commuter bus service to Lismore

Commuters to Lismore from Ballina, Lennox Head and Byron Bay will be able work, read, catch up on TV or just look at the scenery on their journey to work thanks to a new commuter bus trial starting December 4, 2017 (download timetable here).

Social Futures’ Transport Development Officer Alex Lewers said the trial was put forward by the Lismore Sustainable Transport Group and championed by Lismore MP Thomas George.

“This is a great win for commuters.”

“This will be a cheap and direct service taking in the major employers and education institutions at a time that will be convenient for commuting.”

The new service, which will be delivered by Blanch’s Bus Company, will run on a six-month trial.

The service will depart from Byron Bay and pick up at Lennox Head (Beachfront Bus Zone) at 7:40 and Ballina (Tamar Street) at 8am and arrive at the Lismore Transit Centre at 8:40am stopping at Lismore Base Hospital and Southern Cross University along the way. The return trip will depart Lismore Transit Centre at 5:15pm and follow the same route.

“The commuter bus will cost $6.60 for a single adult fare outside of Lismore with usual concessions applying. Regular commuters can also purchase an unlimited travel, daily pass for $12.00 or a weekly unlimited travel Freedom Pass for $36.00.”

“For five-day-a-week commuters the weekly pass equates to $3.60 per trip, that’s much cheaper than using the car for the same trip. What’s more, you can read a book, answer emails, catch up on Facebook and while you’re doing it save mileage on your car.”

“In addition to the commuter service, a new direct route from Lismore to Byron Bay and return will be available just in time for the summer holidays. This service will depart the Lismore Transit Centre at 8:40am every week day and return at 3:55pm.”

For more information and to view the timetable visit or contact Blanch’s Bus Company on (02) 6686 2144.

For anyone wishing to discuss public transport and interested in joining a transport working group in their area, contact Alex Lewers on 0417832286 or email

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