Rules on a public bus
There are rules for travelling on a public bus and for behaviour at bus interchanges in Darwin and Alice Springs.
If you don't follow the rules the driver may ask you:
- not to board a bus
- or leave a bus.
You are not allowed to advertise or promote any function, event or affiliation at any bus interchange, bus stop or shelter without the permission of the Department of Transport.
This includes any of the following:
- posting any flyers or notices on any walls or other surfaces in or around buildings, bus stops or shelters or other like structures
- handing out of any such material
- approach another person for the purpose of advertising or promoting an event.
Paid advertising opportunities are now available on the exterior of Darwin public buses. For all advertising enquiries and feedback contact Go Transit on 1300 468 726.
Hearing, guide or assistance dogs are only allowed on buses. All other animals are prohibited.
Articles or baggage that cannot be conveniently carried, or that will interfere with the comfort of other passengers (as determined by the driver) are prohibited.
People who are violent, disturbing the peace, likely to cause annoyance to other passengers or damage the bus (as determined by the driver) will be refused travel.
To travel on buses in the Northern Territory with a folded bike, your bike must be folded and must not exceed 82cm long x 69cm high x 39cm wide or have wheel rims of more than 51cm in diameter. Bikes should be stored in the luggage rack or on the floor of the bus and should not pose a danger or inconvenience to passengers. Keep folding bikes out of aisles and off seats and do not obstruct exits.
Conventional bikes are not allowed on buses. Secure bicycle storage facilities are available at the Palmerston and Casuarina bus interchanges and the Coolalinga and Humpty Doo park and ride facilities. Go to the cycling page to find out more.
The playing of musical instruments or music devices including mobile phones (unless using headphones), distributing handbills, advertisements or offering articles for sale is prohibited.
Food and drinks
Eating and drinking (except for water in a resealable container) is prohibited.
Subsidised travel and concession fares
Eligible passengers should ensure they have a valid identification card before they board the bus.
People with soiled clothing or items that may soil the bus or clothing of any passenger (as determined by the driver) will not be allowed on the bus.
Children may be left in strollers and prams on public buses. If there is no appropriate space the driver may ask that the children be carried and the stroller or pram stowed.
Smoking, including the use of electronic cigarettes, is prohibited.
Seated passengers must, if asked by the driver, give up their seat for a passenger with special needs – eg: a senior citizen, a disabled or mobility impaired person, pregnant woman or a parent with a small child.
Standing on buses
Passengers are allowed to stand on all public bus routes and on school bus routes where the bus is not fitted with seat belts.
Stopping at bus stops
Bus drivers must stop at all bus stops where they can see a potential passenger at or near the bus stop.
Passengers who are approaching a bus stop should hail or signal to the driver their intention to board. The driver must stop providing that the bus is able to stop safely and the person is sufficiently close to the bus stop that their boarding will not cause unnecessary delay.
If you are buying a paper ticket on the bus, you should ensure you have close to the correct fare. Drivers do not have the ability to change large notes.
Tap and Ride cards are not redeemable for cash at any time and are only valid for travel when presented on Darwinbus and ASbus services.
Standing on seats, riding on the step or a part of the bus other than that provided for the use of passengers is prohibited.
For general bus enquiries or feedback call (08) 8924 7666, Monday to Friday, 6.45am to 4:30pm or submit your feedback online.
Last updated: 27 June 2017