The Beginning

National Bus Company Pty Ltd (NBC) commenced operating on December 27, 1993 having been selected as the Victorian Government's first privatised public transport provider.

From the outset, National Bus has strived to set new benchmarks in customer service, operational performance and business profitability.

This commitment is reflected in our mission statement: Provide a safe and reliable bus service which meets the needs of our customers.

National Bus is the largest passenger bus operator in Victoria.


We operate 2355 bus trips every weekday on:

  • 44 public transport routes
  • 11 dedicated school bus routes in the Kew area
  • 59 other school services

    We deliver these services with a fleet of over 260 buses including:

  • 30 Mercedes-Benz mini buses
  • 10 Mercedes-Benz ultra-maxi buses for Eastern Freeway services
  • 84 low floor (wheelchair accessible) buses Our depots are located at North Fitzroy and Doncaster.

    Bus with Ramp

    We employ over 370 experienced and highly trained drivers, with a total staff of 433.



    Our commitment to excellence in bus services is reflected in our focus on improving bus facilities through new technology.

    Some examples of systems and buses introduced are:

    • On board electronic ticket machines which in addition to issuing tickets, provides data on tickets sold and passenger loadings
    • Emergency voice communications between driver and Operations (including audio recording) to assist in incidents
    • Low floor buses with electric ramps and kneeling capabilities to allow easy, no step up entry for people with disabilities and the elderly.

    Further Expansion

    With the opening of the Eastern Freeway extension to Springvale Road, National Bus took the opportunity to add an extra 224 bus trips a week to services for Eastern Suburbs residents. With the continued extension of the Freeway towards Ringwood, we will be investigating ways to further expand our services.

    National Bus, in conjunction with VicRoads, opened Melbourne's newest Park & Ride facility located near the corner of Doncaster Road and the Eastern Freeway in January, 2003. National Bus is continuing to work closely with VicRoads and Eastern Suburbs municipalities to identify other suitable sites for the establishment of Park & Ride facilities.

    For details of the Doncaster Park & Ride, click here.

    Extremely Fast, Extremely Friendly, Eastern Freeway Services

    EFS - Extremely Fast Freeway Services