The NightRider was a network of bus services in Melbourne, Australia. It operated on weekends and for special events from the Melbourne City Centre to the outer suburbs on 13 routes, with over 300 stops between 01:30 (00:00 on the Doncaster route) and 04:30 on Saturdays and 05:30 on Sundays. NightRider ceased operation on 27 December 2015, being replaced by Night Network‘s Night Bus services which commenced operation in 2016.
In November 2008, the NightRider network was overhauled. The logo and branding were replaced, and operators of several routes changed. New routes commenced to Doncaster, Healesville and Cranbourne. Frequencies were increased from 60 to 30 minutes. Due to Metro Trains Melbourne now running until 01:00, the first services were revised to depart at 01:30 instead of 00:30 on most services.
Route numbers were issued by Metlink for the first time (previously some operators did display them on buses) and are all in the 900 series, with the numbers corresponding to the predominant route number allocations at the outer termini. For example, many buses in the Dandenong area are in the 800s, hence the number 980 and 981 was allocated to them.
Buses were labelled with a large NightRider logo, and text saying “NightRider – The after midnight bus service”.
- “Night Bus”. Public Transport Victoria. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
- “Night Rider” Australian Bus Panorama issue 8/9 June 1993 page 32
- Media Release: “Nightrider Now Included in Metcard Fare” Department of Premier & Cabinet 2 March 2007