Moving People Since 1924
Ventura Bus Lines has grown from a one man, one vehicle operator to a significant business with over 1,600 employees and 950 Buses and Coaches. Ventura now carries more than 30 million passengers across Melbourne each year.
On 1 December 2000, Ventura Bus Lines introduced the first two totally renewable fuelled buses into Australia. These buses operate from 100% Ethanol, made from molasses, a by-product of sugar milling by Wilmar BioEthanol.
Worlds First Fully Electric Drive Bus – Actively improving Air Quality
In June 2009, Ventura introduced an electric bus onto the streets of Melbourne. This bus is unique as it uses technology never used before.
The bus is driven by electric motors that are connected to two battery banks. These batteries are recharged through regenerative energy from braking and forward motion of the bus.
To ensure the batteries do not drop below a certain parameter a small 2 litre Volkswagen car engine is onboard to top the batteries up.
Ventura’s electric bus appears to be a typical city low floor bus, seating 42 with a carrying capacity of 68. The smooth, quiet and comfortable ride consumes less fuel than conventional buses therefore producing a significant reduction in global emissions.
Ventura is not just about route buses, we are the major provider of charter coaches for school excursions and group tours around Melbourne, Victoria and Australia at competitive prices. To find out more about our charter service, including tour and excursion ideas, or to make a booking, click on the link from the home page.
Guidelines for customers with wheelchairs or motorised scooters
Please see the following guidance note for details on Ventura’s policy regarding safe travel for customers with wheelchairs or motorised scooters.
Terms and Conditions of Carriage
Please see the following for details on Ventura’s policy regarding the terms and conditions of carriage on Ventura services. Terms and Conditions of Carriage (PO 707)
Statement of Commitment to Child Safe Standards
Please see the following for details on Ventura’s Statement of Commitment to Child Safe Standards
Code Red Day – Catastrophic Fire Danger Days
Urgent reminder that some Ventura bus routes will not operate on declared Code Red Fire Danger days. Please see the following for details on Ventura’s Code Red Day – Catastrophic Fire Danger Days