Latest Updates

A lot has been going on at Ventura over the past few months and there are many more exciting developments yet to come. See below for the latest news, service updates, contract wins and advice regarding public transport.

Latest Updates

A lot has been going on at Ventura over the past few months and there are many more exciting developments yet to come. See below for the latest news, service updates, contract wins and advice regarding public transport.

Recent Changes

  • Service Updates & Diversions

    See below for a list of scheduled diversions. These cover everything from roadworks to the Level Crossing Removal Project. 


    COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions

    We are closely monitoring the Coronavirus pandemic and have implemented countermeasures to help fight the spread of COVID-19 and ensure our customers and our employees safety.

    We have employed additional cleaning staff who are using a concentrated alcohol based cleaning product to sterilize the interior of our buses at the end of each day and are now supplying our drivers with personal hand sanitizer to ensure that any interaction between our drivers and the general public are as safe as possible.

    Public Transport - Frequently Asked Questions (COVID-19)


     Important

    For coronavirus information and case locations and outbreaks, visit the DHHS website or call the 24-hr dedicated hotline on 1800 675 398.


    We’re in this together and we need your help

    Before you travel

    Public transport services are running to the normal timetable. There are changes to services at the Victoria and New South Wales border.

    Plan ahead using our journey planner and check disruptions information, or you can contact us on 1800 800 007 if you need help before you travel.

    We strongly encourage you to register your myki so that we can contact you if you have been exposed to coronavirus (COVID-19) on a public transport service.  Register your myki now - it’s quick and easy.  

    Visit the DHHS website and continue to check regularly for public exposure sites, including exposure date and time and advice on testing and isolation.

    Please check your myki card balance prior to your trip. There are cashless top up options available via the website and PTV app.

    Consider travelling outside the peak if you can.

    For more information click here.


    Cashless Buses

    Ventura buses are now cashless, you will now need to top up your MYKI online or at a Station. 


    Route 837 Stop Relocation

    Route 837 stop relocation 12 Jan to 15 Feb. For more information click here.


    Route 550 Diversion

    Route 550 stop relocation from 20/1/2021. For more information click here.

  • What’s New

    See below for the latest news and updates from Ventura.


    FlexiRide Now Available!

    FlexiRide is now available in Rowville.

    The new demand responsive service allows customers to travel from any virtual stop located within the service area to either Stud Park Shopping Centre or Ferntree Gully Train Station. Customers can also book the service in the opposite direction.

    Bookings are essential and can be made directly through the FlexiRide app (available now on Google Play and the App Store) or by calling (03) 8710 6377 between 5am – 7.30pm.

    For more information click here.


    All Services Running As Normal

    All services are now running as normal including the Night Network services and the Point Nepean National Park shuttle bus.


    Temporary Off-Peak Discount

    To make it even easier for metropolitan passengers to choose to travel during the quieter periods of the day, public transport fares outside of peak times will recieve a discount. The 30% discount will apply to customers using myki Money to pay for their trips on Melbourne’s trains, trams or buses between 9.30 am and 4:00 pm or after 7:00 pm on weekdays.

    The discount will be available from 1 February 2021 and will aply for three months.

    For more information click here.


    COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions

    We are closely monitoring the Coronavirus pandemic and have implemented countermeasures to help fight the spread of COVID-19 and ensure our customers and our employees safety.

    We have employed additional cleaning staff who are using a concentrated alcohol based cleaning product to sterilize the interior of our buses at the end of each day and are now supplying our drivers with personal hand sanitizer to ensure that any interaction between our drivers and the general public are as safe as possible.

    Public Transport - Frequently Asked Questions (COVID-19)

  • Recent Charter Contracts

    Ventura offers custom tailored charter services for our customers. No occassion is too big or too small, we cover everything from school excursions to festivals and other large-scale events. See below for information on some of our recent charter contracts.


    Cruise Ship Shuttle Service

    In August 2019 Ventura were successful in winning the contract to provide shuttle services for cruise ships over the 2019/2020 and 2020/2021 seasons. In October 2019, Ventura serviced its first cruise ship ‘The Celebrity Solstice’.

    A combination of careful planning, preparation, and no small amount of teamwork was required; but thanks to the hard work of all those involved the day was a huge success and Ventura received glowing feedback from the Customers, praising the great service and organisation.


    Melbourne Cup Spring Carnival 2019

    Mercury Principle Events supply premium corporate hospitality at Melbourne's major sporting events including The Melbourne Cup, AFL Medallion Club, ANZAC Day Footy, MCG and Marvel Stadium Events, Test Cricket and many more.

    Ventura Bus Lines has a long history with Mercury Principle Events and was again awarded their preferred transport company for the Melbourne Cup Spring Carnival in 2019.  Ventura supplied over 25 buses for the event which was a huge success. 

    "They are the best in the business, I know our clients at the end of the day can be tricky and your drivers handle everything with such professionalism and are always so friendly. Your team are truly amazing! A very big thank you to everyone involved in another successful carnival!" - Danielle Caruso, Event Co-ordinator.

  • Recent Events

    With twelve depots located around Victoria and over 1,500 employees there is always something going on at Ventura. See below for the latest news and events.


    2019 Kiribati Donation

    On July 22nd 2019 on behalf of everyone at Ventura we donated one of our 57-seater Volgren Scania buses to Kiribati School and Centre for Children with Special Needs. The school on Kiribati Island in the central Pacific Ocean had been struggling to get students to school due to a lack of suitable buses on the island. Despite the relatively small size of South Tarawa, for various reasons, these students cannot walk to school each day, nor is public transport accessible to them.

    Without access to a dedicated school bus, these students, all of whom have great potential to be active and contributing members of society would simply be kept at home unable to reach their full potential. We were happy to be able to donate one of our vehicles to help make a difference in these children's lives.

    “Young people struggle enough without having the challenges of a disability and we as a family company are honoured to donate a bus to get these students to school.”

    - Andrew Cornwall, Managing Director


    Women at the Wheel

    Ventura Women at the wheel open days offer a unique chance for women in the local community to get a first-hand look at what it is like to work at Ventura. On the day attendees are taken on a tour of our Head Office at Dandenong Depot and get to meet a few of our friendly female drivers and ask any questions they may have.

    So far, we have hosted three successful open days and plan to schedule more in future.

    Please Note: Due to the pandemic all open days have been postponed until further notice.

     

Remember to check back regularly for the most recent updates from Ventura.

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