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

  • What’s New

    See below for the latest news and updates from Ventura.


    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.

    Please note: Monday 4 October 2021, Route 676 and Telebus services in Lilydale area will be replaced with on-demand bus service FlexiRide, helping residents in Chirnside Park, Lilydale, Mooroolbark and Croydon to get to work, local shopping centres and transport hubs. 

    For more information click here.

    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.

    This discount has been extended and is now available until 27 August 2021.

    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.

     QR Codes on public transport

    The Victorian Government has rolled out QR codes in more than 440 key locations across the public transport network and is now installing QR codes on trams, trains and buses. QR codes help keep passengers safe, support the Department of Health’s contact tracing efforts and helps stop the spread of COVID-19.

    You will now see QR codes in a range of locations, including tram stops in the Free Tram Zone, Metro and V/Line stations, replacement bus stops (when operating) and on trams, trains and buses.

    Please check in every time you see QR codes at stations, platforms and stops and while you travel on trains, trams and buses. You should also register your myki and touch on and off as usual to assist with contact tracing efforts.

    To find out more about how to travel safely on the public transport network, please visit Public Transport Victoria’s coronavirus information page.


  • 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 

    Real opportunities available now! We offer fantastic rates, a secure career and the flexibility to fit your lifestyle. No previous experience required. Driver rates are $41 per hour for casuals and $31.5 per hour for full time.

    More Women at the Wheel open days coming soon!

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

FlexiRide Rowville

The new demand responsive bus service "FlexiRide" is now available in Rowville! Book via the Flexiride app and catch the bus from one of over 100 virtual stops to/from Stud Park SC or Ferntree Gully Station.

Download the app today: