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New regional coach connections from Tamworth to Newcastle Interchange, Dubbo and Port Macquarie

From Monday 12 March, NSW TrainLink began a trial of three new Coach services. These provide better connections between Tamworth and Newcastle, Tamworth and Dubbo and Tamworth and Port Macquarie.

The aim of the new services is to improve connections between regional communities. This will provide better access to medical and healthcare providers, businesses, shopping and recreational activities.

The new services will use fully accessible coaches, all with an on board toilet and two wheelchair spaces.

The service between Tamworth and Newcastle is timed to allow travel to each enroute location in the morning, with a return service in the evening. These services will complement existing NSW TrainLink Train and Coach services in these areas, providing more travel options for residents and visitors.

The trial will run for at least six months. NSW TrainLink will monitor the trial and make any adjustments to ensure reviewing the trial throughout this period to make any adjustments and ensure communities benefit.

Services between Tamworth and Newcastle will run on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The Coach will travel in the morning from Tamworth, to Scone, then connect with train services to Newcastle. It will return in the evening. On Fridays two services will run via Muswellbrook.

Dubbo coach services will run on Mondays and Fridays, departing Tamworth in the morning and stopping at Somerton, Carroll, Gunnedah, Mullaley, Coonabarabran, Gilgandra and Dubbo. It will return to Tamworth in the afternoon.

These coaches will provide connections at Dubbo with Western regional coaches and also connect with the Western XPT services.

Coaches from Tamworth to Port Macquarie will run on Monday and Fridays. The Monday service will leave Tamworth in the morning and return in the afternoon. Coaches will also leave Tamworth on Friday afternoon with return services on Sunday afternoons. This will allow a weekend away. These services will stop at Walcha and Wauchope along the way. At Wauchope coaches will connect to North Coast XPT services.

These services can now be booked online or download a printable flyer (pdf 2.4MB) with the details for these new services.

Please use the booking widget below to obtain an accurate quote for these services at price varies depending on the day and route of travel.

Over the Easter long weekend some of these services may run at different times than shown in the timetables, the booking widget below will have the most up-to-date times for booking your trip.

Similar trials are planned in other regional areas. Community consultation has already started on trials for Wagga and Albury. You can participate online or at a community information session.

NSW TrainLink's new coach services from Tamworth run on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. They connect with existing Intercity train services. This allows you to make a same day return trip. There are two service interchange points at Scone and Muswellbrook. These services are in addition to the existing daily XPLORER train services from Tamworth.

The trial period is for a limited time from Monday 12 March 2018. Bookings essential.

Fares and pricing

Pensioners and Seniors can travel between Tamworth and Newcastle via Scone on Mondays and Wednesdays for no more than $5.00 if returning on the same day.

You'll need to select Concession type 'Country Pensioner Excursion' from the drop down in the booking system when making your booking.

However, if you're travelling via Muswellbrook, the $5.00 same day return fare does not apply.

You'll need to select Concession type 'Pensioner/Senior half fare' from the drop down in the booking system when making your booking.

Adult, Student, Child and Concession fares (including CPE and PET) booked and paid online will receive a further 10% discount for travel between Tamworth and Newcastle Interchange only. The booking system will quote the applicable fare for any variation to travel outside these services.

You can use an Opal card to travel on Intercity train services. However, please remember you must book and pay for a seat on the Regional coach services if connecting to/from those services. If you don't have an Opal card, you may book and end-to-end journey on the booking system for travel on the reserved coach service and Intercity service. The fare calculated will be a combination of the applicable coach fare plus the Opal fare for the Intercity portion of the journey.

View the Country Pensioner Excursion tickets boundary map.

Tamworth to Newcastle - Monday/Wednesday and Friday PM

  Mon/Wed (AM) Mon/Wed (PM) Fri(PM)
Tamworth 03:50 16:30 18:10
Werris Creek Town 04:26 17:05 18:46
Quirindi 04:45 17:24 19:05
Willow Tree Town 05:02 17:41 19:21
Murrurundi Town 05:19 17:59 19:39
Scone 05:55 18:33 20:13
Connection to Train      
Scone 06:07 19:06 20:51
Aberdeen d06:16 19:15 21:00
Muswellbrook d06:24 19:23 21:08
Singleton d06:55 19:54 21:39
Maitland d07:28 20:27 22:12
Newcastle Interchange 08:01 21:00 22:45

d - drop off only stop

Tamworth to Newcastle - Friday AM

  Fri (AM)
Tamworth 07:20
Werris Creek Town 07:56
Quirindi 08:15
Willow Tree Town 08:32
Murrurundi Town 08:50
Scone 09:25
Aberdeen Town 09:39
Muswellbrook 09:52
Connection to Train  
Muswellbrook 10:09
Singleton d10:39
Maitland d11:12
Newcastle Interchange 11:45

d - drop off only stop

Newcastle to Tamworth - Monday/Wednesday and Friday PM

  Mon/Wed (AM) Mon/Wed (PM) Fri(PM)
Newcastle Interchange 03:18 16:29 17:59
Maitland 03:58 u17:01 18:31
Singleton 04:30 u17:33 19:03
Muswellbrook 05:01 u18:04 19:34
Aberdeen 05:10 u18:14 19:43
Scone 05:21 18:24 19:54
Connection to Coach      
Scone 06:05 18:45 20:30
Murrurundi Town 06:38 19:18 21:03
Willow Tree Town 06:57 19:37 21:21
Quirindi 07:13 19:53 21:37
Werris Creek Town 07:32 20:12 21:55
Tamworth 08:10 20:50 22:32

u - pickup only stop

Newcastle to Tamworth - Friday AM

  Fri (AM)
Newcastle Interchange 08:17
Maitland 08:46
Singleton 09:18
Muswellbrook 09:49
Connection to Coach  
Muswellbrook 10:10
Aberdeen Town 10:22
Scone 10:35
Murrurundi 11:10
Willow Tree 11:29
Quirindi 11:45
Werris Creek 12:04
Tamworth 12:42

 

NSW TrainLink new weekday coach services from Tamworth to Dubbo each Monday and Friday, returning from Dubbo on the same day.

Limited time trial from Monday 12 March 2018. Bookings essential.

Fares and pricing

Adult, Student, Child and Concession fares, excluding Country Pensioner Excursion (CPE), booked/paid online will attract a 10% discount for travel wholly within the nominated services. The booking system will quote the applicable fare to be charged for any variation to travel outside of these services. The 10% online discount does not apply to CPE fares between Tamworth and Port Macquarie.

Tamworth to Dubbo

Coach departs Mon/Fri
Tamworth 09:00
Somerton 09:32
Carroll 09:45
Gunnedah 10:04
Mullaley 10:34
Coonabarabran 11:20
Gilgandra 12:23
Dubbo 13:15*

* You can connect to other NSW TrainLink services:

Dubbo to Tamworth

Coach departs Mon/Fri
Dubbo 14:20*
Gilgandra 15:10
Coonabarabran 16:13
Mullaley 17:01
Gunnedah 17:27
Carroll 17:49
Somerton 18:03
Tamworth 18:36

*You can connect from other NSW TrainLink services:

NSW TrainLink new weekday and weekend services from Tamworth to Port Macquarie.

Limited time trial from Monday 12 March 2018. Bookings essential.

The service departing Tamworth on Friday will return from Port Macquarie on Sunday giving you the opportunity to have a long weekend away.

Fares and pricing

Adult, Student, Child and Concession fares, excluding Country Pensioner Excursion (CPE), booked/paid online will attract a 10% discount for travel wholly within the nominated services. The booking system will quote the applicable fare to be charged for any variation to travel outside of these services. The 10% online discount does not apply to CPE fares between Tamworth and Port Macquarie.

Tamworth to Port Macquarie

Coach departs Mon Fri
Tamworth 08:55 14:00
Kootingal Town 09:13 14:18
Moonbi 09:20 14:25
Bendemeer T/off 09:36 14:41
Walcha 10:13 15:18
Long Flat 12:20 17:25
Wauchope 12:54* 17:54
Port Macquarie 13:15 18:20

* You can connect to other NSW TrainLink services:

Port Macquarie to Tamworth

Coach departs Mon Sun
Port Macquarie 14:15 15:00
Wauchope 14:35* 15:20*
Long Flat 15:06 15:51
Walcha 17:07 17:50
Bendemeer T/off 17:45 18:35
Moonbi 18:03 18:53
Kootingal Town 18:09 18:59
Tamworth 18:30 19:20

* You can connect from other NSW TrainLink services: