Greyhound Mini Traveller Pass Review
One of the most difficult things to tackle when planning a trip is transportation – especially if you want to stick to public transport. When you are going on a trip, you want to be able to see as much of the country as possible, and the last thing you want to do is spend hours researching different bus/train/and car options.
Luckily, when travelling in Australia, this process is as simple as it can be.
Throughout much of Australia, when it comes to the bus, there is only one main company that operates. That company is Greyhound Australia.
Ok, so now we know which company we have to look up if we want to take the bus in Australia. Now what if we know where we want to travel, but we are not exactly sure when…. well that is where the mini traveller pass comes into play.
Greyhound Mini Traveller Pass
Mini traveller passes are travel passes allowing hop on, hop off, point to point travel in one direction between two destination points. There are a wide variety of passes available along popular routes. Some examples include Broome – Perth, Melbourne – Sydney, or Brisbane – Cairns. You are allowed to hop on and hop off the bus at any point along your route, as long as you do not backtrack.
The mini traveller pass allows you to buy your travel segments ahead of time, but leave the actual booking of days up to the spur of the moment if you wish. The only catch is that you need to complete your travel within three months of your first travel segment – which isn’t usually difficult for most travellers as a standard tourist visa to Australia is also 3 months long as well.
Advantages of the Greyhound Mini Traveller Pass
Pre book your travel – For those who like to plan in advance, and for those who find it difficult to budget while on the road, you can pre purchase your mini traveller passes in advance. This allows you to get one of the major travel expenses out of the way before you even leave for your trip.
Book your travel online – When you purchase your mini traveller pass, you will be given a reference number and pin. You can then use this to log into your account on the Greyhound website and book or change your travel segments.
Ticketless travel – Although it is recommended to keep a copy of your printed mini traveller pass with you, even if you lose this document it is not the end of the world. The driver will have a record of your name on his manifesto, and as long as you have some ID with you, you should have no problem getting on board.
Save money – A mini traveller pass will save you money, as buying a pass is slightly cheaper than booking all the segments individually.
Backpacker discount – Greyhound Australia also accepts a variety of backpacker cards, allowing you to buy your mini traveller pass at the concession rate. See the full list of concession cards accepted here.
Disadvantages of the Greyhound Mini Traveller Pass
There really are not that many disadvantages for the Greyhound Mini Traveller Pass. I try to be fair and objective on OurOyster and try to always list at least one disadvantage for my readers to consider, but it took me quite a while to actually think of one for Greyhound!
Make sure you will use your pass – Changing your mind comes at a price. There is a $100 cancellation fee if you decide not to use your pass. And if you use a section of the pass, then you will be unable to get a refund for any unused segments. So just have a plan, buy your pass, and enjoy your travels, and you will avoid any of that hassle.