Melbourne Route Histories

  • Prior to 1990

    – Expertly researched notes by Graeme Cleak detailing bus services in Melbourne from 1925 through to the early 1990s rationalisation of private bus routes and privatisation of goverment bus services in 1993.

    Melbourne Birghton Bus Lines #93 (Leyland Leopard, Freighter) runs a 604 shortworking (Andrew Potts collection)

  • 000 – 199

    – Traditionally used for tram services and a network of school services between the Doncaster region and private schools in Kew.

    From June 2015 the 100-series was used for several routes in Melbourne’s outer west as part of a major network overhaul.

  • 200 – 399

    – Since the 1971 renumbering the 200 & 300 series have been used for government bus services in Melbourne’s inner suburbs and across the Doncaster / Ringwood region, with these routes later transfering to National Bus Company, Melbourne Bus Link and Transdev.

    From 2016 routes in the outer northern suburbs began receiving numbers in the this series as part of expanded networks.

  • 400 – 499

    – The 400-series largely covers bus services in Melbourne’s western suburbs and more recently regional town services in Bacchus Marsh and Gisborne.

  • 500 – 599

    – The 500-series largely covers bus services in Melbourne’s northern & north-western suburbs, stretching from Craigieburn and Moonee Ponds across to Eltham and Heidelberg.

    On Route 644 at Southland in 1988, Sandringham Bus Company
    BEN-103 (Hino AM100) (Peter Kane)

  • 600 – 699

    – The 600-series over the years has covered pockets of eastern and inner south-east Melbourne, from routes around Camberwell, Prahran & St Kilda, services around Brighton and Cheltenham prior to 1991 as well as routes around Croydon and Lilydale and throughout the Dandenong Ranges.

  • 700 – 799

    – The 700-series over the years has covered traditional Ventura services across the eastern suburbs, from their popular 700, 703, 733 & 767 north-south routes to several local routes radiating from Box Hill, Mitcham, Glen Waverley, Knox City and Boronia.

    The 700-series has also been used by routes serving Mordialloc, Frankston, Cranbourne and along the Mornington Peninsula.

  • 800 – 999

    Wills Bus Service #18 (Bedford SB5, Comair) seen at Nunawading on the northern-third of the 888 Springvale Rd service in 1985 (Peter Kane)

    – The Grenda Empire operated services in the 800-series, initially covering the many routes radiating from Dandenong in all directions as well as their local routes in the Chelsea area.Later, routes in Berwick, Brighton and Cheltenham joined this series, followed by Cranbourne routes in 2002.

    The 900-series was initially reserved for Victorian Railways routes. More recently the series has covered local routes in Sandringham & Pakenham, NightRider / Night Bus services and SmartBus corridors.

  • Miscellaneous

    – Various shuttle buses over the years that did not carry standard route numbers, including university and shopping centre shuttles.