Public transport in Hobsons Bay

Travelling around Melbourne on public transport is easy with a Metcard, which can be used on trains, trams and buses.

Metcards can be purchased from vending machines at all stations, over the counter at Newport, Laverton and Williamstown train stations and from bus drivers. Metcards can also be purchased from newsagents and other shops displaying the blue Metcard flag.

There are two train lines and ten bus routes operating in Hobsons Bay. For more information visit www.metlinkmelbourne.com.au/location/view/21


Trains and Buses

The two train lines in Hobsons Bay are the Werribee line and the Williamstown line. Trains run approximately every 20 minutes out of Flinders Street.

The ten bus routes in Hobsons Bay are:




Altona North to Queen Victoria Market via Port Melbourne and West Gate Freeway


Laverton to Sunshine via Robinsons Road


Laverton-Altona Meadows-Altona-Footscray via Millers Road (Route 411) via Mills Street (Route 412)


Laverton-Aircraft-Hoppers Crossing–Werribee Plaza via Sneydes Road


Aircraft-Laverton-Footscray via Geelong Road


Aircraft-Laverton-Altona Meadows-Altona-Williamstown via Williamstown North


Aircraft-Hoppers Crossing via The Strand


Newport-Altona North-South Kingsville-Yarraville via Altona Gate Shopping Centre


Williamstown-Newport-Sunshine via Williamstown Beach


Williamstown-Newport- Footscray-Moonee Ponds via Williamstown North

Download Metlink's map of train and bus services in Hobsons Bay(PDF, 605KB)


The Route 903 SmartBus

The Route 903 SmartBus is now running from Altona Railway Station to Mordialloc with free services from the 20 April to the 3 May.

The SmartBus runs from Mordialloc to Altona passing through Heidelberg, Coburg, Preston, Essendon and Sunshine and connecting with a number of shopping centres including Essendon DFO in 15 minute frequencies at peak times.

The SmartBus program will include more frequent services, extended hours of operation (include late evenings and Sundays), improved timetable information at bus stops and priority at traffic lights. A dedicated bus lane has also been installed on Buckley Street as part of the SmartBus upgrade, ensuring the bus can run more quickly.

Low-floor buses are used on SmartBus routes. These buses are able to ‘meet’ the bus stop at the same level and eliminate a ‘step’ to board the bus. SmartBus stops feature tactile ground surface indicators and high contrast colour schemes that are used to meet the needs of people with a vision impairment.

View the SmartBus 903's timetable at www.metlinkmelbourne.com.au/route/view/1695 and the route map(PDF, 96KB), you may be able reduce your travel time, save money and the environment.

For further information, call 932 1000.

Bus and train timetables and other public transport information is available at www.metlinkmelbourne.com.au

Metropolitan bus reviews

Hobsons Bay was part of the Moonee Ponds-Maribyrnong-Hobsons Bay bus review which saw a number of upgrades to bus routes.

Major changes included:

Restructuring of route 429 (Yarraville to Altona East) and route 432 (Newport to Paisley) into a new route 432 linking Yarraville, Altona East, Altona Gate and Newport. 

Route 415 (Williamstown to Laverton) will provide an off-peak service via Port Phillip retirement village in Altona.

Restructuring of route 472 to run via Geelong Road and Barkly Street, Footscray, allowing operation of ultra-low floor buses

The hours of operation on route 412 (Laverton to Footscray), route 432, route 471 (Williamstown to Sunshine) and route 472 have been extended to 9.00pm, seven days a week.

The other bus routes in Hobsons Bay are being reviewed as part of the Wyndham-Hobsons Bay bus review.

Further information about the bus reviews and a summary report is available at www.transport.vic.gov.au


NightRider bus

NightRider provides a safe, cheap alternative for late night journeys at weekends. Buses travel from the city to Melbourne's outer suburbs, departing every hour between 12.30am and 4.30am on Saturdays and Sundays.

Holders of a valid Metcard can use the NightRider service at no extra cost.

The Werribee NightRider departs from the bus stop at City Square, Swanston Street. It travels through Port Melbourne, over the West Gate Bridge, through Melbourne Road, Mason Street, Millers Road, Blyth Street, Maidstone Street, Queen Street, Central Avenue and then to Werribee via the Princes Freeway.

For more information please contact Dysons Bus Service on 9463 3999.



There are two ferry companies operating out of Williamstown from Gem Pier. Ferries stop at the Scienceworks Museum jetty (on request) before travelling to the CBD via the Yarra River.


Other Useful Public Transport Links

For information about train routes, services, complaints about the railway network, train delays and cancellations visit www.connexmelbourne.com.au

For information about bus services that operate in Altona, Werribee and Williamstown visit www.kefford.com.au and www.sitabus.com.au

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