Start point: Explorer Bus ticket office, outside Katoomba Station.
Tour duration: Full Day
First Departure: 9.00 am
Frequency: Every 30 minutes.
Circuit duration: 60 minutes.
Last Departure4.15 pm
Season: We run every day of the year. Even Christmas Day!
Ticket Validity: Full Day with a free extension when you stay in the Blue Mountains up to 3 days. Validate your ticket upon arrival at our Katoomba shop.
How much can you fit into your day with the Explorer Bus?
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What are people saying about us?
Our customers have left hundreds of reviews on TripAdvisor. Here's just a taste from the past few months:
"We booked a package through the YHA, $90 for 2 nights accommodation and this bus pass, and we also extended our stay for an extra few days to get the most out of the mountains. We used the bus for 3 days and it was great, it made it so easy to do long walks and hikes, without having to worry about returning to the car or public bus stop, we knew that wherever we ended up on our walk we’d be near a bus stop and only max 30 minutes waiting. We made it to most of the spots in the brochure in 3 days, including the brilliant Wentworth Falls. I’d say, definitely come for 2/3 days, and use the brochure to loosely plan your time and walks to get the best out of it! The map in the brochure is good for a starting off point and a more in depth one is available for free in the tourist information at Echo Point. Finally, everyone that works at the company was incredibly friendly and helpful, advising us on routes that were temporarily closed and informing us of other routes we could take, which we would not have known until we arrived at the closed off point, otherwise! Jimmy was an amazing guide. So glad we booked this bus, one of my favourite trips whilst in Australia! Thanks guys :)"
Alt20, Canterbury UK - February 2018
"We parked at Katoomba train station and the booking office was easy to find at the front of the station. The lady at the counter was very friendly and advised us on the best ticket to get.
The whole way around each bus driver provides excellent advice about getting from one location to another so that if a walk between is an option you can pick the bus up at further along the line stops. They also get to know the travellers so well and who they should be looking out for at each stop- excellent service. Once our tour had finished the driver also dropped us closer to the station car park- having asked if we were catching the train back to Sydney or driving. They really treat you as individuals on this tour. A great relaxed way to see the mountains and with excellent advice about getting the most out of each place to see.
Gail P, Sudbury UK - January 2018
"When hiking, one of the things that I hate is having to backtrack to return to my car. With this bus, you have complete flexibility to leave from one place and finish somewhere else. This lets you see more and also make decision on the fly regarding how much you want to hike. Also great: during the post-Christmas rush, they run extra buses. The last bus on December 27 wasn't until 7:30pm (departing Scenic World). So even more flexibility. Plus the buses were generally running every 15 minutes instead of every 30. Be sure to ask your driver when the last bus leaves, because it does seem to vary. Your ticket is valid for as many days you are staying (up to 7 days), so this bus is a bargain if you are hiking for several days (which you should--it is so beautiful here, I wish we had longer than 3 days!). Finally, a shout-out to Jimmy, who deserves a raise if he hasn't gotten one recently. He really cares about all of his passengers, and helps them plan their days and gives individual advice for maximizing one's stay--such as where to eat or what time of day to go various places."
Pinks99, Houston Texas - December 2017
"This is a great hop on hop off service to get around hassle free. Our driver Jimmy was so friendly and helpful. The route is well sign posted and you're given a very informative guide book and timetable. The red double decker bus is easy to spot and views from the top deck are great. Good value too, as a ticket covers you for the duration of your stay."
Susan B, Ballina Australia - October 2017
I spent 3 days in the Blue Mountains and the Explorer Bus was the best option for me without a car. Jimmy the driver was very helpful and even helped me dropped off my baggage at the hostel so I could go straight to the Scenic World in early morning (which is less busy and no queue) and make the most of my time there. The guidebook provided by the company was very useful, or you could simply ask the drivers for recommendations on planning your trip to suit your own schedule! Not only were the drivers informative, they also drove by scenic view slowly so you could simply enjoy it from the bus if you choose not to hop off the bus.
Nhywombat, Hong Kong - August 2017