This just in... we have added a stop! The park and ride now stops along Honeysuckle Drive near Hunter Water on it's way back to McDonald Jones Stadium. This additional stop is for the morning service only.
Our new park and ride service is free to use. Just register your details and we'll issue you a free park and ride voucher to display on your car dashboard.
New times from Monday 20 November
Buses run weekdays from McDonald Jones Stadium every 15 minutes from 7am to 9am, with CBD stops designed to deliver you within a few minutes' walk of anywhere in the CBD.
Buses make the return trip from the CBD to the stadium every 15 minutes from 4.30pm to 6.30pm.
Note: The Honeysuckle stop will not operate in the lead up to the Coates Hire Newcastle 500 from Monday 20 November until Thursday 30 December. The service will return to normal on Friday 1 December.
Also, the service will not operate on Thursday 23 November as there is a Newcastle Jets home game or on Friday 24 November due to McDonald Jones Stadium being used as a park and ride for ticket holders going to the Newcastle 500. If you are working on these days in the city centre you will need to plan your trip carefully due to changes to parking, event clearways and road closures. Plan your trip now
We have also put together a handy summary of how the service will operate during the Newcastle 500 event period. Download it now
So dodge the rush-hour traffic, skip the parking hassles, save well over a thousand dollars in parking fees and park, ride, relax! Click on the map below for a larger view.
Where to park
- Permit holder are only permitted to park in the designated area. Newcastle City Council and McDonald Jones Stadium staff will be on hand to assist in directing you to the parking area. We have attached a map for your convenience.
- The Park and Ride Facility is limited to the capacity of the designated area of McDonald Jones Stadium dedicated to the Newcastle City Council Park and Ride service. There may be occasions in which the area reaches capacity. McDonald Jones Stadium and Newcastle City Council will advise as soon as possible via our relevant social media channels if capacity is reached.
- All vehicles are parked at their own risk.
Inbound: Monday-Friday 7am-9am with buses every 15 minutes
Outbound: Monday-Friday 4.30pm-6:30pm with buses every 15 minutes
The park and ride is free to use for the remainder of 2017 and the first month of 2018. Starting Monday 29 January, the daily cost will be $2. This price will remain in place for the rest of the year. For commuters paying $8 per day and working 48 weeks a year, this is a saving of $1,440!
- Thursday 23 November 2017
- Friday 24 November 2017
- Friday 22 December 2017
- Friday 13 July 2018
Frequently asked questions
When will the park and ride start?
Park and ride starts at McDonald Jones Stadium on Monday 6 November at 7am-9am.
What time does the park and ride start in the morning?
The first bus will depart from McDonald Jones Stadium at 7am and there will be buses every 15 minutes, with the last bus departing the stadium at 9am.
What time does the park and ride finish in the evening?
The return service will depart from Customs House at 4.30pm and there will be buses every 15 minutes with the last bus departing Customs House at 6:30pm.
What do I need to do?
If you want to park and ride, you’ll need to register your details online at newcastle.nsw.gov.au/parkandride or call 4974 2000. You only need to register once.
It’s free and easy to register and once completed, you’ll be issued with a parking voucher. Simply display the voucher on your vehicle’s dashboard and you’re good to go.
How much does it cost to park and ride?
The park and ride will be free until 25 January 2018. From 29 January 2018 you will need to pay $2.
What if the bus is full?
If the bus is full at the time you wish to use it, wait until the next scheduled service or you can catch public transport buses.
Do I need a ticket to use the bus?
Can I walk to the park and ride and catch the bus into the city centre for free?
Yes! The bus is free to anyone who wishes to use it.
Can I use my Opal card?
No, the bus is free. From January 29 2018 you will need to pay $2 to park your car at the stadium. This will be done via a smart app. Details to come shortly.
What if all the spaces within the park and ride area are taken?
If the designated park and ride area within the stadium is full, then you may have to drive into the CBD. We will post to our social channels as soon as the car park is full to let you know.
Where does the bus go?
McDonald Jones Stadium, King Street near Marketown, Corner King and Auckland Street, Corner King and Perkins Street, Customs House , Honeysuckle
Customs House, Corner King and Perkins Street, Corner King and Auckland Street, King Street near Marketown, McDonald Jones Stadium.
Is there Wi-Fi on the bus?
No, buses are standard government buses.
Where do I park my car for park and ride?
Northern section of McDonald Jones Stadium - follow the signs on-site.
Can I access the bus if I’m in a wheelchair?
Yes, all buses are wheelchair accessible.
Is the park and ride available every weekday?
No, the park and ride does not operate at McDonald Jones Stadium when the Newcastle Knights or Newcastle Jets are playing. Updates on exclusion days can be found at newcastle.nsw.gov.au/parkandride
Does the park and ride run on weekends or public holidays?
Do normal bus services continue as normal?
For more information, please call Newcastle City Council on 02 4974 2000 or email email@example.com
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