Touring Tasmania by Public Transport

Tasmania needs little introduction to a mainlander. A place on everyone’s bucket list of places to visit. If you don’t own a caravan, aren’t keen on guided tours, or dealing with car rental companies, you can always opt for touring Tasmania using public transport. Apart from railway and tramway historical groups there are no passenger trains serving the island. But there are plenty of buses and coaches running services between the towns and cities. Tasmanians are friendly people and super proud of their beautiful island home, so expect to meet them firsthand as you travel around using local bus services.

Hobart Botanical Gardens. Image by Geoff Whalan

There are two ways to get to Tasmania: fly or float. You can fly directly to either Hobart or Launceston from most major cities on the mainland. If you’re not keen on air travel and would like to soak up some sea views, there’s always the Spirit of Tasmania. Fares one way Melbourne to Devonport start at just $69.

The trip I’ve laid out below starts from Devonport, travels around the island, and returns to Devonport. The trip takes in the east coast with a stop in Bicheno, then on to Hobart and then across to the west coast to Strahan, with a stop in Queenstown along the way. Then it goes north to Burnie on the Northwest coast and then from Burnie back to Devonport. If you fly into either Launceston or Hobart, start your trip from there. Map of Tasmania.

Seniors Travel Discounts
Seniors and pensioners discounts are easily available. Information on fares.
You can also apply online for a Greencard which will give you a discount of 20%.

Devonport to Launceston coach service
This service is operated by Redline and there are three services (M-F) a day from Devonport to Launceston. The full timetable is at:

Accommodation close to the centre of Launceston | Close to the centre of Devonport

Launceston to Bicheno coach service
There are two services a day from Launceston to Bicheno at 1.20pm and at 4.15pm (M-F) The full timetable can be found at:

Accommodation close to the centre of Bicheno

Bicheno to Hobart
coach service
There is a daily service that leaves Bicheno at 8.45am and gets you into Hobart at 11.45am. The timetable is at:

Accommodation close to the centre of Hobart

Hobart to Queenstown coach service
There’s a daily service from Hobart thru to Queenstown.

Accommodation close to the centre of Queenstown

Queenstown to Strahan coach service

Accommodation close to the center of Strahan

Strahan, Macquarie Harbour, Tasmania. Image by Arthur Chapman

Strahan to Burnie coach service

Accommodation close to the center of Burnie

Burnie to Devonport coach service
There is an hourly service from Burnie through to Devonport and Launceston

Accommodation close to the center of Devonport


Hobart to Cygnet and the Huon Valley
There are numerous services to Huonville and a couple of services to Cygnet each day.

Accommodation close to the center of Huonville

Huonville, TAS, Mountain Peak in the Hartz Mountains National Park, Tasmania.

Hobart to Launceston coach service
There are also regular services between Hobart to Launceston, taking you down through the middle of the island. A fast inland trip.

Regular passenger services ceased in Tasmania in the late 1970’s. However, numerous Railway Historical Groups keep the spirit of rail travel alive, offering the chance to experience a historic steam train or tram ride. The scene above is from the West Coast Wilderness Railway. More>>
Image by Andrew Phelps
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