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PenBus has now terminated for 2014 and will begin again on the 23 February for the 2015 academic year. Financial assistance to run the PenBus demonstration project will expire on 30 June 2015. This project has been an outstanding success with average passenger numbers currently at 160 per day.

The Mornington Peninsula Shire is working with stakeholders to advocate for permanent funding for PenBus as it is assisting an enormous number of students, trainees, apprentices and job seekers with access to educational and employment facilities. The Mornington Peninsula Shire will continue to update residents as to the progress of PenBus funding and sustainability as news comes to hand.

Your support for this project will assist us to bring it to the attention of state government. Please feel free to lobby your state minister for the continuation of this valuable service. Thank you – The PenBus Team.

Mornington Peninsula Shire in partnership with Ventura Bus lines is pleased to announce “PenBus”, a Commonwealth funded bus service available to eligible students, jobseekers, apprentices and trainees living in the Frankston and Mornington Peninsula region.

The PenBus service make travelling to access tertiary education, training and employment opportunities easy, with PenBus services scheduled to ensure morning passengers arrive at their destination in time for standard business and campus opening hours.
PenBus also gives passengers working or studying outside of the region a convenient connection to Chisholm Institute TAFE Frankston Campus, Frankston railway station and Monash University Peninsula Campus and Monash University Clayton Campus.  Passengers can board and disembark at ANY PenBus bus stop along the journey. 

PenBus Timetable

PenBus Timetable – Rosebud to Monash University (Clayton) via Chisholm TAFE Frankston Campus and Monash University Peninsula Campus.

Am I eligible?

Residents of the Frankston and Mornington Peninsula region are eligible to apply for free access to PenBus services if they are:
- A full-time, or part-time tertiary student, formally enrolled in study
- A registered apprentice or trainee
- A jobseeker

If you are eligible for PenBus, simply complete and return a PenBus_Travel_Pass_Application_Form.pdf (316KB) or apply online PenBus Travel Pass Application Form, telling us which regular PenBus route and journeys you wish to access, and agreeing to the PenBus Terms of Service. Once approved, you will be issued with your unique PenBus Travel Pass, allowing you access to regular PenBus travel.  All PenBus services are wheelchair accessible, and wheelchair places must be booked in advance.

PenBus Travel Passes are only valid for travel on PenBus Services. Passengers using PenBus to connect with other train or bus services will need to ensure they hold a valid ticket for all ongoing journeys.

PenBus is funded by the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations through the Local Employment Coordinator Flexible Funding.

For more information on PenBus, contact us at, or contact customer service


Page Last Updated: 17 December 2014