Better Buses for the Mornington Peninsula

Better Buses for the peninsula

Would you like to see improvements to public transport on the Mornington Peninsula?

Public Transport on the Mornington Peninsula is suffering greatly from a prolonged legacy of under-investment. Public transport issues faced on the Mornington Peninsula include:

  • The Mornington Peninsula has the second lowest provision of public transport per person in metropolitan Melbourne.
  • Two out of three of the peninsula’s Major Activity Centres are not serviced by train and rely on bus services – the only metropolitan municipality in the state with this situation.
  • 7.6 million visitors annually and only 18% of the Peninsula services by public transport.
  • The Route 788 bus carries over half a million passengers annually with current frequencies from 45 minutes to 100 minutes.
  • More than 50,000 residents over the age of 60, many facing challenges with social isolation.”

With public transport across Victoria being controlled and managed by the state government, Mornington Peninsula Shire continues to push for improved public transport for its residents, businesses and visitors. 

The Shire, alongside its community, needs to voice current challenges being experienced by public transport users to the state government and encourage them to take action

How you can help

To assist us in pursuing public transport improvements across the Peninsula, we are asking the community to write to the Minister for Public Transport about the times you have been impacted by public transport on the Peninsula.

The Hon. Melissa Horne MP, Minister for Public Transport
Level 22, 1 Spring Street, Melbourne, Victoria, 3000

The following questions may help you in writing your own letter to the Minister, there is also further information in the sections below.

  • What the proposed route 788 improvements would mean to you?
  • Would you be more likely to use the 788 if it was more frequent with some express services?
  • Have you ever been left behind by the 788?
  • What other bus network upgrades would you like to see on the Peninsula?

Email the Minister

The highest profile public bus service on the peninsula is the Route 788, which provides connectivity between the southern peninsula and Frankston.

Currently the service frequencies are approximately 45 minutes during the weekday peak and 75 minutes on weekends.

Given over 500,000 passengers use this service each year, buses are overcrowded during peak times and are sometimes forced to leave some passengers behind.

Mornington Peninsula Shire, in collaboration with Ventura Bus Lines, have been working on proposals to upgrade the Route 788 (Portsea to Frankston) bus service.

These upgrades include:

  • More buses for the 788 to increase frequency.
  • Provision of express services during peak times.
  • Integration of 788 with Route 887 (Rosebud – Monash University) to provide access to Frankston Hospital and Monash University (Frankston Campus) from all 788 stops.



A number of other improvements are also being pursued by both the community and the Shire. These are:

  • 781 (Frankston to Mount Martha) - Re-route to service an additional 1776 households (3km addition to route); and
  • 782/783 (Frankston to Flinders/Hastings) - Re-route to service additional households, townships and services. Increase in frequency
  • 784/785 (Frankston to Mornington) - Re-route to Mornington North area and residential development that has occurred (including retirement villages on Bungower Road)
  • Introduction of new bus services:
    • Cross Peninsula Service (Mornington to Hastings); and
    • Services to tourist destinations