Public transport

Bus at a bus stop

Public Transport Victoria (PTV) provides public transport service in the shire. Visit the PTV website for timetables, routes, fare and accessibility information, as well as useful journey planning tools.


McHarry’s Buslines operates public transport bus services between Geelong and the Torquay/Jan Juc area, including connecting services to Marshall Train Station for people commuting to Melbourne. McHarry’s also operates the V/Line bus service along the Great Ocean Road, between Geelong and Apollo Bay.

For detailed information on tickets, fares, timetables, routes, stop locations and more, visit McHarry’s or V/Line .

The summer seasonal bus services between Colac and Lorne (via Birregurra and Deans Marsh), and Colac and Apollo Bay operate in December and January each year.

View timetables


The Warnambool to Geelong train line runs through parts of the Surf Coast Shire servicing the town of Winchelsea.

V/Line timetables
1800 800 007 or TTY: (03) 9619 2727

Taxi Services in the Surf Coast

There are 11 taxis specifically servicing the Surf Coast Shire area; four of which are wheelchair accessible. Taxis are licensed to work in specific areas, so it is best to contact the company that operates in your area. See below for further details. 

Did you know that concessions are available via the Multi-Purpose Taxi Program? See Accessibility & Mobility for more information.

Anglesea & Aireys Inlet

Great Ocean Road Cabs
P: 0408 325 992
Service area: Anglesea, Aireys Inlet and surrounds.
Vehicles: One standard and one wheelchair accessible taxi. Please note: this is not a maxi taxi.


Geelong Taxi Network
P: 131 008
Service area: 24 hour service for Torquay, Jan Juc, Bellbrae and surrounding areas.
Vehicles: Three standard and one wheelchair accessible maxi taxi, with the ability to back up with the Geelong fleet.


Lorne Taxi Service
P: 0409 892 304
Service area: Lorne, Wye River and surrounds.
Vehicles: One standard

Winchelsea & District

Winchelsea & District Taxis
P: (03) 5267 2888
Service area:  Winchelsea, Deans Marsh, Moriac and surrounding areas.  Wheelchair accessible taxis will service further (eg. Lorne) where other WAT’s are not available.
Vehicles:  Two standard and two wheelchair accessible maxi taxis.

Colac & District

Colac Active Taxis
P: (03) 5231 5833
Service area: Colac area.  This service can be used if you live outside of the Surf Coast Shire taxi service areas listed above, and wish to travel to Colac. Please note: Colac Taxis cannot do any additional pick up or drop offs within the Surf Coast Shire.
Vehicles: Eight standard and two wheelchair accessible maxi taxis

Central Geelong NightBus to Torquay – Saturday Nights

The NightBus provides transport from Central Geelong to Torquay every Saturday night (Sunday morning).  All NightBus services depart from the Central Geelong NightBus bus stop at the bus interchange in Moorabool street (between Ryrie and Little Malop Street).
Services to Torquay depart at 1.30am & 3.00am at a cost of $6 per person. Security staff coordinates the bus stop and travel on board every service to ensure the safety of passengers, drivers and the general public. CCTV is also on board all NightBus services. For more information call (03) 5272 5272.

School Buses

School bus services are administered by the Department of Transport. Changes to school bus routes are referred from individual schools to the Department of Education bus route coordinator. In turn, the coordinator approval from Council to use the roads proposed along the new route. 

Winchelsea – Colac  & Deans Marsh – Colac School Bus Trial 2013

In 2013, two new school bus trials were announced to provide more transport options for residents in Winchelsea, Deans Marsh and Birregurra wanting to access Colac. The trials open up spare seats for fare paying passengers on the regular school bus services each weekday morning and afternoon.  For more information call PTV on 1800 800 007.