100% worry-free with Harlan

- No deposit required. Flexible payment

- Reschedule or 100% Refund should COVID causes any cancellation of your trip


We're a REAL Melbourne Bus & Coach company, NOT an Agency.

Harlan is a well-established, fully Accredited and Insured transport operator since 1991.

Don't put your SAFETY in the hand of so-called unlicensed third-party agencies.




Safe Melbourne Minibus hire & Coach charter – Reliable Bus Hire in Melbourne since 1991

Harlan Transport is a well-established, fully accredited and insured transport operator, and has been reliably running since 1991. Harlan is the name that you can trust for all your bus & coach transport needs in Melbourne.

We provide all sort of ground transport services 24/7 at a competitive price for all group sizes and needs. We take care of a small group of family & friends with our Minibus or a large group of hundreds of passengers for corporate events with our luxury 5-star coaches.

Harlan is capable of catering for all your personal minibus hire and business coach charter requirements thanks to our large vehicle fleet of all sizes including

  • Luxury cars
  • 7 seater station wagons
  • 12 seater mini bus
  • 20 seater mini bus
  • 24 seater mini bus
  • 34 seater midi bus
  • 5-star luxury 42 seater coach with toilet
  • 5-star luxury 48 seater coach with toilet
  • 5-star luxury 52 seater coach with toilet
  • 5-star luxury 54 seater coach with toilet
  • Luggage trailers with ample storage space for Airport transfers

All of our vehicles are fully seat-belted and air-conditioned. Our luxury coaches are equipped with *Free WiFi, *USB phone chargers, and entertainment facilities including Bluetooth, AUX cable, and USB Music Player, Microphone, DVD, TV and toilet onboard.

All buses have gone through a safety check and are cleaned before each departure as well as scheduled maintenance quarterly to ensure we are providing you with ultimate safety and comfort.

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Our professional drivers are experienced and friendly when dealing with diverse cultures, especially Asian & Middle East customers. In addition, they are knowledgeable about tourist attractions and always willing to assist you with luggage and information.

Besides, our friendly and experienced sales team is always happy to discuss your itineraries and tailor your very specific bus transport requirements and provide a no-obligation bus charter quote.

Bus hire Melbourne - Harlan Driver team

Melbourne Private Minibus hire and Corporate bus hire

Whatever your hire, be it private, business travel or contract, we can cater for all group sizes and needs including:

  • Mini bus hire for wineries tours such as Yarra Valley wine tours, Mornington Peninsula wine tours and Mount Macedon wine tours
  • Bus rental for Business meetings and corporate events throughout Melbourne and Victoria
  • Meet & Greet bus charter for VIP clients
  • Hotel and venue transfers for corporate guests
  • Shuttle bus and coach charter for company conferences, conventions, exhibitions, and expos
  • Minibus hire for Corporate Christmas party and Team building activities
  • Chartered bus for educational excursions and competitions, camp transfers for local schools and universities
  • Airport Pickup from Melbourne Tullamarine and Avalon airports to Melbourne CBD and suburbs (International and Domestic) and return charter service
  • Wedding bus hire for photoshoot & guest transfers
  • Day bus hire with a driver for Bucks party & Hens party
  • Kids Party & Birthday party bus hire
  • Bus hire with driver for Interstate transfers for sporting and academic competitions
  • Private minibus hire for horse racing during Melbourne Cup Carnival (Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival) to the Flemington Racecourse, Moonee Valley Racecourse, Caufield Racecourse and Kyneton Racecourse
  • Bus charter for A Day on the Green Music events, and Sporting events such as Australia Open and AFL
  • Small-Group chartered bus/car for family & friends events
  • 45-minute Short notice Urgent bus transport for service disruption such as Airlines & Rail replacement works

Bus hire for touring around Melbourne and Interstates


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100% No hidden fee! All quotes & charges include GST, Fuel, Tolls, Parking fees, Insurance and travelling from depot to depot.

Complete the Bus hire online enquiry form and we’ll get back to you very shortly. Alternatively, call 0493 756 612 or email [email protected] to discuss your bus charter requirements.

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Harlan Transport: Melbourne Bus Charter & Private Group Tours IconHarlan Transport: Melbourne Bus Charter & Private Group Tours

1 Sturdee Street, Coburg North

4.5 21 reviews

  • Avatar J ★★★★★ 2 months ago
    Harrison took myself and family around the Yarra Valley for the day. He was helpful, accomodating and just an all round great person (and driver). I would recommend his services!
  • Avatar Jeff Reid ★★★★ 9 months ago
    A Coach load of residents from Lilydale Valley Views Retirement Village had a most enjoyable day touring to Castlemaine. Harrison, our driver was excellent, coping with some hiccups such as road closures and slow meals. His pleasant and … More cheery manner made the day most enjoyable. Well done, Harrison & Harlan Tours. We would certainly use this company again for Senior Tours.
  • Avatar Yousef Shahin ★★★★★ 2 years ago
    We are a seniors group and we have been in three daily trips with this company, we appreciate the excellent service and understanding the needs for a senior group offered.
    I would recommend this company for anyone wants to hire a bus.
  • Avatar rui grosso ★★★★★ 3 years ago
    Thank you Harrison, on behalf of the portuguese group on our trip to Warnambool. What a great trip it was. The Coach was the best! very comfortable with all the facilities. You were very pleasant and blended in with everyone. Thanks again. … More
    Rui Grosso
  • Avatar Dallas Trounson ★★★★ 3 years ago
    Great service from time of enquiry to following up with us after. The driver was very accommodating. Only thing, the microphone could have worked better but would definitely book through Harlan Transport again.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Our bus hire charter rates vary depending on many factors such as the vehicle type, bus size, day or night hire, number of hours and travelling distance. 

The bus hire pricing table below can be used as a guideline only. Please complete the bus charter with a driver enquiry form for an exact quotation.

Bus Size

Minimum 4-hour cost
up to 100 kms

Per Day
(typical 8-hour hire)
up to 200 kms

Per Hour After

13 seat mini bus$330$770$88
24 seat mini bus$550$990$99
35-42 seat luxury coach$660$1100$135
48 seat luxury coach$770$1180$140
52-54 seat luxury coach$880$1330$168
7 seat car$330$770$88
Luggage trailer$50$50 N/A


Budgeting is easy - 100% No hidden fee!

Unlike other bus companies, all our quotes & charges include Driver, GST, Fuel, Tolls, Ferry, Parking fees, Insurance and travelling from depot to depot. The quoted price is the final amount you only have to pay. 

We're a bus company, not a third-party bus agency so No middle man, No profiteering, No extra charges. 

Please note charter rates and times are calculated from the time the driver picks you up until when he completes your trip to drop you off - not the total time of travelling. For example, if you need a bus to pick you up at 8AM and complete the trip at 2PM. That's a 6-hour hire, even if it's a short 45-mins trip each way to/from the destination. 

Additional charges may apply for after-hours services which include but not limited to early-morning (before 6AM) and late-night (after 6PM) pickups, weekends and public holidays. 

Although we're always trying our best to offer you the most competitive bus hire prices, we cannot in my many cases offer a price match with other bus companies. However, please feel free to contact us to discuss and we'll try our best to see what you can do.

Once you're booked with us, a bus is 100% guaranteed for you. Please ask other companies below questions before making your booking with them

  • Flexible payment and cancellation policies: No deposit required, full payment 72 hours before bus departure. No fees for last-minute cancellation - need to cancel at least 24 hours before departure
  • Bus cleanliness and comfort: our bus and coach are comfortable excursion buses, not old school buses.
  • Professional and experienced driver
  • Onboard facilities
  • Insurance

No, we're sorry that we only offer bus charter service - a fully insured bus with experienced and uniformed driver.

No alcohol is to be opened or consumed on the vehicle at any time.

For your own and other customers' safety on the bus, Only screw-top bottled, non-alcoholic beverages are permitted.

Food products which are easily manageable (that will not create a mess) are preferred to prevent any spills or damages to the vehicle. If any damages are created, you're responsible for paying for all cleaning or repair fees required.

We understand that not everything goes as planned, hence we offer our customers very flexible payment options. No deposit or partial payment is required to confirm/secure your booking at the time of enquiry. We are flexible and happy to discuss with you about your payment options and change of itinerary.

For bus charter booking valued less than $5,000:

You are required to make full payment through credit card/ bank transfer/ or cash at our office at least 3 days before departure.

You can also request to pay cash on the day to the driver. Please make sure this is confirmed by our sales team.

For bus charter booking valued more than $5,000:

You are required to make full payment through credit card/ bank transfer/ or cash at our office at least 7 days in advance or by an agreed date confirmed by our sales team.

A full refund will be offered for all cancellation 24 hours before the departure. No false promises.

For last-minute cancellation, we're happy to provide you with a partial refund (full refund less any fee-incurred services).

Our provided quotation is the final amount you only have to pay. We do NOT charge extra for fuels, tolls, ferry costs, airport parking fees, etc.

Please note that the provided quotation is always exclusive of entrance fees unless stated otherwise. You're required to pay your own entrance fees.

For multi-day, long-distance travelling or interstate bus charter, driver's meals and accommodation are not included unless otherwise stated.

Yes, all bus charter prices are in Australian Dollar (AUD).

Please note that payment by Credit card (Visa and Master cards only) will attract a small processing fee charged by Stripe/PayPal. You can avoid this fee by making payment through bank transfer, or pay cash either at our office or directly to the driver on the day.

No. Although tipping is not required, you are most welcome to tip the driver as a reward for his excellent service.

Any amount is very grateful. The suggested amount is $3 per passenger per day.

Depends on the distance amongst your requested pick-up and drop-off points, if it's convenient and they're in the same direction, we're happy to offer it free of charge. Otherwise, a small fee will be applied. Please consult with our sales team for more details.

One or two pickup points are recommended. This helps minimise your bus charter cost and more importantly, you will have more time spending on your trip. 

No, unless you have specifically requested this.

Not every journey or transfer requires meals and/or accommodation for the driver. When the vehicle is travelling a significant distance away from Melbourne for multiple days, it may be feasible for the driver to stay with your group. It is only on these occasions where the driver will require meals and accommodation, which comes as an additional cost to the quoted price. While our quoted price includes the driver, the meals and accommodation for the driver that is not included unless otherwise stated.

If you have a large group of passengers, in most cases, it'd be possible to ask the hotels and restaurants to offer free or discounted meals and accommodation to the driver.

All bus charter services are quoted for 10 hours a day unless you requested a specific number of hours of service.

For some long-distance travel tours such as Great Ocean Road and Mt Buller, they're quoted for 12 hours a day.

NOTE: For passenger safetyby law, the driver can only work a maximum 12 hours a day to avoid driver fatigue. If you need more than 12 hours, please advise our sales team so that we can arrange 2 drivers for your day.

You're welcome to bring along more passengers up to the max capacity of your requested bus size. This is also a very good way to reduce your cost per head.

For provided quote which includes entrance fees, you're required to pay extra for each additional passenger.

Please note that because there is no luggage compartment on smaller buses, therefore for Airport Transfers, it is advised that you always book larger size vehicles than your group's numbers or request a luggage trailer. Any excess luggage requirements must be discussed with our sales team in advance.

We have a large fleet of vehicles so in most cases this is possible. However, this is subject to our fleet availability at the time of your request. Please contact us as soon as possible if you wish to change your bus size.

Sure! Please advise us as soon as possible once you've decided your new departure date/time.

No cost will be charged as long as we're advised at least 24 hours before departure.

For last-minute changes, please call us directly instead of email.

For trips that require entrance fees, bookings of meals and accommodations with third-parties, please carefully plan your itinerary ahead as they might not allow you to change.

You can check Bus & Coach fleet page for real photos of our fleet. You're also welcome to come to our bus depot at 1 Sturdee St, Coburg North, 3058 VIC to see the buses in person. Please advise our sales team for a date and time appointment before your visit.

All of our vehicles are fully seat-belted and air-conditioned and equipped with microphone, Music player via Bluetooth, CD, AUX and USB.

There is *USB charger on each seat, *Free WiFi, USB Player, DVD player, TV, and toilet on our luxury coaches.

*Available on selected coaches only. Please check with our sales staff at the time of booking.

Check our Bus & Coach fleet page for more details.

Our 42, 48, 52 and 54-seat coaches have large luggage compartment underneath which hold passenger bags and other belongings.

Please note that our smaller buses do not have luggage bins, therefore for Airport Transfers, it is advised that you always book larger size vehicles than your group's numbers or request a luggage trailer. Any excess luggage requirements must be discussed in detail with our sales team in advance.

No. Please bring your own child booster seats.

Absolutely, please advise our sales team as soon as possible so that we can plan ahead and make the suitable adjustment for your charter.

Absolutely! Please consult with our sales team directly who will always be happy to make suggestions and help design your very customised itinerary.

Yes, please advise our sales team directly at the time of enquiry.

All tour guide request needs to be advised at least 3 days before departure and is subject to availability.

All offered services come with our public liability insurance. This does not cover your loss of belongings or injury caused by your carelessness and disobeying the provided instructions.

You're always recommended to buy your own travel insurance for your peace of mind and better protection of loss of personal belongings and when an accident happens.