Canberra Xplorer fees increase

Fees have increased for commuters on the Canberra Xplorer service.

In documents sourced from the NSW Tranlink website, 2015, it was announced commuters who travelled from Sydney to Canberra would pay no more than $13 each way for those on the 6.12pm service from Sydney or the 6.58pm service from Campbelltown and got off at Mittagong or Bowral.

For those on the same service who got off at Moss Vale, Bundanoon or Goulburn, they would pay no more than $15 each way.

But on April 26, 2017 NSW TrainLink documents said the commuter fare would be withdrawn from sale from May 1.

The price for an adult economy seat through to Mittagong is now $15.33 and to Bowral, Moss Vale, Bundanoon or Goulburn is $18.56.

A Transport for NSW spokesperson said the previous fares were a temporary arrangement.

“Southern Highlands commuters were able to access the Canberra Regional service for $13 on journeys to Bowral and Mittagong, and $15 for journeys through to Moss Vale, Bundanoon and Goulburn under temporary fare arrangements,” they said.

“Customers in the Southern Highlands continue to have the choice of using a booked regional service and the benefits offered including a more comfortable, allocated seat and on-board catering. Alternatively they can use their Opal card and pay only $8.30 to travel to any of the above destinations on an Intercity train from Central.”