Getting stuck at a music festival because your designated driver has had too much to drink the night before is the pits. With Banana Bus Transport, you can leave the car keys at home.

Banana Bus offers transport to and from major Victorian music festivals from 15 locations around Melbourne. You simply book tickets from their app. A return ticket starts at $80.

Owner and director Doug Harvey previously worked as a tour manager for a couple of years on festivals such as Soundwave and Bluesfest before launching the business in January this year.

The idea came to him when a few friends needed a lift to Rainbow Serpent Festival one year. Considering what goes on at festivals, Harvey thinks it’s important for punters to have a safe and convenient ride home.

“This year at Babylon, our bus was the last to leave the campsite. We began driving around to see whether anyone needed a ride. The site was like a war-torn country. When people saw our bus, they started chasing after us. It was funny to watch,” says Harvey.

A return ticket includes one large suitcase or bag of camping gear and one small carry-on bag. Guests can purchase additional luggage and each will receive a complimentary “survival kit” that includes a drawstring bag, water bottle, paw-paw ointment and a condom.

This year, services are running to Meredith, Pitch and Groovin’ the Moo among others.

Banana Bus Transport departs from and returns to suburbs including Caulfield, Clifton Hill, Coburg, Cranbourne, Dandenong, Doncaster, Frankston, Footscray, Narre Warren, North Melbourne, Preston, Richmond, Ringwood, St Albans and St Kilda.

Not only does Banana Bus Transport offer rides to and from the venue, at some festivals they have a base camp set up with marquees providing water and basic supplies.

The service is perfect for people who think the festival starts as soon as the car’s packed.

“You will definitively meet some larrikins on board,” says Harvey.

For more information, visit bananabusft.com

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