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Bus & Shuttle

There's no public transport or scheduled shuttles to the ski resorts outside the ski season. In winter, expect to pay $90 to $100 one way between the ski fields and Canberra.

Greyhound Operates a direct seasonal coach service between Sydney and Thredbo, stopping in Canberra, Cooma and Jindabyne and at the Perisher Skitube train. Departures daily.

Murrays Operates a seasonal Snow Express coach between Canberra and Thredbo, stopping in Cooma and Jindabyne.

Snoexpress Operates a coach from Canberra to Thredbo and Perisher on Friday and Sunday.

Various shuttle services offer private connections to the ski fields from Jindabyne, including Snowy Mountains Shuttles, where you can book a spot on daily return services on the Berridale–Jindabyne–Skitube route (return journeys adult/child $55/40).

Car

From June to October snow chains must be carried in 2WD vehicles – even when there's no snow – and fitted where directed. The penalty if you're caught without them is hefty. The simplest, safest way to get to Perisher Valley in winter is to park and take the Skitube train from the Alpine Way (which also avoids the national-park vehicle charge). It's almost always possible to drive right up to Thredbo.

Vehicle entry to the national park costs $29 per 24 hours per car in winter and $17 at other times. If you intend to stay a while, buy the $190 annual parks permit – it gives unlimited access to every national park in NSW. If you're driving straight through the park without stopping, no park fees are payable. If you're coming from Jindabyne there are payment booths on both the Alpine Way and Kosciuszko Rd; otherwise, buy a pass at one of the visitor centres.