SYDNEY - GETTING AROUND

Sydney`s Public Transport

The integrated public transport network offered in Sydney makes getting around the beautiful harbor city easy and affordable. A network of trains, buses, light rail, ferries and taxis are all available for visitors to tour the city. From the airport the easiest way to get into town is by catching a cab or jumping on the train. Train stations are located underneath both terminals and stop at all stations on the city circle line.

Opal Card

The Opal Card is a free smartcard ticket to load funds for use on trains, buses, ferries and light rail in the city. The Opal card can be used for transport extending to the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, and the Southern Highlands regions that surround Sydney.

Walking

It is surprisingly easy to get around on foot in the city as most attractions are within the CBD (central business district) district, close to the CBD or at locations around the harbor making it one of the most walkable cities.

By Train

The airport is located just 13 minutes via train from the city center of Sydney with stations located at both the international and domestic terminals. The main station in the city is Central Station connecting all of Sydney and most of the NSW including suburban lines, the airport line and intercity lines. The train network extends to regions such as the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Hunter Valley, Southern Highlands and the South Coast. The railway runs underground and covers over 506 miles of track with 178 stations and over 7 lines with 21 hours a day operation with trains running every 3 minutes in the underground and 5-10 minutes at most major stations. On the weekends trains run less frequently with wait times around 30 minutes at outer stations but less than 10 minutes in the underground core.

By Light rail

The Sydney light rail network is a tram system servicing the city offering high capacity, high frequency, efficient and reliable mode of public transportation. The network consists of an 8 mile line with 23 stations with services that run between Central Station, Dulwich Hill and stops at the CBD and Inner West destinations. Other major stops include Paddy`s Market, Darling Harbor, The Star and Fish Markets.

By Bus

The Sydney bus network covers most of the greater regions of the city, and is a friendly and convenient way to get around. Major bus thoroughfares can be found in the city center on York Street, Pitt Street, Elizabeth Street, Castlereagh Street, Central Station and the Circular Quay.

Metro bus

This network contains 13 routes and provides over 400,000 additional bus passenger spaces per week. The service offers a high frequency, high capacity bus network that runs seven days a week with a 10 minute frequency during peak hours and around 20 minute waits in the evening and on the weekends. These buses are painted a distinctive red color and are all wheelchair accessible and stop at major bus and rail stations.

Shuttle bus

A shuttle bus company provides transport for longer journeys between the airport, hotels, the city center and most of the suburbs of the city. These buses should be pre-booked.

By Ferry

Sydney Ferry services are available and offer a unique and affordable way to explore the most beautiful harbor in the world. Sydney Ferries public transport network is the oldest form of transportation and serves both commuters and visitors. These services operate on the Sydney Harbor and the Parramatta River. Travel from Circular Quay to the popular Manly beach area. Sunset and dinner cruises are also offered on the Sydney harbor. You can catch a cruise from Circular Quay, King Street Wharf or Darling Harbor.

By Taxi

Taxi services are a great way to get around the city, they are available if the light on their roof is on and can be pre-booked online or by phone. You can also hail a cab from the curb or at a taxi stand. The city has a wide range of vehicle and taxi services to choose from including a regular cab, premium service or maxi cab for larger groups and with wheelchair accessibility.

Water Taxi

A convenient and memorable way to get around the Sydney Harbor. The small boats operate to and from any wharfs or waterfront locations that have step access.

Uber

A popular form of transportation used at the airport and around the city UberX and Uber Black can be up to 20% cheaper than a taxi during non peak hours.