Transport and getting around Sydney
We know that finding the best way around Sydney can be a daunting task. So we recommend, wherever possible, using Sydney’s excellent, convenient and economical public transport system to get around the whole of Greater Sydney.
Public transport across Sydney and in NSW
- Public transport across Sydney and in NSW
- Planning your trip – train, bus, ferry and light rail
- OPAL CARD
- Getting to events
- Sydney Trains Information Centres
- Phone Apps
- Accessible services
- Airport Station Access Fee
- Flying into Sydney
- Car Hire
- Taxi Services
- Driving around Sydney
- Sydney’s Motorways
- Roadside Assistance
- LIMO SERVICES
- Local Information
- Discover more about Sydney…
Train services around Sydney suburbs and the CBD
Intercity and regional services including Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Newcastle, Southern Highlands, South Coast and beyond.
Cover hundreds of routes in the cities, suburbs and beyond.
For travel on Sydney harbour and waterways.
Services are the Dulwich Hill, Randwick, and Kingsford lines.
Services around the CBD and across metropolitan Sydney with connections to regional and interstate service provided by NSW TrainLink
Planning your trip – train, bus, ferry and light rail
Go to www.transportnsw.info
This site has a very handy trip planner with door-to-door walking and driving directions to help with your train, bus, ferry and light rail trip.
The site has maps, ticket and fare information, transport status alerts as well as information for accessible travel.
You can also call 131 500 to ask about timetables, trip advice and anything you would like to know about using public transport in Sydney. They are very helpful and the service is fantastic.
THE PUBLIC TRANSPORT CARD FOR VISITORS TO SYDNEY
Opal card is an electronic ticketing system for use on all forms of public transport.
If you are visiting Sydney and the surrounding regions, an Opal card is the most convenient and affordable way to pay for your fares on public transport.
Opal cards can be used for travel on public transport in Sydney, the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, the Hunter and the Illawarra.
For all the details go to Opal for visitors – the best way to pay.
Here you’ll find out about:
> Where to get an Opal card
> Where to use an Opal card
> Which type of Opal card you will need
> How to top up your Opal card
> Tapping on and tapping off with your card
> Opal card benefits
> What to do at the end of your visit
Getting to events
This section of the Transport of NSW website has very helpful information about how to get to the major Sydney events by public transport.
Sydney Trains Information Centres
Grand Concourse, next to platform 4. Open 6.15am to 9.30pm, 7 days.
Opposite Wharf 5, Alfred Street. Open 9am to 5pm, 7 days.
Town Hall Station
Main concourse, near exit to Queen Victoria Building (QVB). Open 9am to 5pm, 7 days.
Kings Cross Station
Main concourse near the ticket office. Open 8am to 12 noon then 2pm to 6pm, 7 days.
To find and review the latest apps go to the LINK
Here is a selection mentioned in the Sydney Trains brochure:
TripGo Shows door to door transport options across metro Sydney.
Triptastic Shows you where you can go from your current location and has information about the next available service.
TripView Lets you view the next time for your bus, train or ferry trip and has an offline timetable viewer.
Arrivo Sydney Lets you view where you train or bus is, where nearby bus ticket sellers are and you will alert you when you are getting close to your stop.
TransitTimes+ A trip planner with offline timetables, service alerts and wheelchair accessibility info. As well as Sydney timetables are available for over 70 cities across Australia, New Zealand, the United States and Canada.
TrainsAll new station and trains are wheelchair accessible. However, some older stations may not have what you need so check first by going to www.transportnsw.info All stations have a platform to train boarding ramps however it is best to let the station staff know beforehand.
Airport Station Access Fee
There is station access fee of $13 (concession $11.60) on top of your normal fare, each time you use the Domestic and International Airport stations. For example, you will need to add $26 for a return trip to your normal fare.
Please note trains that go to the airport stations do not have any special facilities for passengers with luggage so you may have difficulties during busy times.
Flying into Sydney
All domestic and international flights into Sydney arrive at Sydney (Kingsford Smith) Airport at Mascot in Eastern Sydney.
The fastest way to get to and from Sydney Airport and the Sydney CBD is by Airport Link train and then connect by rail, bus or ferry to the whole of Sydney. www.airportlink.com.au
Sydney Airport Flight Information and Parking Tel: (02) 9667 9111 www.sydneyairport.com.au
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TAXIS NSW recommends you book a taxi through the accredited networks so that if there is any difficulty or you leave property behind, it is much easier to trace your particular cab and driver. Or use a regular taxi rank which are clearly signposted in major centres. To hail a taxi, raise your arm to signal the driver. 13cabs Ph 132227 book.13cabs.com.au
WATER TAXIS. Most are based at Circular Quay.
Driving around Sydney
Sydney is the Capital City of NSW and, as the home to nearly 5 million people, it is the most populous in Australia.
No wonder that visitors driving into and around Sydney can be daunted by its size and, due to its topography and geography, very complex road network.
RECOMMENDATION: Before you visit Sydney, visit www.nsw.gov.au/tolling/using-toll-roads for a guide to using Sydney’s Orbital Network of motorways. Calculate the cost of your trip, check traffic conditions via live webcam, view interchange maps and find out about electronic tags and passes.
OUR ADVICE. Wherever possible stay on the motorways and main arterial roads. Despite the tolls, visitors will find that it is the quickest, easiest, safest and most efficient way of getting into, around or through Sydney.
HOW TO PAY SYDNEY’S MOTORWAY TOLLS.
If you use a toll road without a tag or pass DON’T PANIC! Just get an eMU PASS from a NSW Motor Registry, or from a participating petrol station or convenience stores. Or phone 13 18 65 or go site.
Fines apply for non-payment of tolls. Interstate visitors can use Interstate e-tags on NSW toll roads. It’s a simple way to pay your tolls for up to 30 days without requiring a tag. Applies to RENTAL VEHICLES which are not already equipped for toll travel.
An electronic tag or pass is required to travel Southbound on the SYDNEY HARBOUR BRIDGE AND TUNNEL. Both are cashless and the toll you pay depends on the time of day you cross. Toll is cheapest outside peak hours and on weekends.
EMERGENCY ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE NRMA 13 1111 www.mynrma.com.au
You need to be a member or join on the spot when you require roadside assistance. Or use your interstate membership of an affiliated association.
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For local information and directions call into one of the VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRES
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