Sydney is a well connected city with a range of private and public transport options.
The Opal card system is an electronic ticketing system that was introduced on public transport in Sydney in 2014. The system has been implemented on ferries, trains and buses and will eventually replace paper ticketing.
Sydney Trains offer one of the most cost-effective and reliable modes of transport around the city. The Sydney Trains network connects metropolitan and suburban Sydney, while the NSW Intercity Trains connect the Hunter, Central Coast, Blue Mountains, Southern Highlands and South Coast – all popular regions for pre- and post-event holidays. Visit the Sydney Trains website for more information.
Light rail trams link Central Station and Sydney’s inner western suburbs, while also offering easy access for visitors looking to explore Chinatown, Darling Harbour, The Star and Sydney Fish Markets. Services are frequent, with the route between Central Station and The Star running 24 hours. Visit the Transport NSW website for more information.
Sydney Buses offer another quick, inexpensive way of travelling across the Sydney metropolitan area and into Parramatta and the West. Visit the Sydney Buses website for more information.
Taxis are a convenient way to cover short to medium distances when you’re travelling around Sydney. Most taxi drivers accept payment by debit or credit card. Tipping is not required or expected, but rounding up a taxi fare to the next dollar is common.
Ferry services across Sydney’s world-renowned harbour leave from the terminal at Circular Quay and travel to an array of destinations including Taronga Zoo and Darling Harbour, and suburbs such as Balmain, Kirribilli, Neutral Bay, Mosman and Rose Bay.
Services also travel to the northern reaches of the harbour to Manly and west along the Parramatta River. For more information visit the website.
In Sydney, you can also get around on a water taxi and travel across Sydney Harbour directly to a specified location. These small boats operate to and from any wharves or waterfront locations that have step access.
Free city shuttle bus
A free Sydney CBD shuttle bus (Route 555) operates every ten minutes on a circuit from Central Station to Circular Quay, along George and Elizabeth Streets. This is a great way to travel between Sydney’s attractions free-of-charge. The service operates from 0900-1530 on weekdays (with a late finish at 2100 on Thursday evenings) and from 0900-1800 on weekends.
Getting to and from the airport
An estimate of the options and costs from Sydney International Airport to the centre of Sydney.
A$12.50 to $17
Airport shuttle bus
A$15 to $20
Train services from Sydney Airport
An airport rail line operates from all City Circle stations to the domestic terminals (T2 and T3) and international terminal (T1).
There are 350 daily weekday services and in peak hours the train departs and arrives every eight minutes. Additionally, 160 services run every Saturday, Sunday and on public holidays. Visit the Airport Link website for more information.