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Like most large modern cities Sydney has a plethora of public transport options to help you get around the city. On the whole these services are regular and very reliable.
All information relating to transport around Sydney can be found through the transport for nsw website .
This site contains a trip planner as well as all the timetables for all the transport modes. It also contains links to attractions with relating transport information, and useful information around major events and links to all the other websites mentioned in this page. The trip planner, timetable and latest transport news is also available via WAP on the mobile phones.
You can also call the Transport Infoline for help and information on 131 500, they will also take any feedback or comments relating to the transport system in Sydney.
For Iphone or Android applications download the free TripView app. The app is free and self explanatory.It taps into the live GPS signal and you can see where all modes of public transport are in 'real time'.
Sydney has an extensive rail network that extends to Penrith & Richmond in the west, Bondi Junction in the east, the Royal National Park (Waterfall) & Campbelltown in the south and Berowra in the north.
Intercity services extend to Lithgow & Blue Mountains to the west, Wollongong and Nowra to the south, and the Central Coast, Newcastle and the Hunter Valley to the north.
The City Circle provides access to all major City stations. This service starts at Central station (platform 17 clockwise, platforms 20 or 21 anti-clockwise) and loops through Town Hall, Wynyard, Circular Quay, St James, Museum and back to Central. In addition, Martin Place station is on the Eastern Suburbs Line and is in the middle of the City Circle.
For more information on Sydney Trains services incuding network maps and timetables.
Catching a bus in Sydney is very easy.
In the city, there are essentially two main termini where buses depart from.
Most buses to the North Shore and Northern Beaches (most buses which cross the Harbour Bridge) depart from the York or Carrington Street (Wynyard) bus terminus next to Wynyard station. The best way to walk to Carrington St is from George St through the railway station entrance through to the escalators. Go up the two escalators past the 'Coles supermarket' then turn hard left and walk past the 'Transit shop'. The stop is directly in front of the 'Transit shop' window. If you come from the station, just find the escalators that take you to the top level outside the station. Buses to Palm Beach, one of Sydney's best beaches and also where Home & Away is shot (L90) depart from here (Stand C).
Most buses to the southern, eastern and inner western suburbs depart from Alfred Street (Circular Quay) bus terminus which is outside Circular Quay station:
If you are not at Circular Quay, most buses to and from the eastern suburbs travel along Elizabeth Street in the City. Most buses that travel down City Road and to the inner south-western suburbs usually use Castlereagh Street in the City. Most buses to the Inner West along Parramatta Road use George Street in the City. Most buses to the north-western suburbs (that do not use the Harbour Bridge) use George Street in the City between Circular Quay and the Sydney Town Hall.
You should check the timetable before boarding any bus at the Sydney Buses website. Some services use other minor termini in the city, for example behind the Queen Victoria Building, or at Millers Point at the side of the Harbour Bridge, but all buses usually pass through at least part of the city.The whole of the CBD area, between 7am and 7pm, is a "PrePay" zone. This means that you will need to have a ticket before boarding any bus along these corridors.These include single ride, MyBus 10, MyMulti, Pension Excursion Ticket (PET) etc and can be bought from the many convenience stores or ticketing agents throughout the CBD and suburbs. Tickets can be bought at most convenience stores(7/11 stores and City Convenience Stores, Post Shops ( post office) in the CBD and at Transit Shops within the city.
Please view Sydney Buses web site for full details.
There are specialised bus routes within or near the CBD designed for tourists.
All sights accessible by the CitySightseeing bus (a hop on hop off tourist bus service) are able to be accessed by normal public bus, which is much cheaper, however no bus other than this links all of the sights in one route, provides commentary or offers an open top, double deck sightseeing concept.
For further details refer the section at the bottom of this article entitled City Sightseeing Sydney and Bondi Explorer (Sydney's Tourist Bus Service).
Free City Shuttle bus (Green Bus) This free service operates in a anti clockwise direction from Alfred St in Circular Quay between Pitt and Loftus Streets.(Stand C) and from Lee St Railway Square (Stand B)The bus operates via George St in both directions, stopping at locations such as Wynyard, Martin Place, the Queen Victoria Building (QVB), Sydney Tower, David Jones (department store), George St cinema strip, Capitol Theatre and Chinatown. It makes travelling around Sydney a breeze.The frequency of the service is approximately every 10 to 15 mins. There can be delays in heavy peak periods (lunch and during the afternoon peak). The bus operates from Railway Square between 9:00am-3:45pm Mon-Wed and Fri, 9:00am-9pm Thu, 9:00am-6:00pm Sat-Sun.
For more information including route maps visit the Sydney Buses website
If you wish to get on the bus, signal the driver as he approaches. They may not stop if you are just standing at the stop. There are signs on the front of the bus to remind everyone.
A highlight of any visit to Sydney is a trip across beautiful Sydney Harbour on a Sydney Ferry. Carrying more than 14 million people every year, the ferry system is quite comprehensive and covers a 37km stretch of water from Manly to Parramatta. They only operate inside the Harbour (so they do not go to Bondi Beach, for example).
The ferries also service a lot of the popular harbourside attractions including Taronga Zoo, Darling Harbour, Luna Park, Watsons Bay and Manly Beach. All Sydney Ferries operate from Circular Quay.
Most ferries to the West of Circular Quay are also accessible from Darling Harbour - though check the timetable because there are two wharves (Aquarium and King St Wharf 3) located about 50m from each other.
For timetables and more information visit Sydney Ferries .
Sydney has a limited light rail or tram system that runs from Central Station through Chinatown, Haymarket, Darling Harbour, Star City Hotel & Casino and the Sydney Fish Markets. This service then continues on into the inner city suburbs of Glebe, Annandale and Lilyfield.
For more information visit the Sydney Light Rail website.
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Hop on and off at the attractions you wish to visit. A 24 hour ticket available to buy on the bus is valid on both the 90 minute Sydney tour AND the 90 minute Bondi tour. With buses every 15-20 minutes on the Sydney tour and every 30 minutes on the Bondi tour you will see all the sights and hear their history with a full commentary. From the top deck of the open top, double deck buses you have magnificent views and great photo opportunities.
Tickets available: on the bus, visitor centres, hotels, travel agents, ATS centres or on-line www.city-sightseeing.com
24 hour ticket prices:
Adults $35.00 - Children (under 16) $20.00 - Student $30.00 - Seniors (worldwide) $25.00 - Family (2 adults + up to 4 children) $80.00.
48 hour ticket prices:
Adults $56.00 - Children (under 16) $32.00 - Students $48.00 - Seniors (worldwide) $40.00 - Family (2 adults + up to 4 children) $128.00.
*All prices are in Australian dollars and are subject to change. For the most up to date information visit;