Transport in Sydney, Australia

Sydney Transport

Getting There

By air: Sydney’s Kingsford-Smith Airport, more often referred to as ‘Mascot’, lies just 8km south of the city. The Airport Link Underground Railway connects the airport to Central Station. The journey takes approximately 10 minutes, costs about $10 and trains depart every 7-10 minutes. Airport Express buses operate between the International and Domestic Terminals to the City Centre, Kings Cross and Potts Point. Buses run from 6.30am to 7.50pm. The #300 bus goes to the airport via Circular Quay the #350 bus goes via Kings Cross.

By train: All interlink trains travelling from Australia’s other cities arrive in Central Station in the city centre via Australia’s Countrylink rail network. Nearly all train Sydney's train lines pass through Central Station making it easy to get to other suburbs from.

By bus: If you are travelling to Sydney from somewhere else Australia by bus the bus terminal is also at Central Station.

Getting Around

On foot: Sydney city centre is very compact with all major attractions within walking distance of each other but other suburbs you may be visiting, particularly in the western suburbs of the city, can be a good bit out. Sixteen train lines, an extensive bus service and ferries operating from six wharfs make travelling around Australia’s biggest city very easy.

By train: Sixteen lines operate throughout Sydney, serving the majority of the city. Most trains pass through the city centre stations Central, Town Hall, Martin Place, Wynyard and Circular Quay. Other lines service northern and western suburbs. The train is the quickest way of getting around Sydney. Short journeys begin at $1.60 and get more expensive as your journey gets longer.

By bus: For all areas not covered by the train, Sydney Buses serve them. Obviously, the bus can take longer than the train due to traffic but is the only mode of transport to some parts of the city. It is also cheaper than the train with fares starting at $1.30, getting more expensive the further you are travelling.

By ferry: Ferries serve most of the bays dotted around Sydney Harbour along with other suburbs on the harbour. Don’t leave without getting the ferry back from Manly at night time which is one of the highlights of the city.

By monorail: The monorail circles Darling Harbour and also goes by Pitt Street in the city centre. It is a good way to get to Darling Harbour, but only for novelty reasons.

By light rail: This city centre service is mainly for tourists as it operates from Haymarket in the city centre (down from the cinemas in Georges Street) through Chinatown and up to Pyrmont where the casino is. Just like a tram except quicker and runs 24 hours.

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