Public transport

Sydney’s public transport system features a comprehensive network of train, bus and ferry services. Light rail lines, airport links, sightseeing buses and taxi services complement the network.

Public transport options

The NSW Government's Transport Info site can help you plan your trip, even if it involves changing modes of public transport. It also provides fare and timetable information.

  • Train stations in central Sydney include Central, Museum, St James, Town Hall, Wynyard, Circular Quay, Martin Place and Kings Cross. They are easy to travel between or to hook up with services going to the northern, southern and western suburbs.

  • Sydney’s vast metropolitan train network not only links the wider region with the city, it also travels to nearby major cities and attractions like Newcastle and the Hunter Valley region to the north, Wollongong to the south and the Blue Mountains to the west.

  • Sydney Buses travel through the city and beyond almost 24 hours a day. Most of the bus routes within the City of Sydney are prepaid only to reduce delays, so you'll need to buy a ticket before you get on board.

  • Harbour City Ferries offer services across Sydney's world-renowned harbour leave from the terminal at Circular Quay and travel to an array of harbourside destinations including Taronga Zoo and suburbs such as Balmain, Kirribilli, Neutral Bay, Mosman and Rose Bay. Services also travel to the northern reaches of the harbour at Manly and west along the Parramatta River. Information kiosks are located at Circular Quay and Manly.


Opal card: Don’t forget this gem! You can get a free smartcard ticket to load funds for use on trains, buses, ferries and light rail. The Opal card can also be used on the transport network extending beyond the city to the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Hunter, Illawarra and Southern Highlands regions surrounding Sydney.