As you might expect from any large city, there are numerous ways to get around Sydney. Here’s a few tips to help you navigate the public transport maze so you can spend more time sightseeing and less time waiting for a bus!
Discount Travel Passes
Take advantage of the ‘See Sydney and Beyond’ Smartvisit Card, which includes admission to over 40 attractions as well as discounted travel with the MyMulti 1 and 2 transport cards. Alternatively just purchase the MyMulti card that suits you (which includes buses, trains and ferries) by visiting www.cityrail.info.
User-friendly and frequent, buses are a cheap and efficient way to travel around the city center. During peak times (7am and 7pm on weekdays) buses are pre-pay only, so make sure you buy your ticket before you board the bus!
A free shuttle bus runs from Central Station to Circular Quay via George and Elizabeth Streets in the city center. You can also catch an airport shuttle bus (not free) from those locations including most hotels.
Sydney’s rail network extends as far as the Hunter Valley, Central Coast, Blue Mountains, Southern Highlands and South Coast regions and like Melbourne, every rail line leads directly or indirectly to the City Circle line or ‘loop’. Ticket prices depend on distance traveled and it is cheaper to purchase a ticket after 9am. See the above mentioned website for discounted rail passes (MyMulti).
There’s also the Sydney Monorail which has eight stations at many of the prime sightseeing locations around the city.
Riding a ferry across Sydney Harbour is definitely more about the journey than the destination! There are regular Sydney Ferry services to Manly, Parramatta, Balmain, Watsons Bay, Taronga Zoo and other popular locations. Fares start from $3.40 one-way.
Sydney taxi meters start at $3.40 and can cost upwards of $25 for a trip from the city center to the suburbs.