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Published April 12th 2011
Sydney's extensive public transport system services the City centre and suburbs. Types of transport include buses, trains, light rails and ferries. There are also some private bus companies which service some areas.
Before catching the bus, it is useful to plan your trip. Timetables and route maps for all bus services are available on this website.
To ensure a rapid and reliable service, passengers are advised to arrive at the bus stop no less than five minutes prior to the scheduled departure time.
Timetables are displayed at many bus stops, showing the route number, expected arrival time and destination of the buses that uses that stop. Bus tickets may be purchased on the bus but it is advisable to PrePay so as not to delay the buses.
Many buses require PrePay only and you will need to buy your tickets from newsagencies and convenience stores. Mybus is available as a single ticket or as a Travel 10. This ticket is valid for 10 Sydney bus trips. These tickets are categorised 1, 2 or 3 according to the number of zones you travel.
When a bus approaches the stop, the route number and destination are shown on the front of the bus. Most of the buses will also show the areas the bus will travel through and whether it is a Limited Stop or Express route service.
View information for customers travelling with wheelchairs, prams, strollers and ride-on scooters here. When you board the bus, insert your pre-purchased ticket into the green ticket reader and take a seat. When travelling on a bus, passengers are required to be courteous to each other. Please read the Travel Etiquette.
On approaching your bus stop, press the red stop button located on handrails or walls. For more information on Travelling Safely, please click here.
The network of City rail covers suburban Sydney and extends to
the Hunter, Central Coast, Blue Mountains, Southern Highlands and South Coast regions. View network map here. Most City stations are underground, so you need to look out for the signage on street level.
MyTrain tickets can be purchased from railway stations ticket offices and ticket prices are generally based on the distance travelled. These tickets allow you to break your journey between departure station and destination station. Click here for more details. Once you have purchased your ticket, insert it into the ticket machine located at the station platform.For more safety trip tips, click here.
Be sure to book online or by phone with a reliable company before your trip. If you are travelling with a baby, check with the company for the availability of a baby seat in the car. And if you are travelling in a group comprising 5-11 persons, you will need a Maxi Taxi. It is good to note that Taxi Sydney operators are trained to be courteous, friendly and well-groomed.
Sydney Water Taxis are available to and from any part of Sydney's famous Harbour from 9.30am to 10.00pm. Most of the Yellow Water Taxi fleet has a capacity of up to 16 passengers but there is also Sydney Water Maxi Taxi of up to 28 passengers. Cost depends on the distance and number of passengers travelling. Kids aged four and under travel free. Yellow Water Taxi can pick up and drop off at destinations of your choice, anywhere from any Jetty, Wharf Beach, Pontoon, anywhere from Manly to Homebush Bay. Please check out for more details here.
With an environmentally friendly transport, Light Rail is the ideal high capacity transport mode for Inner Sydney. Services are so
frequent that you don't need to check out timetables, just turn up and go. The Light Rail links the hub of the Central Station and Sydney's Inner Western Suburbs via Haymarket, Pyrmount, Glebe and Rozelle. For more information, please check this website.
Sydney ferries operate across Sydney Harbour and the Parramatta River. Its extensive system enables passengers to experience stunning views and destinations along Sydney Harbour's foreshore. MyFerry tickets can be bought at Sydney Ferries ticket outlets, at ticket machines or at PrePay ticket resellers.
MyMulti tickets give you unlimited CityRail train travel in one of three zones. In addition, all MyMulti tickets give you unlimited bus and ferry travel across Greater Sydney.