bus, train or ferry to catch in Sydney?
Sydney is well served
by its public transport. Buses are often the best way to travel
if your final destination is on route. Trains are also excellent
although in recent years some services appear to have declined in
reliability. A ride on a Ferry offers the most relaxing (subject
to the weather) form of transportation
if not the most direct or fastest available.
Not all shared transport
is Public Transport
There are a small number
of private bus and rail services that you may have to negotiate
during your travels. Although they only cover a relatively small
part of the network, you may need to be prepared to pay more for
that portion of your journey.
The magical numbers
of 131500 have all the answers to your transportation needs and
questions. A dorky way to remember the magic number is 5 * Sydney100.
1. Remember that the
first three add up to 5 i.e. 1 +3 + 1 = 5
2. Plus 5 times (Sydney)100
3. There's the number
131500! - Or you could write it down, look it up on Google or Bookmark
operate will beyond the city. CityRail even stretches to Newcastle
200ks north of Sydney. A trip to Newcastle is well worth doing by-the-way
particularly if you can get a cheap ticket. Trains run 20 hours
a day only stopping for a rest during the early hours of the morning.
trains generally go a little faster and unsurprisingly further.
It is certainly one way to get to Melbourne and Brisbane but why
do you want to do such a thing?
CountryLink trains run from Central Railway Station near the centre
has a relatively new train link to Kingsford Smith Airport and the
train usually beats taxis on cost, if not time if you are travelling
on your own or maybe just two of you. The catch is of course is
how far is your destination from a train station.
Rail consists of trams which trundle around Central Station, Chinatown
and Darling Harbour 24/7.
Sightseeing Bus, the one you can get off and on whenever you like
(provided it has stopped) also operates out of Central Station.
So in theory, you could catch a train from numerous places in NSW,
jump on the Sightseeing Bus, see the sights and then go home. Mind
you, that's a lot travelling, why not just stay
the top destinations people catch a ferry to are Darling Harbour,
Manly, Watsons Bay, Rose Bay, Balmain
and Taronga Zoo. Parramatta would be to if the boat could get there
a bit quicker. All the boats run out of Circular Quay with the Opera
House on one side and Sydney Harbour Bridge on the other. What a
way to travel!
If you need a cab you
can ring for one but if it is a Saturday night or it is raining
you might have to wait, and wait, and wait. If you are trying to
hail a cab a couple of suggestions if we may, don't stand in the
road and don't yell and find somewhere where the cab can actually
stop safely. If at all possible, use a taxi rank.
Tickets and Passes
Like every other major
city Sydney has travel passes that save you money and time. You
can select multiple forms of transport whilst using the same ticket.
In this case, it is all about the destination rather than the journey.
Destination - Got there,
A little planning can
go a mighty long way, use the top 100 things to do list to identity
where you would like to go, or, if you already know where you would
like to go, what to do when you get there.
100 things to do
Festivals and Events
One of the lovely things
about Sydney is that there is always, always, even on Good
Fridays, something going on. We keep track of the best stuff
under the pages linked below. One of the most wonderful things to
see is people faces when the Vivid Festival
is on and people get off the ferry at Circular Quay with mouths
agape. It is a wonderful surprise when that sort of thing happens
but to make the most of it it is better to know beforehand.
and Festivals to catch public
Got to move on...
If this desire to catch
public transport is more of a deep seated feeling that the time
is near to get out of here then - don't, stay in Sydney. Yet, despite
our well thought out, persuasive reasoning (that was the 'don't,
stay in Sydney' reasoning) you still want to go, ok, we give up,
just head north.
Things to do close to
Thinking about it, you
might be able to catch public transport to do some of these things
to do close by
More information on
For more information
on sharing things on wheels, rails and water that we call 'Public
Transport' just follow the link below to the official boring but
informative words of the City