Summer holiday transport

During summer holidays, especially over Christmas and New Year, trains, buses, ferries and light rail may not run as usual. However, there will still be plenty of services to cater for everyone’s needs. Please check timetables and plan your trip.

Summer timetables summary

Trains

  • Sydney and Intercity trains have a changed timetable from Sunday 25 December to Tuesday 3 January.

More information on Train timetables

Buses

  • Between Christmas and New Year some bus timetables may change, but there will be enough buses to meet demand. Extra services will also be provided for big events throughout January.
  • Find out about Sydney CBD road changes at mysydney.nsw.gov.au.

More information on Bus timetables

Ferries

  • Sydney Harbour is always busy over the summer, plan your trip in advance and allow extra travel time.
  • From Saturday 17 December to Thursday 26 January there will be extra F1 Manly services.
  • For service changes outside of Sydney Harbour, check out details on operator websites.

More information on Ferry timetables

Light rail

  • From Monday 26 December to Monday 23 January buses replace light rail between Central and The Star.
  • Normal services will run between Convention and Dulwich Hill. Please allow extra travel time.
  • These are essential works being undertaken where the existing light rail line will intersect with the new CBD and South East Light Rail line.

More information on Light Rail timetables

 

Ticketing options

Special event tickets

Some special event tickets may also cover travel to and from the event using train, bus, ferry and light rail and Olympic Park event buses at no extra cost. Find out more at transportnsw.info/events

Opal

You can use an Opal card for all modes of public transport in Sydney and surrounding regions, including trains, buses, ferries and light rail. You can enjoy a Travel Cap of $2.50 on Sundays. For more information, visit opal.com.au.

 

Timetable & service changes by date

Dates Train Train
Saturday
24 December
Christmas Eve
  • Saturday timetable
  • Extra Airport and City Circle services
  • Extra capacity on intercity services
Sunday
25 December
Christmas Day
  • Saturday timetable
  • Extra Airport and City Circle services
Monday
26 December
Boxing Day
  • Saturday timetable
  • Extra Airport and City Circle services
  • Extra capacity on intercity services
Tuesday
27 December
  • Saturday timetable
  • Extra Airport and City Circle services
  • Extra capacity on intercity services
Wednesday
28 December
  • Saturday timetable with extra peak services
  • Extra capacity on intercity services
Thursday
29 December
  • Saturday timetable with extra peak services
  • Extra capacity on intercity services
Friday
30 December
  • Saturday timetable with extra peak services
  • Extra capacity on intercity services
Saturday
31 December
New Year's Eve
  • Saturday timetable with extra services
  • From 6pm to 12.10am, trains travelling from St James will not stop at Circular Quay
  • From 6pm to 12.10am, trains travelling from Wynyard will not set down customers at Circular Quay
  • From 6pm to 12.10am, trains travelling from the North Shore will not set down customers at Milsons Point
  • From 1am to 5am trains do not stop at Domestic Airport and International Airport Stations
Sunday
1 January
New Year's Day
  • Saturday timetable
  • Extra capacity on intercity services
  • Extra Airport and City Circle services
Monday
2 January
  • Sunday timetable
  • Extra capacity on intercity services
  • Extra Airport and City Circle services
Tuesday
3 January
 Timetable returns to normal
Thursday
26 January
Australia Day
 Saturday timetable with extra services
Friday
27 January
All services are back to normal

Dates Bus Bus
Saturday
24 December
Christmas Eve
 Saturday timetable
Sunday
25 December
Christmas Day
 Changed services
Monday
26 December
Boxing Day
 Changed services
Tuesday
27 December

 Sunday timetable

Wednesday
28 December
 Some changed services
Thursday
29 December
 Some changed services
Friday
30 December
 Some changed services
Saturday
31 December
New Year's Eve
  • Saturday timetable with extra services
  • Sydney CBD road closures and Harbour Bridge closure, some changed services
  • Between 2pm and 6am, Circular Quay buses will start and end at Martin Place
  • From 6pm, buses will be relocated to temporary terminals in Hyde Park and bus arrangements will be changed at Wynyard.
Sunday
1 January
New Year's Day
  • Sunday timetable with some extra services
  • Some changed services
Monday
2 January
 Sunday timetable
Tuesday
3 January
 Some changed services
Thursday
26 January
Australia Day
 Sunday timetable with some changed services
Friday
27 January
All services are back to normal

Dates Ferries Ferry
Saturday
24 December
Christmas Eve
F1 Manly: Summer holiday timetable (extra services)
F7 Eastern Suburbs: Garden Island Wharf closed
Manly Fast Ferry: Reduced services
Sunday
25 December
Christmas Day
F1 Manly: Sunday timetable
F2 Taronga Zoo: Weekend timetable
F3 Parramatta River: Weekend timetable, Circular Quay to Cockatoo Island only
F4 Darling Harbour: Last service to Circular Quay leaves at 7:35pm
F5 Neutral Bay: Standard Sunday timetable
F6 Mosman Bay: Standard Sunday timetable
F7 Eastern suburbs: No service, Garden Island Wharf closed
Manly Fast Ferry: No service
Monday
26 December
Boxing Day
F1 Manly: Summer holiday timetable (extra services), except no services from 11.40am to 2.40pm
F7 Eastern suburbs: Standard Sunday timetable, no services from 11.35am to 1.05pm, Garden Island Wharf closed
All other Sydney Ferries services: Weekend or public holiday timetable
Manly Fast Ferry: Changed services
Tuesday
27 December

F1 Manly: Summer holiday timetable (extra services)
F7 Eastern Suburbs: Garden Island Wharf closed
All other Sydney Ferries services: Weekend or public holiday timetable

Wednesday
28 December
F1 Manly: Summer holiday timetable (extra services)
F7 Eastern Suburbs: Garden Island Wharf closed
Thursday
29 December
F1 Manly: Summer holiday timetable (extra services)
F7 Eastern Suburbs: Garden Island Wharf closed
Manly Fast Ferry: Changed services
Friday
30 December
F1 Manly: Summer holiday timetable (extra services)
F7 Eastern Suburbs: Garden Island Wharf closed
Manly Fast Ferry: Changed services
Saturday
31 December
New Year's Eve
F1 Manly: Standard Saturday timetable
F4 Darling Harbour: Possible early closure of McMahons Point
F7 Eastern Suburbs: Garden Island Wharf closed
All other Sydney Ferries services: Normal weekend timetable until harbour exclusion zone start.
Check last services. Some services resume after midnight.
Manly Fast Ferry: Some changed services.
There will be no Manly Fast Ferry services after harbour exclusion zone starts.
Sunday
1 January
New Year's Day

F1 Manly: Summer holiday timetable (extra services)
F7 Eastern Suburbs: Garden Island Wharf closed
Manly Fast Ferry: Changed services

Monday
2 January
F1 Manly: Summer holiday timetable (extra services)
F7 Eastern Suburbs: Garden Island Wharf closed
Manly Fast Ferry: Changed services
Tuesday
3 January
F1 Manly: Summer holiday timetable (extra services)
Manly Fast Ferry: Changed services
Thursday
26 January
Australia Day
F1 Manly: Summer holiday timetable (extra services)
Manly Fast Ferry: Weekend/holiday timetable
Friday
27 January
All services are back to normal

 

Dates Light Rail Light Rail
Saturday
24 December
Christmas Eve
 Saturday timetable
Sunday
25 December
Christmas Day
 Saturday timetable
Monday
26 December
Boxing Day
  • Buses replace light rail between Central and The Star
  • Normal services between Convention and Dulwich Hill only
Tuesday
27 December
  • Buses replace light rail between Central and The Star
  • Normal services between Convention and Dulwich Hill only
Wednesday
28 December
  • Buses replace light rail between Central and The Star
  • Normal services between Convention and Dulwich Hill only
Thursday
29 December
  • Buses replace light rail between Central and The Star
  • Normal services between Convention and Dulwich Hill only
Friday
30 December
  • Buses replace light rail between Central and The Star
  • Normal services between Convention and Dulwich Hill only
 
Saturday
31 December
New Year's Eve
  • Buses replace light rail between Central and The Star until 6pm
  • From 6pm to 6am, replacement buses will run from Central to Convention (bus stop in Pyrmont Street)
  • Normal services between Convention and Dulwich Hill only
Sunday
1 January
New Year's Day
  • Buses replace light rail between Central and The Star
  • Normal services between Convention and Dulwich Hill only
Monday
2 January
  • Buses replace light rail between Central and The Star
  • Normal services between Convention and Dulwich Hill only
Tuesday
3 January
  • Buses replace light rail between Central and The Star
  • Normal services between Convention and Dulwich Hill only
Thursday
26 January
Australia Day
 Saturday timetable with extra services
Friday
27 January
All services are back to normal