Group travel

If you are planning to travel in a group you can either join a standard service or organise a charter to get to where you are going.

Ticketing

Each person travelling in your group must have an Opal card before boarding a train, bus, ferry or light rail service throughout Sydney, the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Hunter or Illawarra transport network. 

Find out how to get an Opal card.

Schools planning school excursions on public transport need to ensure students have a valid Child/Youth Opal card to travel. 

Find out more about travelling for school excursions.

On regular buses

It is not possible to reserve seats for your group.  If your group plans to ride a regular bus service, it is best to avoid peak travel times (7am-9am and 4pm-6.30pm) as buses often reach capacity.  Large groups should plan ahead and allow plenty of time for travel. You may need to consider splitting into smaller groups and be prepared to stand if seats are full.

On trains

It is not possible to reserve seats or carriages for your group on Sydney Trains and NSW TrainLink Intercity services.

You can, however, reserve seating on a NSW TrainLink Regional service. For more information visit NSW TrainLink or call 13 22 32.

On Sydney Ferries

It is not possible to reserve seats for your group.  Large groups should plan ahead and allow plenty of time for travel. Special event days, school holidays can be busy and popular services can fill up quickly.

Sydney Ferries cannot guarantee passage on a specific service if there is a delay, cancellation or if a service reaches capacity.

For information about group travel on Sydney Ferries, email groups@harbourcityferries.com.au 

On Newcastle Ferries

For information about group travel on the Stockton Ferry, contact Newcastle Ferries on 02 4974 1160.

On Sydney Light Rail

It is not possible to reserve seats for groups on the Sydney Light Rail. Large groups should avoid travel during peak times as services often reach capacity

Large groups should plan ahead and are advised to split in to smaller groups if needed or wait for the next service if the vehicles are full.

Chartering a bus

You can charter a bus for a school or corporate group, for film shoots or private charters. Your application will be reviewed according to bus availability, and your proposed use. Buses are usually only available outside of peak service times, from 9.30am–2.30pm, and after 6pm.

For inner Sydney charters, visit Sydney Buses bus charters.

For all other charters, contact the nearest bus operator.