Rural and regional transport

Regional NSW TrainLink train at station platform
photo credit: Transport for NSW

Regional buses

Many regular bus services operate within regional and rural NSW. These are local services and you do not need to book a seat. Opal cards are not accepted on these services.

Contact the transport operators for service timetables, fares and conditions of travel.

Use the Trip planner to plan your trip.


Regional trains and coaches

Regional trains and coaches travel to 365 destinations in NSW and interstate to Queensland, the ACT and Victoria.

XPT and Xplorer trains provide a safe, comfortable and relaxing way to travel in air-conditioned comfort, watching the landscape roll by. The trains connect with the largest network of coaches in Australia to service almost every corner of NSW and beyond.

Planning your trip

You can use the Trip planner or visit NSW TrainLink to plan your regional NSW train and coach trip. To view boundaries for regional services or to locate a train station or coach stop, see NSW train and coach map.

Tickets

The Opal electronic ticketing system is not available on regional services. You will need to purchase tickets for regional services.

NSW TrainLink offers fare deals and concession travel tickets to a range of people, including students and seniors.

Booking a seat

NSW TrainLink train and coach services should be booked to guarantee your seat and preferred travel date.

To book your seat, visit NSW TrainLink and enter the origin (start point) and destination (arrival point) in the booking engine.

Train and coach stop names in the NSW TrainLink booking engine may differ slightly from what you see in your trip plan results on this site. In most cases, you will just need to enter the name of the town. The NSW TrainLink booking engine displays results for a whole day, so you may see more options than those presented when using the Trip planner.

Connecting services

Connections other than those displayed on the NSW TrainLink website are not guaranteed. For more information on connecting services, see conditions of travel.

Service alerts

For the latest service alerts, check NSW TrainLink service alerts.

For more information about travelling on NSW TrainLink services, see important information for your journey.


Regional ferries

Ferry services operate within regional and rural NSW. These are regular services and generally you do not need to book. Opal cards are not accepted on these services.

Contact transport operators for service timetables, fares and conditions of travel.

Use the Trip planner to plan your trip.