Exploring Sydney and surrounds on public transport

It is easy to get around on trains, buses, ferries and light rail services when visiting Sydney. You can explore and experience much of Sydney and surrounding regions on public transport and using an Opal card is a convenient way to pay for your fares.

You can travel to and from Sydney Airport by train or by bus, and plan your trips with the trip planner or by downloading one of the transport apps.

Information is also available in other languages.

To find your way around you can download a map of the main public transport routes around the Sydney Harbour area. Timetables and network maps are also available for each mode of transport or you can plan your trip and view an interactive map of your journey.

Getting to and from the Airport

The Airport line operates from all City Circle train stations to the domestic terminals (T2 and T3) and international terminal (T1) every 10 minutes. The trip will take between 10 and 20 minutes, depending on the starting and ending point of your trip.

The Airport line runs from around 5am until midnight, 7 days a week. You are required to pay a station access fee when you use either the Sydney Domestic or International airport stations.

You can get Adult and Child/Youth Opal cards at the ticket windows located within the train stations at the Sydney Domestic or International Airport.

Sydney Trains

Train stations in the Sydney Central Business District (CBD) include Central, Museum, St James, Town Hall, Wynyard, Circular Quay, Martin Place and Kings Cross. They are easy to travel between or to connect with services going to the northern, southern and western suburbs.  See the Sydney Trains Network map.

Trains to the eastern suburbs, including Bondi Junction (near Bondi Beach) and Edgecliff, leave from Central, Town Hall and Martin Place stations.

Sydney Trains services run from 4am to around midnight on most train lines. NightRide bus services replace trains after hours on most Sydney train lines, with extra services on weekends. See the Sydney NightRide Bus Network map.

Use the trip planner to plan your trip by train.

Sydney's vast metropolitan train network not only links the outer suburbs with the city, but the Intercity Trains Network also goes to nearby major cities and destinations, including Newcastle and the Hunter Valley region to the north; The Illawarra to the south and the Blue Mountains to the west.  See the Intercity Trains Network map.

NSW TrainLink  operates rail services from Central station to and from regional centres and holiday destinations including Port Macquarie, the Snowy Mountains, Dubbo, Orange, Tamworth and Broken Hill. Trains to inter-state destinations including Canberra, Brisbane and Melbourne also leave from Central station.

See the Regional Trains and Coaches Network map.

You can use the trip planner to plan your trip by train or coach across NSW. You will need to go to NSW TrainLink website to book a seat.


Buses operate right across Sydney, with priority routes in the Sydney Central Business District (CBD) along Elizabeth Street, Castlereagh Street, Park Street, Druitt Street, Clarence Street and York Street.

You can view and download bus maps or pick up printed timetables and maps at Transport Shops.

Use the trip planner to plan your trip by bus around Sydney and across NSW.


Ferry services across Sydney's world-renowned harbour leave from the terminal at Circular Quay and travel to a wide array of harbourside destinations including Taronga Zoo, Cockatoo Island, and suburbs such as Balmain, Kirribilli, Neutral Bay, Mosman and Rose Bay.

Sydney Ferry services also travel to the northern reaches of the harbour at Manly and west along the Parramatta River. 

Use the trip planner to plan your trip by ferry, view a timetable or map for ferry services or visit an information centre at Circular Quay and at Manly Wharf.

Light rail

The light rail network links Central Station and Sydney's inner western suburbs via Haymarket, Pyrmont, Glebe, Rozelle, Leichhardt North and Dulwich Hill. Visitor attractions including Sydney Fish Markets, The Star Casino, Darling Harbour and Chinatown are all easily accessible by light rail.

Services operate daily, leaving every 15 minutes from Central to Dulwich Hill between 6am and 11pm Monday to Thursday, and between 6am to midnight Friday and Saturday. There is a 24-hour service from Central to The Star Casino operating every 15 minutes from 6am to midnight, then every 30 minutes until 6am.

Use the trip planner to plan your trip by light rail, view the Light Rail Network map or see a light rail services for information about light rail stops and frequency.

Transport Apps

Transport for NSW have a range of apps available to make navigating around Sydney by public transport easier. Download one of the apps to plan your trips and track your service on your mobile device. Visit the transport apps page to find out more.

Things to see and do in Sydney and surrounds

Visit Destination NSW for a full list of activities, events and sites of interest in Sydney and the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, NewcastleHunter Valley and Illawarra.

Information in other languages

Transport for NSW offers help using the Trip planner in other languages to assist people from culturally and linguistically diverse communities. 

For Opal multicultural support or support in languages other than English, contact the Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS) on 131 450. Once connected to TIS ask them to contact Transport for NSW on 131 500.