2013 Sydney New Year’s Eve

Tuesday 31 December to Wednesday 01 January 2014

Sydney Harbour Foreshore, Sydney CBD and Darling Harbour.

Celebrations start:

Transport details

New Year’s Eve 2013 celebrations event website

Use the Trip planner to help plan your trip with up-to-date train, bus, ferry and light rail information.

You can also use one of the many real-time apps to track your service.

Transport tickets

Return tickets on trains, buses and light rail services will be extended, and special New Year’s Eve tickets will be available for Sydney Buses and light rail services. Do not buy a return ferry ticket unless you plan to catch one of the extra services leaving after the fireworks.

Sydney Trains ticketing

  • Return tickets purchased on New Year’s Eve are valid for the return journey up until midday on Wednesday 1 January.
  • Return tickets to the celebrations in the City are valid for one journey to and from any of the following stations: Wynyard, Town Hall, Central, Circular Quay, St James, Museum, Martin Place and Kings Cross.
  • If you are travelling to North Sydney or Milsons Point, you will need to purchase a ticket to these stations.

Sydney Buses ticketing

  • A special New Year’s Eve ticket will allow unlimited travel on regular Sydney Buses services between 15:00 on 31 December and midday on 1 January ($6 for adults and $3 for concessions). These tickets do not include private bus services.
  • Tickets will be sold on board Sydney Buses services from 15:00 on New Year’s Eve, except for the 333 service which is prepaid tickets only.

Light rail ticketing

  • A special New Year’s Eve light rail ticket allows unlimited travel between 05:30 on 31 December and 03:00 on New Year’s Day ($5 adult and $3 concession).

Sydney Ferries ticketing

  • Sydney Ferries tickets will not be extended. You should only buy a return ticket if you plan to catch one of the extra services leaving after the fireworks.


Sydney Trains is running additional services from 16:00 on 31 December until early the following morning to get you to and from New Year’s Eve celebrations.

  • Between 20:00 on 31 December and 01:00 on 1 January you will not be able to get off trains at Circular Quay. You can walk to the harbour foreshore from Wynyard, St James or Martin Place.
  • Between 00:30 and 03:30 on 1 January trains leaving Central will not stop at Domestic Airport or International Airport stations.

Sydney Trains is running to a Saturday timetable on New Year's Day.


Sydney Buses are operating additional services on major bus routes to get you to and from New Year's Eve celebrations. Temporary bus stops and diversions will be in place from 15:00 in North Sydney and from 16:00 in Sydney's CBD until 06:00 on New Year’s Day.

Metrobus services will not run after 18:00 on New Year's Eve, but will be back to normal on New Year's Day.

There will be diversions to Parramatta Road bus services from 15:00 to 23:00 due to the closure of Church Street. For more information, see Parramatta Road bus diversions.

For more information, download the New Year’s Eve transport guide or use the Trip planner to find the best way to get from your location to your celebration.

On New Year's Day, Sydney Buses services will be operating to a Sunday timetable.

Newcastle Buses will operate to a weekday timetable with additional services operating between 16:00 and 23:00.  From 23:00, the Friday Night Owl timetable will be in place.

NightRide buses

Route Starts from
N10 Sutherland
N11 Cronulla
N30 Macarthur
N40 East Hills
N50 Liverpool
N60 Fairfield
N61 Carlingford
N70 Penrith
N71 Richmond
N80 Hornsby via Strathfield
Bathurst Street between Pitt and Castlereagh Streets
N90 Hornsby via Chatswood St Leonards Station
N100 Bondi Junction (will stop at Bathurst Street instead of Town Hall Station and will not stop at Martin Place Station) Railway Square

Hillbus services

  • Hillsbus services will be running extra daytime buses into the City and North Sydney. Check NYE timetables for more information.
  • Due to the road closures in the CBD, City services depart from Clarence Street at Wynyard after 18:00 and North Sydney services depart from the Pacific Highway near Mount Street after 14:00.
  • Hillsbus customers wanting to travel during the Sydney Harbour Bridge closure from 23:00 to 01:00 may transfer to Sydney Trains services at North Sydney.
  • On New Year's Day, Hillbus services will be operating to a Sunday timetable.


If you are travelling by ferry on New Year’s Eve, allow extra time for your trip. Sydney Ferries services will run until the harbour exclusion zone commences. The last service time from some wharves is as early as 17:35, so plan your trip.

After the midnight fireworks, extra ferries will run on some lines to get you home. However, they may be delayed if the harbour exclusion zone time is extended.

Additional services will run on the following routes to get you home after the midnight fireworks. Services may be delayed if the harbour exclusion zone time is extended.

From Circular Quay Times
F1 Manly 00:40, 01:00, 01:30, 02:10, 02:50, 03:30, 05:00
F3 Parramatta River
(to Woolwich only, not stopping at Balmain)
01:05, 02:05
F5 Neutral Bay 00:55, 01:35, 02:15
F6 Mosman
(does not stop at Cremorne Point)
01:00, 02:00
From Manly Times
F1 Manly to Circular Quay 00:30, 01:30, 01:50, 02:20, 02:50, 03:30, 04:15, 05:45

Cockatoo Island

Cockatoo Island is closed to the public. Only customers with pre-purchased tickets (staying overnight) will be permitted on Cockatoo Island. If you have a pre-booked ticket, we strongly recommend you arrive at Cockatoo Island by 15:00 to avoid delays and large crowds.

Garden Island

Garden Island Heritage Centre will be closed. Eastern Suburbs ferry services will continue to operate but will not stop at Garden Island Wharf.

Light rail

The Light rail network will be running services every 8 to 10 minutes to get you in and out of the City.

The last service leaves Central Station to Lilyfield at 03:00 on New Year's Day. The last service from Lilyfield to Central leaves at 03:20 on New Year’s Day. Services between Central and The Star operate 24 hours a day.

For more information, visit the Light rail operator website.


Major road closures will be in place in the Sydney CBD and on the Harbour Foreshore including the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Cahill Expressway and the Anzac Bridge. Special event clearways will also be in place.

For more information about road closures, clearways and current traffic conditions, visit Live Traffic NSW.

You can also download the free iPhone, iPad or Android app or call the Traffic Information Line on 132 701.


The demand for taxis will be high on New Year’s Eve so be prepared for delays and queues at taxi ranks. Secure taxi ranks are located at:

  • Elizabeth Street, CBD (between Liverpool Street and Nithsdale Lane) from 21:00 to 05:00.
  • Darling Harbour (the northern end of Lime Street) from 22:00 to 04:00.
  • World Square from 22:00 to 04:00.
  • Oxford Street, Surry Hills from 23:00 to 06:00.
  • Bayswater Road, Kings Cross next to Hugo’s Lounge from 21:00 to 06:00.
  • Darlinghurst Road, Kings Cross next to the Empire Hotel from 21:00 to 06:00.

For wheelchair accessible taxis please call 8332 0200 to discuss your requirements prior to New Year’s Eve. For details of taxi networks servicing the Sydney area, visit Taxis NSW.


Parking will be extremely limited in the CBD and surrounding areas. We recommend you take public transport to the New Year's Eve celebrations.


  • Accessible transport options can be found on the Trip planner by checking the Wheelchair accessible services option. Only travel options with accessible train platforms, ferry wharves and buses will be presented. See accessible travel in NSW.
  • Customers with specific accessibility needs must plan their trip for New Year's Eve. Trains will not stop at Circular Quay between 20:00 and 01:00.
  • Customers with a disability going to the Cahill Expressway event can make special arrangements for their train. Email special.events@transport.nsw.gov.au or call 02 8922 4394 before 31 December. On the night, you can call 02 9224 4392.

Sydney Trains

Wynyard, Town Hall, Martin Place, St James, Central, Bondi Junction and Kings Cross stations are all wheelchair accessible.

Sydney Buses

Nearly all of Sydney Buses’ services are wheelchair accessible. Features of wheelchair accessible buses include wider doors and aisles, and space for two mobility aides such as wheelchairs, some ride-on scooters and prams or strollers.

Sydney Ferries

The entire Sydney Ferries fleet is wheelchair accessible via wheelchair accessible ferry wharves (pending tidal and safety conditions). See accessible ferries and wharves.

Liverpool Parramatta T-way Buses

All T-way bus services are low floor wheelchair accessible.