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Transport in Sydney

Sydney has an extensive public transport system that includes trains, buses, ferries and light rail. These options make it convenient to navigate the city and explore its many attractions.

Sydney’s train network is comprehensive, connecting the city center with the suburbs and beyond. Trains are a quick and efficient way to travel, especially during peak hours.

Buses cover areas not serviced by trains and provide a reliable means of getting around. They run frequently and can take you to almost any part of Sydney.

For a scenic route, consider taking a ferry. Sydney Ferries operate on the picturesque Sydney Harbour, offering breathtaking views and a pleasant way to reach various destinations.

Light Rail
The light rail system is another convenient option, especially for short trips within the city and nearby suburbs. It connects key locations and is easy to use.

Additional Options
While taxis and ride-sharing services like Uber are readily available, public transport offers an economical and eco-friendly alternative. For a more active option, you can hire bicycles located throughout the city.

If you need support with accessing public transport, please visit Student Services at Reception.

Opal Card

To use public transport in Sydney, you’ll need an Opal card. This smart card allows you to travel on trains, buses, ferries, and light rail.

You can add money to your Opal card online, at stations or at retail outlets such as 7/11. It offers flexible fare options and daily, weekly, and Sunday travel caps, making it the most convenient and cost-effective way to get around. Simply tap on at the beginning of your journey and tap off at the end to ensure you’re charged the correct fare.

Here are some words you might hear about Opal cards:

Top Up – to add money to your Opal card.
Tap On – tap your card onto the reader when you board public transport
Tap Off
 – tap your card onto the reader when you depart public transport

For more information, visit the Opal website here.


Sydney has a large train network that covers the city and the suburbs. You can get a train to most parts of the city.


Sydney has a large bus network that services the entire city and out in the suburbs. You need to get an Opal Card before you catch a bus – you can’t buy one on the bus.


You can take a ferry between Circular Quay and several harbourside suburbs including Cremorne, Mosman, Pyrmont, Rose Bay and Balmain. You can also take one from the Quay to Parramatta and the suburbs along the Parramatta river. Catching the ferry from Circular Quay to Manly is a lovely way to spend a day!

Light Rail

The light rail goes from Central Station to Circular Quay and to the inner western suburbs via Pyrmont and Glebe. It’s a quick and comfortable way to travel through the centre of Sydney city to Circular Quay.

Hints and Tips

Make sure you have an Opal Card and you Tap On when you travel. There are inspectors and police on the trains regularly and people who travel without a ticket or without tapping on can get a $200 fine. Make sure you tap on and tap off with your Opal Card – if you don’t tap off, you’ll pay the maximum fare. If you have any other questions about transport in Sydney please visit Transport NSW website, call 131500 or come see us at Reception!

Download Citymapper

If you have a smartphone this app will be your new best friend in Sydney. You can plan your trip whenever you like and get live updates on timetables and scheduling. You can download it on Google Play or the iTunes app store.

Useful links for Sydney transport

Transport NSW

City of Sydney – Late night transport information