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Aerial view of Royal Botanic Gardens and Sydney Harbour.
Views of Bronte beach, Sydney
Sydney city skyline lit up during Vivid Sydney 2013. View from Circular Quay.

Sydney by bus

  • Public bus outside Parramatta Westfield shopping centre
  • The Rocks from above George Street


City Explorer Bus

The open-topped, red double-decker bus that drives around city streets is the City Explorer. Buy a ticket and you can hop on and hop off at 34 different stops that include all the major Sydney attractions - Darling Harbour, The Rocks, Chinatown, Circular Quay, the Opera House, the Royal Botanic Gardens, Hyde Park, Kings Cross and Woolloomooloo. Tours run every day, all day. There's also a blue Explorer bus that drives around the eastern suburbs' harbourside bays and Bondi Beach.

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Sydney by bus

Buses are a great way for visitors to get around Sydney. Extremely user-friendly, Sydney's buses go everywhere. For timetables and routes, including late night options, call 131 500 or go to the Transport Info website and use the route planning tool.

Major bus thoroughfares in the city centre are on Pitt, Castlereagh and George streets and around Circular Quay and Sydney Central Station. All city buses are PrePay-only between 7am and 7pm on weekdays, which means purchasing a ticket before boarding. Find out more about PrePay buses, and where to buy pre-paid bus tickets. The Metrobus network (characterised by red buses) comprises 13 routes, providing high-frequency, high-capacity links across Sydney.

Sydney Buses provide accessible buses for people with wheelchairs, prams and ride-on scooters.

Sydney Buses operate a free shuttle in the city centre (Route 555), which runs from Central Station to Circular Quay via George Street in the city centre. The service operates 9am to 3.30pm weekdays, Thursday until 9pm, Saturday, Sunday and public holidays from 9.30am to 6pm. Major route buses operate 24 hours. Find out more about late-night timetables and routes.

Many shuttle bus companies provide transport between the airport, the city centre, hotels and most Sydney suburbs and close to Sydney. These buses need to be pre-booked. Use the Tripview app to plan your journey.

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