Sydney by bus

Highlights

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 Garden, Hyde Park, Kings Cross and Woolloomooloo. Tours run every day, all day.

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

Sydney by bus

Extremely user-friendly and covering much of the greater Sydney region, buses are a convenient way to get around Sydney. Major bus thoroughfares in the city centre are located on York Street, Pitt Street, Castlereagh Street and Elizabeth Street, and around Circular Quay and Sydney Central Station.

Make sure you pick up an Opal card, which you can use on all public transport including trains, ferries and buses. You can get an Opal card at a participating supermarket, newsagent or convenience store and simply load value onto it either when you first get it, online, or at a train station. Enjoy the benefits of cheaper travel, daily travel caps and a $2.50 Sunday fare cap. You can find more Opal card information here.

Buses in the city and major Sydney hubs are prepay only (cashless) between 7am and 7pm Monday to Friday, so you’ll need to have your ticket or Opal card before you board. The Metrobus network (characterised by red buses) comprises 13 routes, providing high-frequency, high-capacity links across Sydney. Sydney Buses also provide accessible buses for people with wheelchairs, prams and ride-on scooters.

Tripview is a great public transport app you can use to find your way around Sydney. It presents real-time data provided by Transport for NSW, meaning you can see exactly how far away your bus, train or ferry is and when it is expected to arrive. For timetables and routes, including late night options, call 131 500 or go to the Transport Info website and use the route planning tool.

For longer journeys, 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.

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