Opal is the only ticket you need to get around on all public transport including trains, ferries and buses. Simply load value onto your Opal Card online, in person or set up an automatic top-up. When you tap on at an Opal Card reader to start your journey, and tap off at the end of your journey, your fare is automatically calculated and deducted from the value stored on your Opal Card. Enjoy the benefits of daily travel caps and a $2.50 Sunday cap. You can find more information here.
Getting around Sydney
It’s easy to get around Sydney with an integrated public transport network of trains, buses, light rail and ferries, as well as taxis and car hire.
Sydney’s bus network covers much of the greater Sydney region, and is a convenient way to get around Sydney. Major bus thoroughfares in the city centre are located on Pitt, Castlereagh and Elizabeth streets and around Wynyard, Martin Place, Circular Quay and Central Station.
Sydney Ferries can carry you across Sydney’s beautiful blue waterways that form the heart of the city. Sydney’s oldest form of transportation, catching a ferry is a fantastic way to explore and travel around one of the world's most beautiful harbour cities.
If you’re flying into Sydney, the easiest way to get into town is either by hailing a taxi or jumping on a train. There are train stations underneath both Sydney Airport terminals, stopping at all the stations on the city circle line.
Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport is Australia's busiest airport, the oldest continually operated commercial airport anywhere in the world and the main gateway to Australia. More than 35 airlines fly in and out of Sydney Airport with daily flights linking Sydney to key destinations on every continent.
There are hundreds of local bus routes that operate in the city, suburbs and beyond. Buses on major routes operate 24 hours a day. Extremely user-friendly and covering much of the greater Sydney region, buses are a convenient way to get around Sydney.
Sydney Ferries and private ferry services from Circular Quay take you around Sydney Harbour, including Darling Harbour, Manly and Taronga Zoo, the Lower North Shore and Eastern Suburbs, and up the Parramatta River. Last ferries from Circular Quay leave at various times between 6.45pm and 12.20am.
Sydney Trains provide services that get you around the city and suburbs of Sydney. NightRide bus services replace train services on key routes after 12 midnight until 4.30am. NSW TrainLink provides Regional and Intercity services that can take you to the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Newcastle, the Southern Highlands, the South Coast and beyond.
You can catch light rail all the way from Central Station in the Sydney CBD to Dulwich Hill in Sydney’s Inner West. Major stops for visitors to Sydney include Paddy’s Market, Darling Harbour, The Star and the Fish Markets.
Water Taxis can take you for a cruise around the harbour or get you to your favourite waterfront restaurant in a way that's fun and avoids the traffic. Water taxis can pick up and drop off from any location on Sydney Harbour. Ferry wharves, private jetties and marinas, as well as public pontoons are all accessible.
Discover the delights of the city on a Sydney car rental exploration. Choose from car, 4WD, campervan, and classic car hire options for a great way to explore the inner city, as well as get out and see the best of Regional NSW. You'll find car hire companies at Sydney Airport in Mascot as well as the CBD, inner west and northern suburbs.
TripView, TripGo and Arrivo are just three mobile apps displaying Sydney train, bus, ferry and light rail timetables, showing your next services, as well as accessible service information. Trip planner at transportnsw.info; also helps you plan your travel on train, bus, ferry, light rail – and on foot – using up-to-date service information.