Here is some great advice and useful links to help you in getting around Sydney while you are visiting.
Learn about a wide range of options for moving about Sydney on public transport, driving yourself, flying and working out where to go.
The Transport for NSW network includes metro, trains, buses, light rail and ferries.
Opal Cards are used for travel on public transport in Sydney, the Bluer Mountains, Central Coast, the Hunter and the Illawarra. Charge up before you go and tap on and off when you travel to pay your fare.
Regular ferry services can bring you to over 30 wharves, including the magical suburb of Manly, the wild Taronga Zoo and the historic riverside city of Parramatta. These services are great for commuting around our harbour-side suburbs and the ferry trips themselves are great voyages of discovery.
In addition to regular commuter services, Sydney Ferries also operates harbour cruises, special all-inclusive passes to Taronga Zoo and Sydney Aquarium.
There are also many private operators offering harbour cruises, harbour taxis, lunch and dinner cruises. These usually are based around the hubs at Circular Quay and Darling Harbour.
One of the best and most cost effective ways to see the beautiful Sydney Harbour up close is to get a return trip on the ferry between Circular Quay and Manly – taking around 30 minutes in each direction.
Sydney’s Taxis carry millions of passengers each year. There are many providers who have apps and online portals for booking a taxi. It is also possible to hail a taxi at designated taxi ranks.
All taxis have meters. You may need to pay some surcharges for road tolls and for accessing some locations such as the airport.
Rideshare is available and you can request a ride through your preferred app and get picked up from agreed locations.
Some general information is available on both types of personal transport services on the Sydney Airport website:
Sydney Kingsford Smith airport includes two terminal groups – one for domestic (terminals 2 and 3) one for international (terminal 1). It is located around 10 km south of the city in the area of Mascot.
There is an underground train line that connects both terminals and runs into the city centre. There are many other options for travelling into the city.
In the future a second international airport is being built at Badgerys Creek in Sydney’s South West. This will be approximately 50 km from the city centre. It is projected to open in around 2026.
Some great places to provide advice from local Sydney experts on the best sights to see while visiting Sydney.
Sydney Visitor Centre
24 Playfair St, The Rocks
Tel. 1800 067 676
Shop W1 Opposite Wharf 6, Circular Quay
Tel. (02) 8594 7200