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Sydney has an extensive range of public transport options which you can use to travel around Sydney’s CBD and its many suburbs. Sydney’s public transport system includes trains, buses, taxis and ferries, allowing you to journey through the city with relative ease and enjoyment. If you want to travel more independently, there are many car rental options available so you can drive through the city and to Sydney’s outskirts to visit the most popular tourist destinations.
Car Rental

Sydney has all the major car rental companies including Avis, Hertz, Europcar, Budget, and Thrifty. To compare prices and get the best for your buck, make sure to book through xplorecenter.com

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Sydney’s Public Transport

Sydney’s public transport system is run by the State and includes trains, buses, light rail and ferries. There are many different types of tickets purchasable at train stations, newsagents, and select corner shops and supermarkets around the city. If you’re planning a hectic trip all around the city, then purchase a MyMulti Day Pass. For only $23 it gives you unlimited access on all Train, bus, light rail and ferry services.

 

Trains

Sydney has a large suburban railway network with relatively frequent services around Sydney’s suburbs and the city. Sydney trains timetable peak hours run from 9am – 5pm, and run as late as midnight. If you’re in the city and it’s after midnight, you will need to catch the nightrider bus services that replace trains at that hour. The easiest way to travel to and around the city circle is via the airport and east hills line.

Visit www.sydneytrains.info for more information regarding ticket fares and timetables.

 

Buses 

Sydney Buses runs a local bus network that runs between 5am to midnight, after which the nightrider bus services take over. The major bus route hubs are at Eddy Avenue, Queen Victoria building and Railway Sq (near central station), Argyle St in Millers Point, Circular Quay, and Wynyard Park. Most Buses are prepaid so be sure to buy tickets from a transit shop before you board (most transit shops will be located near the bus stops), or you could also purchase a ticket from a newsagents, many corner shops and supermarkets around the city.

There is also a free city centre shuttle bus (route 555) that operates every 10 minutes on a circuit from Central Station to Circular Quay, along George and Elizabeth streets. The service runs from 9.30am to 3.30pm on weekdays, with a late finish at 9pm on Thursday evenings, and from 9.30am to 6pm on weekends.

Visit www.sydneybuses.info for more information regarding ticket fares, routes and timetables.

 

Light Rail

Sydney’s Tram system is known as Light Rail and links Central Station with Sydney’s Inner Western Suburbs via Haymarket, Pyrmont, Glebe Rozelle, Leichhardt North and Dulwich Hill. Popular attractions accessible by Light Rail include Chinatown, The Star Casino, Sydney Fish Markets and Darling Harbour. Light rail tickets can be purchased from the customer service officer aboard the vehicle.

Visit www.transportnsw.info for more information regarding light rail fares, routes and timetables.

 

Ferries 

Sydney Ferries depart from Circular Quay, right outside the station, and operate between 6am to midnight. The ferry system gives access to many popular attractions including: Darling Harbour, Luna Park, Cockatoo Island, Rose bay, The Gap, Balmain, Kirribilli, Mosman, Taronga Zoo, Watson’s bay and many more.

Visit www.sydneyferries.info for more information regarding ferry fares, routes and timetables.

 

Taxis

Taxi services run around the city all day and are generally easy to track down. Taxis are metered and you will be charged by the minute, and keep in mind that any bridge or road tolls will be added to the fare.

Taxis are readily available from Sydney Airport and each terminal has its own sheltered taxi rank with supervisors on hand during peak times to ensure a smooth flow of taxis for travellers. Kerbside supervisors can also organise taxis with baby capsules, wheelchair access, five-seaters and maxi taxis for larger groups or station wagons for large amounts of baggage.

Visit www.nswtaxi.org.au for more information regarding taxi fares and routes.

You can also pre-book a taxi to collect you from the airport. Pre-booked parking bays are available at the international and domestic terminals and some taxi companies that offer pre-booking include:

Legion Cabs (phone: 131 451; www.legioncabs.com.au )

Premier Cabs (phone: 13 10 17; www.airportaxi.com.au)

Silver Service Fleet (phone: 133 100; www.silverservice.com.au)

St George Cabs (phone: 132 166; www.stgeorgecabs.com.au)

Taxi combined Services (phone: 133 300; www.taxiscombined.com.au)

 

Water Taxis

Water taxis are a quick and fun way to traverse through Sydney Harbour, and will get you to your destination quicker than a ferry ride (Circular Quay to Watsons Bay in as little as 15 minutes). The taxis seat around 16 – 25 people and will take you across the harbour waters to Luna Park, Cockatoo island, Taronga zoo, Fort Denison and many other popular locations. Fares will vary depending on distance travelled, number of passengers and what company you choose to ride with. Companies will quote you on any pick-up point within the harbour and the river, including private jetties, islands and other boats. Some water taxi operators include:

Water Taxis Combined (phone: 9555 8888 www.watertaxis.com.au)

Yellow Water Taxis (phone: 1300 138 840 www.yellowwatertaxis.com.au)

H2O Taxis (1300 420 829 www.h2owatertaxis.com.au)

Aussie Water Taxis (9211 7730 www.aussiewatertaxis.com)