Public Transport @ Sydney, Australia

If this is your first time travel in Sydney, you might find some difficulties in using the system. I recommend viewing Sydney public transport network maps of the Central Business District (CBD) and inner suburb services to gain an understanding of what coverage each service provides. Maps are available at service websites, Transit Shops, City Rail train stations, bus terminals, and Sydney Ferry terminals.

In a hurry? Use the 131500 Sydney transport info planner online or over the phone will provide you with all the necessary service details to get you to your destination.

Paid and free applications are also available for mobile devices such as the iPhone that can help you plan your public transport journeys. Here are some App Store’s application: TripView Sydney ($2.99), NSW Transport Info 131500 – free trip planning and maps (free).

The Sydney public transport system is composed of trains, buses, ferries, a light rail and a monorail.

There are two main transport hubs in Sydney:

1) Central Station

This is the hub of the Sydney public transport system in the south of the city.

All train platforms, bus terminals, and a light rail terminal are available here.

The number of crowd is large in this hub everyday day. Food, drink and ATM/cash machines are also available on the passenger concourses.

2) Circular Quay

Circular Quay is the Sydney’s northern public transport hub and also the  harbourside transportation hub of the city’s central business district. It is a major city terminal for buses, trains and ferries.

Circular Quay is also a happening place with a million things to do and see. I like to sit in a cafe and watching million of people and things going on around me.

Sydney public transport ticketing is confusing.

Ticket options allow travel across the entire network, or travel on an individual service.

The Monorail is not included within this system. The Metro Lightrail is included only with some passes, or can be included if you pay an extra fee on other passes.

Airport stations, including those immediately adjacent to the airport, are run by a private company, therefore ticket prices are three times as much. So choosing the right MyZone ticket is very important.

What is MyZone?

MyZone is the name of the public transport fare system encompassing travel by train, bus (government and private), government ferry and light rail. Myzone tickets are used across greater Sydney, the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, the Illawarra, the Southern Highlands and the Hunter (excluding Newcastle Ferries and Newcastle Buses time-based fares).

Before choosing your train, bus or ferry ticket, i would suggest you to consider whether a MyMulti ticket may provide you with even greater value and flexibility.

Use the store locator to find your nearest ticket reseller.

My-Zone Tickets

My-Zone tickets allow travel on trains, public and private buses and Sydney Ferries.

Two types are available:

  • My-Multi – Allows travel across the entire network within a specified time e.g. 1 week
  • My-Zone individual service tickets – My-Train, My-Bus and My-Ferry

Choosing your ticket:

If you currently use more than one mode, or light rail, your best choice is MyMulti or Family Funday Sunday or Pensioner Excursion ticket. A MyMulti ticket gives you unlimited travel on government and private buses, government ferries and light rail, plus travel in up to three different train zones.

If you currently use bus, your best choice is MyBus or Myulti. MyBus tickets are valid on both government and private buses. There are three different fares, based on the number of sections passed through on your journey.

If you currently use ferry, your best choice is MyFerry or MyMulti. MyFerry tickets are valid on Sydney Ferries. There are two difference fares, based on distance.

If you currently use train, your best choice is MyTrain or MyMulti. MyTrain tickets are valid for travel from one CityRail station to another, not for zones. There are five different fares, based on distance.

I definitely would recommend investing in a weekly ticket if you plan to travel via public transport often during your visit. The MyMulti tickets are a good investment!

MyMulti Tickets (combined train, bus,ferry and light rail travel)

All MyMulti tickets give you unlimited travel on all government and private buses, government ferries and light rail services across network, as well as train travel. There are three different train zones and the area of train coverage required will determine which MyMulti ticket best suits your needs.

Type of tickets are available: Day Pass, Weekly, Monthly (28 days), Quarterly (90 days) or Yearly.

What are the fares?

MyMulti 1 train zone

Adult Weekly – $43, Conc. Weekly $21.50, Adult Monthly (28 days) $164, Adult Quarterly (90 days) $452, Adult Yearly (365 days) $1632

Where can you use them?

From the CBD and bounded by Bondi Junction, Chatswood, Croydon, Canterbury, Barwell Park and Rockdale and unlimited travel on Metro Light Rail, buses and government ferries across the network.

MyMulti 2 train zone

Adult Weekly – $51, Conc. Weekly $25.50, Adult Monthly (28 days) $194, Adult Quarterly (90 days) $533, Adult Yearly (365 days) $1929

From the CBD and bounded by Bondi Junction, Hornsby, Carlingford, Seven Hills, Liverpool, Holsworthy,  Engadine, Caringbah plus unlimited travel on Metro Light Rail, buses and government ferries across the network.

MyMulti 3 train zone

Adult Weekly – $60, Conc. Weekly $30, Adult Monthly (28 days) $232, Adult Quarterly (90 days) $638, Adult Yearly (365 days) $2311

Unlimited train travel across the entire CityRail network (all MyMulti zones), plus unlimited travel on Metro Light Rail, buses and government ferries across the network.

MyMulti Day Pass (valid for one day only)

Adult 1 day $21, Conc. 1 day $10.50

Unlimited train travel across the entire CityRail network (all MyMulti zones), plus unlimited travel on Metro Light Rail, buses and government ferries across the network.

Where can buy them?

MyMulti Day Pass and Weekly tickets:

From CityRail stations, Sydney Buses TransitShops, Sydney Ferries ticket offices, ticket vending machines and selected retail outlets.

MyMulti Monthly, Quarterly and Yearly tickets:

Available only from CityRail stations or online

MyBus tickets (bus only travel)

How to know which is the right bus ticket?

Select a MyBus 1, MyBus 2 or MyBus 3 ticket according to how many sections you need to travel through on your trip (a section is approximately 1.6 km).

If you are unsure of the number of sections you need to travel, here is a rough guide:

MyBus 1: for a short trip of up to 3 km approximately

MyBus 2: for a trip up to 8 km approximately

MyBus 3: for a trip over 8 km

MyBus tickets are valid on private and government buses (excluding Newcastle buses).

Each bus ride counts as one trip and you will need a ticket for each bus you ride on. This means that if you’re travelling with MyBus TravelTen ticket, you must validate your ticket every time you change buses, however existing transfer rules apply.

Handy Tips:

TravelTen tickets represent up to 20% savings compared to single tickets (10 rides for the price of 8). TravelTens do not expire until all 10 rides are used.

Dip your MyBus TravelTen in the green machine on government buses, or present your ticket to the driver on private buses.

MyFerry tickets (ferry-only travel)

Select a MyFerry 1 or MyFerry 2 ticket according to whether each single trip is under or over 9 km.  If your ferry journey requires a transfer at Circular Quay, you will need a separate ticket for each leg of the journey.

Handy Tips:

MyFerry tickets are valid from the day of issue (except those purchased at external ticket resellers, which are valid from the date of first use).

MyFerry return tickets are available at ticket windows and are equivalent to the price of two single tickets.

If you travel y ferry every weekday, you may find that a MyMulti ss the best value ticket for you.

MyTrain tickets (train-only travel)

Just ask the CityRail station for the relevant ticket to your destination station.

MyTrain tickets are only available at CityRail stations. Dicsounted Monthly, Quarterly and Yearly tickets are also available online.

Handy Tips:

MyTrain tickets are valid from the date of purchase.

Get an extra day’s travel, free. Buy your Weekly or Fortnightly ticket after 3pm to get travel for the rest of the day, plus a further seven or 14 days.

Free Shuttle

Sydney Buses operates two free shuttle bus services in the metropolitan area. They run in a loop and make it easier for people to get from one end of their CBD location to the other, and in between.

Commuters can board these high frequency buses from any bus stop marked with the green shuttle logo.

Each bus is an accessible bus that can be used by people in wheelchairs or with other accessibility requirements, and parents or carers with prams.

Route 430: Free Kagarah Shuttle

The free Kogarah Shuttle runs every 15 minutes. The service operates on a one-way loop starting from Kogarah Interchange connecting Railway Parade, St George Hospital, Gray Street and Montgomery Street.

Hours of operation are:

Weekdays: 9.00am to 2.45pm

Weekends: 9.00am to 5.45pm

Route 555: Free Sydney CBD Shuttle

The free Sydney CBD Shuttle runs every 10 minutes (for my own experienced, i don’t think so). The service operates in both directions on a loop from Central Station to Circular Quay via Elizabeth and George Streets.

Hours of operation are:

Weekdays: 9.30am to 3.30pm, with a late finish of 9pm on Thursday evenings.

Weekends: 9.30am to 6.00pm.

Route Map

For more info on tickets, fares of MyZone. Please visit: NSW TrasportInfo or call 131500.

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