Getting Around in SydneyPosted on Sep 19 in Australia, Travel Tipsby ShelynPrint
If you’re planning a visit to the beautiful harbour city and you’re wondering how you’re going to get from A to B (and then C, D & E) then this article should help you out. Sydney is a city of transport options, and depending on whether you’re looking for pure practicality, independence, speed or a bit of sightseeing, there’s an option in Sydney to suit you. For those who want to beat the traffic of the city there’s the underground rail network, while for those who want to take in the sights as they get from place to place there is the unbeatable Sydney Harbour cruise.
For all your transportation options, keep reading—we’ll get you where you want to go!
Cityrail is Sydney’s rail system and it connects all city stops as well as suburban lines as far south as Goulburn, as far north as Newcastle and as far west as Bathurst. The network was implemented over 150 years ago, and sees an average of one million trips made from over 307 stations ever single day.
Sydney’s buses work on an extensive network and service the far suburbs as well as the city itself. An incredibly number of buses run each day in Sydney, and there are designated bus lanes to decrease commuting time. In order to further streamline the process, many buses operate as pre-pay only services during peak hours, so that people simply have to swipe their ticket rather than waiting for change. It’s possible to buy a weekly ticket or a 10-ride pass, which works out to be slightly better value than paying per-ride.
Taxis are everywhere in the city (except when you’re really hungry for a kebab after a night out—then it seems to take an age to find one!) There is a standard per-kilometre rate, as well as a waiting fee, which also applies if you’re stuck in traffic. Tolls and airport pickups are extra, but a full fee schedule and a list of your rights and responsibilities as a passenger. Never get into an unmarked taxi or a taxi that doesn’t properly display the identification and license number of the driver.
Ferries service the southeastern harbour suburbs and the Parramatta River as well as heading across the harbour to Manly. The ferries operate on the same system as the buses and trains, so it is possible to buy a travel pass that grants you access to all three forms of transport.
Sydney Harbour Cruises
For transport with a bit of sightseeing thrown in, why not try a Sydney Harbour dinner cruise? Relax while you enjoy a luxurious dinner and watch the lights of the city drift past. Sydney Harbour cruises are a great way to see Sydney from a different perspective, and you’ll learn a bit about the history and culture of the city as you sail.