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The ABC of Getting Around Sydney
With a comprehensive public transport system and well-indicated roads, getting around Sydney is as easy as A, B, C.
- Buses: Sydney’s fleet of clean, safe and modern buses connect the entire city. They don’t always come on time, especially during peak hour, but they always come. To make them more efficient, the Sydney city recently introduced a pre-paid ticketing system that requires passengers to buy tickets at newsagents, post offices or city train stations if they intend to ride buses on weekdays between 7am and 7pm. For bus timetables and routes, visit www.sydneybuses.info
- Trains: Sydney’s CityRail network offers a fast and convenient way to get around the city and the outer suburbs of Sydney. Holders of valid student cards receive a 50 percent discount, and you can enjoy further discounts if you buy weekly tickets. For information on train stations and services, visit www.131500.com.au.
- Ferries:There’s no better way to travel around Sydney than on a ferry. Not only do you get to beat the traffic but you also get to take in the majestic views of the Sydney Harbour foreshore and the Parramatta River. Services connect Circular Quay in the city to Manly, Balmain, Watsons Bay, Taronga Zoo, Luna Park and other locations. For more information, visit www.sydneyferries.info.
- Taxis: They cost more than a bus or train ticket, but if you’re in a hurry or it’s late at night, taxis are the way to go. Taxis can be called from the street, found in specially marked taxi ranks or booked over the phone. Call 133 300 or visit www.taxiscombined.com.au. Make sure to tell the operator if you need a wheelchair-accessible taxi.
- Light rail: Electric trams operate between Chinatown, Darling Harbour, Star City Casino, the Sydney Fish Markets, Glebe, Leichhardt and Lilyfield. For more information call visit www.metrotransport.com.au.
- Monorail: A single line monorail operates between the city centre and Darling Harbour.
- Road Tolls: Small fees are charged for cars and motorbikes to use the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Sydney Harbour Tunnel and Sydney’s orbital motorway network. Some tolls accept cash but most operate cash free. To use them, you’ll need to get an electronic tag from an office of the New South Wales Road, or an eMU pass, which are sold at participating petrol stations. Failure to pay tolls within a few days after use can lead to fines and penalties including loss of license.
- Airport: There are a number of ways to get to and from Sydney’s domestic and international airports. These include taxis, shuttle buses (which link to the city, inner west and Eastern Suburbs only) and airport trains that take you straight to the city. For more information visit www.sydneyairport.com.au.