Travelling around Sydney using public transport
Public transport in Sydney
Planning a trip to Sydney? Beside the hotels planning and marking all those must go places, here are some information on Sydney's public transportation to get you around.
If you are travelling only within the CBD and most of the touristy area, then buses and train are good enough (plus a good pair of walking shoes - Sydney sider walks alot!).
From the airport to the city
From the International airport, you can take the train to the city. The fare cost around AU$15.80 one way (or AU$11.80 if you are also purchasing a MyMulti ticket) and the trip takes about 15mins. There are several shuttle bus operators that offers airport to hotels transfer. They generally cost between AU$10 - $15. Try KST Airporter (http://www.kst.com.au/). Taxi cost around A$35-$45 to the city.
First thing you may ask is, are there any free Public transport? Within the CBD you can catch the free shuttle Bus 555 (green in colour) which run in a loop from one end of the CBD to the other (one loop from Central to George St and another from Circular Quay to Elizabeth St). The bus runs every 10 mins and the operations hours are as below:
Weekday: 9.30am - 3.30pm (except Thurs where it ends at 9pm) Weekend: 9.30am - 6pm
For more information on Bus 555 route go to:http://www.131500.com.au/tickets/upload/docs/555map.pdf
Type of tickets & fares*
For all other buses that operates in the CBD or surrounding suburbs, you will need to purchase a ticket. Single bus ride ticket generally cost between AU$2 - $4.30 depending on how far you travel. If you think you are going to use Sydney buses on a more frequent case, then I would suggest getting the Travel Ten or MyMulti tickets. Travel Ten are prepay ticket for up to 10 trips (min cost AU$16.80). MyMulti tickets allows you unlimited travel on Sydney buses, trains and ferries. There are two type of MyMulti tickets - Day Pass which last for 1 day and cost around $21 or for a longer period of travel the MyMulti1,2 and 3 which last for 7 days(approx AU$43) or 28 days (approx AU$164). Beside bus and train station ticket offices, Travel Ten and MyMulti tickets can also be purchased in many newsagent and convenience store. MyMulti travel map:http://www.cityrail.info/tickets/pdf/mymulti_fare_map.pdf
Hop On Hop Off explorer bus
If you prefer travelling in style on an open top double decker bus, then go for the distinguished red Hop On Hop Off explorer bus. It runs in a loop and stop at 30 top attractions around Sydney CBD. The bus departs around 15-20mins at each stop. Ticket price starts from $35 for a 24 hours ticket. For booking or more information click here.
Trains operates around Sydney city, surrounding suburbs and interstates. Train tickets are available from station ticket offices or ticket vending machine. Longer term tickets like weekly ticket or MyMulti tickets are also available at newsagent and convenience store. If you are travelling on a weekday, try to travel after the peak-hour (ie: after 9am) to save up to 30% on return fares and also avoid the crowds. For more information and fares type go to: http://www.131500.com.au/tickets/fares.
Why get a MyMulti ticket?
If you are going to stay more than a week in Sydney with extensive travel within Sydney, the MyMulti ticket will save you time and money. The MyMulti weekly ticket are more convenient to use and allow unlimited travel on train, bus, Light Rail (tram) and State Transit ferries. For example you can try getting to Sydney's Fish Market via Light Rail.
If wheels are still not your cup of tea, then get ready that pair of good walking shoes.
* updated on Feb 2012 due to fare increase