Getting around the city

Sydney has an extensive, easy to use, public transport system, which includes harbour ferries, jet-powered catamarans, and city and suburban rail and bus systems. Private services are also available and include chauffeured limousines and rental cars, taxis and water taxis.


Sydney’s rail network covers the entire metropolitan district. The underground rail network is known as the “City Circle“. The City Circle service operates through a series of subway stations that form a loop from Central Station to Circular Quay. The City Circle rail service allows visitors to disembark at subway stations near Sydney’s main attractions.

City rail maps (

City rail timetables (


Sydney’s main bus interchanges in the city are at Central Station, Circular Quay and Wynyard on York St between Margaret and Wynyard Sts. The buses, identified by number, follow particular routes in the city before heading out to the suburbs.

Sydney Bus Timetables and Route Maps


Ferry services enable all Sydney residents and visitors to enjoy the natural beauty of Sydney Harbour and reach spectacular destinations such as Balmain, Double Bay, Manly, Parramatta, Taronga Zoo, Darling Harbour and Cockatoo Island.

View Sydney Ferries timetables and route maps


When you catch a taxi and arrive at your destination you are required to pay the metered fare plus any booking fee, tolls or airport charges. Variable tolls apply to taxi journeys on the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Harbour Tunnel. The toll which applies at the time of the crossing is added to the fare paid by the passenger. This applies to southbound and northbound journeys.

Metropolitan taxi companies

Yellow Cabs 13 19 24
Taxis Combined Services 13 33 00

Public transport tickets
The Sydney transport authority has moved away from issuing paper tickets (with rare exceptions, such as the Manly ferry) and has introduced a public transport ticketing system called “Opal cards”. The Opal card is a free smartcard ticket that you load value onto and keep for travel on all public transport in Sydney, Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Hunter, Illawarra and Southern Highlands.

When you tap on at an Opal card reader to start your journey, and tap off at the end of your journey, the system will automatically calculate your fare and deduct it from the value stored on your Opal card. Don’t forget, you must tap off when you complete a journey on all transport services except for the Manly Ferry Service.

You can get an Opal card at newsagencies, convenience stores, kiosks and other points in the CBD and surrounding areas (see here for specific retailers and locations).

You can also get Opal cards online.

For full information about Opal cards and the ticketing system,click here.