Sydney - Getting Around
Sydney enjoys a good public transport network. If you are planning to use public transport in Sydney for the week after you arrive it may be cheaper for you to purchase a A$41.00 MyMulti 1 7-day ticket. These are available at the Newslink newsagents in T1 and T2 arrivals, or at any CityRail station. (If you buy a MyMulti ticket from any of the Airport stations you will pay a A$11.80 surcharge though). Day-passes are also available.
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Taxis are a convenient way to get around Sydney. They can also be the only transport option after midnight. Hail taxis with a yellow light on the top or grab one at the ranks dotted around the CBD. Taxi drivers 'change over' at 3pm in the afternoon, making trying to get one around this time as difficult as it is on a Friday or Saturday night. Meter rates start at A$3 and increase at around A$2 a kilometre. For night fares add an extra 20% on to that.
Sydney Buses operates buses throughout the city. The minimum fare (which covers most short hops in the city) is around A$2. Bus service is divided into seven zones, with the main terminals located at Circular Quay, Wynyard, Town Hall and Central Station. If in doubt about your route ask the driver.
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CityRail, operated by the State Rail Authority, provides suburban and intercity rail service in New South Wales. The city also has an efficient light rail line providing tram service from Central Station to stops in the central city - a good option if you’re heading to Chinatown, Darling Harbour and the market Pyrmont. The monorial loop takes in the city centre, Darling Harbour, ChinaTown, the Spanish Quarter, World Square and the all points in between.
Great for tourists, the Sydney and Bondi Explorer bus supplies the route connecting all the city’s major tourist sights. The iconic bright red buses operate every day, stopping at 27 places of interest. Buses depart from Circular Quay at 18 minute intervals starting at 8:40am, with the last round-trip service departing Circular Quay at 5:20pm (and returning to Circular Quay at 7pm).
The Bondi Explorer operates every day, traveling around the eastern harbour side beaches. The bus departs from Circular Quay at 25 minute intervals starting at 9:15am, with the last round-trip service departing Circular Quay at 4:20pm (and returning to Circular Quay at 5:55pm).
Combined 1-day tickets for both buses cost around A$40 and you can hop on and off as often as you like.