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How to get around Sydney: info, costs and advice


One of the most beautiful cities in the world, with a good quality of life, beautiful attractions and lots to do. Sydney definitely is a must on a trip to Australia! A visit to the Opera House, now its undisputed symbol, to the wonderful botanical gardens and the surroundings, such as Bondi Beach or Manly Beach, is not to be missed. Despite being a very large city, moving from one point to another is not complicated at all, thanks to theefficient transport system which also connects the center to the most distant districts.

So let's find out together how to get around Sydney: info, costs and advice!



Index

  1. Useful Tips
  2. How to get from the airport to Sydney city center
  3. How to get around on foot
  4. Con i mezzi pubblici
  5. By car
  6. User questions and comments

Useful Tips

Seeing Sydney completely on foot, especially if you have limited time, is almost impossible. You will necessarily have to use the means of transport and the best are train, tram and ferry. The train is great for reaching the different areas of the city, the tram for exploring the CBD (Central Business District) and the Circular Quay area. Ferries are the fastest way to reach areas such as Manly Beach, and you can also enjoy a wonderful view. I am instead rental cars and buses are not recommended, as Sydney is busy at all times! To use transport, be sure to take the Opal Card as soon as you arrive at the airport, you will need it all the time in Sydney!


  • Recommended solutions and means: train, tram, ferry
  • Solutions and means not recommended: buses, taxis, rental cars
  • City cards and season tickets recommended: Opal Card (free and rechargeable), weekly carnet with Opal Card (from 50,00 AUD / € 30,00)

How to get from the airport to Sydney city center

Sydney has one major airport, the Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, also called Mascot Airport. Both international and domestic flights land here: the former arrive at terminal T1, while domestic flights arrive at terminal T3.

The airport is only 8 km from the center, so if you are seated by the window side don't forget to look out upon arrival, you will enjoy a wonderful view of Sydney from above! Once landed, we recommend that you immediately purchase your Opal Card, which is necessary to travel on public transport. From here you can take the train Aiport Link, which connects both terminals with Circular Quay, or the bus 400, which leads instead to Bondi Junction. However, the fastest means of transport is still the taxi, with a travel time of 30 minutes, traffic permitting.


Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport

  • Distance from the center: 8 km / travel time: 20 min;
  • By train: Airport Link lines / ticket cost: AUD 15,00, € 10,00
  • By taxi: average cost 50,00 AUD, € 30,00 / travel time: 30 min
  • By bus: average cost 5,00 AUD, € 3,00 / line 400
  • Private transfer: airport transfer from / to CBD hotels

How to get around on foot

Visiting the city on foot is difficult, especially if you have little time available. There are many attractions to see and they are not always close to each other! You can instead visit the individual neighborhoods on foot: for example the Circular Quay, where the port and the Opera House are located, has a beautiful promenade in which to relax and stroll, reaching The Rock neighborhood (1 km from the Opera House, about 10 min on foot).

Furthermore, the city is full of walking routes to be discovered: one of these is the wonderful Coogee to Bondi Costal Walk, a walk of about 6 km on the cliffs that leads from the town of Coogee to the famous Bondi Beach, one of the most iconic and symbolic beaches of Sydney. In the city you can also discover the large Royal Botanic Gardens, which are developed behind the Opera House.


Con i mezzi pubblici

To visit the whole city and reach the different attractions, including natural ones like Bondi Beach or Manly Beach, you need to use public transport, very efficient, clean and punctual! The transport system includes: trains, the fastest way; the trams, very comfortable but with a still limited network; buses, excellent for getting from one district to another, but beware of traffic; and ferries, a real means of transport, which will become necessary to reach Manly Beach, the Taronga Zoo or Watson Bay.

To use all public transport is Opal Card required, an electronic card that can be recharged at the special automatic machines and which must be passed on the automatic readers of the stations, on the buses or before entering the ferry pier. It is free and you can request it at station ticket offices, newsstands and authorized dealers. It allows you to travel not only in the city center, but also to the most peripheral districts and the surrounding area, reaching as far as the Blue Mountains.


Train

It's a quick and comfortable means to move from the CBD (the central area of ​​Sydney) to all the more peripheral districts. Central station is Sydney Central Station, 3 km from the Opera House (40 min walk). The lines are 8 and are located on the surface, while there is only one underground line, the City Circle in the CBD. They are generally active from 4:00 to midnight.

The cost of the ticket varies according to the duration of the journey and timetable, in fact, some time slots are more expensive than others. 0-10km single ride AUD 3,61 (€ 2,20), 10-20km AUD 4,48 (€ 2,75), 20-35km AUD 5,15 (€ 3,40). You can check all the distances and time slots on the official website.


  • Downloadable map: official site
  • by 4: 00 00 to: 00
  • Ticket / single ride cost: from 3,61 AUD (€ 2,20)
  • Cost of ticket booklet / season ticket: daily AUD 16,10 (€ 9,90), daily Sunday AUD 2,80 (€ 1,70), weekly AUD 50,00 (€ 30,00)

Tram

To move from one neighborhood to another you can also use trams, vehicles comfortable and punctual, but still not too extensive, the network is in fact being expanded continuously. Currently the entire route covers just 12km between Central Station and Lilyfield, departures every 10 or 15 min. They reach though many tourist attractions, so you will definitely use them. Also in this case the Opal Card on board is used.

Rates change in based on distance and time: 0-3km single ride AUD 2,24 (€ 1,40), 3-8km AUD 3,73 (€ 2,30), over 8km AUD 4,80 (€ 2,90). You can check all distances and time slots on the official website.


  • Downloadable map: official site
  • 6am to 00pm (or midnight depending on the line)
  • Ticket / single ride cost: from 2,24 AUD (€ 1,40)
  • Cost of ticket booklet / season ticket: daily AUD 16,10 (€ 9,90), daily Sunday AUD 2,80 (€ 1,70), weekly AUD 50,00 (€ 30,00)

Bus

And the the city's largest network, with a high number of vehicles and as many stops. But be careful: in Australia the driver stops only when he sees people at the stop or when you book the descent, so always check the route of your bus and book in time the stop to get off. It is an economical means, but it can suffer some delays due to traffic.

In this case, the fares are the same as for the tram and change in based on distance and time: 0-3km single ride AUD 2,24 (€ 1,40), 3-8km AUD 3,73 (€ 2,30), over 8km AUD 4,80 (€ 2,90). You can check all distances and time slots on the official website.

  • Downloadable map: official site
  • 24 hours a day thanks to the night service
  • Ticket / single ride cost: from 2,24 AUD (€ 1,40)
  • Cost of ticket booklet / season ticket: daily AUD 16,10 (€ 9,90), daily Sunday AUD 2,80 (€ 1,70), weekly AUD 50,00 (€ 30,00)

Ferry

This means of transport should be used to reach tourist attractions such as the famous Manly Beache and the Taronga Zoo. The main port, from which all ferries depart, is located at Circular Quay (1 km from the Opera House, about 10 min on foot), where there are several piers. The races and starting points are always well marked, so it will be impossible to go wrong.

Again, the rates change in based on distance and time: 0-9km single ride AUD 6,12 (€ 3,80), over 9km AUD 7,65 (€ 4,70). Fixed fare to Newcastle Stockton Ferry at AUD 2,24 (€ 1,40). You can check all distances and time slots on the official website.

  • Downloadable map:
  • by 5: 30 00 to: 00
  • Ticket / single ride cost: from 6,12 AUD (€ 3,80)
  • Cost of ticket booklet / season ticket: daily AUD 16,10 (€ 9,90), daily Sunday AUD 2,80 (€ 1,70), weekly AUD 50,00 (€ 30,00)

By car

In Sydney the rental car is really not recommended, mainly for the following reasons: it is one of the largest cities in Australia and the roads are very busy; rental and parking costs are high; in the city and its surroundings you can move easily by public transport.

Renting a car is much more expensive to move using public transport: the minimum daily cost is € 30,00, moreover, parking lots do not always have affordable rates and finding free ones is a lost cause, you would risk losing hours.

40 kph Zones

In Sydney there are no real Restricted Traffic Zones, rather you will find them 40 kph Zones, i.e. certain areas in which i speed limits are reduced to 40 km per hour. They are mostly found close to residential districts and schools. If you drive on the streets of the city make sure to always respect the speed limits, the fines can be very high!

In addition, Sydney is an ever-expanding city works in progress are always a lot and several and can block even main roads for several days, if not weeks.

Stops and parking

The city has plenty of parking spaces, but most of them are paid. There are also free parking spaces, but they are very few and, above all, they are used by locals, workers and residents, making the search almost impossible, making you waste precious time.

If you drive, make sure yours hotel or hostel has a parking service, otherwise you will have to look for a place in the underground and covered car parks, guarded and open 24 hours a day. Absolutely avoid paying parking on the street, at an average hourly cost of AUD 24 (€ 7,20) and the possibility of leaving the car only for a maximum of two hours. On the official website of the city you can find a page entirely dedicated to the available parking lots, where all the rates are shown, both hourly and daily, day or night, also very useful for quickly identifying the place where they are located.

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