Sydney has an extensive public transport system that includes trains, buses, ferries and light rail. We strongly recommend you purchase an Opal Card, which is available at train stations and convenience stores. This will enable you to travel on any mode of transport you like. Single-ride opal tickets are also available forpurchase from train stations if you need them.
Purchase this card if you are aged 16 years and over. The
minimum value is $10.
Purchase this card if you are aged 15 years and under.
The minimum value is $5.
Sydney has a large bus network that services the entire city. The main bus terminals are at Wynyard, Circular Quay and Central Station. Many buses require you to have an Opal Card or ticket before you board. You can buy single bus tickets from most convenience stores.
Ferries operate between Circular Quay and several harbourside suburbs including Cremorne, Mosman, Pyrmont, Rose Bay and Balmain. You can also take a RiverCat from the Quay to Parramatta and the suburbs along the Parramatta river.
The light rail network operates from Central Station to the inner western suburbs via Pyrmont and Glebe out to Dulwich Hill.
Hints and Tips
- Purchase the right ticket- Be aware that in New South Wales international students are not entitled to a student concession on public transport: if you are aged 16 years and over you must purchase an Adult Opal Card (pictured). If you travel without a valid ticket and you are caught by transport officers there is a $200 fine.
- Weekly travel reward- After your first 8 paid journeys you can enjoy half price travel for the rest of the week (from Monday to Sunday)
- Daily Travel Cap- Pay no more than $15.80 per day with an Adult card and $7.90 per day with a Child/Youth Card.
- Sunday Travel- Pay no more than $2.70 on Sunday and take as many trips as you like!
If you have any other questions about transport in Sydney please visit Transport NSW website, call 131 500 or come see us at Reception!
If you have a smartphone this app will be your new best friend in Sydney. You can plan your trip whenever you like and get live updates on timetables and scheduling. You can download it on Goolge Play or the iTunes app store.
Other useful links for Sydney tranport:
City of Sydney – Late night transport informaiton
Make sure you always buy a ticket for public transport.
If you travel without a ticket or with the wrong ticket you
may receive a $200 fine (maximum $550).