Public Transportation in Sydney
If you find yourself living in Sydney you're going to need to find a way to get around the place and that's where public transportation comes in. Fortunately, Sydney has a good transportation network including buses, trains, ferries, light rail, taxis, and even a monorail so that folks without cars can still get around fairly easily.
There are plenty of passes that are cheaper than buying point-to-point tickets each time you need to travel. Passes are available for ferry, bus or train travel or you can get a combined pass that includes all three. Daily, weekly and monthly passes are some of the options and more information on both passes and routes can be found at the Transport Infoline website.
Buses operate all over Sydney but the main terminals are located at Circular Quay, Wynard, Town Hall and Central Station. They are a great compliment to the train network and take passengers to most places around the city and outlying suburbs. Some buses are pre-pay only which means you have to buy tickets in advance and have them verified on the bus - no cash allowed. Everything you need to know including bus routes and hours of operation can be found on the Sydney Buses website.
Train services within Sydney are run by CityRail with a variety of train lines that will take you all over the city, to far-reaching suburbs, and even further a field to the South Coast. All of the information you will need including fare information, route maps, and a journey planner can be found at the CityRail website.
Ferry is a great way to get around Sydney and it is essential if you are living in Manly. There are several options available including single or return tickets, packs of ten tickets, or travel passes for unlimited journeys over various lengths of time. Information on Sydney's ferry services can be found at the Sydney Ferries website.
The Metro Light Rail is the most recent addition to Sydney's transportation system. It is a small train system that runs 24 hours a day, seven days a week servicing Central Sydney, Chinatown, Darling Harbour, Star City Casino, Sydney Fish Markets, and Wentworth Park and out to Glebe, Jubilee Park, Rozelle and Lilyfield. For more information on routes and fares check the Sydney by Light Rail website.
The Sydney monorail is more of a tourist attraction than a practical way to get around the city but it is handy for routes within the Central Business District. The monorail leaves every 3 to 5 minutes and takes only 15 minutes to complete the entire circuit with stops in Chinatown, Darling Harbour, Harbourside, Paddy's Markets, and the city center. It operates every day of the year except for Christmas and runs from 7am to 10pm Monday to Saturday and from 8am to 10pm on Sunday. For more information including fares check out the Sydney by Monorail website.
Taxis can be found all over Sydney and you are able to hail them from the street. If you are in an area without a lot of traffic then it makes more sense to call a cab to meet you at your destination. As in most cities, taxis are much more expensive that other forms of transportation. When the trains and buses stop operating though, sometimes it's the only option.
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