Travel Information

Visas

Unless you are an Australian or New Zealand citizen, you will need a visa to enter Australia for the event. For the most up-to-date information about how to apply for a visa before arriving in Australia, visit the Australian Government Department of Immigration and Border Protection website.

Please contact Brooke Fuz brooke.fuz@sydney.edu.au if you are required to supply supporting documentation for this process and she will be happy to send a letter of registration.

Transport

Sydney is a well-connected city with a range of private and public transport options. The below is offered as an estimate of the options and costs for your first journey in Sydney – travelling to the city centre from Sydney International Airport.

The Opal card system is an electronic ticketing system that was introduced on public transport in Sydney in 2014, which is similar to the rechargeable Oyster cards found in London. The system has been implemented on ferries, trains and buses and will eventually replace paper ticketing.

Visitors to Sydney will have more information to help them use public transport and make the most of their stay, with Transport for NSW releasing a new visitor pack and a video explaining the benefits of getting around with the Opal card. Now available at key tourist locations within Sydney, the pack provides information on how to use public transport in Sydney and surrounds, how to get and use an Opal card, a network map, and details of apps they can use to help them plan their travel. Visit the Opal card website for more information.

Sydney trains

Sydney Trains offer one of the most cost-effective and reliable modes of transport around the city. It’s often said that if you’re close to a train station, you’re already on your way to the city! The Sydney Trains network connects metropolitan and suburban Sydney, whilst the NSW Intercity Trains connect the Hunter, Central Coast, Blue Mountains, Southern Highlands and South Coast – all popular regions for pre- and post-event holidays!

The network is made up of a number of colour coded lines and ticket prices are generally based on distance travelled. Visit the Sydney Trains website for more for information about routes, ticketing and timetables.

Train services from Sydney Airport

An airport rail line operates from all City Circle stations to the domestic terminals (T2 and T3) and international terminal (T1).

There are 350 daily weekday services and in peak hours the train departs and arrives every eight minutes. Additionally, 160 services run every Saturday, Sunday and on public holidays.

Visit the Airport Link website for more information.

Light rail

Light rail trams link Central Station and Sydney’s inner western suburbs, while also offering easy access for visitors looking to explore Chinatown, Darling Harbour, The Star, and Sydney Fish Markets. Services are frequent, with the route between Central Station and The Star running 24 hours. Visit the Transport NSW website for more information.

Sydney Buses

Sydney Buses operates over 99,000 services per week on more than 300 regular routes, offering another quick, inexpensive way of travelling across the Sydney metropolitan area and into Parramatta and the West.  Visit the Sydney Buses website for more for information about routes, ticketing and timetables.

Taxis

Taxis are a convenient way to cover short to medium distances when you’re travelling around Sydney. They can usually be flagged down along major roads, or you can find them at taxi ranks around the city centre and suburban areas. Taxis are available for hire if the light on their roof is on.

Alternatively, phone calls can be placed personally, or through your hotel, to book a taxi.

Most taxi drivers accept payment by debit or credit card. Tipping is not required or expected, but rounding up a taxi fare to the next dollar is common.

Ferries

Ferry services across Sydney’s world-renowned harbour leave from the terminal at Circular Quay and travel to an array of destinations including Taronga Zoo and Darling Harbour, and suburbs such as Balmain, Kirribilli, Neutral Bay, Mosman and Rose Bay.

Services also travel to the northern reaches of the harbour to Manly and west along the Parramatta River. Information kiosks are located at Circular Quay and Manly.

See Beyond the Wharf for more information.

Water taxis

In Sydney, you can also get around on a water taxi and travel across Sydney Harbour directly to a specified location. These small boats operate to and from any wharves or waterfront locations that have step access.

Free city shuttle bus

A free Sydney CBD shuttle bus (Route 555) operates every 10 minutes on a circuit from Central Station to Circular Quay, along George and Elizabeth Streets. This is a great way to travel between Sydney’s attractions free-of-charge. The service operates from 9.00 am to 3.30 pm on weekdays (with a late finish at 9.00 pm on Thursday evenings) and from 9.00 am to 6.00 pm on weekends.

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