There are many tour operators selling tours to the Blue Mountains, however it's cheaper to go on your own and eactually see something of the Blue Mountains, other than just a stop at Echo Points to just see the Three Sisters. That might of course be the only thing you're interested in but anyway....
If you want to go to the Blue Mountains NP on your own there are trains running every hour from Sydeny Central to Wenworth Falls, Katoomba and Leura. The sights from the train are great, so don't fall asleep. The train takes around two hours so that's not too long for most people (it is if your're from the Netherlands that is).
The Mountains now have 2 explorer tours.
The explorer bus cost $25 a day and has about 27 stops.
The Trolley link tour is $12 and runs between Katoomba, Echo Point and Leura with a total of 12 stops.
The train from Central will take about two hours to get to Katoomba (the main tourist destination). Be sure to take an express train that bypasses all the suburban stops. There are many TV screens with timetables on them at Central that will tell you which platform to go to. The trains run every hour or so, more often in peak times. The ticket will cost no more than $20 AUD return.
the Katoomba scenic railway would make an excellent transport option to visit the National Park of the Blue Mountains
of course own transport makes you independend. but you could book from Sydney 1 or 2 day package bustransfer and accommodation
There are various options for tourists to travel to the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Site, particularly to the fave tourist destinations like Katoomba, Jenolan Caves, etc.
Trains are the best form of transport if coming from the city centre. Buses via bus tours from the city are also good.
Travelling by car is not recommended during wet weather unless one is thoroughly familiar with the area.
Four-wheel driving is highly recommended for extremely inaccessible areas around Wollemi National Park and other rugged terrains!
There are quite a few of these trolleys around the Blue Mountains these days. I haven't actually been on one (I'm a local) but they don't ever seem to be packed with tourists and the locals will always wave (I don't know why we get such a thrill out of it).
They are quite open and airy looking and you get quite a good deal - $15 for an all day pass (Hop On Hop Off)
You can buy tickets on board, or from The Trolley Shoppe located opposite Katoomba Railway Station.
The tour is once around but you can get off the trolley at any of the 29 stops. A tour takes about 1 hour and allows you to hop on or off as often as you like.
They have wheelchair accessible trolleys but prior notification is required.
You can start at any one of the stops on route.
The City Rail runs every hour or so out of Sydney via Sydney Central. Mt. Victoria or Lithgow are stops you can hop off for the Blue Mountains. Unless you have a car waiting or tour you might not want to take this route since it is a long walk to town areas.
In answer to a forum question.
A good way to do the Blue mountains on your own from Sydney, is to buy the combination Train/bus ticket known as the "Explorer Link."
The Blue Mountains ExplorerLink combines CityRail travel to Katoomba Station and day access to the hop-on, hop-off Explorer bus, a red double decker that drives between 30 attractions around the Blue Mountains.
I, myself, would rather do this than a set tour, as it gives you the flexibility to get off and on where you want, and to pick out the main sights you wish to see.
The first Bus departs from 9.45am at Katoomba station, and takes you to all the scenic attractions in the Blue Mountains.
ONE DAY TICKET INCLUDES....
RETURN TRIP BY CityRail to Katoomba Station with all day access to the Explorer bus.
EXPLORER BUS BLUE MOUNTAINS 3 DAY TICKET.
This ticket includes return CityRail travel to the Blue Mountains (any station between Wentworth Falls and Zig Zag) as well as unlimited travel between these stations over a three day period. It also includes unlimited access to the Explorer bus.
These tickets are not available to half fare concession holders and pensioner fares are only available for the one day ticket.
My wife arranged a tour for us of the Blue Mountains. We were picked up next to Central Station by a bus and driven to The Blue Mountains. The drive wasn't bad at all and considering it was a bit rainy out I was glad to be nice and dry. Under three hours was the duration to the Mountains since there was a bit of traffic and construction along the way.
Whe chose to take the Katoomba scenic railway back up the mountain after hiking down. At first glance the train was steep, but nothing we couldnt handle. After being on it, it was terrifying! You are not strapped in to anything, going on a 52 degree incline! I felt like I was going to fall straight down and die.
If this ride were in the USA, there would be seatbelts and straps! Be careful of bringing little kids on it!
There are these old looking trolley's that shuttle you around town. You can buy a day pass for $15 or a single ride for $2.60. We bought the single rides, once to get to Echo Point and once to return from the train. If you plan to get on and off the trolley, the day pass is definitely worth it, but I don't think its neccesary to get off in other places.
While at Katoomba, we tried the Scenic railway, which is claimed to be the steepest Railway journey in the world. The journey doesnt last for more then 5 mts but these 5 minutes is the most exciting part of Katoomba experience. The railway track is constructed at an angle of 40 to 45 degrees. The speed is controlled and the rack passes through dense rainforest.
For experiencing the Scenic Railway, one has to visit the Scenic World, located at Corner Violet Street and Cliff Drive, south of Katoomba Station roughly 1.5 KM away.
The ticket for a 'Valley return' costs around 30 Dollors. One can utilize this ticket to go the bottom of the Jamison Valley by scenic railway, do a walk along any of the three Elevated Walkway and return to Flyway Bottom station, to take the Flyway up to reach Scenic World.
The last ride starts at 1650 hrs.
If you're just doing a day trip to the Blue Mts from Sydney & taking the train up you can buy cheaper return tickets(almost half price, ~$14 return) after 9am weekdays or anytime weekends.
But being that it takes 2 hours to get there by train, you will be cutting your day short.
There is a weekday train leaving at 9.02am, the next is 9.57am. To buy your ticket at 9am, & run to the train at 9.02am is possible if you check beforehand which platform the train leaves from & you ask the ticket seller if you can buy the cheap return ticket alittle early so you can catch the train !
Forget about money, just do it. The guys that run this can be found in the car park while you're waiting to get on the Scenic Railway or the Skyway.
Powered, in fact, by VW engines, they drive and you sit in the back. It's a hoot.
The city to the Blue Mountains is a great day out. When its hot in the city it is always a great escape to get on a train to Katoomba...Katoomba is the main railway station for the Blue Mountains area. Intecity train services are frequent and the cost of a return ticket is I beleive about $25.oo (please check as there has recently been a price rise). The train (depending on how many stops) (as some are minimum stops). usually takes about an hour and a half or more,from the city to Katoomba.
There is so much to see here and upon arrival at Katoomba there is a choice of bus transport to use usually a day ticket hop on/hop off. There is the trolley or red bus to choose from.
Don't underestimate the weather here in the mountains as it can change in a minute. Always carry a jacket and a mobile phone..A good strong sunscreen is also a good option to carry.
Trains leave every hour fromCentral stations platforms # 12 & 13
Information number 13 1500