From Sydney, from where I assume most will be basing their trip, the train is the best. Reasons are, traffic can be a nightmare getting out of Sydney, the train stops at all the main places you want to do your trips from (i.e. Leura, Katoomba, Blackheath, Wentworth Falls), it's much more relaxing and inexpensive.
They leave regularly from Central Station.
Look up Country Link on the internet for more info.
You can book day trips to the Blue Mountains. Just ask at your travel desk. If you want to get there yourself, the best way is by train. Get off at Katoomba and there are bus connections to the lookout, bushwalking and scenic railway.
It's only takes about 1 and half hours to get there.
The site below has all you need to know as well as train timetable.
There seems to be much confusion on how best to see the Blue Mountains independantly?
The two hour train trip from Central to Katoomba in the heart of the Blue Mountains is the best way to get there if you don't have a car.
When purchasing your ticket at Central Railway Station, you may be offered a "Link" Ticket by the station staff which includes the train and sightseeing by the Double Decker Explorer Bus. This will in fact cost you more in the long run than purchasing a return rail fare and taking the option of the Trolley Bus when you arrive. Both operators show exactly the same sights in the Katoomba/Leura/Echo Point area and have the same number of stops. The Trolley Bus operates hourly in the Leura area and half hourly in the Katoomba /Echo Point area. Most of the stops in the Leura area, such as Leura village itself, Everglades Gardens and the bushwalk from Gordon Falls to Leura Cascades will require a one hour break anyway.
The Trolley fare is $25 per adult; $20 concession and $15 child under 15 years.
This represents a considerable saving on the alternative Double Decker Bus
You can take the CityRail train from Central Station to Katoomba or Leura. It takes about 2 hours to get there, and the ride is smooth and comfortable.
I took the train from Central Station to Katoomba. Within Blue Mountains, I traveled from one station to another, Leura, Katoomba, Medlow Bath, Blackheath, and Mt Vctoria.
If you have MyMulti3 ticket, it covers all the Blue Mountains's stops.
One Way ticket A$7.80, or return A$15.60.
MyMulti Day Pass will cost A$20, which cover rides from one station to another within Blue Mountains and Sydney in one day.
Blue Mountains Explorer Bus gives you the convenience to travel from Scenic World to each Blue Mountains lookouts between Katoomba and Leura. Each bus will stop at each stations according to its schedule. Please make sure you have your timetable before you ride on each bus. Once you miss a bus, you might have to wait at least 30 minutes, and up to 45 minutes.
You can buy its package outside Katoomba Station.
I personally did not buy its package. I decided to walk. It was not too bad. It took me 20-minutes walking from Katoomba YHA to Scenic World. I took the Skyway to another side of a cliff. I walked along the cliff to each lookouts between Katoomba and Leura. By doing that, I did not miss any of the views, enjoy more views instead of waiting for a bus. It took 4 hours to walk the trail. From Leura, I took the train to Katoomba.
For the fare, please check out the website...
Blue Mountains Bus Company is operated under the NSW transportation system. It means you can use your MyMulti ticket to take these buses. It really depends where you are going, you will have to read a bus timetable to ride a bus, cause they are not many frenquency on each bus route. If you miss a bus, you might have to wait up to 1 hour for another bus.
Please pick up a booklet of bus timetable at Sydney Visitor Centre or Transport Info Office (Circular Quay Station got one).
Getting here by CityRail train from Central Station (Blue Mountain Lines) to Katoomba via Emu Plains (or you may take the North Shores and Western Lines, get off at Blacktown interchange station and catch another train to Katoomba)
As soon as you get off the train, there's a tourist info center right there at the exit. Book the double decker hop-on hop-off Explorer Bus ticket, sight-seeing around the great Blue Mountains until late 4 p.m. (the last Explorer Bus runs until 4:55) Enjoy shopping at the market enroute, I recommend the candy store, wide-variety of sweets and also some kick-ass postcards.
From Sydney CBD, you can the CityRail to Katoomba Railway Station. It costs about 20 bucks and will take about 2 hours to reach. There are plenty of nice scenery along the way, so you won't get bored.
Alternatively, you can take a day tour. Just book from ur hotel concierge or backpacker's place, i'm pretty sure the staff will assist in getting the best day tour. Mine just cost AUD$55 bucks! and the tour leader was freaking great! he has all the knowledge and info about the place in his finger tips.. can't rmbr the travel company though. Anyway, the tour beats all the hassle!
The Blue Mountains Explorer serves well to people who want to get around the peak. It will pass by places like Leura, Katoomba, Echo Point etc... the frequency of the bus is about once every hour. So plan ur trip well to avoid missing the bus! this explorer bus is definitely suitable for those of you who are staying in the mountains and really in need of mobility!
A shuttle that takes you to the different points of interest around Leura and Katoomba for an entire day. The ticket is sold just next to the Katoomba train station.
You can get to the Blue Mountains which is about an hour away by train from the Sydney Central Station.