. I have written a tip on getting to Parramatta by Ferry and kept that a seperate tip. .Another way to reach Parramatta by public transport is by train.. The train system in metropolitan Sydney is reasonably reliable and clean ,also they are regular services from early morning around 6 am till midnight.
The trains that run (west) to Parramatta don't stop at every station and the stops vary enabling trains to do a faster trip. (check destination boards)
A lot of the trains that stop at Parramatta are long distance trains ie:"Countrylink or "Intercity"
Parramatta being a major stop for ALL trains heading west to the Mountain areas. The journey is around 30 minutes. Check timetable boards for departure times at the station
Trains can be caught at Central Railway Station at platforms #12 and 13.
Also trains for Parramatta can be caught heading west at "The Quay", Wynyard, or Town Hall Stations.
Information line 13-1500
Seeing I can only select one mode of Transport here I have gone with the Ferry . This trip I will mention here is from the City to Parramatta. I myself love to do the ferry trip . This is a pleasant trip along the Parramatta river from Sydney Harbours Circular Quay in the city..The Circular Quay is the Ferry Interchange that sees Sydney Harbour ferries go to about thirty different destinations. The ferries that are used for the Parramatta "run" are specially designed ferries with a very shallow draft. This enables them to negotiate the shallow waters of the Parramatta river..Designed for the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney to utilise the Parramatta river for a major transport route for the Olympic games to alleviate the pressures on trains and Busses.They are known as "wave pierces" they travel very fast with little "wash" this was designed to protect the shoreline and mangroves along the edges of the Parramatta river.
The ferries take about thirty minutes to travel from the city to Parramatta or back to the city. They usually run every 40 minutes. Times of departures are on the departure boards at Circular quay. I beleive at this time they depart from Pier 5...just check on this!!! Of course if you don't like boat travel there is always the train.
Most public buildings in Parramatta are accessible to people with disabilities.Toilets are located at Parramatta Railway Station (Smith St. side)..Church St.Mall (next to the Town hall) ..Westfield Shopping Centre (all levels) Parramatta City Council, Central Library,and Parramatta Heritage and Visitors Centre (Church St,)..Parking...Civic Place outside Parramatta Central Library and in each of the city's parking stations..wheelchair accessible Busses #520 from Circular Quay...( information courtesy of The Parramatta City Council)
Taking the city rail is the faster option to reach Parramatta or to venture back into the city. We took the City rail back to Sydney after a day of exploring Parramatta. The train schedule was a perfect fit to our time table and was a faster ride(30 minutes) into the city than the Rivercat.
We had a purple pas for travel so no worries about any extra transit fees...we were covered.
Taking the Rivercat to Parramatta was slower than if we took the train but we wanted to have the slow relaxing ride on the water. We boarded the Rivercat in Circular Quay. From Circular Quay we made our way under the Harbour Bridge and past the many boats out and about in the nice weather. We traveled the Parramata River past many suburbs including the landing for the Olympic Park. We ended our journey in the Wharf of Parramatta; where we exited the ferry and began our exploration of Parramatta on foot.
I'm a big advocate of utilizing ferries when in Sydney and this is one that shouldn't be missed. The slow moving River cat makes this a sightseeing adventure as well as a form of transportation.
Walking is the best way to explore Parramatta. There is a hub of activity on the main streets with so many shops and restaurants to explore. There are many parks and a nice walk along the river is the perfect way to enjoy a sunny day.
The Olympic Park Train Station is a modern transport hub not just going to Parramatta but to anywhere else in Sydney especially going to the city.
The station is located on a balloon loop, with 2 tracks and 4 platform faces. The centre island platform 2/3 is used by arriving east and west trains to disembark passengers. The two separate outermost side platforms 1 & 4 are used by departing east and west trains to pick up passengers.
There are hotels near the station and the many entertainment and sporting venues in Olympic Park are easily accessible using this station.
Parramatta now has a free bus that services all the main areas of the citys CBD..Known as "The Loop Bus" you can get on or off at one of the many destinations that it runs to..The Large "Loop"bus stops are easy to see and have a map and all relevant travel information of the bus service..
Easily the most pleasant way of getting to Parramatta is on the Rivercat, a twin hulled catamaran that leave Sydney central (Circular Quay wharfs) about every hour.
Check the timetables for your return trip - frquency is not great. If you miss the ferry back to the city, its only a five minute stroll to the train station.
The L20 or 520 bus will take about an hour and ten minutes from Circular Quay. This is a bit long in my opinion for a bus ride especially when you can take the more scenic way on the River Cat.
The Loop Bus is a free way to see the sights of Paramatta. They have various hop off and on stops throughout Paramatta.
Make your way to Parramatta by River Cat from Circular Quay. It is about a 50 minute ride each way.
You can also get to Parramatta via train from Central Station.... or of course by road.