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    City Buses

    by cjg1 Updated Mar 13, 2012

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    Although I rode the buses here during my first visit, city buses seem to always be the last of a city's transit system I experience. During our 2007 trip we took the 380 from Bondi Junction out to the beach and then when we were done with the beach decided to ride it to its end up in Watson's Bay. What a nice ride that is.

    Then of course there was our extensive use of the 311 as this is the bus that goes through Potts Point. Its run is from Circular Quay down Elizabeth through Hyde Park and over to Woolloomooloo and then through Potts Point and Kings Cross before heading for Central Station again.

    Of course our Transit Pass covered all fares.

    Several of the new limited stops buses are prepay only so be sure you have a ticket if you get on these.

    New in 2011, you can now text the bus stop number of your current location for the next buses coming and if they are late. I will work to get this number and update the tip.

    Since then we have used many other buses and find it is a great way to spend a day seeing new areas. Just remember people use the buses for basic transportation so do not go sightseeing from the bus during rush hours.

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    SYDNEY BUSSES..THE RED EXPLORER

    by DennyP Updated Dec 22, 2011

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    THE RED SYDNEY EXPLORER HOP ON/OFF BUS..
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    SYDNEY BUSSES
    The Sydney Explorer.."RED BUS".visits 27 of the most interesting and famous sights there are to see in the Sydney City..This is a "Hop off"-"Hop on" bus at any of the stops that you choose to see..This bus stops at all the major sights on the tourist "must see list"..also this is the only sightseeing bus that goes over the bridge and back..see stop #3 Milsons point ..the busses are about 20 minute intervals so is time for a look and photo opportunity before getting on for the next stop on your list..when you buy a ticket ..you will receive a booklet with a detailed map of the complete bus route...with thumbnail photos of each location and what to see..onboard the bus it is airconditioned..I found them to be really nice and clean and they have a detailed commentary of the complete trip..some passengers I noticed stopped on for the complete trip choosing just to look and take photos from the bus....also this is a great way to get your bearings of Sydney and where your interesting sights are...These busses (as there are blue ones as well )..(that do some of the city and the southern beaches ..) have different stops...make sure that you are at the correct stop.(red or blue)..the driver will tell you also how long the next bus will be to pick you up.....The stops and bus shelters are clearly marked (see photos)..This I thought was a little expensive as I didn't join this bus till half way through the day...but considering where it goes it is very good value if you start early in the morning like 8.40.AM..you can certainly see a lot in a day.The full Red Explorer circuit takes2 hours to complete. THE BLUE BONDI EXPLORER BUS..can be used with the ticket from the RED EXPLORER as they are interchangeable and have much different itineraries..You can also buy a two day ticket if you like..most visitors want to get off ..and see most of the sights..Also there is a book of coupons in the brochure with the ticket that gives discounts at most of the venues on the trip..and can make the ticket really great value if utilised.
    (see my BLUE "BONDI"EXPLORER TIP)..
    TICKETS CAN BE PURCHASED @ CIRCULAR QUAY Corner of Loftus & Alfred Streets
    .. .. .. .. ... . WYNYARD STATION Carrington street entrance
    .. .. .. .. ... . .. QUEEN VICTORIA BUILDING..York Street entrance..

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    SYDNEY BUSSES..THE BLUE "BONDI" EXPLORER..

    by DennyP Updated Dec 22, 2011

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    THE BLUE
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    SYDNEY BUSSES
    The BLUE "BONDI"EXPLORER Bus is like the Red Bus but has a different route and stops at 19 different locations..where you can get on or off to suit yourself...as is the Red Bus they are air conditioned...extremely clean and mostly in new condition...They have their stops also numbered and are frequent as is the Red Bus.usually about twenty to thirty minutes...when you get off the driver will remind you..The tickets are interchangeable with the Red and Regular Sydney busses (within blue travel zone)..when you buy your ticket make sure to get the booklet showing route map times and destinations...Their bus stops and bus shelters are coloured and numbered (as the map)and have a map of the route and timetables...The route that makes this a popular bus is that it looks at most southern beaches..ie:Bondi, Bronte,Tamaramma and Coggee Beaches (SEE MY PAGES)..all are great locations for a stop /or swim..take a wander around these southern beach susburbs and you will notice the friendly community spirit that exists here as most familes have lived there for generations....I enjoyed the route on this Blue"Bondi" bus and got off at five locations..The Gap ..and then walked to Watsons Bay by the (hidden harbour beaches)..I then went to Bondi..Bronte..Coogeee..to Lady Maquaries chair..(this is one of the best locations to photograph the Opera House and The Harbour Bridge..and finished in Darling Harbour (see my tips)..This is well worth the money but as is the Red Explorer start your journey of Sydneys best locations early at 8.30 am....These busses are wheelchair friendly..The complete journey takes about two hours..
    DEPARTS FROM BUS STAND B ALFRED STREET CIRCULAR QUAY..
    TICKETS CAN BE PURCHASED AT: ONBOARD THE BUSSES..
    AT:ALL TRANSIT SHOPS LOCATED @ CIRCULAR QUAY..cnr.Loftus and Alfred Streets
    AT :WYNYARD STATION Carrington Street entrance..
    AT:QUEEN VICTORIA BUILDING ..York Street entrance..

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    CIRCULAR QUAY..THE TRANSPORT HUB IN SYDNEY..

    by DennyP Updated Jan 20, 2012

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    A MAP OF THE QUAY..BUSSES TRAINS AND FERRIES
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    SYDNEY CITY TRANSPORT HUB
    When In Sydney the majority of visitors are in this precinct and it is really the hub of all the Sydney CBD transport system..see the map and explains all ...where to catch RED and BLUE Explorer busses..All the ferries leave and depart from this location.. ie:(Manly, Parramatta,The Zoo,Milsons Point ) also remember the ferries link up with local busses ...a large amount of the cities busses leave from here at the Quay ..also..if you blow up the map it will be more detailed but this shows where to catch what...a train from here can take you to The Central Railway station where you can catch a train to anywhere on the Australian mainland..and links to all suburban and inter-urban trains..bus routes are clearly marked and travel all over the city.
    The "Quay" also is aconstant hive of activity as this pecinct is a haven for local and foreign visitors enjoying its wonderful ambience , to just sit and "people watch" is a great way to relax.. Located here also is the historical "Rocks" area and the Overseas Cruise Liner passenger terminal..(see map)..The majority of harbour and dinner cruises depart from the Circular Quay also..most tickets can be booked on the ferry wharves.

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    Government ( BLUE) Bus

    by RedEaredPanda Written Jun 29, 2004

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    Sydney Government buses are one of the easiest ways to get around. There are bus stops almost every 5-6 blocks. You can get a bus time table from any newsagent store. The buses are also on time and you usually make freinds with the driver.
    For the locals a bus trip costs Avg $3.00 Return for a long trip. However there are some places these buses do not travel to. Check ahead of time before boarding or ask the driver if he stops were you want to go.

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    Air shuttle from the airport and other travel

    by laughingsun69 Written Oct 20, 2003

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    Hi there if arriving by plane to mascot airport, grab a shuttle bus out the front for around $7aus, theyll drop you at watever hotel your staying at in the CBD or anywhere else within the CBD just talk to the driver when boarding to let him know where youd like to be dropped of youll find them friendly and helpful.Once in the city daily getting around is best via public rail system or bus or ferry for harbour destinations like manly or the zoo, personally i love the ferry ride to manly..

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    Sydney Tour Hop On Hop Off Bus

    by ATXtraveler Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Sydney Tour Buses

    One of the best ways to see Sydney and Bondi is with a 24 hour ticket aboard an open-top double-decker bus. See all the main sights as you hop on and hop off the tour bus at 30 stops around the city. You can spend as much at the main places of interest before jumping aboard for the next stop.

    Each ticket is AUD 36 for 24 hours, which means you can almost get two days worth of action out of it.

    Also, one of the features is the fact that there is recorded commentary in Spanish, English, French, German, Japanese and Mandarin.

    Departure Time: September to March 8:30am to 5:00pm Monday to Friday every 30 minutes. Saturday and Sunday every 20 minutes.

    April to August
    9:30am to 5:00pm Monday to Friday every 30 minutes. Saturday and Sunday every 20 minutes.

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    Buses between Sydney and Canberra

    by SWFC_Fan Written Aug 16, 2006

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    I travelled from Canberra to Sydney on a bus operated by Murray's Coaches during my visit to Australia in April 2006. I believe this is Australia's largest coach company.

    I caught the 9am bus from Jolimont Centre bus terminal, which arrived at Sydney's Eddy Street bus terminal (right by central station), just over 3 hours later. At the same time as my bus departed, another bus (which stopped at Sydney's international airport en route to Eddy Street) was also departing. The first bus of the day leaves Canberra at 7am. Further buses depart at 1pm and 6pm. There is also a bus that departs at 3pm on Fridays and Sundays.

    In the opposite direction, buses depart for Canberra from Sydney's Eddy Street bus terminal daily at 9am, 1pm, 3pm and 6pm. There is a bus at 7:30pm on Fridays and Sundays.

    The cost of a one-way journey, as at April 2006, was 36 AUD. Concessions and children's tickets were available for 29 AUD.

    The company's website advertises one-way tickets for just 15 AUD. These must be purchased:

    - at least 2 weeks prior to departure,

    - via the Internet.

    You can find detailed timetables for coaches operating between Canberra and Sydney HERE

    No entertainment or refreshments were available on board, but this wasn't a problem for a relatively short journey of 3 hours.

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    Blue Mountains Explorer Bus

    by xuessium Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    BlueMountainExplorerBus

    Good way to explore the Blue Mountains! The Blue Mountains Explorer Bus allows you the flexibility to plan your day according to your interests with 30 destinations. Operating on an hourly basis, the full day pass has no restrictions (multiple hop ons & hop offs) so starting from Katoomba, you can plan your day around the waterfalls, lookouts, bushwalks, craft shops, galleries, coffee shops and restaurants, as well as Three Sisters, the Scenic Railway and Skyway.

    Departs hourly from 9.30am - 4.30 pm, return at your leisure up to 5.15pm. Closed: Christmas Day.

    Price: A$25 (Adults), A$12.50 Child, A$22.00 (Concessions). Rail and Explorer Bus tour tickets can be purchased from Cityrail.
    INCLUDES : Unlimited travel for the day, guide booklet with map and details. Discounted tickets for the Scenic Railway and Skyway from the booking office or from the driver. Use your pass to obtain discounts at other major attractions and many restaurants.

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    Easy and Convienient Buses

    by LadyRVG Updated Jul 28, 2009

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    Buses were an easy way to get around Sydney. We frequently caught a bus from Circular Quay, Potts Point, Hyde Park and Bondi Junction. Each bus stop has the route number, time table, destinations and route maps. The buses were clean and ran on time. It was a pleasure to use this form of transportation when we were in Sydney.

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    Sydney Transport

    by SydneyGal Written Dec 30, 2002

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    The best way to get around the city areas of Sydney is by foot! but if you have a longer way to go, take a bus. Sometimes it can be a little hard working out which bus to take and which route to go on. For more information check out the excellent 'transport info' website (address below) or call 131 500. If you need to travel a greater distance, or you just need to travel the main city areas, a good alternative is to take the train.

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    Sydney Airporter: Airport Shuttle Bus Service

    by xuessium Written Jun 24, 2005

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    Good for families or group travel when you do not wish to struggle with yout luggages and fight with everyone else on the Cityrail train into town. For A$13 per pax (circa 2004) for a return trip, the bus will bring you to your lodging fast and conveniently from the airport.

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    Buses to the Eastern Suburbs

    by Joseph69 Updated Nov 30, 2008

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    If you are staying anywhere in one of the following areas (Eastern Suburbs):

    Maroubra
    Kingsford
    Randwick
    Clovelly
    Bondi

    ... then you may consider getting a bus (Route Number 400) if you do not want to pay for a taxi. A taxi to Maroubra is around $25.00, Randwick around $35.00 and Bondi around $45.00. Year 2008 prices.

    There is a bus direct from the airport costing a few dollars... it's a blue bus part of Sydney's public transport system. Bus Number 400. It departs every 20-30 minutes and there is space on the bus for your luggage too.

    The same bus operates towards the following areas too (south and inner-west):

    Rockdale
    Bexley
    Burwood.

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    Airport Shuttle Service - Sydney Airporter

    by backpackerbaby Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    I reserved a seat with Sydney Airporter from my YHA hostel for just AUD9, which was cheaper and more convenient than the train, as the shuttle van picked me up right at the hostel entrance.

    If I have known about this service before my arrival, I would have stayed near the Rocks instead. No need to stick close to the Central Station.

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    Sydney Bus Service

    by MikeAtSea Written Jan 8, 2005

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    Busses in Sydney

    Sydney operates a great bus service with more then 300 bus routes throughout this great city.
    What astonished me that some busses are gas operator - hence a very ecological way to operate the cities main commuter service.
    The operator has a very comprehensive web page with all routes, tariffs and information, just click on the link below.

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