General in Sydney Advice, Sydney
The Sydney Pass is the best way to go if visiting Sydney. Its the cheapest and most economical way to travel around Sydney. You have a few options of choosing a 3/ 5 or 7 day pass. The best thing about the Sydney Pass is that you have unlimited travel on Sydney's transport System.
3 days 5 days 7 days
Adult $100 $130 $150
Child $50 $65 $75
travel on selected cityrail zones
travel on all Sydney Buses (inlcuding the Sydney Red & Bondi Bus Explorer)
travel on all Sydney Ferries
3 Harbour Cruises (Morning, Afternoon & Evening)
1 return Aiport Link rail ticket
So you basically can travel all around Sydney and do a heaps of tours using your Sydney Pass.
All 3,5, and 7 day Sydney Pass tickets can be used over an 8 day calendar period.
Sure, getting to Sydney is the hard part. You're going to have to fly thousands of miles from your homeland, crossing hours and days of time zones. But, getting to the Kingsford-Smith airport doesn't completely close the deal....you still have to get to your hotel or pension.
Our hotel (The Victoria Court) "strongly recommended" that we either take a taxi, or that we use the Kingsford-Smith Airport shuttle. Well, we went looking for a taxi, and on the way, we met "Tan". Tan is a likeable fellow who is running his own small tour and shuttle business. He was so friendly and nice that we decided to give HIM our business. He carried all our bags with a huge smile, and then comfortably whisked us to our hotel.
On our return trip, we again made booking with Tan. He showed up 10 minutes EARLY to pick us up and carried every bag we had FROM our hotel room to his tour bus. All in all, Tan was great.
So, WE strongly recommend that you make booking with this dependable, friendly and hard-working fellow. He'll take very good care of you.
Cost is A$9 per person, no tip expected. (I gave him one, though...those bags are heavy) If you book your return trip when you arrive, it'll just be A$14 per person roundtrip. We were idiots and failed to do this.....but Tan still gave me the discount because I kept his card and recommended him to other guests at our hotel. ; )
NOVEMBER 2008 UPDATE... Tan recently wrote to me. He'd found my tip via googling. He thanked me for my tip and gave me an updated phone number and website information. So, again... get with Tan if you need transport to and from the airport in Sydney. He's a good guy.
Someone asked about driving in Sydney during their upcoming trip.
When we were in Sydney, we found the traffic quite intimidating (especially since we're from the U.S.A. and we drive on the "wrong" side of the road - LOL), but it was very easy to get around Sydney by bus and on foot (our hotel was in The Rocks), so that's what I would recommend.
Outside of Sydney is a different story as far as the amount of traffic is concerned, although we didn't drive (took tours for Blue Mountains, etc.) until we got to the Outback where it was much less likely we would do any damage (laughing again).
We loved Sydney and all of Australia!!
If you are in sydney for a less than a week and want to use public transport to get around (especially to places like manly beach or the blue mountains) you should consider buying a day-tripper $15.40. it is an all-in-one day ticket for CityRail train, Sydney Buses and Sydney Ferries travel. definately worth the money if you will be getting on and off multiple times. they can be purchased on most buses trains or ferries.
Many hotels have their own transit bus from the airport to the hotel.. enquire about this when booking your accommodation.
Otherwise... there are transit buses from the airports, to various hotels.. just tell them where you are staying. You will find them outside the terminals.
We just bought a 1 week freedom pass, forgot how much it cost, but it was worth it than any other thing for toursists. You can get on any bus, any train and any ferry as long as you are within the proper zoning. Tickets can be purchased at the circular quay.
If you are thinking about seeing all that Sydney has to offer, my recommendation would be to base yourself somewhere very close to Circular Quay. Not only is it located centrally within Sydney's CBD, but it also has most of the available transportation forms around the city.
Circular Quay is the location where the Sydney ferries and jetcats launch from, as well as a main stop for the subway/train system. It also has a major bus depot.
Circular Quay is also located centrally in between the Rocks and the Opera House, so it makes an ideal place to enjoy a day walking around!
Its pretty easy to get around in sydney.
You`ve get central station where you can hopp on or;
- Martin Place
-Sydney town hall
At every station you`ve got buses as well which take you to the beach or somewhere else!
Airport - 131500 www.airportlink.com.au
The 13500 tel number or webpage links you to all info regarding Sydney Transport.