Monorail, Sydney

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  • Monorail looking up from the aquarium entrance
    Monorail looking up from the aquarium...
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    The Monorail was fun like Disney...
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    The Monorail..(Now Closed Forever)

    by cjg1 Updated Jul 23, 2010

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    The Monorail was very disappointing. Many complaints to be had and honestly something I will not do again now that I have finally tried it on my fourth visit to Sydney.

    It is a very rough ride. Whomever designed this certainly did not work on the Disney team. It is expensive at $4.50 per person. Cheaper options are available that I suggest like the superpass to mix with the Light Rail. There is no where near enough room on the trains for all the passengers. 8 seats per car is all it has. That is nuts.

    The one good thing I can say about the trip is inside the ticketed area you find cheap post cards at 40 cents each. Some are quite nice and we did buy 10 while there.

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    Monorail

    by robertgaz Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Darling Park Station
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    The Sydney Monorail and Metro Light Rail are an elevated transport system taking you through the heart of Sydney and has been operating since 1988.

    For just $9 you can travel all day stopping off at various points of interest at your leisure.

    You can purchase your Supervoucher Day Pass at any Monorail station or at Sydney Visitor Centres.

    A Supervoucher will also give you the benefit of these discounts -

    20% Off National Maritime Museum
    20% Off Powerhouse Museum
    20% Off Harbour Jet
    15% Off Sydney Tower + OzTrek
    15% Off Sydney Skywalk
    15% Off or 1 child free Matilda Catamarans
    15% Off or 1 child free Sydney Aquarium
    Free bag from Paddy's Markets

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    Metro Monorail

    by FlyingShanice Written Apr 28, 2004

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    Metro Monorail station at Darling Harbour

    A commercial Monorail service operates around the main retail area of the central business district running down to Darling Harbour and skirting the harbour, before returning to the city area. A return trip is a good way of getting some perspective on the upper part of the central business district. It also gives you a great elevated look at picturesque Darling Harbour.
    Since its opening, the loop that runs through downtown Sydney to Darling Harbour has become a must-see must-ride for visitors to the city. Stations are located inside buildings, over freeways, at hotels and near various tourist destinations.

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    Monorail

    by RedEaredPanda Written Jun 29, 2004

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    A commercial Monorail service operates around the main retail area of the central business district running down to Darling Harbour and skirting the harbour, before returning to the city area. A return trip is a good way of getting some perspective on the upper part of the central business district. It also gives you a great elevated look at picturesque Darling Harbour.

    HOURS

    Monday to Thursday: 7am-10pm.
    Friday and Saturday: 7am-midnight.
    Sunday: 8am-10pm.

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    MONORAIL

    by aussiejen Updated May 4, 2006

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    The Monorail operates every day except Christmas Day. It's an easy and fun way to get around.
    You will never have to wait long, they run every 3 to 5 minutes.
    Buy your fare at one of the 7 stations. 1 loop will cost you $4.50 or buy a "supervoucher day pass" at $9 ($22 per family) to enable you to get on and off all day. With the day pass you will also get discounts at several tourist attractions. These include The National Maritime Museum, Powerhouse Museum, Sydney Tower & OzTrek, Harbour Jet, Sydney Aquarium.

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    It doesn't go far, but you get a nice view

    by Quero Written Nov 24, 2004

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    The monorail might be listed under "tourist traps" since it only goes on a loop in the area of Darling Harbour and has only eight stops. However, you do get nice views of the harbour from the train windows.

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    Monorail

    by dracko Written Dec 11, 2003

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    This relatively novel form of transport will take you all around Sydney's city center and Darling Harbour. The stops are numerous and close to many of the landmarks and attractions. The cost is A$4 per entry, or you can get a day pass for A$9.

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    Monorail

    by dlandt Updated Dec 5, 2003

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    The monorail costs A$4 per trip or A$9 per day. Its a convenient, air-conditioned way to get around, but has a limited scope. It travels only one way, counter-clockwise if you are looking at a map. Its quite comfortable, runs every few minutes, and also has two stops in Chinatown.

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    The Monorail

    by Mez77 Written Sep 16, 2003

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    A Monorail service operates around the CBD and down to Darling Harbour. It is little more than a tourist trolley really and not many locals use it. If you don't mind walking you may be better off saving your money, although on a wet day, I'm sure the Monorail would be handy.

    Monorail stations:

    1. City Centre
    2. Darling Park
    3. Harbourside
    4. Darling Harbour Exhibition and Convention
    5. Haymarket
    6. World Square
    7. Park Plaza

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    Monorail

    by LadyRVG Updated Jul 28, 2009

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    The Monorail was fun like Disney World...
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    ydney has a monorail that rides around some of the central business areas as well as Darling Harbour. We road the Monorail just to experience it for ourselves and check out Sydney from a different perspective. Riding high above definitely gave us a good view of Darling Harbor and Star City. It was a fun ride and I'm glad we tried it.

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    Unique lift to the top.

    by unravelau Updated Aug 15, 2003

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    Ski lift without the snow.

    Sydney on the whole has a pretty good transport system ranging from busses, trains, cabs and ferries and one beaut (not yet tried by me) .......the mono rail........ I was very impressed though by the ski lift type transport as an alternative to either bus or shanksus pony up the mountain at Taronga Park Zoo.

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    The monorail train

    by martin_nl Written Nov 25, 2003

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    The monorail above Darling Harbour Bridge

    The mnonorail is quite a nice thing, but pretty useless. It looks a bit like an amusement park attraction, that makes only a small circle through the city. Don't expect to get anywhere with this train.

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    Monorail around Sydney

    by Scotsgal Written Jan 6, 2006

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    Prices to get on a monorail around Sydney are ranging from $3.00 - $5.00. Depending on the areas you are getting off at. It cost me $4.50 from Haymarket(near the Holiday Inn, Darling Habour) to Harbour side at darling harbour. It takes about 10-15 to get there.

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    spectacular views

    by sirgaw Updated May 30, 2013

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    UPDATE - Sadly the Monorail is to close shortly and then dismantled, so hurry, hurry before it all goes for good.

    An excellent way to see the City of Sydney, Darling Harbour, Chinatown, the Chinese Gardens of Friendship and so much more is from the comfort of the elevated Sydney monorail.

    My suggestion is to get on at one of the 8 futuristic stations and stay onboard for a number of laps of the circuit, which takes about 20 minutes to complete and then alight at your chosen stop. Once through the barriers another ticket or token must be used.

    Owing to the treatment on the carriage windows, photography from the monorail is difficult, so suggest you might like to enjoy the ride rather than snap away.

    Single trip costs $A4.80 ($3.20 seniors/pensioner card holders) but there are other ticketing options including 3 day passes combined with discounts at attractions/dining etc – see web site for details. There is also an option of combining the monorail with the Sydney light rail.

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    Monorail

    by kooka3 Written Aug 21, 2005

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    The monorail at Darling Harbour

    I think that the monorail is a good should-do-once-on-your-first-trip sort of thing, but it's not really all that good for actually getting around the city. However, if you are concentrating your daily activities to the "must-dos" of the city like chinatown, darling harbour, the CBD, QVB, etc, get a day-pass for the monorail which costs A$9. Otherwise, it's not really worth the price (single entry is A$4). It does give you a great view of the downtown area, so if you have a day-pass, I would recommend doing a full loop just to look around the city. The City Centre stop is close to Centrepoint (tip forthcoming); Darling Point for the Aquarium (see tip) and Darling Harbour/IMAX(see tip); Haymarket for Chinatown or the Powerhouse Museum (tip forthcoming); Park Plaza for QVB (see tip) and Town Hall (tip forthcoming). Watch the hours - it doesn't operate overnight like the other trains do. In fact, they stop running at 10pm except for the weekends when they go until midnight.

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