Tour Buses, Sydney
The hop-on & Off-bus
The Hop-on-Hopp-off-bus is a perfect way to explore Sydney and get a first overview of what might be worth a closer look.
It is also the hight of about 4 meters above the ground that gives you a different and sometimes unique angle to see the sights of a town.
And at the end of my stay in Sydney I even took the hop-on&off-bus from my hotel to Darling Harbour and from there I took an easy and scenic walk to my cruiseship, WHERE else in
the world can you do that ?
We took this tour bus all around Sydney - both routes. It was a bit cold and windy up on the top because it was winter. But we got some great views so it was worth it. We went from
Stop 11 Botanic Gardens which was near our hotel for four stops
Stop 12 Parliament House
Stop13 Hyde Park North
Stop 14 Australian Museum
to Stop 15 Central Station. There we transferred to the Bondi bus and did
Stop A Central Station
Stop B Chinatown
Stop C Park Street
Stop D Cook and Phillip
Stop E William Street
Stop F Paddington
Stop G Bondi Beach
Stop H North Bondi
Stop I Rose Bay
Stop J Double Bay
Stop K Australian Museum We got off at the Australian Museum and visited the museum. Then we got back on and did
Stop 16 Power House Museum
Stop 17 Fish Markets
Stop 18 The Star
Stop 19 Maritime Museum
Stop 20 Convention Centre/ Hard Rock Café
Stop 21 Imax
Stop 22 Aquarium
Stop 23 King Street Wharf
Stop 23a Overseas Passenger Terminal
Stop 24 Campbell’s Cove
Stop 25 The Rocks
Stop 26 Circular Quay
Stop 1 Circular Quay.
Stop 2 Wynyard
Stop 3 Queen Victoria Building
Stop 4 Town Hall
Stop 5 Cook and Phillip
Stop 6 William Street
Stop 7 Kings Cross
Stop 8 El Almein Fountain Unfortunately by this time it was too dark to see much, so the bus driver let us out across from the Botanical Garden and we didn't go by the Opera House.
I like to take a Hop-On-Hop-Off bus tour on the double decker buses with the open tops whenever I go to a new city. I abbreviate the name as the HOHO Bus. It has a narrative telling you what you are seeing, and if you ride on the top of the bus there isn't any glass to contend with when taking photos.
The day after we arrived, we walked to the stop nearest the hotel. We didn't have to start at the Circular Quay but could get tickets from the driver. The price was $40 Australian for me and $25 for my granddaughter. We stayed on the bottom because I wanted to switch to the Bondi tour bus in just 4 stops. We switched and went up top - it was pretty cold up there. After about an hour up there we got to Bondi, and went back downstairs. We got off at the Australian Museum stop about 3:30.
When we got back on the Sydney bus. I made a BIG mistake. I got on the bus at the wrong stop. So instead of getting on at stop 5 which would have taken us around to the hotel at 11, we got on at 14 and had to go all the way around to stop 1 and then go to 11.
It gets dark here about 5 and it was too dark to take many photos from the bus. I got the driver to let us off opposite stop 11 so the only place we haven't been is to stop 10 which of course is the Opera House. I was really tired and I think my granddaughter was too.
The Bondi Explorer (Blue) takes you to over 15 harbourside locations and surf beaches on the East side of Sydney. The beaches you will visit will be Bondi, Tamarama, Bronte and lovely Coogee.
You will also visit some of Sydney's most exclusive suburbs like Double Bay, Rose Bay, Rushcutters Bay and Vaucluse.
You can get off at any location and hop back on when the next bus arrives. Buses leave Circular Quay every half an hour. The first bus leaves at 8.45am and the last bus departs at 4.15pm. Allow two hours to complete the whole journey.
COSTS - $ 39.00 for a day ticket
Combined Explorer 2 day ticket - $68.00 ADULT.
Once inside Sydney. Take the Sydney Explorer tour bus company that offer 2 colored bus. The Red line and Blue Line.....this is a great value and they take you everywhere you need to go. The Red line runs at all the major attractions inside the city. One can jump on and off as many times as you want during the day. The tour buses run between 8:00 and 6:00 p.m. The Blue line called the Bondi Explorer takes you out of the city and into the lovely suburbs of Elizabeth Bay and Coocgche Beach,Watson Bay, and world famous Bondi Beach.... Worth the time and the money....excellent value....Highly Recommended !!!!!
The Sydney explorer red bus service is a hop on hop off tourist bus similar to the open top deck bus. It basically takes in over 26 attractions around the city and the fringe areas. You are allowed to get off at any stop and then get back on again when the next bus departs.
The Sydney Explorer departs approximately every 20 minutes from Circular Quay. The tour starts from Stand B in Alfred Street Circular Quay. The first bus departs at 8.40am and the last bus departs at 5.15pm.
Tickets can be brought at the stand which is located in front of McDonald's or on the bus. No credit cards are accepted.
Allow 2 hours for the full tour.
Costs- 1 day ticket $39.00 Adult Child - $19.00 Family - $97.00
The red "Sydney Tour" doubledecker open-air bus was good for photographing in any direction as well as above all the traffic. It costs about $20 AUS but you can off/on at any of the major tourist sights as often as you want for 24 hrs. It also has a recorded intro to all the sites. Free transfer to a similar bus that goes to the Bondi Beach area.
Ride the whole route, or get on and off as many times as you like at any of 26 stops along the way. The complete circuit takes around 1 hr 40 minutes and is the best connection to most of Sydney’s main visitor attractions. Sydney Explorer buses operate a continuous loop at approximately 18 minute intervals all day, with the first bus leaving Circular Quay at 8.40am.You can join the bus at any of the stops along the way.
I took a friend from Canada on this bus... and he had a ball... and i even learnt a thing or 2 about sydney.. believe it or not :) We visited places like St Marys Cathedral, Opera House, Mrs Macquarie Chair, Muesums and many more.
Something to do if u have the time.
There are various tour bus services that you can hop on and hop off with a day pass. You can also get a pass to combine various tours etc.
Some of them are shown in this link http://www.sydneypass.info/
Theres the "Bondi Explorer" The Sydney Explorer. Check out the great Harbour cruises in that link as well.
There is also another double decker red bus with rooftop seating, that goes around Sydney, have not found the contact details of it yet but i will put the photo up with this tip :)
The Sydney Explorer visits 26 stops, offering an amazing insight into the history and majesty of Australia’s most popular city.
The Sydney Explorer departs everyday from Circular Quay approximately every 18 minutes from early morning to late afternoon. You can hop on or hop off wherever you like all day long. If you want to stay on the bus, a full circuit will take about 100 minutes.
There’s no need to book, just jump onboard at any of the distinctive red stops and buy your ticket from the driver.
Sydney Explorer Bus (1 Day Ticket)
It's well worth it !!
Sydney sightseeing double-deckers have 22 stops and a multi-lingual introduction of Sydney in Spanish, English, French, German, Japanese and Mandarin. Ticket valid 24 hours and sold on bus. Hop on, Hop off at every stop.
Start point at Star City Casino in Pirrama Street and end point at Power Museum in Harris Street.
Sydney has a wide variety of attractions to explore. The best possible way to take in the many sites is to use the red Sydney Explorer Bus. The bus route has 22 stops, offering an amazing insight into the history and majesty of Australia's most popular city. From the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House to Darling Harbour and Kings Cross, with plenty of stops in between.
I took OZ Experience. An alernative tour bus. There was many exciting activites planned. The bus drivers where generally good-looking and full of strange stories. There was never a dull moment on OZ Experience.
I took Oz Experience bus from Melbourne. It was really good. Our driver Jason was really nice and he took us to lots of interesting places.
Rafly the route was: Melbourne - Phillip Island - Karoonda Park - Canberra - Sydney.
It took 4 days and we almost got stuck in a snow near Karoonda park.
Trains are pretty good, but the timetables... don't trust them at all.
You never know which train is coming. Sometimes trains are 15 minutes, sometimes 40 minutes late...
So I can't imagine what the situation is going to be when the Olympics are on.
I took a really nice ferrytrip on night. It starts 8 pm and ends 9.30 pm. You can see nightlights of Sydney.
The Sydney Explorer offers unlimited and flexibility of travel in air-con buses to Sydney's tourist attractions. Get on and off anywhere along the route and board the bus again anytime. There are pre-recorded running commentaries.
The Sydney Explorer departs from Circular Quay from 8.40am and the final trip departing Circular Quay at 5.22pm. This service returns to Circular Quay at 7.00pm. It operates daily along the 28 km circuit to places of interest. Board when you see the red Sydney Explorer stop sign. The full circuit takes 40+ minutes.
The Sydney Explorer ticket entitles you to free travel on regular 'Blue & White' SYDNEY BUSES services within the same zone covered by the Sydney Explorer Ticket until midnight.
Sydney Explorer Bus (1 day ticket) costs for:
Adult: A$30.00. Child - between 4 and 16 yrs): A$15.00
Family - 2 adults and any no of children fr the same family): A$75.00)