Well, when travelling from the UK the only real way to go is fly, we went with KLM out of Birmingham then transfered at Amsterdam and refuelled at Singapore. It was a 24 hour flight and whatever way you dress it up, and how much you might like the movies on the plane, it is hell on earth, or rather in the sky! But thats the downside and I wouldn't want to put anyone off from going to Oz as it is a great Country. Possibly the worst moment for me was when we hit the west coast of Australia and I thought not long now-it was another 5 hours till we landed in Kingford Smith!
The suburban train service around Sydney seems very good, after the Olympics the information boards are electronic on all Stations, so you have no problems in getting the right train. We had use of a car for the 5 weeks we were there, so we drove around Sydney's suburbia quite a lot, I found it pretty good with most drivers OK, although I admit I didn't fancy driving in the City centre! Roundabouts seem to be a mystery to Aussie drivers, there are very few of them and certainly they don't seem to know how to go about navigating them!
the best way to travel into sydney has got to be the trains. several types of tickets are avalible including tickets that include ferry and bus passes.
a weekly ticket saves you time and money from where i'm staying it cost's $22.00 for this ticket and is valid 24hrs.
We arrived via the Indian Pacific train from Perth and Adlelaide.
Took a bus out to the blue mountains and down to the beach, a ferry over to the zoo, but other than that, walking seemed best and everything seemed close.
The one complaint people give about traveling to Australia is the great distance. Granted it is a long flight from your country but you forget the number of hours you spent on the plane when you see the view of Sydney harbour from the airplane. Absolutely breathtaking.
You can now take the train from the airport. One way costs about AU$9.00 and a return fare for the same day is about AU$10.40
Sydney has an efficient public transportation, which is great for locals as well as tourists!
I find if one can take public transportation, do so especially if you're heading toward CBD (Central Business District) where parking is horrendous. Public tranportation costs less and it is more environmentally friendly. As a visitor, you should take a ferry to another hotspot: Manly or Balmain as examples. The ride is pleasant and the view, spectacular.
Use the public transport possibilities. These are an ecxellent and cheap possibility to reach Sydney.
Best for moving around in Sydney is also public transport. Sydney has a very good transport net. Look for special prices like daytickets.
Train tickets are almost half price after 9am so try to avoid the peak hours. Countrylink also have lots of specials on fares up the north coast. Often half of the advertised price so make sure you ring before you book a bus ticket.. they are much more comfortable.. call. 132232
IN most ways I would say sydney has the best transport system in Australia.
The trains run more regular and later than any other system in the countryThe ferry service from Manly is a great trip.Where the Sydney transport falls down is lot of the systems run separate meaning it can work out expensive if you want to use different forms of transport..THATS where my cityMelb hold it's own you can use train tram bus with the same ticket lol.
I found the transport cost very frustrating on my last trip to Sydney just due to the need to buy so many seperate tickets.
ON the left is a photo looking to the cockel bay warfe at Sydney's Darling habour taken on the 11th of September 2000
We flew to Sydney from Melbourne, our home city. It took just over an hour and there were no delays. This was impressive given that it was the height of the Olympics. We flew with Impulse Airlines - no frills for $80 per person one way.
Sydney's public transport system works for us. We have visited Sydney on many occasions and have never been let down. Getting about the city during the Olympics was the ultimate test and the trains and buses were most impressive in their operation and service.
It depends on where your coming from. There is plenty of public transport to get you to Sydney, as well as an airport.
The best way to get around Sydney is through public transport. Within the heart of Sydney itself, you can practically walk to where you want to go without much hassale, but if you want to travel in and about the suburbs of Sydney or out of the CBD (central business district) its best that you go by bus or train. However trains are more convienient, and quicker than buses.
Use CityRail to get around Sydney. You can reach the "Central" by taking the metro right from the international airport :)
From Newcastle, taking the Train, you will reach Central Station. From there, you can take the railway to travel around Sydney
The Sydney City Rail system is quite a bonus to the area. When I come and stay with friends I use it every day to get into the city and back. Most other times I use it inside the city limits.
If your coming from the Airport consider using the train. Stations directly under the Terminals and goes to most destinations.
Choose the CityRail is the easiest way to get around the city. Circular Quay is the main station to transfer the other transport - ferries, buses, trains.
Like other big city, Sydney has an efficient train network. Central and Circular Quay are the major hubs.
The interesting thing is that it is the first metro double decker I have seen!!!