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  • Suburban train
    Suburban train
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  • Gordon Station, on the North Shore
    Gordon Station, on the North Shore
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    Ticket vending machine at Central...
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    All our sightseeing was made...

    by Ronald_T Written Sep 12, 2002

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    All our sightseeing was made using public transport, which was quite economical and made us able to get anywhere. You can go by bus, monorail and ferry or even by foot. There are many kinds of transportation that is easier to check out these web page then I can explain ;-) But even without this information it's easy to know what bus or ferry you have to take. And people in Sydney are always so kind to help you if you are not sure. Taxis are a good alternative also, but as normal, more expensive.

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    Sydney has probably the best...

    by JERRIC Written Sep 8, 2002

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    Sydney has probably the best public transport system
    in the world. With the use of bus,train and boat,
    one can get around the city with no problems.A travelpass for a week of unlimited transport on all public services with most range is only $31 dollars.
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    If you're flying in from...

    by jrs1234 Written Sep 7, 2002

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    If you're flying in from Europe, try and take a one or two night stopover on the way - it really takes the sting out of the jetlag! If you're coming from elsewhere in Australia, I'd recommend at least one overland trip to or from this city - there's a lot to see elsewhere in New South Wales!
    The centre of Sydney is pretty compact, and you can walk between the city centre, the Rocks, Circular Quay, Chinatown and Darling Harbour without too much effort.For further afield, Sydney has a pretty good public transport system. The trains are particularly good (although Central Station is a misnomer - I always got off at Town Hall for the centre), but they don't go everywhere. However since I was last there they've opened a train station at the airport - a really handy to taxis or the airport bus if you're staying centrally. You can find more information on trains at the
    CityRail site.For most other places, you'll need the buses or a ferry - note that weekly travel passes are generally much better value than the one-day tourist tickets they promote heavily. If you get the right travel pass, you can use it on almost all public transport.
    There's a useful bus map at the Sydneybuses site.There's also a tram which goes from Central Station to the Casino, via Chinatown and Darling Harbour. It's recently been extended to run to Lilyfield via Glebe. Lastly, and probably least, there's also the monorail which has such a short route it's really only worth a trip for the novely value!

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    Well, when travelling from the...

    by piersend Written Aug 26, 2002

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    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!

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    the best way to travel into...

    by danny1979 Updated Aug 25, 2002

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    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.

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    We arrived via the Indian...

    by richiecdisc Written Aug 24, 2002

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    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.

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    The one complaint people give...

    by miaou Written Aug 24, 2002

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    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.

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    Use the public transport...

    by BlackPearl Updated Aug 24, 2002

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    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.

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    Train tickets are almost half...

    by emerald125 Written Aug 24, 2002

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    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

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    IN most ways I would say...

    by ombre Written Aug 24, 2002

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    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

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    We flew to Sydney from...

    by ALVICKI Updated Aug 24, 2002

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    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.

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  • It depends on where your...

    by lucy83 Written Aug 24, 2002

    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.

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    CityRail Metro System

    by e_boc Updated Apr 4, 2011

    Use CityRail to get around Sydney. You can reach the "Central" by taking the metro right from the international airport :)

    CityRail at Circular Quary

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    Central Station

    by kielorla Updated Apr 4, 2011

    From Newcastle, taking the Train, you will reach Central Station. From there, you can take the railway to travel around Sydney

    Central Train Station

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    City Rail

    by cjg1 Updated Mar 8, 2010

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    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.

    Liz ans I enjoying our transport (2010)
    Related to:
    • Historical Travel
    • Architecture
    • Beaches

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  • Jul 27, 2014 at 8:24 PM

    You should definately get off the train at Wolli Creek or Mascot to avoid the Airport Link surcharge. This is an interesting analysis of the cost associated with catching the train all the way to the airport. For the 1km distance is more than double the fare.
    Details of the method is here:

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