Travel Passes, Sydney
If you plan to see a fair bit of the city, get a travel pass. For AUD 30, you get a one week pass in the red zone, which takes you just about everywhere in the city and the surrounding suburbs. it is valid on the bus, train and feryy and is very good value.
Wherever you go in and around Sydney you will have to pass through Circular Quays, from here you get the ferries to all costal parts of the city and the train to all inland destinations including the airport. Get a travel pass as soon as yo can so you can hop on and off the boats and busses, however there is a supplement to get the airport of about $7 (£3)
If you only have a very limited time in Sydney and won't be able to get off the beaten track, but want to see as much as you can, I recommend the Explorer Bus pass.
It's a hop-on-hop off service which does a continuous loop of 50 main attractions in the central city area.
I did the full loop first without getting off and then had a good idea of what I wanted to see. I found it really excellent.
If you plan going by bus around Sydney for some time, get hold of a "travel ten" pass (availble from most city newsagencies). You save some money in buying these tickets if you use the bus to get around. You have 10 rides per ticket.
Sydney has a new daily bus/rail/ferry ticket available. Its called a 'daytripper' and cost $13.80 for adults. This ticket allows unlimited travel across the whole public transport network in the metropolitian area
If you're in Sydney for ~ week you should check out the options that the travelpasses can give you.
A Red TravelPass for $30/week gives you travel on almost all trains, buses & ferry's within a large area of the city & surrounding suburbs. Consider, buying a ticket or two each day would probably cost more than this
Ask at any train station for details of the different travel passes
Get one of those Red zone weekly train/bus/ferry pass. I tell you, it will save you a lot of walking around this sprawling city. It's around AUD$25. The more you use it, the more you get your money's worth and it covers most of the more interesting areas of Sydney.
You can pretty much get around on foot to see the main sights...the actual city area isnt that big..
There are special passes available at train stations which give u unlim travel on trains/ferries/buses.
Also theres the Red Explorer buses which take ya to see the main attractions around the city.
To reduce jet lag by 2 hours if one lives in the northern hemisphere, consider going to Australia during the northern winter if one lives in North America and during the northern summer if one lives in Europe. Los Angeles is 5 hours ahead (actually 19 hours behind) of Sydney during the northern winter (7 hours during the northern summer). Brussels is 8 hours behind Sydney during the northern summer but 10 hours during the northern winter. This is a picture of the international departures area of Sydney airport. The publicist says that the blue carpet represents the blue waters of Sydney harbour.
The 7 day travelpass is a bargain. It does not seem to be advertised at all. Even the counter in the arrival floor of Sydney airport that sells the Sydney pass did not know of the travelpass. One can buy it at the airport train station and at other train stations.
I got a 7 day Orange Travelpass for A$33. This allows travel on all buses, ferries (except Jetcats before 7 p.m.), but not on trains. A $26 blue travelpass is good on buses in the 5 central zones and certain ferries (but not to Manly). There are about 7-10 different colours of travelpasses, all very confusing for the first time tourist to Sydney. For comparison, a one day Sydney Pass costs $30 and a day ticket costs $13. Those who buy tickets for each trip need to buy a separate ticket on the second bus if they transfer. WARNING: Fares will be increased on July 1, 2002. The newspaper story that I saw said a single journey will increase by 40 cents.
We took Qantas over the 'big lake' from L.A.
I am used to flying from the east coast to Europe. To me, it didn't feel that much different
we took the subway, busses and ferrys everywhere. there are several different metro passes you can choose from. it's a good deal.
Get a flight to Sydney as it might be just a bit too far to swim.
traffic in Sydney can get pretty bad. Unfortunately there isnt a subway system but there are low level trains which are quite good for getting around.
Buses are quite frequent and Sydney bus drivers are real friendly.
Get a weekly travelcard for around $20 which will get you around the whole central Sydney on buses, trains and ferries.
Taking a City Circle train, the Monorail or walking is the best way of seeing city attractions, while buses and ferries represent the best way to visit points and attractions around the harbour. The government-run Explorer Buses and Sydney Pass service represent an ideal and inexpensive way to see most of the main tourist points around the city and out to Bondi. Sydney Ferries, which are also government run, provide an inexpensive way of seeing the most beautiful harbour in the world.
Flying is most people's choice to get into Sydney. I hear that since the Olympics, the airport has much better capacity than it used to.
There is a bus that will take you from the airport to Circular Quay. Once you get there, you can grab a train, bus, or ferry to pretty much anywhere in the city. I would recommend a Red Pass - can be purchased from Circular Quay and other stations - will allow you to do all the train, bus, and ferrying travelling in Sydney you can do in a week for a flat rate. Very convenient. Circular Quay is always a hub for activity, you never know what you'll run into!
Thanks to the 2000 Olympics, everything in Sydney is new. The Sydney International Airport is no exception. All the terminals are up-to-date and very nice. If you don't want to fly, I think the train is a great way to get around Australia if you have more time.
In Sydney you should never need a car! The public transport system is excellent and you can get just about everywhere on it. I suggest a SydneyPass. It gives you the freedom of the city - with unlimited travel on all Sydney Buses (including the explorer services), Sydney Ferries and central CityRail services so that you can see everything Sydney has to offer. It is available in three, five, or seven day passes. I tried this my last visit and it truly was worth the money! Check out Sydney Buses Website for more info.
Take an airline flight mate, don't try swimming.
Take the train in Sydneytown, also out to various scenic sites. A cheaper day rate is available for travel on the rail lines after 9:30AM - the work force is at work then - and is good until the late evening. A Seven (7) day pass is available for around $140 Aus/$60-70 American, this can be used on all trains - set distances from Sydney - buses
and ferries, it is a bargain, available at all ticket offices at all rail stations, any doubts just ask. The replica of the H.M.S.Bounty (no plug) used with Mel Gibson in the film Mutiny on the Bounty is open for: Breakfast, Luncheon and Dinner Cruises ($$$$$$$$$)