Getting Around in Sydney | Public Transport

Getting Around in Sydney | Public Transport

Sydney is a massive city! There is no way that you can walk everywhere. Of course, you can hop in a taxi or Uber, but you can only do that if you are made from gold. Getting from the city to Bondi Beach, for example, will cost you (With Uber) $51,00. That is a waste of money if you ask me.

The most effective way to get around a foreign city is public transportation.  Sydney has an extensive and pretty reliable bus, train and ferry services which won’t cost you an arm and a leg.  In order to ride the public transportation system, you need to get yourself an Opal Card.

In this post, I will show you how to explore Sydney using these opal cards!

The card itself is completely free, when you get it you just pay for a credit to go on the card. These cards can be picked up pretty much everywhere, from Coles to 7-Eleven and the local Kathmandu convenience shop around the corner, they are everywhere.

The minimum credit that you can put on the card  $10 and you can keep track of your balance using the Opal app.

A great benefit of the card is that you can always re-load at any convenience store or on the Opal app.

Additionally, the app is great to work out where to go and which buses to take, so I advise you to download the app if you are in Sydney for a while or even just visiting.

Some of the benefits of this card are as follows:

  • Opal cards can be used on ALL Sydney Trains, Light Rail, NSW TrainLink Intercity services, Buses(including Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Hunter, and Illawarra), and Sydney Ferries.
    On a lot of these transportation options, you can actually only use opal.
  • Travel as much as you can with your card and never pay more than the DailyWeekly, or Sunday
    • Daily cap: $15.80 AUD
    • Weekly cap: $63.20 AUD
    • Sunday cap: $2.70 AUD
  • With an Opal card, when you have paid for eight trips in one week (Monday to Sunday), you reach the Weekly Travel Reward. For the rest of that week, your trips will be half price. You must tap on and tap off each time to receive the discount.
  • When you travel outside of peak times with an Opal card, your train fares are discounted by 30%. This is automatically calculated when you tap off at the end of your trip.


Sydney offers a pretty decent bus system. Yes it is a big city and every now and then a bus will be late or full, but in general, it works pretty well. The bus routes are very extensive where you can get to pretty much all corners of Sydney by bus (yeah it will take you forever but it is possible).

If you are going to be in Sydney for a while and you are getting yourself an Aussie sim card, then I advise you to download an app called TripViewLite.

This app will show you exactly where the bus if you want to hop on, so you know exactly when to leave the comfort of your home or beach and prepare to hop in the bus. This thing is a timesaver and I can’t live without it (ahh bit of an exaggeration, but you know what I mean).


The fasted way to get from one suburb to another is by hopping on a train.

Sydney trains are not the best (as in reliable) and they often have trackwork (totally not annoying) But it is reasonably cheap and safe.

So if you want to go to the Blue Mountains for example then you can definitely take the train. Just make sure that they are not doing trackwork on that line. They will have replacement buses, but its a pain and will take longer.


Probably the coolest form of public transport ever, the Sydney Ferries.

The ferries are easily accessible and convenient if you don’t want to escape the drama on the roads.  The ferries are perfect when you want to visit Manly Beach, your travel time will be halved (About 40 minutes from Sydney CBD) The best part of using the ferries are the views. It is quite possibly the best way to see the Sydney cityscape, along with the famous Opera House, and Syndey Bridge without spending a lot of money on a fancy cruise.

A trip from the CBD to manly will only cost you $7,60-

For any other information, here is more information on the Opal Card.



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