Finding the best way around Greater Sydney can be a daunting task. So we have tried to make it easy for you.
Sydney’s excellent public transport system is the most convenient and economical way for to get around.
Value Travel and Tours: CityRail, Sydney Ferries and Sydney Buses all have special discount off peak, multi-day passes and combined travel and attractions tickets. We recommend the DAYTRIPPER all-in-one day ticket for unlimited CityRail train, Sydney Buses and Sydney Ferries travel. (Cond. Apply) Includes discount offers to major Sydney attractions
PUBLIC TRANSPORT INFO LINE
Tel: 131 500
For all bus, train and ferry information, timetables, tickets and fares, network maps, trip planning, disability access, service interruptions and travel to special events: www.131500.com.au
NSW country and Interstate rail travel
Tel: 13 22 32 www.countrylink.info
There is a map of Sydney’s toll roads and main arterial road system on the back cover, maps of Greater Sydney on pages 48 and 49, a CBD map on Page 50 and information below to help you find your way around Greater Sydney including Sydney CBD. Wherever possible stay on the motorways and main arterial roads, all of which have numbered blue hexagonal signs.
DRIVES AND DETOURS
Throughout this Guide we have prepared some ‘Sydney Drives and Detours’ which will help you to discover interesting places in and around Greater Sydney. They generally follow main arterial roads and destinations are usually signposted.
EMERGENCY ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE
NRMA 13 1111
For local advice and maps call
into a Visitor Information
Centre displaying this sign
FLYING TO SYDNEY
All domestic and international flights into Sydney arrive at Sydney (Kingsford Smith) Airport at Mascot in Eastern Sydney. The fastest and easiest way to get to and from Sydney Airport and the Sydney CBD is by Airport Link train.
You can connect by rail, bus or ferry to the whole of Greater Sydney.
Tel: 131 500 or go to
Sydney Airport Flight Information
(02) 9667 9111
TAXIS & OTHER TRANSPORT
Premier Cabs 13 10 17
Premier Maxi Cabs (02) 8868 4555
Wheelchair accessible Taxis
(02) 8332 0200
Water Taxis Combined (02) 9555 8888
Sydney Coach Terminal (02) 9281 9366
Metro Monorail & Light Rail (02) 9285 5600
We use and recommend Avis Parramatta Tel: (02) 9630 5877
Or Thrifty Tel: 1300 367 227
(quote DISCPARRA for discount rate)
FINDING YOUR WAY AROUND GREATER SYDNEY
There are more than 110 km of connected motorways for motorists travelling in and around Sydney. Most of the motorways on Sydney’s orbital network require a toll to be paid to use them. Some are also ‘cashless’, so you can’t pay the toll with cash at a tollbooth. Instead, you need to pay the toll with an electronic tag or a pass. Only the M2, M4, M5 and Eastern Distributor have cash booths.
Beware: The Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Harbour Tunnel are completely ‘cashless’. Time of day tolling also applies. The toll you pay depends on the time of day you cross. Toll is cheapest outside peak hours and on weekends. Southbound travel is not possible without an electronic tag or pass.
Before you visit Sydney, visit www.sydneymotorways.com
This is the official Roads & Traffic Authority’s web site with a complete guide to using Sydney’s motorway network. Calculate the cost of your trip, check traffic conditions via live web cam, view detailed interchange maps and find out about electronic tags and passes.
But if you use a toll road without a tag or pass DON’T PANIC! You must pay the toll within 48 hours. There are signs on every motorway with the number to contact. Fines apply for non-payment.
HOW TO PAY SYDNEY’S MOTORWAY TOLLS
Depending on how often or how long you plan to visit Sydney, there is an E-Toll Pass or Short-term Tag to suit you. Call in to your local Roads & Traffic Authority Motor Registry. Tel: 131 865 or online at www.rta.nsw.gov.au/myrta/myetoll/
Interstate visitors can use Interstate e-tags on NSW toll roads.
ROADS & TRAFFIC AUTHORITY
For more information go to www.rta.nsw.gov.au and click on ‘Using NSW Roads’ then click on ‘Tourists and visitors’ or go direct to: www.rta.nsw.gov.au/usingroads/tourists_visitors.html
SYDNEY METROAD SYSTEM
There are alternative non-toll routes to every motorway.
The maps on pages 48 and 49 will help you find an alternative
route. Slower and more difficult to use, but free. Just “follow the numbers” on the blue hex shaped signs to guide you along the easiest routes through and around Greater Sydney.
We use and recommend ‘Sydway Greater Sydney Street Directory’, available at newsagencies & Visitor Information Centres.
This information is provided by by Greater Sydney Tourism Inc to help make it easy you to drive around Greater Sydney. Enjoy your stay!