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Bus transport in Sydney is fast, efficient, and affordable. ...even free: Route 555 is a free shuttle that operates along a circular itinerary from the Central Station to the Circular Quay passing through George Street. It runs from 9am to 3,30pm, and on Thursdays, the late-shopping day, it continues until 9pm. On weekends it only stops working at 6pm.

For those wishing to see the major tourist sights, the Sydney Explorer Bus has a double-decker with open roof operating a hop-on/hop-off service stopping at 26 tourist spots; the tickets include a second service to Bondi Beach stopping at Rose Bay, Double Bay, and Paddington.

Sydney Explorer

The adult ticket costs AUD$45 for 24 hours, or AUD$60 for 48 hours. There are considerable discounts for Children, Seniors, and Student backpackers. A Family ticket costs AUD$120 (24 hrs) or AUD$180 (48hrs), which is good for a couple with two or more kids .

An alternative to the Sydney and Bondi Explorers is the local bus service. A single adult ticket costs from $2.40 (for travelling along a maximum of 2 sections) to $4.70 (for more than 6 sections). Blocks of 10 pre-paid tickets bring the price down to $1.84 and $2.68 respectively. Each section is about 1.6 km long, from the centre. Pre-payment is mandatory on most routes.

See the website of Sydney Transport


The Sydney Harbour is one of the main attractions of the city, and it affords an opportunity to take to the water in one of the various ferry services. There is no better way to see the iconic Sydney attractions, like the Opera House, or the Harbour Bridge, from close-by.

A must is the 30 minute trip to Manly, the beautiful beaches to the north of the city, from where you could return by bus, if you so wished. If you bought one of the bus passes it may be valid for the ferry. Otherwise, the single fare for an adult is AUD$7.20.


Taxis can be found at taxi ranks, or flagged down in the street if they are have the roof light on, meaning that they are free. Unfortunately, each cab company has its own colours, but taxis are nevertheless easily recognized.

Fares are currently $3.50 plus $2.14 per km, or after 10pm and until 6am: $6.00 plus $2.57. Waiting time is expensive: $53.30 per hour. Tolls, as in the Harbour Bridge are the responsibility of the passenger. You may phone or book a taxi to come and pick you up, in which case there is an extra charge of $2.40.

Credit cards are usually accepted and tipping is not necessary, although it is normal to round-up the fare to the next dollar.

Water taxis

Another type of taxi is the water taxi, which you can hire and board on the waterfront. They can be used for transfers and sightseeing and cater for small and larger groups of up to 20/30 passengers. Rates can be negotiated; as an example, a trip from Circular Quay to Manly for a group of 8 people would cost around AUD$180.