Getting Around

Travel in Sydney is easy

If your cruise ship docked at the Overseas Passenger Terminal in Circular Quay, you’re right next door to one of the city’s main transport hubs, with trains and buses right outside. For those docking at White Bay, your cruise line will organise transfers into the centre of the city. A taxi takes 12 minutes to Circular Quay and costs from $35.

Public transport

Sydney has four main public transport options: train, bus, light rail and ferry. For detailed route maps and timetables, visit


Circular Quay is one of Sydney’s main train stations. It’s part of the City Circle loop, which will take you to Town Hall and Central. You can also catch the train over the bridge to North Sydney or east to Bondi Junction. If Sydney is the last stop on your cruise, you can catch the train straight to Sydney Airport.


Sydney’s signature blue and white buses cover the whole city. Popular routes for visitors include 333 from Circular Quay to Bondi Beach, 373 from Museum Station to Coogee, 440 from Museum Station to Paddington and the B1 from Wynyard to the Northern Beaches.

Light Rail

The new light rail network runs straight along Sydney’s main street, George Street, between Circular Quay and Central Station, then onwards to Randwick in the east. There is a separate line that runs from Central Station through Haymarket and Darling Harbour.


Every visitor to Sydney should ride a ferry at least once – it’s both public transport and a picturesque harbour cruise. Catch the ferry from Circular Quay to Luna Park, Manly or Taronga Zoo. You can also catch the RiverCat ferry from Circular Quay to Parramatta.


Tourist information, Customs House, Ground Floor, 31 Alfred St, Circular Quay, 

Sydney, (02) 9265 9779,,


000 for emergencies that need police, ambulance or fire and rescue

State Emergency Service (SES) (132 500)

Police Assistance Line (131 444)

Crime Stoppers (1800 333 000)

All map distance references are taken from the Sydney Overseas Passenger Terminal, Circular Quay. is the ultimate guide to visiting Sydney. It provides up-to-date information on attractions, places to visit, restaurants, shops, visitor information and transport. The site is published by Cruise Media Australasia, a Big Splash Media company. Editor-in-Chief and Publisher: Peter Lynch.

All map distance references are taken from the Sydney Overseas Passenger Terminal, Circular Quay.
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