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With a population exceeding 5 million people the metropolitan area has about 650 suburbs that sprawl about 70 km to the west, 40 km to the north, and 60 km to the south.
Sydney has an excellent train, bus and ferry service covering all points of the greater metropolitan area. The roads are generally well planned and driving is achievable but best to avoided in peak times.
To plan your trip use the site Transport Info . Transport Info will calculate the best way to get from A to B when travelling to or around the City. It will also provide you with fare and timetable information.
To make your journey even easier you can acquire a free smartcard ticket to load money for use on trains, buses, ferries and light rail. The Opal card can be used on the transport network extending beyond the city to the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Hunter, Illawarra and Southern Highlands regions surrounding Sydney.
Train stations in central Sydney include:
Services run from 4am to around midnight on most train lines. Information kiosks can be found at Central and Circular Quay stations. All stations on the network have 24 hour ticket vending machines.
Sydney's train network not only links the wider region with the city, it also travels to nearby major cities and attractions like Newcastle and the Hunter Valley region to the north, Wollongong to the south and the Blue Mountains to the west. The service also operates to and from regional centres such as Port Macquarie, the Snowy Mountains, Dubbo, Tamworth and Broken Hill. Central Station is the main terminal for country services. Trains to Canberra, Brisbane and Melbourne also leave from Central.
Sydney Buses travel through the city and beyond almost 24 hours a day. Most of the bus routes within the City of Sydney are prepaid tickets only to reduce delays, so tickets need to be purchased before getting on board. There are ticket outlets all over the city and you can usually find one near bus stops.
The airport line operates from all City Circle stations to the domestic (T2 and T3) and international terminals (T1) every 10 minutes or so. The trip will take between 10 and 20 minutes, depending on where you get on and where you are going. The line runs from around 5am until midnight, 7 days a week. Station access fees are payable if you use either Domestic or International stations.
The CBD and South East Light Rail is a new light rail network for Sydney, currently under construction. The 12km route will feature 19 stops, extending from Circular Quay along George Street to Central Station, through Surry Hills to Moore Park, then to Kensington and Kingsford via Anzac Parade and Randwick via Alison Road and High Street. Construction will be completed and services will start running in 2019.
Sydney Light Rail also incorporates the Inner West Light Rail, which is now operating as the L1 Dulwich Hill Line. The 12.7km route connects Central Station and Dulwich Hill via 23 light rail stops. Plan your trip here, or click here for service information.
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Ferry services across Sydney's harbour leave from the terminal at Circular Quay and travel to harbour side destinations. These include Taronga Zoo and suburbs such as Balmain, Kirribilli, Neutral Bay, Mosman and Rose Bay.
Services also travel to the northern reaches of the harbour at Manly and west along the Parramatta River. Information kiosks are located at Circular Quay and Manly.
Taxis in Sydney can be hailed from the kerb on the street or engaged at one of several designated taxi ranks throughout the city centre. Taxis can also be booked directly with one of numerous private taxi companies operating across the city.