Sydney's ticketing systems can seem confusing and complicated. Hopefully this article will save you some time (and money) during your visit!

For official timetables, maps and ticketing information, visit this page

Basic Tickets 




Best mode of transport for: Bondi, Coogee and Palm Beaches, Watsons Bay, SCG, Star City, Featherdale Wildlife Park, Spit to Manly walk, Sydney CBD, inner-city suburbs with good food (Glebe, Newtown, Surry Hills...)

Bus fares

Where to purchase

You can buy bus tickets at corner shops, 7/11's, Australia Post shops (post offices), chemists and newsagencies and Transit shops which will generally have a Sydney Buses purple flag out the front.

On weekdays between 7am and 7pm, you cannot buy tickets on board buses anywhere in the city or along major transport corridors (Stops affected are marked "Prepay Only").
At other times and on weekends, you can buy tickets from the driver so long as the bus route is not "Prepay Only" (i.e. routes with M, L or X before the number, as well as a number of others such as the 333 to Bondi Beach). All of the red coloured Metrobuses that run out of the city are PrePay ,7 days per week.
It is highly recommended that you purchase tickets in advance so you don't have to worry about finding routes/stops where cash will be accepted. All of the shops are fairly familiar with the ticket you should buy.

Further Bus Questions?

Transport for NSW Information Booths are located at:


  • Circular Quay in Alfred St near Loftus Street outside McDonalds
  • Wynyard (Carrington St) which is under the 'dome' at Wynyard Park opposite the 'Menzies Hotel 
  • York St (between Market and Druitt St) outside the Queen Victoria Building (QVB)
  • Railway Square which is between Lee St and Broadway





Best mode of transport for: Sydney CBD, Olympic Park, Milsons Point, Airport, Kings Cross, Bondi Junction, Bondi Beach (combined with bus), Cronulla Beach, Sydney's ethnic enclaves for good food (Strathfield, Cabramatta, Chatswood...), further destinations (Blue Mountains, Newcastle and Central Coast, Wollongong)

Train fares

Where to purchase 

Vending machines or ticket windows at Sydney trains stations





Best mode of transport for Taronga Zoo, Sydney CBD, Manly, Watsons Bay, Darling Harbour, Milsons Point 

Ferry fares

Where to purchase 
Vending machines or ticket windows at major wharves, or onboard on some services

Lane Cove ferry services operated by Matilda Cruises

Best mode of transport for: Darling Harbour and King St Wharf, Chinatown, Casino, Sydney CBD
Privately owned and operated - all destinations also accessible by Govt transport, though less conveniently.
Purchase tickets at monorail stations.

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Tram (Light Rail)


Best mode of transport for: Fish Markets, Darling Harbour, Casino, Central Station, Chinatown, Glebe.
Privately owned and operated - all destinations also accessible by Govt transport, though less conveniently.
Purchase tickets on board from conductor. 

 Light Rail fares


Transport Passes

General ticketing information


Australian Seniors/Pensioners can purchase a Pensioner Excursion Ticket (PET) for  $2.50 that permits travel

on all modes of transport for that day.

Where to purchase
*Corner shops, chemists and newsagencies, which will generally have a Sydney Buses PrePay purple flag out the front
Vending machines or ticket windows at major ferry wharves, or onboard on some ferry services
*Vending machines or ticket windows at CityRail stations


Premium Services

Sydney & Bondi Tour  $35 for 24hrs/$56 for 48hrs
2 interlocking bus loops visiting major tourist attractions with on board commentary

AirportLink (Airport rail line) $15 to City, $5 terminal transfer
AirportLink stations are privately owned and operated.
If your luggage is light, consider walking 1.4km to Wolli Creek station, where a ticket to the city will cost $3.2.

Airport Shuttle Services $12-20 to City
Privately run shuttle buses operate from the airport

Manly express ferries $8.5 between City and Manly
Sydney Fast Ferries and Manly Fast Ferry operate peak hour services, with a travel time of 18mins (regular ferry takes 30mins).
Periodical tickets also available at discounted rates.

Hop-on Hop-off ferry:
Operated by Bass and Flinders: 
Harbour Explorer $39 for 24hrs
Operated by Matilda Cruises (Captain Cook Cruises):  Combined Ticket: $59 for 24hrs  

Family Discounts

When one fare paying adult travels with their children or grandchildren on buses, trains or ferries, the first child (over 4 years and under 16 years of age) travels for a child fare (half full adult fare) and the other children travel free.

Children (under 16) travelling alone pay half the adult fare on Government run transport, and are eligible for significant discounts with private operators as well.

Students from tertiary institutions outside of NSW/ACT are not eligible for concession fares on any Government transport, and may be ineligible for discounts with private operators. Public transport information