NSW Train Link
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  • Haggispup
    Winnipeg, Canada8 contributions
    Nice way to travel
    A very comfortable and stress free way to travel Great seats plenty of leg room good window seat. If you have the time and want to travel to city centre use it Departed and arrived on time. No wi fi or charging but relax and enjoy the ride. Smooth and quite Staff friendly . Meals adequate but advise taking snacks Would do it again.
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 February 2023
  • Aman B
    1 contribution
    Slow, No Internet Disconnected journey from world
    Very slow and uncomfortable journey. Only take this if you loads of free time and nothing to do. Among many flaws biggest was there was no WiFi. I don't know for what reason but mobile network also did not work inside train. For majority of journey we could not even make calls leave aside internet. Gave 2 stars because food was decent and staff was very friendly. But this feels like a vintage train and no where near world standards which Sydney to Melbourne should have.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 18 April 2023
  • Emma B
    Melbourne, Australia13 contributions
    A relaxing trip
    Due to my daughter not liking air travel this was our second trip to Sydney from Melbourne by day time train. We discovered the lack of WiFi on our first trip, on our return we had downloaded plenty to watch/listen to, as we did for our recent trip. Most people I work with, in the aviation industry, cannot understand the draw to train travel. I tell them that for 12hrs, we are uncontactable, can catch up on reading or a tv series. We play cards, trivia games or just chat. The food is adequate, but we also have plenty of snacks. The seats are spacious with plenty of leg room, in first class. This recent trip we over did the shopping and if flying back would have been paying excess luggage. Due to recent rail works, it was a late arrival both ends by around an hour, no great drama for us. Staff great.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 9 September 2023
  • Penina M
    Sydney, Australia49 contributions
    "Affordable Adventure: A Slow Train Journey with Kids"
    "If you have the patience for a slower journey, this trip is worth it. Considering the cost, it's excellent value compared to peak season plane tickets. I often travel with my three young children, all under 4, on the train overnight. We opt for economy seating at $98, which is nearly the same as first class. There isn't a significant difference between the two, so I save a few more dollars. Here's a tip: I book 1 adult, 3 infants, and 2 four-year-olds, When purchasing additional tickets, this ensures my kids have an entire row to themselves. This strategy eliminates bickering and provides extra space for them to relax and nap. The journey from Sydney Central to Melbourne Southern Cross can be challenging with young kids, but this arrangement makes it manageable. The train itself is old and lacks wifi or charging points, so come prepared. Despite its simplicity, the experience of being surrounded by nature is wonderful. I cherish these trips as a chance to disconnect from technology and the hustle of city life. Reading during the journey adds to the pleasure of switching off."
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 19 October 2023
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1 contribution
Jan 2024 • Business
I would like to thank Julie for her helpful assistance tonight at Goulburn Railway Station. I am travelling to Melbourne. Julie patiently answered my questions, assisted above and beyond with information and was genuinely friendly and warm. Thank you Julie. Great customer service is hard to find these days. You are a 10!
Written 18 January 2024
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S C
Sydney, Australia7 contributions
Jan 2024 • Friends
Paid for first class reclining seats and recieved a cabin with poor facilities. Even the economy standards for trains in India were far better. These seats for 11 hours trip are a joke. Poor advertising and poor ticket allocation service. I wouldn't recommend my dog on it. Australia is just sinking fast what an embarrassment
Written 3 January 2024
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John W
Mount Pritchard, Australia9 contributions
Dec 2023 • Couples
Horrible service . Me and my wife are both disabled we both told there would be a train at casino train station we had to catch another long coach trip to kempsey it left us in a lot of pain and discomfort not happy
Written 31 December 2023
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Andrew C
Melbourne, Australia60 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
The XPT is a very old train and brand new trains are ready to be rolled out, sitting in train yards in Sydney. Nevertheless, the first class seat train trip was quite comfortable. It is a smooth enough train. The food was not classy but adequate. As the train travelled through the Melbourne train yards, it groaned and squeaked which was rather annoying but once on its own free track, not so bad.
The train was predictably late to arrive in Sydney and that was the really annoying part. I knew it would be late from when I booked, but we were never told.
One mistake we made was choosing seats using a seating plan as the train travelled from Sydney to Melbourne. You have to reverse the train carriage map when travelling in the opposite direction. Don't choose seats near the air con inlet at the door end of the carriage as it is noisy. The best seats are in the middle of the carriage.
Flying is cheaper and faster, but the train is a good experience and so much less stressful.
Written 13 November 2023
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Penina M
Sydney, Australia49 contributions
Sept 2023 • Family
"If you have the patience for a slower journey, this trip is worth it. Considering the cost, it's excellent value compared to peak season plane tickets. I often travel with my three young children, all under 4, on the train overnight. We opt for economy seating at $98, which is nearly the same as first class. There isn't a significant difference between the two, so I save a few more dollars. Here's a tip: I book 1 adult, 3 infants, and 2 four-year-olds, When purchasing additional tickets, this ensures my kids have an entire row to themselves. This strategy eliminates bickering and provides extra space for them to relax and nap. The journey from Sydney Central to Melbourne Southern Cross can be challenging with young kids, but this arrangement makes it manageable. The train itself is old and lacks wifi or charging points, so come prepared. Despite its simplicity, the experience of being surrounded by nature is wonderful. I cherish these trips as a chance to disconnect from technology and the hustle of city life. Reading during the journey adds to the pleasure of switching off."
Written 19 October 2023
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Dianne S
3 contributions
Apr 2023 • Family
The worst train I've ever been on. So uncomfortable. The seats are so high your head doesn't even reach the head rest. No phone or device charging on the train. Southern Cross has a Travellers Aid that can assist. There is no help when you get to Sydney. Even buying a concession Opal is difficult as you stand in a long line at a special information booth that isn't even open when you arrive. Basically no help if you have a disability and can't stand for long periods. A normal ticket window can't sell a concession Opal travel card. Not a great welcome to Sydney. The most unhelpful staff and unpleasant station I've ever been in. (Central - Sydney). When reviews tell you the NSW Train Link is bad it is a understatement. You can't buy a sleeper cabin which I'd do. You buy a bed? Basically if all the the bottom beds are taken you pay for a top bunk bed at the same price as a bottom bunk bed and share with a stranger. To me that is a waste of money. I'd sell the cabin for $250 and you can have one or two people in it. Each person must pay a train fare on top of the cabin anyway. I think a bed is $125. How does someone with mobility issues actually get up on a top bunk and then get down to go to the toilet in the middle of the night? Mind you the empty bed in the cabin is only available to share if the person who is already in it is the same sex as you. I should've asked how it works for non binary people or transgender. Really is a backward system. So much for using a train and saving our planet and carbon footprint. Next time I go to Sydney I'll drive because there is no way on earth I'd ever go on that train again. It is so uncomfortable. I'll stick to Victoria and Vline. Now they know how to make comfortable trains. (Other than Japan). Alternative is also a bus to Sydney for those that don't like flying. I believe the bus has mobile phone charging.
Written 25 September 2023
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Bumble B
4 contributions
Sept 2023 • Business
Cancelled service interstate from Brisbane to Sydney cost me accomodations loses. Unreliable service, no compensation, even got charged cancellation fee for their cancellation.
Written 21 September 2023
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Nadia T
1 contribution
Aug 2023 • Solo
First-class sleeper, and overnight to save the time that I would have spent breaking the journey in a motel seemed like a good idea. Sounds relaxing. (Actually, I did overhear some people at the end of the trip saying they had slept well. I was amazed! Were they lying?) There are two berths in each cabin and I was assigned the upper one in both directions. Now I'm typing one-handed because of the arm injury I sustained from having many times had to swing myself or luggage up or down. Will see the doctor later today. If there is a next time for me on that trip I'll try the seats, though I see other reviews say they are too uncomfortable for such a long trip.
Written 21 September 2023
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Ashley W
1 contribution
Sept 2023 • Solo
Travelled from Yass Junction to Melbourne. It's a shame that, with all the hype about billion dollar fast trains, we still have to put up with tired 40-year old carriages (the Alarm Signal sign says 'PENALTY FOR IMPROPER USE $20' !) and a dining car meal selection like that of a country football club. No wifi or phone charging ports. On the other hand, the staff were very friendly, efficient and obliging. Good on them. Shame on the state and federal governments.
Written 17 September 2023
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JnVSydney
Greater Sydney, Australia18,452 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
We use train where ever we can for travel, however, Oz, is not famous for its overnight trains, the overnight train from Syd to Melb, was quite fun, especially if you book the sleeper, for us it was like going back, in time, quite slow, compared to the fast trains of europe however still enjoyable, we advise you do your research fully before booking, as there is no wifi or power points, we would do it again, however we are lovers of train travel.
Written 17 September 2023
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