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Hyde Park, Sydney CBD to Bondi Beach

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Important event information

More than 80,000 participants will take on the annual 14km City2Surf fun run starting from College St at Hyde Park and finishing at Sydney's iconic Bondi Beach.

With major road closures in the city from 3:30am and through the Eastern Suburbs from 7am, the best way to get to and from the event is by public transport as return travel is covered for 2019 participants and volunteers.

Early morning bus and train services will run to the city to get you to the start line and frequent shuttle buses will run between Bondi Beach and Bondi Junction to help you get home. See below for details and use the Trip Planner for up-to-date service information.

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City2Surf 2019 event participants and volunteers are entitled to travel to and from the event on the following public transport services:

  • Sydney Trains & NSW TrainLink services (bounded by Bomaderry, Goulburn, Bathurst, Scone and Dungog stations)
  • Sydney Metro
  • Regular bus services
  • Special event shuttle bus services
  • Sydney Ferry and Newcastle Ferry services
  • Sydney Light Rail and Newcastle Light Rail services

Remember to keep your race bib, finishers medal or volunteer t-shirt safe for your return journey home, as these are also your ticket to travel on public transport or you'll need to use an Opal card to travel on public transport. Your entitlement is valid on public transport services until 4am the next day.

Note: an additional station access fee applies for travel to or from Domestic and International Airport stations and is not covered by 2019 City2Surf travel entitlements. If you're travelling from these stations you'll need to pay the train station access fee.

The City2Surf (CITYFIT) expo will be held at the International Convention Centre located in the southern end of Darling Harbour. The International Convention Centre (ICC) Sydney is easily accessible by all modes of public transport, including train, bus, ferry and light rail. All City2Surf participants must collect their race bib prior to the race on Sunday 11 August. 

Expo opening hours: 

  • Thursday 9 August from 13:00 to 19:00
  • Friday 10 August from 07:30 to 18:30
  • Saturday 11 August from 08:00 to 16:00

Visit City2Surf Expo for more information.


Change at Epping or Chatswood stations to connect with train services to Town Hall to Central to get within walking distance of the ICC Sydney.


The closest station to ICC Sydney is Town Hall which is approximately 10 minutes walking distance. Alternatively catch the train to Central and change for a Light rail service to the Exhibition Centre stop which is opposite the venue, or it’s a 15 minute walk from the station.

Light rail

Services run between Dulwich Hill and Central and run regularly on weekdays and on weekends. The closest light rail stops to the ICC Sydney are Convention and Exhibition Centre.


The closest bus stops are along Harris St near Allen St. Buses run between Pyrmont and Bondi via the City including route 389 or between Ryde and Pyrmont via Central including route 501.


Pyrmont Bay is the closest ferry wharf and is approximately a 10 minute walking distance from the ICC.


ICC Sydney Exhibition Centre has a 24 hour car park with casual parking rates, entry via Darling Drive. For parking details visit ICC Sydney Parking.

Sydney Metro services are high-frequency, driverless trains running between Tallawong Station and Chatswood Station.

Metro services start running from as early as 4am and run every 10 minutes until late. Change at Epping or Chatswood to connect with train services to the city. Alternatively you can catch a Hillsbus service to the city.

You can use your Opal card or accepted contactless payment method on Sydney Metro services.

For Metro service disruption information, check travel alerts and trackwork or plan your trip using the Trip Planner.

Getting there

The closest stations to the start line at Hyde Park on College Street are St James, Museum, Town Hall and Martin Place.

Trains to the city run every 10 to 15 minutes, with services starting from as early as 4am depending on the line.

Additional services will leave Leppington at 5.53am and 6.23am, stopping all stations to Cabramatta then all stations to Lidcombe via Regents Park, Flemington, Strathfield, Burwood, Ashfield, Redfern then all stations to Circular Quay via Town Hall.

Participants travelling from the Bankstown area are advised to plan ahead and allow extra travel time on event day as buses will replace trains on the T3 Bankstown Line between Cabramatta, Lidcombe and Sydenham. Participants travelling on the T2 Leppington and T5 Cumberland Lines are also advised buses will replace trains between Cabramatta and Granville however trains still run between Leppington and the city via Regents Park.

Getting home

After the race, shuttle buses will run back to Bondi Junction Station where you can change for a train to continue your trip home. Alternatively, to avoid the lines, consider the 2.7km (34 minute) walk to Bondi Junction Station instead.

At Bondi Junction trains will run every 5 minutes from 10am to 4pm on the T4 Eastern Suburbs & Illawarra Line between Bondi Junction, Central, Hurstville, Cronulla and Waterfall stations with extra stops at St Peters and Erskineville.

Once you're on the train, change at the following stations for easier access to your train line:

  • For T1 North Shore Line, change at Town Hall.
  • For T1 Western Line, change at Central.
  • For T2 Inner West & South Line trains, change at Redfern.
  • For T3 Bankstown Line trains, change at Sydenham.
  • For T8 Airport Line trains, change at Wolli Creek.
  • For T9 Northern Line, change at Town Hall.
  • For NSW TrainLink services, change at Central.


Trackwork is taking place from 02:00 Saturday 10 August until 02:00 Monday 12 August and may affect how you travel to and from the event:

  • T2 Inner West & Leppington Line & T5 Cumberland Line: Buses replace trains between Cabramatta and Granville. Leppington trains run between Leppington and the City via Regents Park.
  • T3 Bankstown Line: Buses replace trains between Cabramatta, Lidcombe and Sydenham.

Trackwork is carried out on an ongoing basis to maintain the safety, reliability, and efficiency of the Sydney Trains network. Trackwork may affect how you travel so allow plenty of extra travel time and plan ahead. Check travel alerts and trackwork or use the Trip Planner.

Getting there

Plenty of bus services stop within short walking distance of the start line on College St at Hyde Park.

Services will run to a Sunday timetable with additional extra early morning services on popular routes to the city from the North Shore, Northern Beaches, Inner West and North West. More details will be available closer to the event date.

Keep in mind road closures will be in place from as early as 3.30am in the city and 6am through the Eastern Suburbs so bus services will already be diverting from their regular routes while you’re on your way to the start line. See details of bus diversions below.

Make sure to plan ahead using the Trip Planner and give yourself plenty of extra travel time so you don’t miss your start time.

Additional services

From Bondi to the city: express Route X82 buses will run from Bondi to St James Station regularly from 5am until 8.30am. From 5am to 6am services pick up from Campbell Pde opposite Curlewis St. From 6am to 8.30am services pick up from Bondi Rd near Sandridge St.

    Getting home

    Shuttle buses from Bondi Beach:

    • To Bondi Junction: shuttle buses will run regularly from two bus stops on Campbell Pde, at Lamrock Ave and at Notts Ave, to Bondi Junction from 9am until 4pm.
    • To the city: express route X82 services will run from Bondi Rd near Sandridge St from 6am until 8.30am stopping along Bondi Rd then express to Elizabeth St at St James Station.

    Keep in mind that these shuttle buses will be in very high demand and there will be long queues, particularly from 11am onwards when the larger numbers of participants begin arriving at the finish line.

    Considering enjoying Bondi’s offerings while the crowds lessen or consider walking up to Bondi Junction via Bondi Rd to connect with public transport services.

    From Bondi Junction you can change for a train from the station or another bus from the interchange to continue your trip home.

    Remember, depending on when you reach the finish line roads along the course may still be closed and some bus services will continue to divert from their regular routes until 4pm. Plan ahead using the Trip Planner and check travel alerts for bus disruption information.

    Bus diversions

    Buses between the Sydney CBD and Eastern Suburbs will be diverting and using alternate routes and stops while road closures are in place for the event. Bus customers are encouraged to plan ahead, allow plenty of extra travel time on the day and be patient as delays are expected.

    Services in the city will be affected between 3.30am and 12pm midday, services in the eastern suburbs will be affected between 6am and 4pm. More details will be available closer to the event date.

    Check travel alerts for more information and make sure to plan your trip before heading out to check if your bus is affected.

    Other services will run to a regular Sunday timetable. See bus timetables and maps or use the Trip Planner. For bus service disruption information, check travel alerts.

    Sydney Ferries are a great way to get around the city but services can be popular and may reach capacity, especially on weekends.

    The start line on College St at Hyde Park is around 10 minutes walk (1.5km) from Circular Quay.

    Extra early-morning ferries will run from Manly to Circular Quay at 6:15am and 6:50am.

    For ferry service disruption information check travel alerts or use the Trip Planner.

    Light rail services run between Central Station and Dulwich Hill with stops at popular CBD and Inner West destinations.

    Change at Central for a train to St James or Museum to get to the start line.

    For maps and service frequencies see Light rail service information. For light rail service disruption information, check travel alerts or plan your trip using the Trip Planner.

    Key roads at the start line in the Sydney CBD start closing from as early as 3.30am with major closures of roads along the route from 6am. Heavy traffic is expected while roads are closed, so leave the car at home and catch public transport.

    Roads begin progressively reopening from 11.30am in the city, 12pm at Edgecliff, 1pm at Rose Bay, 2pm at Vaucluse & Dover Heights and 4pm at Bondi Beach.

    Plan your trip and refer to our City2Surf 2019 interactive map outlining the road closures, clearways and nearest transport hubs.

    Key road closures

    • Sydney CBD between 3.30pm and 12pm: sections of College St, Macquarie St, Park St and St James Rd.
    • Woolloomooloo to Edgecliff from 6am to 12pm midday: William St from Yurong St through to New South Head Rd at Ocean Ave. The Eastern Distributor Kings Cross exit and Palmer St off-ramp will also be closed, access to Cross City Tunnel and Craigend St (westbound only) is maintained via McLachlan Ave.. No access to the city via New South Head Rd west of Ocean St until 12pm, alternate route via Oxford St.
    • Double Bay to Rose Bay from 7am to 1pm: New South Head Rd from Ocean Ave to Dover Rd.
    • Rose Bay to North Bondi from 7am to 2pm: New South Head Rd from Dover Rd to Old South Head Rd, Old South Head Rd from New South Head Rd to Oceanview Ave and Military Rd from Old South Head Rd to Blair St.
    • Bondi Beach between 6am and 4pm: Campbell Pde from Hall St to Blair St from 6am. Campbell Pde from Dudley St to Hall St and Lamrock Ave from 7am. Roads at Bondi Junction will close from 10am to 3pm.

    Local access & vehicle crossover points

    Access for residents to cross the course will be maintained at the following locations, once the course is locked down there will be no access until roads reopen.

    • Woolloomooloo: Crown St at William St in both directions until 7:30am.
    • Darlinghurst: note that Darlinghurst Rd/Victoria St and Ward Ave at William St remain open in both directions all day. Access to the Cross City Tunnel citybound and Craigend St is via McLachlan Ave.
    • Darling Point: New Beach Rd at New South Head Rd one-way exit only until 7am. No entry after 6am.
    • Darling Point and Double Bay: Ocean Ave and Cross St at New South Head Rd one-way exit only until 7:30am. No entry after 7am.
    • Vaucluse: Vaucluse Rd to Towns Rd in both directions until 7:30am.
    • Watsons Bay: Old South Head Rd at New South Head Rd one-way exit only from Watsons Bay until 7:30am. No entry after 7am.
    • North Bondi: Brighton Blvd at Campbell Pde, North Bondi one-way exit only until 7am. No entry after 6am.
    • Bondi: Bondi Rd will be heavily congested with hundreds of buses transporting thousands of participants between the beach and the junction. Local residents are strongly encouraged to avoid unnecessary travel on Bondi Rd. Residents north of Bondi Rd should use Old South Head Rd to enter or exit the area. Residents south of Bondi Rd should use Birrell St.
    • Bondi Beach: Local access for residents at Bondi Beach will be maintained via Curlewis, Gould and Hall Streets.

    For the latest traffic information visit Live Traffic NSW or download a real-time traffic app from the App Store or Google Play.


    Key roads around the start line will close from as early as 3.30am and paid parking options are limited on Sunday mornings in the city so participants are encouraged to catch public transport.

    If you have to drive, remember to allow extra time walking from your parking space to arrive around 30mins prior to your start time.

    All available car park options can be found at the Wilson Parking, Secure Parking or City of Sydney - Parking.

    Special event clearways

    Special event clearways are strict no-parking zones and will be in effect on both sides of the entire 14km course. These clearways apply even to local residents and RMS Mobility Scheme Permit holders:

    • Sydney CBD to Rose Bay from 1am to 12pm: College St, Elizabeth St, Park St, Macquarie St and sections of Castlereagh St, Wentworth Ave and Hunter St. Both sides of William St/New South Head Rd from College St in the city through to Dover Rd in Rose Bay.
    • Rose Bay to North Bondi from 1am until 4pm: both sides of New South Head Rd, Old South Head Rd, Military Rd and Campbell Pde.
    • Bondi/North Bondi: both sides of Bondi Rd from Old South Head Rd to Sandridge St, Old South Head Rd from Syd Einfeld Dr to Blair St. Eastern side of O'Sullivan Rd from Latimer Rd to Old South Head Rd.
    • Bondi Beach: both sides of Campbell Pde, Bondi Rd, Lamrock Ave and sections of Curlewis St, Gould St, Wairoa Ave and Warners Ave.

    Check signs carefully on the day and the night before as vehicles left in signposted clearways will be towed and a fee applies. If your vehicle is towed, call 132 701 to find its new location.

    Other sections of the course do not have Special Event Clearways, however, if you park on the event route before road closures are in place you will not be able to move your vehicle while the event is underway until roads reopen, unless permitted to do so by a Traffic Controller or the NSW Police on-site.

    Plan your trip and refer to our City2Surf 2019 interactive map outlining the road closures, clearways and nearest transport hubs.

    For more details on special event clearway locations and times, visit Live Traffic NSW.

    Delays are expected for taxis getting to and from Bondi Beach for the return journey home. Participants are strongly encouraged to consider delaying your trip home or catch public transport instead.

    For details of taxi networks servicing the Sydney area visit NSW Taxi Council.

    Accessible trips are shown in the Trip Planner with the wheelchair icon. You can select "accessible services only" in the Options to ensure you only see accessible services. Only trip plans with accessible train platforms, ferry wharves and buses will be presented. See accessible travel or download a transport app (select the "Accessibility" filter).