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NRL Grand Final 2018

NRL Grand Final 2018 hero

ANZ Stadium, Sydney Olympic Park

Gates open
13:15
NRL Women's Premiership Grand Final
13:35
NRL State Championship Grand Final
15:40
Pre-Grand Final Entertainment
18:30
NRL Grand Final
19:20
Finish
21:30

Important event information

Over 80,000 footy fans will be attending the NRL Grand Final at ANZ Stadium. Tickets to the game include return travel on public transport and extra trains and Major Event buses will run to and from Sydney Olympic Park.

Roads approaching the precinct will be busy and parking will be in high demand. Fans planning to drive are encouraged to pre-book a space and car-pool where possible.

Plan to get there early and enjoy the pre-match festivities in the Olympic Park precinct before kick off.

Valid pre-purchased match tickets include travel to and from ANZ Stadium on:

  • Train services (bounded by Bomaderry, Goulburn, Bathurst, Scone and Dungog stations)
  • Sydney Olympic Park Major Event buses.
  • Regular bus services
  • Sydney Ferries services
  • Light rail services

Remember to keep your ticket safe for your return journey or you'll need to use your opal card, as you must have a valid ticket when travelling on public transport. Your event ticket is valid on public transport until 04:00 the following day.

Note: an additional station access fee applies for travel to or from Domestic and International Airport stations. Your match ticket does not include the access fee, so if you're travelling from these stations you'll need to pay the train station access fee.

The closest station to ANZ Stadium is Olympic Park and additional services will run to help you get to and from the match.

Getting there 

To help the thousands of fans get to the Grand Final, plenty of additional trains will run:

  • From Central: express services will run every 10 to 15 minutes between 13:00 and 15:00 then every 7-8 minutes until 21:30, stopping at Redfern, Strathfield then Olympic Park.
  • From Blacktown: express services will run approximately every 30 minutes from 13:00 to 14:00 and approximately every 15 minutes until 21:30, stopping at Seven Hills, Westmead, Parramatta, Granville, Lidcombe then Olympic Park
  • From Penrith: direct services will run to Olympic Park at 13:50 and 14:20, stopping all stations to Seven Hills, Westmead, Parramatta, Granville, Lidcombe then Olympic Park. After 15:00, catch a train to Blacktown for a direct service to Olympic Park.
  • From Richmond: change at Blacktown for a service to Lidcombe and take a sprint service to Olympic Park running from Platform Zero until 15:00. After 15:00, direct services to Olympic Park will leave regularly from Schofields or Blacktown.
  • From Schofields: express services will run approximately every 30 minutes between 12:55 and 21:30, stopping all stations to Seven Hills, Westmead, Parramatta, Granville, Lidcombe then Olympic Park.
  • Blue Mountains Line services will make an additional stop at Lidcombe between 17:00 and 20:00.

Alternatively, you can catch a train to Lidcombe Station then head to Platform Zero for a direct service to Olympic Park, running every 10 minutes until 15:00.

Please note: On Sunday 30 September, the Epping to Chatswood rail line will temporarily close for upgrades for around 7 months before Sydney Metro Northwest services begin in 2019. The new high-frequency bus service, Station Link, will replace trains between Epping and Chatswood.  For more information on Station Link, visit transportnsw.info.

Footy fans can change for a train at Epping to connect with express services running to Olympic Park from Strathfield. Alternatively, customers can catch a Route 1A or 1B Major Event Bus service to Olympic Park.

Getting home

Additional return services will also run after the game to help crowds get home:

  • To Central: express services will run leave every 5 to 6 minutes from Olympic Park between 21:30 and 23:30 then every 15 minutes until 00:30, stopping at Strathfield, Redfern then Central.
  • To Blacktown: express services will leave Olympic Park every 7 to 8 minutes from 21:30 until 00:30, stopping at Lidcombe, Granville, Parramatta, Westmead, Seven Hills, and Blacktown. Some services to Blacktown will extend to Penrith and Schofields.
  • T1 North Shore Line: an additional service will leave Central at 00:57; stopping all stations to Hornsby via Gordon.
  • T1 Northern Line: an additional service will leave Strathfield at 22:49 stopping all stations to Hornsby via Epping.
  • T4 Eastern Suburbs & Illawarra Line: an additional service to Hurstville will leave Central at 23:05; stopping Redfern, Sydenham then all stations to Hurstville
  • Blue Mountains Line services will make an additional stop at Lidcombe between 22:00 and 01:00.
  • Central Coast & Newcastle Line: an additional service will leave Strathfield at 22:28 stopping Eastwood, Epping, Hornsby, then all stations (except Wondabyne) to Hamilton.
  • South Coast Line: an additional service will leave Central at 23:00, stopping at Redfern, Wolli Creek, Hurtsville, Sutherland, Waterfall then all stations to Kiama. 

Trackwork

From Sunday 30 September, the Epping to Chatswood rail line will temporarily close for upgrades for around 7 months. The new high-frequency bus service, Station Link, will replace trains between Epping and Chatswood

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 or use the Trip Planner.

Sydney Olympic Park Major Event Buses will start running between 11:50 and 12:30, depending on the route, and begin arriving into the precinct from 13:15 until 19:15. Last services to Olympic Park on each route leave between 17:50 and 18:20.

Return services start running after the game ends, with the last bus on each route leaving Olympic Park at 23:00.

Use the Major Event Buses Interactive Map to find your route and stop. Visit routes and timetables and search your bus route number for full timetable details.

Route To / from SOP
1A Warriewood via Dee Why
1B Warriewood via Mona Vale
2 Glebe via Hunters Hill
4 Maroubra
5A Castle Hill
5B Rouse Hill
6 Menai
7 Cronulla
8 Dural

The following Sydney Buses services run to Sydney Olympic Park:

  • Route 525 runs between Parramatta and Burwood via Sydney Olympic Park.
  • Route 526 runs from the Sydney Olympic Park Ferry Wharf to Olympic Park.

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

Sydney Ferries are a great way to get around the city but services can be popular and may reach capacity, especially on weekends. Check travel alerts or use the Trip Planner. ANZ Stadium is approximately 40 minutes walk (3.6km) from Sydney Olympic Park Wharf. There is a connecting 526 bus to the precinct.

An additional ferry service will leave Sydney Olympic Park Wharf for Circular Quay at 22:38. This will be the final service of the night.  

Due to low tide some ferry services between Rydalmere and Parramatta wharf may be replaced by buses. See the low tide replacement bus calendar for affected services.services.

Light rail services run between Central Station and Dulwich Hill with stops at popular CBD and Inner West destinations. Change at Central for an express train to Olympic Park. For maps and service frequencies see Light rail service information.

Traffic will be heavy on roads approaching Olympic Park including the M4, Homebush Bay Drive, Lane Cove Road, Epping Road, Concord Road, Ryde Road, Parramatta Road, and Silverwater Road.

Sydney Olympic Park Authority may close some local roads to accommodate increased public transport services and ensure pedestrian safety during events. For road closure details, visit Sydney Olympic Park Authority and check out the interactive map

A distance-based toll applies on the new M4 between Parramatta and Homebush. For details visit westconnex.com.au/newM4.

For the latest traffic information visit Live Traffic NSW or download a real-time traffic app.

The nearest Taxi Rank to ANZ Stadium is Herb Elliott Avenue near the Pullman Hotel.

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

Parking will be in high demand and may fill quickly - if you can't catch public transport and have to drive, fans are strongly encouraged to pre-book parking, carpool where possible and plan to arrive early as heavy traffic is expected.

Visit Sydney Olympic Park Prebook to pre-book your parking ticket and guarantee yourself a space. Note: Pre-book parking is available until 23:59 the night before the event. If you haven’t booked, follow the variable message signs within Sydney Olympic Park to best available casual parking. For more information visit parking at Sydney Olympic Park

A distance-based toll applies on the new M4 between Parramatta and Homebush. For details visit westconnex.com.au/newM4. Please note, vehicles exiting P4 car park onto Homebush Bay Drive should ignore the beep. You will not be charged a toll as you did not enter the motorway.

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).