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Sydney Lunar Festival 2020

Chinatown, Haymarket



Important event information

Large crowds are expected to attend the Sydney Lunar Festival in Haymarket. Public transport is the best way to get to the event with Central Station a short walk from the event site and light rail stops nearby.  


You can use an Opal card for all modes of public transport in Sydney and surrounding regions, including metro, trains, buses, ferries and light rail. Receive Opal benefits including daily and weekly fare caps and a Travel Cap of $2.80 on Sundays. 

Remember to top up your Opal card before you travel to avoid waiting in line at top-up machines. You can top up your card online or at an Opal retailer.

More ways to pay

If you have a contactless-enabled American Express, Mastercard or Visa debit or credit card, or a linked device, you can use it to pay for your travel by tapping on and tapping off at Opal card readers. Available on all public transport services including metro, trains, buses ferries and light rail, contactless payments are another way to pay on the Opal network. Adult Opal fare pricing applies and you will receive Opal benefits, including daily and weekly fare caps.

Summer Holiday timetable

During the summer holidays including Christmas and New Year, transport services including metro, trains, buses, ferries and light rail will run to a changed timetable. Some services will run to weekend timetables on weekdays and other services, including those to major events, beaches and shopping centres, will run more frequently. Check out all the Summer Holiday Timetable details and plan your trip before you travel.

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

Metro services start from the early morning running every 10 minutes until late. Change at Epping to connect with trains to Central.

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

The closest station to Haymarket is Central which is a short walk to the event site via the Eddy Avenue exit.


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

A number of regular route buses run to Central stopping at Eddy Ave or Harris St which is a short walking distance from Chinatown including routes 339, 374, 412, 413, 423, 426 and 428.

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

Catch one of the many ferry services to Circular Quay and change for a train service to Central to get within short walking distance of Chinatown.

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

L1 Dulwich Hill light rail services run between Central Station (Grand Concourse) and Dulwich Hill. The closest light rail stops are Paddy’s Markets and Capitol Square which are both only a few minutes walk to the festival. Light rail services run regularly every 10 to 15 minutes on weekends. 

The new L2 Randwick Line runs between Circular Quay and Randwick via Central Station (Chalmers Street).

Keep in mind that light rail services on both lines will be busy as various other events are taking place including a cricket match at the SCG in Moore Park and Lunar New Year festival in Chinatown on Saturday.

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.

Road closures will be in place from midday Saturday 25 January until 1am Saturday 26 January on sections of Factory St, Harbour St, Hay St, Little Hay St, Little Pier St, Kimber Lane, Sussex St and Thomas St.

Anyone planning to drive should allow plenty of extra travel time and be aware of road closures affecting access to car parks. 

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

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


There are a number of secure car parks nearby however these are expected to fill quickly. For parking locations visit City of Sydney - Parking.

Special event clearways

Special event clearways will be in effect from 10am Saturday 25 January until 1am Sunday 26 January on sections of Harbour St, Hay St, Little Hay St, Sussex St and Thomas St.

Special event clearways are strict no-parking zones and apply even to local residents and RMS Mobility Scheme Permit holders. Check signs carefully when parking as vehicles left in clearways will be towed and a fee applies. Visit Live Traffic NSW to see the locations of special event clearways.

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).