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NRL: Eels v Roosters

Parra Eels Bankwest Stadium twilight

Bankwest Stadium, Parramatta

Gates open
17:10
Preliminary game kick-off:
17:25
NRL kick off
19:55
Full-time
21:40

Important travel advice

Fans are encouraged to plan their trip and consider all the available travel options ahead of time.

If you're driving, travel with your group and use the nearby car parks in Parramatta CBD within walking distance of Bankwest Stadium. Allow extra travel time as traffic will be heavier than usual during Friday evening peak, you can find real-time updates on traffic conditions at livetraffic.com.

When catching public transport, plan ahead and allow extra time. Trains run regularly to Parramatta Station which is a 15 minute walk from the stadium. Buses also run regularly to the interchange at Parramatta Station and some services make stops outside the stadium on O’Connell St. 

It’s mandatory to wear a face mask when travelling on services in Greater Sydney, Blue Mountains, Central Coast and Wollongong areas from 5pm Thursday 6 May until 12.01am Monday 10 May. You can also check real-time capacity indicators when planning your trip or boarding services. Remember you'll need to use an Opal card or contactless payment card/device when travelling to and from the event on public transport. Register your details via the Opal website or app ahead of time.

Roads around the stadium will close before the end of the game to allow crowds to safely leave the precinct so be patient leaving car parks as traffic will be heavy and follow the directions of traffic controllers and Police. If you’re travelling home by taxi or ride share choose a pick up location away from the stadium to avoid traffic delays. 

Keep in mind if you’re catching buses home after the game that stops outside the stadium will be closed so buses will be using different stops nearby, check signs and follow directions of staff.

Additional measures and staff will be in place around Parramatta transport hubs and the stadium to safely manage crowds arriving and leaving the event so please be patient, practise physical distancing while in queues and follow the directions of staff on site.

Opal

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.

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, 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.

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 train services to Strathfield then Parramatta.

Plan ahead and check the capacity of your service. Learn more about COVID-19 safer travel guidance and service capacity information.

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

The closest station to Bankwest Stadium is Parramatta. Trains will run to a regular timetable running to Parramatta every 10 to 15 minutes.

The stadium is approximately 15 minutes walk from the station exiting via Darcy St then continuing on Church St, the Riverside Walk (non-accessible route) or through Prince Alfred Square to the stadium on O'Connell St. See the Bankwest Stadium transport and walking route map (pdf 1.6MB) for more details.

Plan ahead and check the capacity of your service. Learn more about COVID-19 safer travel guidance and service capacity information.

Trackwork

Weeknight trackwork is taking place on Friday 7 May on the following lines:

  • T2 Inner West & Leppington Line: From 10pm until 2am the all stations Homebush trains run between Strathfield and the City Circle only. Leppington trains make an extra stop at Homebush.

Trackwork is carried out on an ongoing basis to maintain the safety, reliability, and efficiency of the Sydney Trains network. For train service disruption information, check trackwork and travel alerts or plan your trip using the Trip Planner.

Route buses

A number of buses run to and from Parramatta Interchange which is within a 15 minute walking distance of Bankwest Stadium. From the interchange head down Argyle St, Church St, and take either the Riverside Walk or through Prince Alfred Square to get to the stadium on O'Connell St. See the Bankwest Stadium transport and walking map (pdf 647KB) for more details.

Alternatively buses leave regularly from Stand A4 at Parramatta Interchange and make stops on O’Connell Street outside the stadium, these routes include 600, 601, 603, 604, 606 and 706. All bus services are accessible.

Some additional services will run after the game to help you get home.

The free Parramatta CBD shuttle bus (Route 900) runs every 10 minutes from 7am to 6:15pm on Fridays. Shuttle buses run in a loop of Parramatta CBD making stops near the stadium on O’Connell St. This service is limited and will be busy so consider walking to the stadium instead. See the Shuttle Bus Map for stop location details.

Plan ahead and check the capacity of your service. Learn more about COVID-19 safer travel guidance and service capacity information.

Bus diversions

Roads outside the stadium including sections of O’Connell St, Ross St and Victoria Rd will close prior to full-time from around 9.15pm for up to an hour to allow crowds to leave the precinct safely.

The following bus stops will be closed and routes 549, 550, 600, 601 and 606 will be diverting while the road closures are in place from around 9.15pm to 10.15pm. Passengers can walk to nearby alternative stops, see our road closure and transport map (pdf 647KB) for more details:

  • Parramatta Leagues Club, O'Connell St will be closed – alternative stop O’Connell St opp Harold St (for services towards the Hills and North West)
  • Our Lady of Mercy College, O'Connell St will be closed – alternative stop O’Connell St at Fennell St (for services towards Parramatta Station)
  • Victoria Rd after Villiers St will be closed – alternative stop Victoria Rd opp All Saints Anglican Church (for services towards the city)
  • Victoria Rd before Marist Pl will be closed – alternative stop All Saints Anglican Church, Victoria Rd (for services towards Parramatta Station)

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

The closest wharf stop to Bankwest Stadium is Parramatta Wharf. The stadium is approximately a 15 minute walk (1.2km) from Parramatta wharf.

Sydney Ferries services are very popular and may reach capacity early. Keep this in mind if you’re planning on catching an F3 Parramatta River service. Use the Trip Planner and consider the alternative public transport options available.

Plan ahead and check the capacity of your service. Learn more about COVID-19 safer travel guidance and service capacity information.

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. L2 Randwick light rail services run between Circular Quay and Randwick via Central Station (Chalmers Street) and the L3 Kingsford line services run between Circular Quay and Kingsford via Central Station (Chalmers Street). Services run every 10 to 15 minutes.

Change at Central to connect with T1 Western Line trains to Parramatta.

Plan ahead and check the capacity of your service. Learn more about COVID-19 safer travel guidance and service capacity information.

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

If you’re driving to the game plan to arrive early as car parks in the area are expected to be in high demand. Traffic will be heavier than usual on roads approaching the stadium during Friday evening peak including Parramatta Rd, Church St, Victoria Rd, James Ruse Dr and Pennant Hills Rd. 

Road closures

Roads outside the stadium will close prior to full-time from around 9.15pm for up to an hour to allow crowds to safely leave the venue. Roads will re-open once crowds have cleared the area. 

  • O’Connell St from Grose St to George St
  • Ross St from O’Connell St to Trott St
  • Victoria Rd from O’Connell St to Villiers St

While closures are in place motorists are encouraged to avoid driving through Parramatta CBD and detour around the closures via Grose St, Brickfield St, Victoria Rd and Wilde Ave in both directions. See our road closure and transport map (pdf 647KB) (pdf 647KB) for more details.

Motorists should also exercise caution as pedestrian activity will be high on roads between Parramatta Interchange and the stadium. Note, traffic changes for Parramatta Light Rail construction may affect how you travel through Parramatta CBD. For more information visit Parramatta Light Rail.

The widened M4 between Parramatta and Homebush and the new M4 Tunnels between Homebush and Haberfield allows motorists to bypass more than 50 sets of traffic lights on Parramatta Road. A distance-based toll applies. For details on the M4 upgrades, visit westconnex.com.au.

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

A taxi rank is located on the eastern side of Villiers St between Ross St and Victoria Rd.

Note: O’Connell St is a no-stopping zone and taxis or any other vehicles are not permitted to drop off or pick up any passengers at any time.

An exclusion zone will be in effect on sections of O’Connell St, Victoria Rd and Ross St for pick-ups after the game. Sections of these roads will close from around 9.15pm for up to an hour to allow crowds to safely leave the stadium. If you’re booking a rideshare choose a location away from the stadium to avoid traffic delays.

Attendees who are being picked up or dropped off are encouraged to pre-plan a location away from the stadium.

For details of taxi networks servicing the Sydney area, visit Transport operators.

Fans driving to the game should allow plenty of extra travel time during Friday evening peak as parking is expected to be in high demand.

The following car parks are within walking distance of the stadium. There's no public parking available on-site at Bankwest Stadium: 

  • Eat Street Car Park, George Street
  • City Centre Car Park, George Street
  • Justice Precinct Car Park, Hunter Street
  • Parramatta Leagues Club, O’Connell Street at Eels Place: Note pricing for the car park is dependent on if you are a Leagues Club Member (not a Football Club Member). Visit Parra Leagues Club for more info.

Visit City of Parramatta - Parking for more information.

Event attendees with mobility impairments or accessibility requirements can catch one of the regular route bus services that leave from bus stand A4 at Parramatta Interchange and make stops on O’Connell Street outside the stadium including routes 600, 601, 603, 604, 606 and 706.

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).