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Summer holiday transport

During summer holidays, especially over Christmas and New Year, trains, buses, ferries and light rail may not run as usual. However, there will still be plenty of services to cater for everyone’s needs. Please make sure to plan your trip before you travel.

Summer timetables summary

  • Sydney and Intercity trains will run a changed timetable over the summer holiday period. Plan your trip for the latest travel information.
  • Trackwork may affect your travel over the holiday period. Please check travel alerts and trackwork before you travel.
  • Station Link services will run to a holiday timetable from Monday 24 December 2018 to Sunday 6 January 2019.
    • Only SL1 services from Chatswood and Epping will run during this time - there will be no Station Link services from St Leonards, Beecroft and Eastwood.
    • Additional SL1 services will be provided to keep you moving across the holiday period.

Timetable & service changes by date

Dates Train
Australia Day
Saturday
26 January 2019
  • Sydney and Intercity Trains: Weekend timetable
Sunday
27 January 2019
  • Sydney and Intercity Trains: Weekend timetable
Australia Day Holiday
Monday
28 January 2019
  • Sydney and Intercity Trains: Weekend timetable
Tuesday
29 January 2019
  • All services are back to normal
  • Between Christmas and New Year some bus timetables may change, but there will be enough buses to meet demand. Extra services will also be provided for big events throughout December and January. Plan your trip for up-to-date travel information.
Dates Bus
Australia Day
Saturday
26 January 2019
  • Most buses will run to a Sunday timetable with additional services
Sunday
27 January 2019
  • Most buses will run to a normal Sunday timetable
Australia Day Holiday
Monday
28 January 2019
  • Most buses will run to a Sunday timetable
Tuesday
29 January 2019
  • All services are back to normal
  • Sydney Harbour is always busy over the summer, plan your trip in advance and allow extra travel time.
  • Rydalmere Wharf is temporarily closed. The Route 535 will be the alternative service with a shuttle bus running between Parramatta Wharf, Rydalmere Wharf and Sydney Olympic Park Wharf.
  • Garden Island Wharf is closed Monday to Saturday.
  • For service changes outside of Sydney Harbour, check out details on operator websites.
Dates Ferry
Australia Day
Saturday
26 January 2019
  • F1: Summer holiday timetable (extra services)
  • F4: Services run between Pyrmont and Circular Quay only
  • Other ferries: Various impacts while exclusion zones are in place around Circular Quay from 11.45am to 12.30pm and from 7pm to 10pm. Some services will not operate at all during these times and other services will use alternate wharves.
Sunday
27 January 2019
  • F1: Summer holiday timetable (extra services)
  • F7: Sunday timetable. Garden Island closed.
  • Other ferries: Regular weekend timetable
Australia Day Holiday
Monday
28 January 2019
  • F1: Summer holiday timetable (extra services)
  • F7: No service
  • Other ferries: Public holiday timetable
Tuesday
29 January 2019
  • All services are back to normal
  • Wednesday 2 to Monday 14 January services will be partially shutdown due to trackwork
  • Buses replace light rail between Central and Convention
  • Normal services will operate between Convention and Dulwich Hill
  • Please plan your trip and allow extra travel time
Dates Light rail
Sunday
27 January 2019
  • Normal Sunday services
Australia Day Holiday
Monday
28 January 2019
  • Sunday services
Tuesday
29 January 2019
  • All services are back to normal

Special event tickets

Some special event tickets may also cover travel to and from the event using train, bus, ferry and light rail and Olympic Park event buses at no extra cost. Find out more on our event listings.

Opal

You can use an Opal card for all modes of public transport in Sydney and surrounding regions, including trains, buses, ferries and light rail. You can enjoy a Travel Cap of $2.70 on Sundays.

More ways to pay

If you have an American Express, Mastercard or Visa debit or credit card which displays the contactless payment symbol, or linked device, you can use it to pay for your travel by tapping on and off at Opal card readers on trains, light rail and Sydney Ferries. Standard (peak) Adult Opal fare pricing applies. If you consistently use the same contactless card or linked device to tap on and tap off, you may qualify for Opal daily, weekly and Sunday fare caps but no other Opal benefits apply.