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Summer holiday transport 2020 - 2021

During summer holidays, especially over Christmas and New Year, metro, 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.

Travelling to the airport

If you’re heading interstate, it will be busy so allow more travel time to the airport. Please make sure to plan your trip before you travel.

If you do choose to drive, check the traffic at livetraffic.com before you leave.

Late night services

Don’t get caught out after a night out. There are late night public transport services from the Sydney CBD to get you home.

  • Ferries run till various times between 6pm and 12.20am from Circular Quay.
  • Sydney’s new light rail runs until 1am between Circular Quay and Randwick.
  • Inner west light rail runs until 11pm everyday and until 12am on Fridays between Central and Dulwich Hill. Between Central and The Star the light rail runs till 6am.
  • Buses will run from midnight to 4.30am out of the city to various locations such as Sutherland, Penrith and Liverpool.

Plan ahead for your late night travel.

Summer timetables summary

Dates Metro
Wednesday 23 December 2020
  • Weekday services
Thursday 24 December 2020
  • Weekday services
Christmas Day
Friday 25 December 2020
  • Saturday services
Boxing Day
Saturday 26 December 2020
  • Saturday services
Sunday 27 December 2020
  • Weekday services
Boxing Day Holiday
Monday 28 December 2020
  • Saturday services
Tuesday 29 December 2020
  • Weekday services
Wednesday 30 December 2020
  • Weekday services
New Years Eve
Thursday 31 December 2020
  • Saturday services with extra services
  • Services will run every 10 minutes through to New Years Day
New Years Day
Friday 1 January 2021
  • Saturday services
Saturday 2 January 2021
  • Saturday services
Australia Day
Tuesday 26 January 2021
  • Saturday services

 

Dates Train
Wednesday 23 December 2020
  • Sydney and Intercity Trains: Normal weekday timetable
Thursday 24 December 2020
  • Sydney and Intercity Trains: Normal weekday timetable
Christmas Day
Friday 25 December 2020
  • Sydney and Intercity Trains: Weekend timetable
Boxing Day
Saturday 26 December 2020
  • Sydney and Intercity Trains: Weekend timetable
Sunday 27 December 2020
  • Sydney and Intercity Trains: Weekend timetable with some extra peak hour services
Boxing Day Holiday
Monday 28 December 2020
  • Sydney and Intercity Trains: Weekend timetable
Tuesday 29 December 2020
  • Sydney and Intercity Trains: Weekend timetable with some extra peak hour services
Wednesday 30 December 2020
  • Sydney and Intercity Trains: Weekend timetable with some extra peak hour services
New Year's Eve
Thursday 31 December 2020

Sydney and Intercity Trains:

  • Weekend timetable with extra services on most lines
  • From 5pm to midnight, trains will not stop at Circular Quay
  • From 5pm to midnight, trains from the city will not stop at Milsons Point
  • From 12.30am to 4.30am trains do not stop at Domestic Airport and International Airport Stations
New Year's Day
Friday 1 January 2021
  • Sydney and Intercity Trains: Weekend timetable
Saturday 2 January 2021
  • Sydney and Intercity Trains: Weekday timetable
Australia Day
Tuesday 26 January 2021
  • Sydney and Intercity Trains: Weekend timetable

 

  • Between Christmas and New Year some bus timetables may change. Extra services will be provided for big events throughout December and January. Plan your trip for up-to-date travel information.
Dates Bus
Wednesday 23 December 2020
  • Most buses will run to a weekday timetable
Thursday 24 December 2020
  • Most buses will run to a weekday timetable
Christmas Day
Friday 25 December 2020
  • Most buses will run to a Sunday or special timetable
Boxing Day
Saturday 26 December 2020
  • Most buses will run to a Sunday timetable
Sunday 27 December 2020
  • Most buses will run to a Sunday timetable
Boxing Day Holiday
Monday 28 December 2020
  • Most buses will run to a Sunday timetable
Tuesday 29 December 2020
  • Most buses will run to a weekday timetable
Wednesday 30 December 2020
  • Most buses will run to a weekday timetable
New Year's Eve
Thursday 31 December 2020
  • Most buses will run to a changed weekday timetable with reduced services during the morning and additional services in the evening
  • Buses in the Sydney CBD will use alternative stops and routes from 5pm until 4am NYD due to road closures for NYE. Buses in North Sydney will be using different stops and routes from 7pm due to closures for NYE
New Year's Day
Friday 1 January 2021
  • Most buses will run to a Sunday timetable, with additional early morning services after New Year's Eve
Australia Day
Tuesday 26 January 2021
  • Most buses will run to a Sunday timetable with additional services.

 

  • Sydney Harbour is always busy over the summer, plan your trip in advance and allow extra travel time.
  • From 12 December 2020 to 26 January 2021 there will be extra F1 Manly services.
  • Garden Island Wharf is closed.
  • For service changes outside of Sydney Harbour, check out details on operator websites.
Dates Ferry
Wednesday
23 December
2020
  • F1 Manly: Summer holiday timetable (extra services)
  • All other Sydney Ferries services: Weekday timetable
Thursday
24 December
2020
  • F1 Manly: Summer holiday timetable (extra services)
  • All other Sydney Ferries services: Weekday timetable
Christmas Day
Friday
25 December
2020
  • F1 Manly: Reduced timetable
  • F3 Parramatta River: No services
  • F4 Pyrmont Bay: Reduced public holiday timetable. Last service leaves Pyrmont at 19:45. Last service leaves Circular Quay at 19:17
  • F7 Double Bay: No service
  • F8 Cockatoo Island: Reduced public holiday timetable. Last service from Circular Quay leaves at 18:45. Last service from Cockatoo Island leaves at 19:19
  • F9 Watson Bay: Reduced public holiday timetable. last service leaves Circular Quay at 19:15. Last service leaves Watson Bay at 19:45
  • All other Sydney Ferries services: Public holiday timetable
Boxing Day
Saturday
26 December
2020
  • F1 Manly: Summer holiday timetable
  • F7 Double Bay: Saturday timetable. Garden Island Wharf closed
  • All other Sydney Ferries services: Public holiday timetable
Sunday
27 December
2020
  • F1 Manly: Summer holiday timetable (extra services)
  • All other Sydney Ferries services: Weekend timetable
Monday
28 December
2020
  • F1 Manly: Summer holiday timetable (extra services)
  • All other Sydney Ferries services: Weekday timetable
Tuesday
29 December
2020
  • F1 Manly: Summer holiday timetable (extra services)
  • All other Sydney Ferries services: Regular weekend timetable
Wednesday
30 December
2020
  • F1 Manly: Summer holiday timetable (extra services)
  • All other Sydney Ferries services: Regular weekday timetable
New Year's Eve
Thursday
31 December
2020

Most ferry services will begin to end services from around 4pm as the harbour closes, with some services starting to resume from approximately midnight on New Years Day.

  • F1 Manly: New Year's Eve timetable
  • F2 Taronga Zoo: Weekday timetable
  • F3 Parramatta River: Weekday timetable
  • F4 Pyrmont Bay: Weekday timetable
  • F5 Neutral Bay: Weekday timetable
  • F6 Mosman Bay: Weekday timetable
  • F7 Double Bay: Weekday timetable
  • F8 Cockatoo Island: Weekday timetable
  • F9 Watson Bay: Weekday timetable
New Year's Day
Friday
1 January
2021
  • All ferries: Sunday/public holiday timetable
  • F8 Cockatoo Island: Public holiday timetable with extra services leaving Cockatoo Island (morning only)
Saturday
2 January
2021
  • F1 Manly: Summer holiday timetable (extra services)
  • All other Sydney Ferries services: Weekend timetable

Australia Day
Tuesday
26 January
2021

  • F1 Manly: Summer holiday timetable (extra services)
  • F7 Double Bay: No service
  • All other Sydney Ferries services: Public holiday timetable with harbour closures in the evening.
Dates Light rail
Thursday
24 December
2020
  • Weekday services
Christmas Day
Friday
25 December
2020
  • Sunday services
Boxing Day
Saturday
26 December
2020
  • Sunday services
Sunday
27 December
2020
  • Weekday services
Monday
28 December
2020
  • Saturday services
Tuesday
29 December
2020
  • Sunday services
Wednesday
30 December
2020
  • Sunday services
New Year's Eve
Thursday
31 December
2020
  • Increased frequency for NYE
  • Changed stopping patterns from mid afternoon and late evening

L1 Inner West

  • Additional services will run every 10 minutes until 4am on NYD.

L2 Circular Quay to Randwick

  • Services run every 10 minutes until 4am on NYD.
  • Services will not run between Circular Quay and Town Hall after 5pm due to road closures for NYE
  • Services to and from Circular Quay resume at 5am on NYD
New Year's Day
Friday
1 January
2021
  • Special New Year's Day services
Saturday
2 January
2021
  • Saturday services

Australia Day
Tuesday
26 January
2021

  • Services will run regularly to a weekend timetable

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 $8.05 on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays.

More ways to pay

If you don’t have an Opal card, you can tap on and tap off with your contactless enabled American Express, Mastercard or Visa credit/debit card, or a linked device (like a phone or smart watch) to pay your fare on public transport.**

If you use an overseas-issued card, your issuer may charge foreign transaction fees.

You will be charged an Adult Opal fare and receive all the same travel benefits and discounts of an Adult Opal card when you consistently tap on and tap off.

** Contactless cards and devices cannot be used in place of Opal cards to access Transport Park&Ride car parks, or to pay On Demand Public Transport fares.