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Summer holiday transport

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 or overseas, and are heading to Sydney Airport, the AirportLink train is the most convenient option for travelling between major Sydney CBD train stations and the international and domestic airport terminals 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.
  • L1 light rail services run between Central Station (Grand Concourse) and Dulwich Hill, from 6am to 11pm (midnight on Friday) daily.
  • The L2 and L3 light rail services run until 1am between Circular Quay and Randwick or Juniors Kingsford.
  • 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
Monday 19 – Friday 23 December 2022
  • Weekday services

Christmas Eve
 
Saturday
24 December
2022

  • Public holiday timetable

Christmas Day

Sunday
25 December
2022

  • Public holiday timetable

Boxing Day

Monday
26 December
2022

  • Public holiday timetable

Christmas Bank holiday

Tuesday
27 December
2022

  • Public holiday timetable

Wednesday
28 December
2022

  • Public holiday timetable

Thursday
29 December
2022

  • Public holiday timetable

Friday
30 December
2022

  • Weekday timetable

New Year’s Eve

Saturday
31 December
2022

  • Saturday services with extra services
  • Services will run every 5 minutes between 3.50pm and 2.07am

New Year’s Day

Sunday
1 January
2023

  • Sunday services with extra services

New Year's Day Bank Holiday

Monday
2 January
2023

  • Public holiday timetable

Australia Day

Thursday
26 January
2023

  • Public holiday timetable
  • 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.

Timetable & service changes by date

Dates

Train

Monday 19 – Friday 23 December 2022

Sydney and Intercity Trains: Normal weekday timetable

Christmas Eve

Saturday
24 December
2022

Sydney and Intercity Trains: Weekend timetable

Christmas Day
Sunday
25 December
2022

Sydney and Intercity Trains: Weekend timetable

Boxing Day
Monday
26 December
2022

Sydney and Intercity Trains: Weekend timetable

Christmas Bank Holiday

Tuesday
27 December
2022

Sydney and Intercity Trains: Weekend timetable

Wednesday
28 December
2022

Sydney and Intercity Trains: Weekend timetable

Thursday
29 December
2022

Sydney and Intercity Trains: Weekend timetable

Friday
30 December
2022

Sydney and Intercity Trains: Weekend timetable

New Year’s Eve

Saturday
31 December
2022

Sydney and Intercity Trains:

  • Weekend timetable with extra services to and from the city for New Year’s Eve
  • From 5pm to midnight, trains will not stop at Circular Quay
  • From 7pm to midnight, trains from the city will not stop at Milsons Point

New Year’s Day

Sunday
1 January
2023

Sydney and Intercity Trains: Weekend timetable

New Year's Day Bank Holiday

Monday
2 January
2023

Sydney and Intercity Trains: Weekend timetable

Australia Day

Thursday
26 January
2023

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

Monday 19 – Friday 23 December
2022

  • Most buses will run to a weekday timetable

Christmas Eve

Saturday
24 December
2022

  • Most buses will run to a weekend timetable

Christmas Day

Sunday
25 December
2022

  • Most buses will run to a public holiday timetable

Boxing Day

Monday
26 December
2022

  • Most buses will run to a public holiday timetable

Christmas Bank Holiday

Tuesday
27 December
2022

  • Most buses will run to a weekend timetable

Wednesday
28 December
2022

  • Most buses will run to a weekend timetable

Thursday
29 December
2022

  • Most buses will run to a weekend timetable

Friday
30 December
2022

  • Most buses will run to a weekday timetable

New Year’s Eve

Saturday
31 December
2022

  • 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 3pm due to closures for NYE. 

New Year’s Day

Sunday
1 January
2023

  • Most buses will run to a Sunday timetable, with additional services after New Year’s Eve

New Year's Day Bank Holiday

Monday
2 January
2023

  • Most buses will run to a weekend timetable

Australia Day

Thursday
26 January
2023

  • Most buses will run to a Sunday timetable with additional services. Buses in Circular Quay will be using different stops due to road closures in the evening.
  • Sydney Harbour is always busy over the summer, plan your trip in advance and allow extra travel time.
  • From 19 December 2022 to 26 January 2023 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

Monday 19 - Friday 23 December 2022

  • All Sydney Ferries services: Weekday timetable with extra F1 Manly services

Christmas Eve

Saturday
24 December
2022

  • F1 Manly: Summer holiday timetable (extra service)
  • All other Sydney Ferries services: Weekday timetable
  • Manly Fast Ferry: Reduced services

Christmas Day

Sunday
25 December
2022

  • F1 Manly: Reduced timetable
  • F3 Parramatta River: No service
  • F4 Pyrmont Bay: Reduced public holiday timetable. Last service leaves Pyrmont at 19:40. 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: No service
  • All other Sydney Ferries services: Public holiday timetable
  • Manly Fast Ferry: No service

Boxing Day

Monday
26 December
2022

  • F1 Manly: Summer holiday timetable, harbour closure from 12pm to 2.40pm (no services)
  • F4 Pyrmont Bay: Public holiday timetable
  • F7 Double Bay: Public Holiday timetable, harbour closure from 11.57am to 1.20pm (no services).
  • All other Sydney Ferries services: Public holiday timetable
  • Manly Fast Ferry: Changed services

Services affected by the midday harbour closures for Sydney Hobart Yacht race.

Christmas Bank Holiday

Tuesday
27 December
2022

  • F1 Manly: Summer holiday timetable (extra services)
  • All other Sydney Ferries services: Weekend timetable
  • Manly Fast Ferry: Reduced services

Wednesday
28 December
2022

  • F1 Manly: Summer holiday timetable (extra services)
  • All other Sydney Ferries services: Public Holiday timetable
  • Manly Fast Ferry: Weekday timetable

Thursday
29 December
2022

  • F1 Manly: Summer holiday timetable (extra services)
  • All other Sydney Ferries services: Regular weekend timetable
  • Manly Fast Ferry: Weekday timetable

Friday
30 December
2022

  • F1 Manly: Summer holiday timetable (extra services)
  • All other Sydney Ferries services: Regular weekday timetable
  • Manly Fast Ferry: Reduced services

New Year’s Eve

Saturday
31 December
2022

Most ferry services will stop running to Circular Quay from around 5pm as the harbour closes, with limited services resuming after the midnight fireworks on New Year’s Day.

  • F1 Manly: New Year’s Eve timetable
  • F2 Taronga Zoo: New Year’s Eve timetable
  • F3 Parramatta River: Weekend timetable
  • F4 Pyrmont Bay: Weekend timetable
  • F5 Neutral Bay: Weekend timetable
  • F6 Mosman Bay: Weekend timetable
  • F7 Double Bay: Weekend timetable
  • F8 Cockatoo Island: Weekend timetable
  • F9 Watson Bay: Weekend timetable
  • F10 Blackwattle Bay: Weekend timetable

New Year’s Day

Sunday
1 January
2023

  • All ferries: Public holiday timetable
  • F8 Cockatoo Island: Public holiday timetable with extra services leaving Cockatoo Island (morning only)
  • Manly Fast Ferry: Special NYD timetable

New Year's Day Bank Holiday

Monday
2 January
2023

  • F1 Manly: Summer holiday timetable (extra services)
  • All other Sydney Ferries services: Weekday timetable
  • Manly Fast Ferry: Reduced services

Australia Day

Thursday
26 January
2023

Services affected by harbour closures in the morning and evening for Australia Day Celebrations.

  • F1 Manly: Summer holiday timetable (extra services)
  • All other Sydney Ferries services: Public holiday timetable with harbour closures

Light rail services run on a frequency basis. Always check the Trip Planner, travel alerts, travel apps or the information boards at stops to check the status of the next services on the day.

Dates

Light rail

Monday 19 – Friday 23 December 2022

  • Weekday frequency

Christmas Eve

Saturday
24 December
2022

  • Normal services

Christmas Day

Sunday
25 December
2022

  • Public holiday services

Boxing Day

Monday
26 December
2022

  • Public holiday services

Christmas Bank Holiday

Tuesday
27 December
2022

  • Public holiday services

Wednesday
28 December
2022

  • Normal services

Thursday
29 December
2022

  • Normal services

Friday
30 December
2022

  • Normal services

New Year’s Eve

Saturday
31 December
2022

  • All light rail services will be extended to 4am on New Year’s Day
  • Due to road closures:
  • 5pm-7pm, L2/L3 services will run between Circular Quay and Town Hall
  • 7pm to 4am, L2/L3 services will not run between Circular Quay and Central
  • 8pm to 1:30am, L1 services will not run between Convention and Central

New Year’s Day

Sunday
1 January
2023

  • Public holiday services

New Year's Day Bank Holiday

Monday
2 January
2023

  • Public holiday services

Australia Day

Thursday
26 January
2023

  • Australia Day services
  • Light rail services to and from Circular Quay may be affected in the evening due to large crowds at Australia Day harbour events

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.

Opal

Opal cards are reusable smartcards that you tap on and tap off at Opal readers across the public transport network to pay for travel.

You will need to add value to your Opal card before you can use it. Always tap on at the beginning of your trip and tap off at your destination to validate your travel and ensure you are charged the correct fare.