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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.

Please make sure to plan your trip before you travel.

Summer timetables summary

Dates Metro
Monday 18 – Friday 22 December 2023
  • Weekday services

Christmas Eve
 
Sunday
24 December
2023

  • Saturday timetable

Christmas Day

Monday
25 December
2023

  • Sunday timetable

Boxing Day

Tuesday
26 December
2023

  • Sunday timetable

Wednesday
27 December
2023

  • Sunday timetable

Thursday
28 December
2023

  • Sunday timetable

Friday
29 December
2023

  • Saturday timetable

Saturday
30 December
2023

  • Saturday timetable

New Year’s Eve

Sunday
31 December
2023

  • Saturday services with extra services
  • Services will run every 5 minutes between 2pm and 4.05am

New Year’s Day

Monday
1 January
2024

  • Sunday timetable

Tuesday
2 January
2024

  • Sunday timetable

Australia Day

Friday
26 January
2024

  • Saturday 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 18 – Friday 22 December 2023

Sydney and Intercity Trains: Normal timetable

Saturday
23 December
2023


Sydney and Intercity Trains: Normal timetable
  • From 23 December to 25 January, buses replace trains on parts of the T3 Bankstown Line
  • Most Central Coast & Newcastle Line services start and end at Strathfield
  • Most Blue Mountains line services start and end at Blacktown

Christmas Eve

Sunday
24 December
2023

Sydney and Intercity TrainsSaturday timetable

  • From 23 December to 25 January, buses replace trains on parts of the T3 Bankstown Line
  • Most Central Coast & Newcastle line services start and end at Strathfield
  • Most Blue Mountains line services start and end at Blacktown

Christmas Day
Monday
25 December
2023

Sydney and Intercity Trains: Saturday timetable

  • From 23 December to 25 January, buses replace trains on parts of the T3 Bankstown Line
  • Most Central Coast & Newcastle Line services start and end at Strathfield
  • Most Blue Mountains Line services start and end at Blacktown

Boxing Day
Tuesday
26 December
2023

Sydney and Intercity Trains: Saturday timetable

  • From 23 December to 25 January, buses replace trains on parts of the T3 Bankstown Line
  • Most Central Coast & Newcastle Line services start and end at Strathfield
  • Most Blue Mountains Line services start and end at Blacktown

Wednesday
27 December
2023

Sydney and Intercity Trains: Saturday timetable

  • From 23 December to 25 January, buses replace trains on parts of the T3 Bankstown Line
  • Most Central Coast & Newcastle Line services start and end at Strathfield
  • Most Blue Mountains Line services start and end at Blacktown

Thursday
28 December
2023

Sydney and Intercity Trains: Saturday timetable

  • From 23 December to 25 January, buses replace trains on parts of the T3 Bankstown Line
  • Most Central Coast & Newcastle Line services start and end from Strathfield
  • Most Blue Mountains Line services start and end at Blacktown

Friday
29 December
2023

Sydney and Intercity Trains: Saturday timetable

  • From 23 December to 25 January, buses replace trains on parts of the T3 Bankstown Line
  • Most Central Coast & Newcastle Line services start and end at Strathfield
  • Most Blue Mountains Line services start and end at Blacktown

Saturday
30 December
2023

Sydney and Intercity Trains: Saturday timetable

  • From 23 December to 25 January, buses replace trains on parts of the T3 Bankstown Line
  • Most Central Coast & Newcastle Line services start and end from Strathfield
  • Most Blue Mountains Line services start and end at Blacktown

New Year’s Eve

Sunday
31 December
2023

Sydney and Intercity Trains:

  • Weekend timetable with altered train services for New Year’s Eve
  • Altered services apply to most lines

New Year’s Day

Monday
1 January
2024

Sydney and Intercity TrainsSunday timetable

  • From 23 December to 25 January, buses replace trains on parts of the T3 Bankstown Line

Tuesday
2 January
2024

Sydney and Intercity Trains: Weekday timetable

  • From 23 December to 25 January, buses replace trains on parts of the T3 Bankstown Line

Australia Day

Friday
26 January
2024

Sydney and Intercity Trains: Saturday timetable

  • Additional T2 services are available between 5.00pm – 12.00am
  • Additional T4 services are available between 10.00pm and 1.00am

 

  • 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 18 – Friday 22 December
2023

  • Most buses will run to a weekday timetable

Saturday
23 December 2023

  • Most buses will run to a Saturday timetable

Christmas Eve

Sunday
24 December
2023

  • Most buses will run to a Sunday timetable
  • Some services are not available

Christmas Day

Monday
25 December
2023

  • Most buses will run to a Sunday timetable
  • Some services are not available

Boxing Day

Tuesday
26 December
2023

  • Most buses will run to a Sunday timetable
  • Some services are not available

Wednesday
27 December
2023

  • Most buses will run to a weekday timetable

Thursday
28 December
2023

  • Most buses will run to a weekday timetable

Friday
29 December
2023

  • Most buses will run to a weekday timetable

Saturday
30 December
2023

  • Most buses will run to a Saturday timetable
  • Some services are not available

New Year’s Eve

Sunday
31 December
2023

  • Most buses will run to a Sunday timetable
  • Some services are not available

New Year’s Day

Monday
1 January
2024

  • Most buses will run to a Sunday timetable
  • Some services are not available

Tuesday
2 January
2024

  • Most buses will run to a weekday timetable

Australia Day

Friday
26 January
2024

  • Most buses will run to a Sunday timetable
  • Some services are not available
  • Sydney Harbour is always busy over the summer, plan your trip in advance and allow extra travel time.
  • For service changes outside of Sydney Harbour, check out details on operator websites.

Dates

Ferry

Monday 18 - Friday 22 December 2023

  • Sydney Ferries services: Weekday timetable

Saturday
23 December
2023

  • Sydney Ferries services: Weekend timetable

Christmas Eve

Sunday
24 December
2023

  • F1 Manly: Sunday timetable
  • All other Sydney Ferries services: Weekend timetable

Christmas Day

Monday
25 December
2023

  • F1 Manly: Public holiday timetable
  • F2: Public holiday timetable
  • F3: Parramatta River: No service
  • F4: Pyrmont Bay: Modified public holiday timetable
  • F5: Public holiday timetable
  • F6: Public holiday timetable
  • F7: Double Bay: No service
  • F8: Cockatoo Island: Modified public holiday timetable
  • F9: Watson Bay: Modified public holiday timetable
  • F10: No service
  • All other Sydney Ferries services: Public holiday timetable
  • Manly Fast Ferry: Modified public holiday timetable

Boxing Day

Tuesday
26 December
2023

  • All services run to a public holiday timetable
  • Some services are affected by the midday harbour closures for the Sydney Hobart Yacht race.

Wednesday
27 December
2023

  • Most services run to a weekday timetable

Thursday
28 December
2023

  • Most services run to a weekday timetable

Friday
29 December
2023

  • Most services run to a weekday timetable

Saturday
30 December
2023

  • Most services run to a weekend timetable

New Year’s Eve

Sunday
31 December
2023

  • Most ferry services will stop running to Circular Quay from around 4.30pm, with limited services resuming after the midnight fireworks.
  • Most services run to a Sunday timetable with harbour closures

New Year’s Day

Monday
1 January
2024

  • Most services run to a public holiday timetable

Tuesday
2 January
2024

  • Most services run to a weekday timetable

Australia Day

Friday
26 January
2024

  • Services affected by harbour closures for the Australia Day Celebrations.
  • Most services run to a public holiday timetable with harbour closures

Always check the Trip Planner, travel alerts, travel apps or the information boards at stops to check the status of the services on the day.

Dates

Light rail

Monday 18 – Friday 22 December 2023

  • Most services run to a weekday timetable

Saturday
23 December
2023

  • Most services run to a weekend timetable
  • Some services run to a special timetable due to events

Christmas Eve

Sunday
24 December
2023

  • Most services run to a weekend timetable

Christmas Day

Monday
25 December
2023

  • Most services run to a Sunday timetable
  • Some services run to a special timetable due to events

Boxing Day

Tuesday
26 December
2023

  • Most services run to a Sunday timetable

Wednesday
27 December
2023

  • Services run to a weekday timetable
  • Some services run to a special timetable due to events

Thursday
28 December
2023

  • Services run to a weekday timetable

Friday
29 December
2023

  • Services run to a weekday timetable

Saturday
30 December
2023

  • Services run to a weekend timetable
  • Some services run to a special timetable

New Year’s Eve

Sunday
31 December
2023

  • Most services run to a Sunday timetable

New Year’s Day

Monday
1 January
2024

  • Most services run to a Sunday timetable

Tuesday
2 January
2024

  • Services run to a weekday timetable

Australia Day

Friday
26 January
2024

  • Most services run to a Sunday timetable