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Eating, drinking and smoking

On some public transport, eating and drinking is allowed. Follow the guide below and take your rubbish with you or place in the bins provided. If you are caught eating or drinking where not permitted, fines may apply.

Transport Food and drinks allowed Alcohol allowed

Sydney and Intercity trains



Regional trains

Yes, BYO and buffet cart

Yes, if purchased on
board from the buffet car.


No, unless needed for a
medical condition.



Only water or if needed
for a medical condition.



Yes on most ferries.
Check signs on board.


Light rail








Drinking alcohol or being in possession of an open container of alcohol is not permitted on most public transport. It is an offence and fines apply. With the exception of NSW TrainLink Regional trains where you can consume alcohol purchased on board.

Alcohol service on NSW TrainLink Regional Trains

Alcohol can be purchased from the buffet car between midday and 11pm by passengers over 18 years of age. Once purchased, you will be asked to drink in your own seat. Do not drink while standing in the aisle, vestibule or the buffet car.

Responsible service of alcohol applies and NSW TrainLink have the right to refuse to serve alcohol. If required, police can be called to remove intoxicated passengers from the train or from stations.

While on board a train, you are not permitted to drink alcohol that has been purchased anywhere other than the buffet car. Fines apply.


Smoking is not permitted on or around public transport in NSW including at train stations, ferry wharves, light rail stops or bus stops. It is an offence and fines apply.

Smoke detectors on NSW TrainLink Regional Trains

Passengers found smoking on board will be fined and asked to leave the train or coach.

There are smoke detectors fitted in all areas of the train, including toilets and vestibules.

The smoking of any substance is not allowed on trains or platforms or in booking offices and other enclosed areas.

Please do not leave the train for a cigarette break when it stops during your journey as it may have departed by the time you return. If such a situation occurs, NSW TrainLink will not be liable for any consequences.