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Group travel

If you are planning to travel in a group you can either join a standard service, book a Regional service or organise to charter a bus or coach.

Large groups should plan ahead and allow plenty of travel time on the day.


Ticketing and reserving seats

Each person travelling in your group will need their own Opal card.

Plan ahead and ensure everyone has enough balance on their Opal card to cover their fare before boarding the train, bus, ferry or light rail.

It is not possible to reserve seats for large groups on the Opal network and it is not guaranteed your group will be able to board specific services.

Groups and school excursions can plan and track their services with the Trip Planner and transport apps.

NSW TrainLink

In regional NSW, seat reservations and group bookings for 10 people or more can be made on NSW TrainLink Regional train and coach services.

For these large group bookings, you will need to call 13 22 32 (+61 2 4907 7501 if calling from overseas) or book through one of the NSW TrainLink sales agents.

Reservations for 9 people or less can be booked online.

Regional local buses

For local bus services or to charter a bus, contact the local transport operator.

Tips for planning and travel on the day

If your group plans to travel on a regular bus service, it is best to avoid peak travel times as buses often reach capacity.

Peak times are generally Monday to Friday, 7am–9am and 4pm–6:30pm.

You may need to consider splitting into smaller groups and be prepared to stand if seats are full.

It is recommended that you contact Sydney Trains in advance to assist with your travel plans.

Send your information through the Sydney Trains excursions form and you will contacted by a Sydney Trains staff member.

Special event days and school holidays can be busy and popular ferry services fill up quickly.

Sydney Ferries cannot guarantee passage on a specific service and it is recommended that you arrive early to the wharf.

Keep in mind, ferry services can also be delayed and cancelled.

For information about group travel on Sydney Ferries, email

For group travel on the private ferry services in Sydney and around NSW, contact the local transport operator.

For group travel on the Stockton Ferry, contact Newcastle Ferries on 02 4974 1160.

Large groups should be prepared to split up into smaller groups as services can often reach capacity.

Light rail services run frequently so your group will not need to wait too long for the next service.

To find out more about chartering a bus, contact your local transport operator.

If you need help locating a charter bus service for your desired route, contact 131 500.