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Important event information

Vivid Sydney returns in its 11th year to light up the Sydney CBD and Harbour from 6pm to 11pm for 23 consecutive nights from Friday 24 May to Saturday 15 June. There are hundreds of installations located throughout the city so you won’t get to see it all in one night. Plan your Vivid Sydney experience over a few nights instead.

Road closures and parking restrictions will be in place throughout the city each night during the festival. With thousands of extra services running and Vivid precincts within close walking distance of major transport hubs the best way to get to and from Vivid events is to leave the car at home and catch public transport.

Vivid Sydney attracts large crowds each year, especially on Friday nights and weekends, so if you want to avoid the crowds or are travelling with families consider visiting on a weeknight instead.

Vivid Sydney will also light up Sydney's iconic Taronga Zoo and Chatswood's CBD, for information on transport to these precincts, visit the event pages:

Stay connected

Stay connected and get real-time updates on transport services, event precinct capacities and road closures online:

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. There is also a Travel Cap of $2.70 on Sundays.

Remember to top up your Opal card before you head out to Vivid Sydney events as long queues are expected at top-up machines during the festival. Top up online or at an Opal retailer.

More ways to pay

If you have an American Express, Mastercard or Visa debit or credit card which displays the contactless payment symbol, or linked device, you can use it to pay for your travel by tapping on and off at Opal card readers on trains, light rail and Sydney Ferries. Keep in mind if you’re travelling by bus you still need to use an Opal card. Standard (peak) Adult Opal fare pricing applies. If you consistently use the same contactless card or linked device to tap on and tap off, you may qualify for Opal daily, weekly and Sunday fare caps but no other Opal benefits apply.

Vivid Sydney precincts are all within walking distance of major transport hubs. The festival runs for 23 nights so don’t try to see it all at once!

On the busier Friday nights and weekends when large crowds are expected, one-way flow walking routes will be in place and are designed to help you get the most out of your Vivid Sydney experience in a safe and enjoyable way. Plenty of event staff will be on site as well as directional signage to help guide you through the Light Walk and to transport hubs.

1. The Rocks and Circular Quay:

  • Catch a train to Wynyard or Martin Place and head to The Rocks via George St following the Light Walk towards the Overseas Passenger Terminal, from here you can check out the Argyle Cut animation or continue on up to Hickson Rd Reserve. Head back towards Circular Quay along the promenade via the Museum of Contemporary Arts and First Fleet Park near the wharves where you can also visit Customs House. To head home you can catch a train or ferry from Circular Quay or head to Wynyard via Pitt St and George St to avoid the crowds instead.

2. Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

  • Catch a train to Wynyard and head towards the eastern side of Circular Quay and the Sydney Opera House via George St and Pitt St. At the Opera House Forecourt you can access the Royal Botanic Garden through the one-way entrance at Queen Elizabeth II Gates. At the end of the Garden Walk you'll exit at Macquarie St and onto Albert St, from there you can head to Circular Quay, Wynyard or Martin Place transport hubs to get home.

3. Barangaroo & Darling Harbour:

  • See the lights in Sydney’s buzzing Barangaroo precinct by catching a train to Wynyard and using the underground Wynyard Walk pathway. From there you can head down to Darling Harbour and Tumbalong Park via the King Street Wharf promenade where you can see the Australian Maritime Museum projections and a robot inspired light show in Cocklebay Wharf.

Access to Circular Quay trains and ferries: On the busier nights during Vivid access to trains and ferry wharves at Circular Quay transport hub will be different due to large crowds in the precinct. Follow the wayfinding signs and direction of staff on site. Ferry customers are encouraged to plan to arrive at the wharf earlier than normal to avoid missing the ferry. Train customers are encouraged to walk to nearby stations and catch a train home from Wynyard, Martin Place or St James instead.

See the Vivid Light Walk and Transport Map (pdf 166KB) for more details.

The Sydney Metro North West Line opens on Sunday 26 May. Metro services are high-frequency, driverless trains, which can quickly take you between Tallawong Station and Chatswood Station.

Metro services start running from the early morning. Last services from Chatswood to Tallawong leave at 12.45am on Thursday nights and at 1.45am on Friday and Saturday nights.

  • If you’re catching the new Sydney Metro train to Vivid Sydney you can change at Epping to connect with a Sydney Trains T9 Northern Line service to the city or change at Chatswood for a T1 North Shore Line service to the city.
  • If you’re heading to Vivid Sydney at Chatswood stay on the Metro to Chatswood Station for direct access to the precinct.

On Sunday to Wednesday nights from 26 May until late 2019, North West Night Bus, a late night bus service, will run as Sydney Metro grows to full operations. The first North West Night Bus service departs Tallawong at 9.25pm and Chatswood at 10.10pm. 

From the city you can catch a Hillsbus service from the QVB or Wynyard to get back to the Hills district. From Chatswood the North West Night Bus operates an all-stops route and a limited stops route every 10 minutes to Tallawong.

Station Link bus services that have been running between Epping and Chatswood while the rail line was upgraded to metro standards will stop operating on Sunday 26 May after metro services begin.

You can use your Opal card or accepted contactless payment method on Sydney Metro services. You will need to use your Opal card on North West Night Bus services. 

For Metro service disruption information, check travel alerts or plan your trip using the Trip PlannerFor more information and to plan your trip, see Sydney Metro.

All Vivid Sydney Light precincts in the CBD are within short walking distance of train stations including:

  • Circular Quay: On Saturday nights and the long weekend, trains will not stop at Circular Quay Station between 6.30pm until 9.30pm due to large crowds in the precinct. Customers should use Wynyard, Martin Place or St James stations instead.
  • Wynyard for The Rocks, Circular Quay and Royal Botanic Garden Sydney as well as Barangaroo and Darling Harbour precincts.
  • Chatswood for the Chatswood precinct
  • Kings Cross for the Kings Cross precinct.
  • Milsons Point for the Luna Park precinct

Access to Circular Quay trains: On the busier nights during Vivid access to trains at Circular Quay transport hub will be different due to large crowds in the precinct. Follow the wayfinding signs and direction of staff on site. Train customers are encouraged to walk to nearby stations and catch a train home from Wynyard, Martin Place or St James instead.

See the Vivid Light Walk and Transport Map (pdf 166KB) for more details.

Sydney Trains

  • Daily: trains to the city run frequently on weekdays and every 10 to 15 minutes on weekends across most train lines.
  • Extra services will run in the afternoon and late evening on weekends to help large crowds get to and from the city and between the Vivid Sydney precincts.
  • On Fridays additional late night trains will run on the T2 Inner West & Leppington Line,  and T8 Airport & South Line.
  • On Saturdays, additional services will run on the T2 Inner West & Leppington Line, T4 Eastern Suburbs & Illawarra Line and the T8 Airport & South Line.
  • On Sundays, additional services will run on the T2 Inner West & Leppington Line and T4 Eastern Suburbs & Illawarra Line.
  • On the long weekend additional services will run on the T1 North Shore Line, T1 Western Line, T2 Inner West & Leppington Line, T4 Eastern Suburbs & Illawarra Line and T8 Airport & South Line.

NSW TrainLink

Additional late night NSW TrainLink intercity services will run to help get you home. You can find all the details of extra services in the Trip Planner. Regular timetabled services will run Monday through Thursdays.

Fridays:

  • Central Coast & Newcastle Line:
    • The 17:32 service from Newcastle to Gosford will extend to Central, arriving at 20:26.
    • Two additional services to Newcastle will leave Central at 22:18 and 23:18.
    • Trains to and from Central between 8pm and 1am will be built up to 8-cars.
  • Blue Mountains Line and South Coast Line:
    • Services will be increased from 4 to 8 carriages between 9pm and midnight.
  • Southern Highlands Line:
    • An additional service will leave Campbelltown at 00:50 on Friday nights/Saturday mornings, stopping all stations to Moss Vale.

Weekends (excluding the long weekend):

  • Central Coast & Newcastle Line:
    • Additional services will run to Newcastle leaving Central at 22:18 and 23:18 and also at 00:18 on Saturdays only.
    • The 19:57 Wyong to Gosford service will extend to Central, arriving at 21:55 .
    • Wyong to Central services between 5.40pm and 8.40pm will extend to run from Newcastle Interchange instead.
    • The 19:48 Sydney to Gosford service will extend to Newcastle Interchange.
    • Trains to and from Central between 4pm and 1am on Saturdays and between 6.40pm and 12.45am on Sundays will be built up to 8 cars.
  • Blue Mountains Line and South Coast Line:
    • Services will be increased from 4 to 8 carriages between 4pm and 1am.
    • On Sundays an additional all-stops service to Moss Vale will leave Campbelltown at 00:24.

Long weekend:

  • Due to trackwork buses and coaches replace trains on the Central Coast & Newcastle Line and the Hunter Line.
  • Blue Mountains Line and South Coast Line: services will be increased from 4 to 8 carriages between 4pm and 1am.

Trackwork

Trackwork is taking place during Vivid Sydney and may affect how you travel. Extra rail replacement buses will be on standby during weekends to help visitors get to and from Vivid Sydney events.

Weekdays

Friday 24 May:

  • Blue Mountains Line: Buses replace trains between Lithgow and Mount Victoria. Bathurst trains continue to run, to a changed timetable. Buses replace trains between Lithgow and Katoomba between 9:20am and 5:30pm

Monday 27 to Thursday 30 May Nightly from 9.45pm until 1.30am

  • T4 Eastern Suburbs & Illawarra Line: Buses replace trains between Bondi Junction and Central

Monday 27 May to Friday 31 May

  • Blue Mountains Line: Buses replace trains between Lithgow and Mount Victoria. Bathurst trains continue to run, to a changed timetable. Buses replace trains between Lithgow and Katoomba between 9:20am and 5:30pm
  • T1 Western Line: Monday 27, Tuesday 28, Thursday 30 and Friday 31 May
    • Nightly from 9.10pm until 1.30am, buses replace trains from Richmond to Riverstone.
    • Nightly from 9.40pm until 1.30am, buses replace trains from Riverstone to Richmond.

Monday 3 June to Thursday 6 June from 9pm until 4am each night

  • Blue Mountains Line: Buses replace trains between Lithgow and Penrith.

Tuesday 11 June to Thursday 13 June

  • T3 Bankstown Line: Nightly from 21:50 until 01:30 buses replace trains between Sydenham and Bankstown. Trains run to a changed timetable between Lidcombe or Liverpool and Bankstown.
  • Blue Mountains Line:
    • Nightly from 22:00 until 23:50, buses replace trains from Springwood to Penrith. The last direct train from the Blue Mountains leaves Lithgow at 19:29, Mount Victoria at 20:00, Springwood at 20:59 and arrives Central at 22:21. Trains run to the normal timetable from Lithgow or Mount Victoria to Katoomba, but to a changed timetable from Penrith to Central.
    • Nightly from 22:10 until 01:00, buses replace trains from Penrith to Springwood. The last train to the Blue Mountains leaves Central at 20:18, Penrith at 21:06 and arrives Lithgow at 23:09. Trains run to a changed timetable from Springwood to Mount Victoria and Lithgow.

Weekends

2am, Saturday 25 May until 2am, Monday 27 May:

  • T1 Western Line: Buses replace trains between Emu Plains and Blacktown.
  • Blue Mountains Line: Buses replace trains between Lithgow and Blacktown. Bathurst trains are replaced by bus between Bathurst and Central.

2am, Saturday 1 June until 2pm, Sunday 2 June

  • T1 Western Line Richmond trains run between Richmond and Leppington only.
  • T2 Inner West & Leppington Line (until 2pm only): Buses replace Homebush trains between Strathfield and Central. Trains run to a changed timetable and stopping pattern between Leppington and the City via Granville.

2am, Saturday 8 June until 2am, Tuesday 11 June – Long weekend

  • T1 North Shore Line: Buses replace T1 North Shore Line trains between Berowra and Hornsby
  • T9 Northern Line until 11.30pm: Buses replace trains between Hornsby and Rhodes. On Saturday and Sunday night from 11.30pm: Buses replace trains between Hornsby and Strathfield.
  • Central Coast & Newcastle Line: buses replace trains between Central and Newcastle Interchange.
  • Hunter Line: from Friday night buses replace trains between Newcastle Interchange, Scone and Dungog.

2am, Saturday 15 June until 2am, Monday 17 June

  • South Coast Line: Buses replace trains between Bomaderry and Wollongong. Trains run to the normal timetable between Port Kembla, Wollongong and the City.

Trackwork is carried out on an ongoing basis to maintain the safety, reliability and efficiency of the Sydney Trains network. Trackwork may affect how you travel to and from events. For the latest information, check travel alerts and trackwork or use the Trip Planner.

Sydney Buses

On some weeknights and all weekends during Vivid Sydney, additional services will run on the following popular bus routes to the city from around 3.30pm with additional return services leaving the city from around 8pm, depending on the route. Plan your bus trip ahead of time using the Trip Planner.

  • Route B1 B-Line services - Mona Vale / Dee Why - Wynyard
  • Route 180 Warringah Mall - Wynyard
  • Route 207 East Lindfield - Sydney CBD
  • Route 208 Willoughby - Sydney CBD
  • Route 247 Mosman Junction - Wynyard
  • Route 288 Epping / Ryde - Wynyard
  • Route 304 Rosebery - Martin Place
  • Route 343 Kingsford / Chatswood - Sydney CBD
  • Route 373 Coogee - Martin Place
  • Route 392 Little Bay - Martin Place
  • Route 394 Maroubra Junction - Martin Place
  • Route 396 Maroubra Beach - Martin Place
  • Route 412 Campsie - Martin Place
  • Route 423 Marrickville - Martin Place
  • Route 426 Dulwich Hill - Martin Place
  • Route 428 Canterbury Station - Martin Place
  • Route 431 Glebe Point - Martin Place
  • Route 438 Abbotsford / Leichhardt - Martin Place
  • Route 442 Balmain - Market St, Sydney CBD
  • Route 461 Burwood Station - Castlereagh St/ Bathurst St, Sydney CBD
  • Route 470 Lilyfield - Martin Place
  • Route 500 Ryde Shops - Wynyard
  • Route M52 Ryde Shops - Martin Place

Luna Park: Route 230 stops nearby at Alfred St and runs between Milsons Point and Mosman Wharf via North Sydney on weekdays and weekends. Customers are reminded route 230 services are limited and the best way to get to the Luna Park precinct is by catching a T1 North Shore Line train to Milsons Point instead.

Don't forget to top up your Opal card ahead of time and remember to tap on and off when catching bus services to get the correct fare.

For bus service disruption information, check travel alerts or plan your trip using the Trip Planner.

Bus diversions

Buses to and from the city's north will be terminating early and diverting from regular routes while event road closures are in place from 6pm on Fridays and from 5pm on weekends (including public holiday Monday 10 June) until midnight. Check signs at bus stops for alternate stop locations and use the Trip Planner before you travel.

  • Routes 202, 207, 208 and 263: on Saturdays and the long weekend Sunday, services to the city will travel via the Sydney Harbour Bridge instead of the Cahill Expressway and terminate on York St near Margaret St at Wynyard instead of Bridge St. Services leaving the city will depart from Stand K (Stand L for Route 263 services) on York St at Wynyard Station and travel via Clarence St to the Harbour Bridge.
  • Routes 333, 339 (excl Fri), 373, 374, 377, 392, 394, L94, X94, 396, 397 and 399: on Friday nights, weekends and public holiday Monday (10 June), services to the city will terminate on Elizabeth St at Martin Place. Services leaving the city will depart from Stand F on Elizabeth St at Martin Place.
  • Route 343: on weekends and public holiday Monday (10 June) services to and from the city will be using alternate stops and diverting around closures on roads north of Hunter St. Services from Kingsford to Chatswood will travel via Market St and Clarence St instead. Services from Chatswood to Kingsford will travel via York St and King St instead.
  • Routes M52, 500 (weekends only), 507, 515 and 518: on Friday nights, weekends and public holiday Monday (10 June), services to the city will terminate on Elizabeth St at Martin Place. Services leaving the city will depart from Stand E on Elizabeth St at King St.

Refer to the Vivid Sydney 2019 Bus Relocation Map (pdf 123KB)  for affected routes and relocated bus stop locations.

See the Vivid Light Walk and Transport Map (pdf 166KB) for walking routes and alternate transport options details.

Hillsbus

CDC Hillsbus will run additional services on Thursdays, Fridays and the weekends to help you get to and from the city on routes 607X, 610X and 620X.

Thursdays and Fridays:

  • 607X services from Rouse Hill run to the city run every 15 minutes until 7pm then every 30 minutes until late. Return services from the QVB run every 10 minutes from 8pm until late.
  • Additional 610X services from the QVB to Castle Hill will run every 5 to 10 minutes until midnight.
  • An additional 620X service from Kent St to Dural will run at 23:10.

Saturday:

  • 607X services from Rouse Hill will run every 7 to 8 minutes from around 4.30pm until 7pm then every 15 to 30 minutes until late. Return services from the QVB will run every 15 minutes until 8pm then every 10 minutes until midnight. Thereafter service run every 20 to 30 minutes until 2.30am.
  • 610X services from Castle Hill will run approximately every 5 minutes from 4.30pm until 7pm then every 15 minutes until late. Return services from the QVB will run every 10 to 15 minutes until 8.30pm then every approximately 5 minutes until midnight. Thereafter services run every 10 to 15 minutes until late.
  • 620X services from Dural to the City will run at 16:56, 17:56 and 18:56. Return services will leave from Kent St at 8.20pm, 9.20pm, 10.20pm and 11.20pm.

Sundays:

  • 607X services from Rouse Hill will run every 15 minutes from around 3.20pm until 7.30pm then every 30 minutes until 11pm. Return services from the QVB will run every 10 to 15 minutes until midnight.
  • 610X services from Castle Hill will run approximately every 5 minutes from 4pm until 6pm then every 15 minutes until late. Return services from the QVB will run every 10 to 15 minutes until midnight. Thereafter services run every 10 to 15 minutes until late.
  • 620X services from Dural to the City will run at 16:50 and 17:50. Return services will leave from Kent St at 8.20pm and 9.20pm.

Long weekend Sat 8 & Sun 9 June:

  • 607X services from Rouse Hill will run every 7 to 8 minutes from around 3.30pm until 7pm then every 15 to 30 minutes until late. Return services from the QVB will run every 15 minutes until 8pm then every 10 minutes until midnight. Thereafter service run every 20 to 30 minutes until 2.30am (Saturday only).
  • 610X services from Castle Hill will run approximately every 5 minutes from 4pm until 6.30pm then every 15 to 30 minutes until late. Return services from the QVB will run every 10 to 15 minutes until 8.30pm then every approximately 5 minutes until midnight. Thereafter services run every 10 to 15 minutes until late.
  • 620X services from Dural to the City will run at 16:56, 17:56 and 18:56. Return services will leave from Kent St at 8.20pm, 9.20pm, 10.20pm and 11.20pm.

For bus service disruption information, check travel alerts or plan your trip using the Trip Planner. Visit CDC Hillsbus for details on the Hillsbus network.

    Forest Coachlines

    Services will run to a regular timetable during Vivid Sydney.

    Route 271 services between Terrey Hills/Belrose and the city will run regularly on weekdays and weekends.

    For bus service disruption information, check travel alerts or plan your trip using the Trip Planner.

    Harbour Ferries

    Vivid attendees planning to catch a ferry should expect delays and long queues at wharves as services are very popular during the festival and will start to reach capacity from the early afternoon.

    Ferries to and from Vivid Sydney precincts in Circular Quay, Taronga Zoo and Milsons Point will be very busy so make sure to plan ahead, have a few transport options in mind and look for signs directing you to your nearest alternate transport option.

    Access to Circular Quay ferries: On the busier nights during Vivid access to ferry wharves at Circular Quay transport hub will be different due to large crowds. Ferry customers are encouraged to plan to arrive at the wharf earlier than normal to avoid missing the ferry and follow the wayfinding signs and direction of staff on site.

    Due to the high demand, customers will be required to exit the ferry once they reach their destination. You will not be able to stay on the ferry and take the return trip. This is to make sure that everyone gets the chance to access ferry services.

    Ferry services during Vivid Sydney:

    Ferry route Additional services
    to or from Circular Quay
    Last service departs Circular Quay
    F1 Manly

    Nil, regular timetables will operate

    From Wharf 3:

    • Monday to Thursdays at 23:45
    • Fridays at 00:20
    • Saturdays / Public Holiday at 00:20
    • Sundays at 23:00

    F3 Parramatta River

    (Note Parramatta Wharf is
    closed from upgrades
    from 30 April)

    Monday to Thursday Nil, regular timetables will operate

    Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Public Holiday Monday: additional services to Olympic Park leave Circular Quay at 21:07 and 22:07.

    Sundays / Public Holiday: an additional service will leave Rydalmere at 19:58, all stops to Circular Quay

    From Wharf 4:

    • Monday to Fridays at 23:37
    • Saturdays at 23:37
    • Sundays/Public Holidays at 22:07 to Olympic Park.
    F4 Cross Harbour

    Mondays to Fridays

    To: additional services to Circular Quay will run every 15 minutes from 7.15pm until 11.15pm.

    From: additional services back to Pyrmont Bay will run at 19:03, 19:33, 20:03, 20:33, 21:03, 21:17, 21:33, 22:03 and 22:17.

    From Wharves 4 and 5

    • Monday to Thursdays: at 22:47 to Pyrmont Bay and at 23:47 to Barangaroo
    • Fridays: at 22:47 to Rose Bay, at 22:47 to Watsons Bay and at 23:47 to Barangaroo
    • Saturdays: at 22:47 to Pyrmont Bay, at 22:47 to Watsons Bay and 23:47 to Barangaroo.
    • Sundays/Public Holidays at 22:17 to Pyrmont Bay, to Watsons Bay 20:47 and at 23:47 to Barangaroo

    F5 Neutral Bay

    Nil, regular timetables will operate

    From Wharf 4:

    • Monday to Fridays at 23:25
    • Saturdays at 23:25
    • Sundays at 20:25

    F6 Mosman Bay

    Nil, regular timetables will operate

    From Wharf 4

    • Monday to Fridays at midnight
    • Saturdays at midnight
    • Sundays at 21:00

    F7 Double Bay

    Nil, regular timetables will operate

    From Wharf 4

    • Monday to Thursday at 20:57
    • Fridays at 22:57
    • Saturdays at 22:57
    • Sundays at 20:57

    F8 Cockatoo Island/Woolwich

    Nil, regular timetables will operate

    From Wharf 4

    • Monday to Fridays 23:45
    • Saturdays at 23:45
    • Sundays at 20:45

    For up-to-date service information plan your trip ahead of time using the Trip Planner. Please note: there are no free ferry services during Vivid Sydney.

    Ferries for Vivid Sydney ticketed events at Taronga Zoo

    While extra services will run between Circular Quay at the Zoo these will be in high demand and long queues are expected. Consider the alternate transport options and plan to arrive early ahead of your session start time. For more information on transport to the Zoo see the Vivid Sydney in Taronga Zoo event page.

    Other Maritime arrangements

    Restrictions will be in place on recreational and commercial vessels in the Harbour during Vivid Sydney 2019. Visit RMS - Maritime closer to the event date for details on private wharf closures, access restrictions and viewing areas.

    Light rail is the best way to get to the Darling Harbour and Tumbalong precincts with additional services running throughout the festival. Light rail services run between Central Station and Dulwich Hill with stops at popular CBD and Inner West destinations. The closest stops are Exhibition Centre, Convention and Pyrmont Bay.

    Services will run every 12 minutes from 7pm to midnight on Friday nights, and from 5pm until midnight on weekends (including the public holiday Monday).

    Customers are reminded to allow plenty of additional travel time as services between Central and Pyrmont Bay will be very busy, particularly on the weekends, as large crowds travel to the Vivid Darling Harbour precincts. Vivid attendees are encouraged to walk between Central and Darling Harbour instead.

    Plan ahead using the Trip Planner. For maps and service frequencies see light rail service information.

    Trackwork

    Between 11pm Monday 27 May and 6am Friday 31 May, and between 11pm Monday 3 June and 6am Friday 7 June, buses will replace nightly light rail services to allow for essential construction work to take place on the future CBD & South East Light Rail:

    Overnight between 11pm and 6am (27 - 31 May and 3 - 7 June):

    • Buses will replace light rail services between Central and The Star in both directions running every 30 minutes.
    • Follow the yellow directional signs to the nearby replacement bus stop locations (as some stop locations may need to change during the course of works).

    Light rail services between Dulwich Hill and Central run as per normal between 6am and 11pm during the trackwork period. Nightly services will also return to normal from Friday 7 June.

    Allow extra travel time, check travel alerts for light rail service disruption updates including replacement bus stop locations, and plan your light rail or replacement bus trip ahead using the Trip Planner.

    Significant road closures and extensive parking restrictions will be in effect on most major roads in The Rocks, Circular Quay and the Sydney CBD throughout the 23 day festival.

    Key road closure timings:

    • Monday to Thursday nights: minor closures from 7pm on George St and Hickson Rd in The Rocks.
    • Friday nights: moderate closures from 6pm on roads north of Bridge St in Circular Quay and George St and Hickson Rd in The Rocks.
    • Sunday nights and public holiday Monday 10 June: moderate closures from 5pm on roads north of Bridge St in Circular Quay and George St and Hickson Rd in The Rocks.
    • Saturday nights: major closures from 5pm on most roads north of Hunter St in the Sydney CBD, Circular Quay and The Rocks.
    • Opening Saturday night and Long weekend Saturday and Sunday nights: major closures from 5pm on most roads north of Hunter St in the Sydney CBD including additional closures on Bridge St, Loftus St and Phillip St.

    See the interactive road closure and clearway map for dates, times and locations.

    For detailed information on the road closures, clearways and real-time updates on traffic conditions visit Live Traffic NSW or download a real-time traffic app from the App Store or Google Play

    Taxis

    A number of taxi ranks in the Sydney CBD, Circular Quay and The Rocks will be relocated due to road closures.

    On Friday nights and weekends secure taxi ranks on Alfred St at Circular Quay and on George St outside the Four Seasons Hotel will not operate due to road closures. The Argyle St taxi rank will be closed each night during the event and relocated to Harrington St. The Macquarie St Sydney Opera House taxi rank will be open each night except Saturday 25 May 25, Saturday 8 June and Sunday 9 June due to additional road closures in place for the event. See the interactive road closure and clearway map for dates, times and locations.

    Taxi rank locations and operating times during Vivid

    Monday to Thursday nights: CBD taxi ranks will operate as normal.

    Fridays from 6pm and Sunday nights (and public holiday Mon 10 Jun) from 5pm:

    • Sydney CBD: Bridge St between Pitt and Loftus Streets
    • The Rocks: Harrington St between Essex and Grosvenor Streets

    Saturday nights from 5pm:

    • Sydney CBD: Loftus St between Bridge and Bent Streets (western side) outside the Sofitel Wentworth.
    • The Rocks: Harrington St between Essex and Grosvenor Streets

    Opening Saturday night (25 May) and Long weekend from 5pm:

    • Sydney CBD: Phillip St between Hunter and Bent Streets outside the Sofitel Wentworth.
    • Sydney CBD: Macquarie St between Bridge St and Shakespeare Place
    • The Rocks: Harrington St between Essex and Grosvenor Streets

    For details of secure taxi rank operating hours see Secure taxi ranks.

    Demand for taxis will be high and queues will be long so please be patient and considerate of others. To avoid the queues, consider catching a train or bus service out of the Sydney CBD before looking for a taxi.

    Ride-share

    If you're organising a ride-share, choose a pick up and drop off location outside of the immediate vicinity of Circular Quay to avoid delays.

    Accessible taxis

    Wheelchair Accessible Taxis set down and pick up points:

    • Dawes Point: Hickson Road at Pottinger Street
    • Sydney CBD: No.1 Macquarie Street near Sydney Opera House. There will be managed taxi access to the Sydney Opera House.

    For details of taxi networks servicing the Sydney area, visit NSW Taxi Council

    Car parks

    Parking in the city will be very limited during Vivid Sydney, particularly on the Friday nights and weekends as large crowds are expected to visit. As well with road closures in place each night access to some car parks will be restricted.

    Special event clearways

    Special event clearways parking restrictions will be in effect from 3pm until midnight daily on most major roads in The Rocks, Circular Quay and the Sydney CBD.

    These clearways are strict no parking zones even for local residents or RMS Mobility Scheme Parking Permit holders. Check signs carefully as vehicles left in clearways will be towed and a fee applies.

    If your vehicle is towed you can call 132 701 to find its new location.

    See the interactive road closure and clearway map for dates, times and locations.

    Alternatively for more detailed information on the road closures, clearways and real-time updates on traffic conditions visit Live Traffic NSW or download a real-time traffic app from the App Store or Google Play.

    Volunteers working at Vivid Sydney 2019 are entitled to free travel on public transport for the duration of the event by showing their 'Volunteers Free Travel Pass' to transport staff when boarding services.

    Travel is covered on the following transport services from Friday 24 May through until 4am on Sunday 16 June 2019:

    • Sydney Trains and NSW TrainLink Intercity services (bounded by Bomaderry, Goulburn, Bathurst, Scone and Dungog stations).
    • Sydney Metros services
    • Buses (Sydney metro bus services and NightRide services)
    • Sydney Ferries
    • Sydney Light Rail

    Note: an additional station access fee applies for travel to or from Domestic and International Airport stations. Your volunteer pass does not include the access fee, so if you're travelling from these stations you'll need to pay the train station access fee.

    Many of Vivid Sydney events are accessible, visit Vivid Sydney Access and Inclusion for more information.

    Viewing areas

    • Western boardwalk at the Sydney Opera House from 6pm each night
    • Overseas Passenger Terminal
    • Darling Harbour - Tumbalong Park is a dedicated accessible precinct for this years Vivid Light program. Visit the Vivid Sydney website for details on accessibility at this precinct.

    Parking and pick up and drop off zones

    Patrons with accessibility needs are encouraged to visit Vivid Sydney on weeknights, when crowds are typically smaller.

    Limited accessible parking will be available in Walsh Bay, on Hickson Road north of Pottinger Street on a first-come, first-served basis.

    Accessible set-down and pick-up points will be located at:

    • Macquarie Street near Sydney Opera House, East Circular Quay.
    • Hickson Road at Pottinger Street, Dawes Point.

    Vehicles will not be permitted to park in these locations and wait for patrons to return.

    A valid Australian Disability Parking Permit or NSW Mobility Parking Scheme Permit must be displayed in the windscreen to gain access to accessible parking and accessible set-down and pick-up points.

    Transport

    Accessible trips are shown in the Trip Planner with the wheelchair icon. You can select "accessible services only" in the Options to ensure you only see accessible services. Only trip plans with accessible train platforms, ferry wharves and buses will be presented. See accessible travel or download a transport app (select the "Accessibility" filter).