Sydney public transport and walking around Sydney
Sydney’s public transport carries millions of people around the city each and every day. It’s easy to access for both local commuters and visitors alike, and very affordable. Tickets may be purchased per ride or for multiple journeys.
Sydney’s year-round temperate climate, gentle inclines, stunning harbour and garden settings make it the perfect city to explore on foot. Wander through our multicultural shopping and dining precincts, or get a little more adventurous on some of the walking tours below.
Sydney public transport options
Travel by Sydney trains
Cityrail is Sydney’s metropolitan rail network and from Central Station you can access trains to parts of regional New South Wales (NSW) and other States, via Countrylink.
Travel by Sydney buses
The NSW Government’s Sydney Buses network runs all over the central business district (CBD) and suburbs of the city. Further out, a number of private bus companies carry passengers to Sydney’s outer suburbs.
Travel by Sydney ferry
Sydney Ferries maintains both vintage ferries and more modern Rivercats to carry passengers in and around the harbour and up-river towards Parramatta.
Walking around Sydney
Sydney Harbour Bridge
From The Rocks, take the stairs on Cumberland Street up to the Sydney Harbour Bridge. This is a leisurely walk across to Milsons Point, and takes about half an hour. You’ll have stunning views across Sydney Harbour on both sides, overlooking the magnificent Sydney Opera House. You can either do the return walk, or take the train or ferry back to the city.
The Spit to Manly walk - Sydney northern beaches
This lovely walk leads around Sydney Harbour’s northern foreshores, in and out of bushland, hidden beaches, glamorous homes, sub-tropical rainforests and of course, sparkling harbour views. Start at The Spit Bridge, about half an hour’s drive from the city via bus or taxi. The walk is nine kilometres long and takes about three hours. You can return to the city from Manly by ferry.
Bondi to Bronte walk - Sydney eastern suburbs
The three-kilometre walk from Bondi to Bronte is a popular coastal climb along beautiful beaches, and wanders past a number of popular café strips. Start at Bondi Beach and head south to Bronte. You can also continue on to Coogee beach via Clovelly and Gordons Bay. You can then take the bus back from Coogee to either Bondi or the city.
Mosman Bay walk - Sydney lower north shore
Walking around the shores of Mosman Bay is an easy, 90-minute walk along a sealed and mostly level path. Start at Cremorne Point, which you can get to by ferry from Circular Quay. The walk winds between magnificent and mostly Federation houses on one side, and natural bushland and the Sydney Harbour on the other. Where the walk ends at Mosman Bay, you can catch the ferry back to the city.