PLAN YOUR TRIP TO VIVID SYDNEY
Make the most of your Vivid Sydney experience this year by planning ahead and taking advantage of an extra 3,500 public transport services to get to and from the Festival.
Getting to Vivid Sydney by:
Extra trains will run throughout Vivid Sydney with all precincts within walking distance of train stations. The best train stations for accessing Vivid include City Circle stations, Martin Place, Chatswood, Milsons Point and Redfern.
Circular Quay will be extremely popular during Vivid Sydney, so on Saturday nights and the long weekend, trains stopping at Circular Quay Station between 6pm and 10pm will pick up passengers only.
If you are planning to visit Circular Quay on these days, it’s best to get off at Wynyard or St James Stations and walk down to Circular Quay. Otherwise, take a T4 Eastern Suburbs & Illawarra Line train and get off at Martin Place, where you can check out light installations before heading to Circular Quay.
For more information on train services and to plan your trip, visit transportnsw.info or call 131 500.
Extra buses will run throughout Vivid Sydney. Hundreds of local bus routes operate in the city, suburbs and beyond while buses on major routes operate 24 hours a day.
Some buses will be diverted and have changed stops due to road closures. Check signage on the bus route and use the Trip planner before you travel.
For more information on bus services and to plan your trip, visit transportnsw.info or call 131 500.
As ferries are expected to be very busy, especially on weekends, visitors should look to take advantage of extra trains and buses.
If you are taking a ferry, due to their popularity make sure you have a back up plan and consider taking a train or bus for your return journey if possible.
Also, please be aware that due to the high demand, ferry customers will be required to get off 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.
For more information on ferry services and to plan your trip, visit transportnsw.info or call 131 500.
Light rail links Central Station with Sydney’s inner west suburbs, via Darling Harbour, Pyrmont, Glebe and Leichhardt right through to Dulwich Hill.
During Vivid, the best stops are at Paddy’s Markets, Convention, Pyrmont Bay and The Star. Extra light rail services will run Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights during the event.
For more information on light rail services and to plan your trip, visit transportnsw.info or call 131 500.
Circular Quay, Sydney Opera House, Walsh Bay, The Rocks, Martin Place and Darling Harbour are all within walking distance of each other. Carriageworks is a short walk from Redfern Station while Vivid attractions in Chatswood, Central Park and the University of Sydney are close to transport links.
Road closures and special event clearways will be in place during Vivid Sydney, so leave the car at home.
Use the trip planner at transportnsw.info to help you plan your travel using the most up-to-date service information, including the additional transport services and download the latest travel apps at transportnsw.info/apps.
Travel apps let you plan your trip using GPS, some apps let you track your services in real time.
Opal makes using public transport easier. With an Opal card you can travel on all public transport services, including trains, ferries, buses and light rail. So you can travel to every Vivid Sydney location and home again, quickly and easily.
Adult and Child/Youth Opal cards are available over the counter from thousands of Opal retailers. Or you can order Adult, Child/Youth, Concession and Senior/Pensioner Opal cards from opal.com.au, for delivery around Australia within 5-7 working days.
Much of the Vivid Light Walk and many installations are accessible. Make sure you plan your visit during the earlier part of the week when it’s easier to move around.
For more information visit our access and inclusion page.
Weekend trackwork will be taking place during Vivid and may affect how you travel. Buses will replace trains on sections of the following lines:
Saturday 23 – Sunday 24 May: T1 Western Line, Blue Mountains Line.
Saturday 30 – Sunday 31 May: T1 Western Line, T6 Carlingford Line, Blue Mountains Line.
Saturday 6 – Monday 8 June: T1 North Shore Line, T1 Northern Line, Central Coast & Newcastle Line, Hunter Line.
For more information on train services, scheduled trackwork and to plan your trip, visit transportnsw.info or call 131 500.
Pyrmont Bay Wharf is currently being upgraded as part of the NSW Government’s Transport Access Program and will be closed throughout Vivid Sydney. The nearby Casino Wharf will be open as an alternative wharf and is located a five minute walk from Pyrmont Bay Wharf.
Visitors to Vivid Sydney attractions at Pyrmont & The Star can use the Harbour City Ferries services to Casino Wharf during Vivid Sydney, but they are expected to be very busy, especially on weekends. Alternatively visitors can catch the 443 bus service which has frequent services to the city to connect to other transport services. For more transport information visit http://vividsydney.com/transport.