Transport

Plan your trip to Vivid Sydney this year

Make the most of your Vivid Sydney experience this year by planning ahead and taking advantage of extra public transport services to get to and from the Festival.

Getting to Vivid Sydney by:

Extra train services will operate throughout Vivid Sydney. The best stations to access Vivid precincts include City Circle stations, Martin Place, Chatswood and Redfern.

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Extra bus services will operate throughout Vivid. Hundreds of local bus routes operate in the city, suburbs and beyond, while buses on major routes will operate 24 hours a day.

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Ferries are expected to be very busy during Vivid, especially on weekends. 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. Extra trains and buses will be operating.

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 ferry services are available to as many customers as possible.

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Light rail travels from Central in the CBD to and from Dulwich Hill in Sydney’s inner west. The best stops for Vivid precincts include Paddy’s Market and Darling Harbour.

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Many of the Vivid precincts are close to transport links and within walking distance of each other. The Vivid Sydney precincts are Circular Quay and the Sydney Opera House, The Rocks, Martin Place, Darling Harbour, Walsh Bay, Central Park, Chatswood, Carriageworks, on Sydney Harbour, and for the first time, Taronga Zoo, The Royal Botanic Garden and The Galeries.

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Due to the size and popularity of Vivid Sydney there will be extensive road closures and special event clearways in the Sydney CBD, The Rocks and Walsh Bay to help minimise traffic congestion and keep pedestrians safe. Extra trains and buses will run, so leave the car at home.

Closer to the event you will be able to find more information on road closures, special event clearways and transport information on our website at www.vividsydney.com/road-closures.

Alternatively keep up to date via the Vivid Sydney and Transport for NSW social media channels or download Live Traffic NSW from the App Store or Google Play Store.

Additional information:

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 www.transportnsw.info/apps.

Travel apps let you plan your trip using GPS, some apps let you track your services in real time.

To hop on and off public transport to see the sights of Vivid, all you need is an Opal card. Opal cards are smartcard tickets you keep, reload and reuse to pay for your travel on trains, ferries, buses and light rail – anywhere within the Opal network.

Adult and Child/Youth Opal cards are available over the counter from more than 2,100 Opal retailers. Visit www.retailers.opal.com.au to find your nearest Opal retailer. Adult, Child/Youth, Senior/Pensioner and Concession Opal cards are also available from www.opal.com.au or by calling 13 67 25 (13 OPAL). Eligibility criteria applies.

You will be able to enjoy and experience Vivid Sydney across 23-days and nights from 27 May to 18 June. Please keep in mind that the festival’s busiest nights are expected to be each Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights and every night of the June long weekend. Lights On occurs at 6pm, and concludes at 11pm; however some precincts have an earlier start and finish time.

Kids will be captivated by the Vivid Light Walk that features amazing interactive projections and light art installations. Don’t forget to head out early with the kids, travel during the week there’s more room to move around and plan to eat earlier too. Some precincts open from 5:30pm – they include Taronga Zoo, Chatswood and Central Park.

Vivid Sydney is committed to delivering an accessible and inclusive event. Use the helpful checklist that’s available on our access and inclusion page to plan your ‘door to door’ Vivid Sydney experience, including accessible transport options and precinct activities.

Download an accessible map (in PDF format) or collect a printed copy from all Vivid Sydney information booths for step-free routes and pathways, viewing areas and other accessible amenities. For more information visit our access and inclusion page.

Sydney is growing, with the city's population set to increase by another million people over the next 10 years. That’s why the NSW Government is delivering a range of projects to reduce traffic congestion and improve public transport.

You’ll notice construction underway for a number of major projects so it’s important to plan your trip to the city, and leave your car at home.

Construction of the 12-kilometre light rail route from Circular Quay to Randwick and Kingsford is underway and there are various parts of George Street already closed for this major transformation project. There are also extensive road closures during Vivid Sydney and special event clearways in the Sydney CBD.

For information on the CBD and South East Light Rail project and any traffic restrictions relating to this project, visit http://mysydney.nsw.gov.au/ for the latest news, updates and helpful maps.