Getting to Vivid Sydney - Vivid Sydney 2018

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Getting to Vivid Sydney - Vivid Sydney 2018

Plan your trip to Vivid Sydney 2019

Plan ahead and use public transport to travel to all Vivid Sydney precincts and venues.

You can pay for travel on trains, buses, ferries and light rail by tapping on and off services using an Opal card. If you don't have one, you can also use your major debit or credit card to tap on and off trains, ferries and light rail services.

Train

Trains run frequently to the city on weekdays and every 10 to 15 minutes on weekends so there are plenty of services running throughout the festival.

All Vivid Sydney precincts are within short walking distance of key train stations and transport hubs.

  • Circular Quay: On Saturday nights and Sunday of the long weekend, trains will not stop at Circular Quay Station between 6.30pm until 9.30pm due to large crowds in the precinct. Attendees are encouraged to use nearby Wynyard, Martin Place or St James stations and walk to Circular Quay instead
  • Wynyard: For The Rocks, Circular Quay, the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney and Darling Harbour precincts. Guests can also take the accessible Wynyard Walk across to the Barangaroo precinct 
  • Central or Town Hall: For the Darling Harbour precincts and Tumbalong Lights
  • Chatswood: For the Chatswood precinct
  • Milsons Point: For the Luna Park precinct

For more information on train services during Vivid Sydney visit transportnsw.info

Bus

Thousands of extra bus services will run during the Vivid Sydney festival to help you get to precincts in the city and outer areas.

Buses will be using alternate routes and stops while roads in the city are closed for the event, alternate route times include:

  • From 7pm on Monday to Thursday nights
  • From 6pm on Friday nights
  • From 5pm on weekends

Buses that usually run to and from Circular Quay will instead run to and from Martin Place at Elizabeth Street and Castlereagh Street on Friday to Sunday nights.

Other bus services in and out of the city may also be affected so plan ahead.

For more information on bus services during Vivid Sydney visit transportnsw.info

Car

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. If you have to drive be aware of the key road closure times as vehicles are not allowed to drive along or exit driveways onto closed roads and will have to wait until roads have been safely reopened.

CBD Road Closure Timings

  • Monday to Thursday nights: Minor closures from 7.00pm on George St and Hickson Rd in The Rocks
  • Friday nights: Moderate closures from 6.00pm on roads north of Bridge St in Circular Quay and George St and Hickson Rd in The Rocks
  • Saturday nights: Major closures from 5.00pm on most roads north of Hunter St in the Sydney CBD, Circular Quay and The Rocks
  • Sunday nights: Moderate closures from 5.00pm on roads north of Bridge St in Circular Quay and George St and Hickson Rd in The Rocks
  • Saturday 25 May: Major closures from 5.00pm on most roads north of Hunter St in the Sydney CBD including additional closures on Bridge St, Loftus St and Phillip St
  • Long weekend Saturday and Sunday nights: Major closures from 5.00pm on most roads north of Hunter St in the Sydney CBD including additional closures on Bridge St, Loftus St and Phillip St
  • Monday 10 June: Moderate closures from 5.00pm on roads north of Bridge St in Circular Quay and George St and Hickson Rd in The Rocks

Chatswood Road Closures Timings

  • Thursday and Friday nights: 6.30pm until 10.30pm 
  • Saturday nights: From 5.00pm until 10.30pm
  • Sunday 9 June: From 5.00pm until 10.30pm

Chatswood is easily accessible by train and bus with Chatswood station bringing you directly to the start of the light walk and services running frequently on both weekdays and weekends.

Paid parking is available at Taronga Zoo however spaces are limited and will be in high demand, particularly on weekends, so plan to arrive early or consider the public transport options.

    For more details on road closures, including special event clearways, visit livetraffic.com or call the Traffic Information Line on 132 701.

    For more information on road closures during Vivid Sydney visit our maps and guides page or download the road closures flyer.

    Ferry

    Ferries are a very popular way to get around the city and will be very busy during Vivid Sydney, particularly on weekends where crowds are largest and long queues are expected.

    Anyone planning to catch a ferry is strongly encouraged to have a back-up plan in mind and consider catching one of the frequent trains or buses instead.

    For more information on ferry services during Vivid Sydney visit transportnsw.info

    Sydney Metro

    Sydney Metro services start operating from Sunday 26 May on the North West Line between Tallawong and Chatswood stations.

    Metro services are high-frequency, driverless trains that start running from the early morning until late on Friday and Saturday nights.

    On Sunday to Wednesday nights until late 2019, North West Night bus services will run from the evening until last service.

    You can use your Opal card or accepted contactless payment method on Sydney Metro services.

    For more information on Sydney Metro services during Vivid Sydney visit transportnsw.info

    Light Rail

    Light rail services operate between Central in the CBD and Dulwich Hill in Sydney’s Inner West.

    Light rail is a great way to access the Darling Harbour precinct using Exhibition Centre or Convention light rail stops.

    Extra services will run on the weekends during Vivid Sydney.

    Buses are replacing trams on the City West Light Rail from 23:00-06:00 nightly during the festival.

    For more information on light rail services during Vivid Sydney visit transportnsw.info

    On Foot

    All Vivid Sydney precincts are within walking distance of major CBD transport hubs.

    On Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights when large crowds are expected, you may be required to follow a certain walking route to help you enjoy a safe Vivid Sydney experience.

    • 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
    • The Royal Botanic Garden: Catch a train to Wynyard or Martin Place and head toward Circular Quay east. Entry to the garden walk in the Royal Botanic Garden is only via Queen Elizabeth entrance gates at the Opera House forecourt. You cannot enter the garden walk from the gates on Macquarie St or at the Conservatorium of Music. At the end of the garden walk you'll exit at Macquarie St
    • Barangaroo and Darling Harbour: 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

    Watch the Vivid Sydney Light Walk map to understand the best route for seeing all of the city lights.
     

    Taxi

    On Friday nights and weekends when major road closures are in place, some taxi ranks in the Sydney CBD and Circular Quay will be relocated to temporary alternate locations.

    For more information on taxi rank locations during Vivid Sydney visit transportnsw.info.

    Accessible Taxi Ranks

    Taxi Rank Location Operating Dates
    Macquarie St between Albert St and the Sydney Opera House (existing) Open every night during Vivid Sydney
    (except May 25, June 8 and June 9)
    Macquarie St northbound between Bridge Street and Shakespeare Place May 25
    June 8
    June 9
    Harrington Street between Grosvenor Street and Essex Street - eastern side Friday to Sunday nights
    Bridge St eastbound between Pitt St & Loftus St – northern side Fridays
    26 May
    2 June
    10 June
    Loftus St northbound between Bent St and Bridge St – western side 1 June
    15 June

    Opal Card

    To hop on and off public transport, all you need is an Opal card. Opal cards are smart card 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.

    Don’t forget to top up your Opal card before you head out to Vivid Sydney as queues for top-up machines at stations will be long during the festival. You can top up at an Opal retailer or online via the Opal travel app.

    Visit opal.com.au for more information.

    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, ferries and light rail services.

    Travelling With Kids

    Please keep in mind that the festival’s busiest times 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 Taronga Zoo and Chatswood have earlier start and finish times.

    Kids will be captivated by the Vivid Sydney 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 so there’s more room to move around and plan to eat earlier too.

    Accessibility

    Vivid Sydney is committed to delivering an accessible and inclusive event for family and friends.

    Information available at vividsydney.com/accessibility will assist you to plan your ‘door-to-door’ Vivid Sydney experience, including accessible transport options and relevant precinct activities.

    You can also download an accessible map [in PDF format] or collect a printed copy from the Vivid Sydney information booths for step-free routes and pathways, viewing areas and other accessible amenities.

    The Vivid Sydney website also includes audio descriptions and converted text descriptions of the Vivid Sydney Light Walk installations and precincts. For more information visit this access and inclusion page.

    Vivid Sydney is pleased to work with Cushman & Wakefield as the inaugural Vivid Sydney Access and Inclusion Partner in 2019.

    Real Time Updates

    The real time trip planner at transportnsw.info helps you plan your travel by train, bus, ferry and light rail and on foot using the most up-to-date service information.

    Download the Opal travel app and other real-time transport apps to help you get around at transportnsw.info/apps