Transport & Road Closures

Plan your trip to Vivid Sydney this year

Plan ahead and use public transport to travel to all Vivid Sydney Precincts and Venues.

Getting to Vivid Sydney by:

Nearly 3,000 extra trains will be running during the festival with an increase in services on the busier Friday, Saturday, Sunday nights and particularly during the popular June long weekend (10-12 June). 
 
On weekends trains will run approximately every 5 minutes from 5pm until midnight on the City Circle Line and every 7-8 minutes on Friday nights from 9pm.
Plenty of additional services will also run on most lines. You can find all the details of extra services at transportnsw.info.
 
Many Vivid Sydney events and light installations are easily accessible by train. The best stations include:
 
Wynyard for Barangaroo (South) and Darling Harbour, as well as Circular Quay, Royal Botanic Gardens and The Rocks.
Martin Place for Martin Place precinct, Circular Quay and Royal Botanic Garden.
Circular Quay (weeknights only) for the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Harbour Lights, Royal Botanic Garden, Campbell's Cove and The Rocks.
Town Hall for the Darling Harbour precinct.
Central for the Central Station Clock Tower and the Darling Harbour precinct
Kings Cross for Kings Cross precinct
Chatswood for the Chatswood CBD precinct.
 
Please note: Circular Quay will be extremely popular during Vivid Sydney and due to the large crowds on Saturday nights and the long weekend, trains will not be stopping at Circular Quay Station between 6pm and 10pm. Alight the train at Martin Place or Wynyard instead.
 
For more information on the additional train services running during Vivid visit transportnsw.info.
 

Almost 5,400 extra buses will run throughout the festival to help you get to the Vivid Sydney precincts. On weekends additional services will start running on major corridors into the City from 3:30pm. To help you get home extra services will leave the City from 8:30pm until late.

Remember that while roads are closed from 7pm on Monday to Thursday nights, from 6pm on Friday nights and from 5pm on weekends, buses will be using alternate routes and temporary bus stops until the roads have reopened. Buses that usually run to and from Circular Quay will instead run to and from Martin Place at Elizabeth Street and Castlereagh Street.

Other bus services in and out of the city may also be affected so plan ahead. For more information on buses during Vivid visit transportnsw.info.

Ferries will be very busy during Vivid Sydney so make sure you have a backup plan. Long queues are expected particularly on the weekends so consider taking one of the frequent trains or buses instead. For more information on ferries during Vivid visit transportnsw.info.

Light rail operates from Central in the CBD to and from Dulwich Hill in Sydney’s inner west. 252 extra services will run on the weekends until midnight during Vivid.

The best stops to access the Darling Harbour precinct include Pyrmont Bay, Convention, The Star and Exhibition Centre. For more information on Light rail services visit transportnsw.info.

On the busier nights when big crowds are expected, there are walking routes to help you get to the precincts from major transport hubs:

  • Martin Place, Circular Quay East & The Royal Botanic Garden:
    To visit Vivid Sydney’s most iconic and popular precincts, it’s best to go on a weeknight if you can. Catch a train to Wynyard or Martin Place (check out Martin Place precinct while you're there!) and head to Circular Quay via Hunter Street and Pitt Street. At Circular Quay follow the one-way path to your right along the eastern promenade to get to the Sydney Opera House and entry gates into the Royal Botanic Garden. After enjoying the Garden Walk you’ll surface at Bridge Street near the Conservatorium of Music where you can head to Wynyard, Martin Place or St James stations to get home.
     
  • Barangaroo (South) & Darling Harbour:
    Visit the newest precinct in the lively southern end of Barangaroo by catching a train to Wynyard and using the underground Wynyard Walk to conveniently take you directly into the Light Walk. From there you can enjoy the walk to Darling Harbour via King Street Wharf where pyrotechnics, fountain and laser displays will be showcased.
     
  • The Rocks & Campbell’s Cove
    Catch a train to Wynyard and walk up George Street through First Fleet Park or via Argyle Street and the Overseas Passenger Terminal onto the western Circular Quay promenade to see the oldest parts of Sydney’s city and its iconic Harbour illuminated with colourful projections.

For more information visit transportnsw.info.

The city is no place for cars while roads are closed for Vivid Sydney.
 
Road closures will be in place in the Sydney CBD, Circular Quay, The Rocks and Barangaroo until midnight each night:
 
Monday to Thursday nights: minor closures will be in place including sections of George Street, Loftus Street and Hickson Road from 7pm.
Friday nights: moderate closures will be in place from 6pm north of Bridge Street.
Sunday nights and Mon 12 June: moderate closures will be in place on roads north of Bridge Street from 5pm.
Saturday nights and the long weekend: significant closures will be in place on roads north of Hunter Street from 5pm.
Daily: local road closures within the Barangaroo (South) precinct will be in place each day from 4pm.
 
 
Check out the interactive map to see what closures are in place each night during Vivid Sydney. You can also find the latest traffic conditions updated in real-time as well as comprehensive Vivid Sydney road closure and special event clearway information at Live Traffic NSW or by downloading a real-time traffic app from the App Store or Google Play.

While roads are closed in Circular Quay on Friday nights and on the weekends, taxi ranks will be relocated to temporary alternate locations.

Friday and Sunday nights (incl Mon 12 Jun) a temporary taxi rank will operate from 6pm and 5pm respectively until midnight on Bridge Street between Loftus Street and Pitt Street.

Saturday nights (excl Sat 10 Jun) a temporary taxi rank will operate from 5pm until midnight on Loftus Street between Bridge St and Bent Street.

Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 June (long weekend) taxi ranks located at the Sydney Opera House and Circular Quay will not operate. Temporary and alternate taxi ranks will operate from 5pm until midnight at:

• Near Circular Quay: Phillip Street between Bent Street and Hunter Street (Chifley Square Plaza). 
• Near The Rocks: Harrington Street between Essex Street and Grosvenor Street.

On Monday to Thursday nights taxi ranks will operate as per normal. Please be patient and considerate of others when waiting for taxis as demand for taxis will be high during Vivid and queues may be lengthy. For details of taxi networks servicing the Sydney area, visit NSW Taxi Council.

Additional information:

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.

To hop on and off public transport, 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. Find your nearest retailer at www.retailers.opal.com.au or visit www.opal.com.au for more information.

You will be able to enjoy and experience Vivid Sydney across 23-days and nights from 26 May to 17 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 so there’s more room to move around and plan to eat earlier too.

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] closer to the event 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 Light Walk installations and precincts available closer to the event. For more information visit our access and inclusion page. Huawei are providing tablets with information on Vivid Light installations for visitors who have restricted mobility.

Vivid Sydney is pleased to announce Cushman & Wakefield as the inaugural Access and Inclusion Partner in 2017.