Public transport is the go for New Year’s Eve.

With more than 1,000 extra trains and 3,500 extra bus services, catching public transport is a no-brainer.

If you’re planning to catch a ferry, have another option up your sleeve as services may fill up early.

Visit Transport Info to plan your trip. Follow Transport Info on Facebook or Twitter for up-to-the-minute information on the night, and stay connected with a real-time transport app.

Very large crowds are expected, so if you’re travelling into the city, make a plan and arrive early.

You’ll need to purchase an Opal card to board your service. This travel smartcard has replaced paper tickets.

For people walking and riding, road closures are in place too. Spaces to lock up bikes in the city will be limited.

The Sydney Harbour Bridge will close to bike riders and walkers southbound from 6pm to 1am and northbound from 6pm to 2am.

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Getting home

Getting out of the city is different on New Year’s Eve. There are many roads closed to people walking, driving and cycling, so follow directions and check signs.

Be prepared for a longer walk to buses and trains. Some train stations may have different entry and exit points. Stay out later if you want to avoid the crowds. Try to leave the city after 1am if you can.

To see roads closed to people walking, download our map (PDF 896 KB).


Plan to get into the city early to get a spot for the fireworks.

Trains won’t stop at Circular Quay from 6pm to 1am.

You won’t be able to catch a city-bound train at Milsons Point from 6pm to midnight. Get off at North Sydney and walk to Milsons Point.

These stations are recommended if you’re catching a train home:

  • Eastern suburbs: Central, Martin Place.
  • North shore: Central and Wynyard.
  • South western suburbs: St James, Museum and Central.
  • Southern suburbs: Martin Place, Central.
  • Western suburbs: Central.
  • Inner west: St James, Museum, Central.

Visit Transport Info for details.


Bus stops will change due to road closures.

Between 2pm and 6pm, Circular Quay buses will start and end at Martin Place. From 6pm, buses will relocate temporarily to Hyde Park and services will change at Wynyard.

Catch your bus from these locations on New Year’s Eve:

  • Elizabeth Street: Anzac Parade, Bunnerong Road, Crown Street and Mascot.
  • Park Street: Randwick Junction, Coogee, Clovelly and Kingsford via Gardeners Road.
  • College Street: Bondi Junction, Bondi Beach, New South Head Road and Elizabeth Bay.
  • Castlereagh Street: Inner west and south west.
  • York Street QVB: Pyrmont, Balmain and Victoria Road.
  • York Street Wynyard: Chatswood, Eastern Valley Way, Pacific Highway and Epping Road.
  • Carrington Street: Lower north shore and northern beaches.
  • Clarence Street: Rouse Hill, Bella Vista, Kellyville, Castle Hill, Dural and West Pennant Hills.

Visit Transport Info for details.


Due to a harbour exclusion zone, ferries will stop running from 5.35pm. As they’re very popular, have a back-up plan and consider taking the train or bus.

After the midnight fireworks, some extra ferries will run. However, they may be delayed if the exclusion zone time is extended.

Services departing from Circular Quay after the fireworks:

  • Neutral Bay: 12.55am, 1.35am and 2.15am.
  • Mosman: 1am and 2am.
  • Northern beaches: 12.30am, 1am, 1.30am, 2.10am, 2.50am, 3.30am and 5am.
  • Woolwich: 1.05am and 2.05am.

Visit Transport Info for details.

Light rail

From 6pm to 6am, buses replace light rail between Central and Convention only (not stopping at Capitol Square, Paddy’s Market, and Exhibition Centre).

Visit Transport Info for details.


A taxi rank is located on the corner of Liverpool and Elizabeth streets. Another taxi rank is located on Lime Street in King Street Wharf, although it won’t operate between 11pm and 1.30am.