Commuters waiting for a train.

With thousands of extra services running and major road closures in place, public transport is the only way to travel on New Year’s Eve. Large crowds are expected so please plan your trip to and from the city ahead of time and consider all the available travel options.

You can tap on and off public transport services using an Opal card or American Express, Mastercard, Visa contactless card or linked device.

See detailed public transport information including service changes is at closer to the date.


Extra trains will run during the day on New Year’s Eve and into the early hours of the new year.

These stations have different arrangements for New Year’s Eve to safely manage crowds:

  • Circular Quay: from 5pm until midnight trains will not drop off passengers at Circular Quay Station. For access to harbour foreshore vantage points, use Wynyard, St James or Martin Place stations.
  • Milsons Point: from 6pm until midnight, trains from the city to the north shore will not stop at Milsons Point. For access to vantage points or properties around Milsons Point and Kirribilli, get off at North Sydney station.
  • Domestic Airport and International Airport: from 12:30am to 4:30am, trains will not stop at Domestic Airport and International Airport stations. Sydney Airport will be closed during this time.


Metro services start from 4am and will continue to run regularly through until the early morning on New Year’s Day.

For access to vantage points in the city, change at Epping. For access to the lower north shore, change at Chatswood to connect with trains to North Sydney.


Thousands of extra bus services will run throughout the day and night. Services to and from the city will use different routes and bus stops from 5pm and 7pm while road closures are in place in the city.

In North Sydney buses will be diverting from 3pm.

Buses in local council areas will also be affected by road closures so plan ahead.

See for full details on bus changes this New Year’s Eve.


Ferries are a very popular way to travel on New Year’s Eve and services typically begin to reach capacity from mid-afternoon. If you’re looking to catch a ferry, plan to arrive early in the day as queues will be long and consider a plan-B transport option including local bus services if ferries are at capacity.

Access to some ferry wharves including Circular Quay, Milsons Point and McMahons Point will be affected on New Year’s Eve as surrounding vantage points reach capacity during the day.

You may not be able to catch a ferry to your preferred destination and will need to consider other transport options including trains and continuing on foot instead.

Ferry stops and times will be affected. Some ferries will stop operating on the harbour from the early evening.

  • Ferries will not stop at McMahons Point wharf after 10am.
  • Ferries will not stop at Milsons Point wharf after 3pm.
  • After 5pm no ferries will run to or from Circular Quay.
  • All ferries will stop operating 8pm to 12:45am while a harbour exclusion zone is in place.
  • Limited ferries operate after the midnight fireworks to Manly and Lower North Shore wharves only.
  • There are no late night ferries on the F3 Parramatta River, F4 Pyrmont Bay, F7 Double Bay and F9 Watsons Bay routes.

Light rail

Sydney light rail services will run regularly between the city centre and Circular Quay, Randwick and Kingsford. From 5pm services will not run between Circular Quay and Town Hall due to road closures.

Services will continue to run regularly through the night between Town Hall, Randwick and Kingsford. From Town Hall change for trains or continue on foot to your vantage point.

L1 Dulwich Hill light rail services continue to be replaced by buses due to vehicle repairs. Extra buses will run on New Year’s Eve between the inner west and the city.

Secure taxi ranks

Security guards will be present at various taxi ranks on New Year’s Eve to help you get home safely.

Walking and riding

Some roads will be closed to people walking and cycling. The walkway and cycleway on the Sydney Harbour Bridge will close from 6pm New Year’s Eve until 2am on New Year’s Day. The Cahill Expressway walkway over Circular Quay will close from 8pm Tuesday 28 December.

Major cycleways in the city centre will be closed as major roads begin to close for safety throughout the day on New Year’s Eve. Spaces to lock up bikes in the city will be limited. There’ll be a temporary bike share hub in Belmore Park near Central station.

Don’t drink and ride. People riding bikes face the same alcohol restrictions as drivers.

Getting home

Getting out of the city is different on New Year’s Eve. The way you arrived will be different to the way you leave to get home as many roads will be closed to both pedestrian and motorists. Plenty of staff will be on the ground along with extra signage to help you find your way back to transport hubs to get home.

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

Live updates

Follow @TrainsInfo, @SydneyMetro, @BusesInfo, and @FerriesInfo on Twitter for real-time service information or use a real-time transport app to track your service.

From early December you can vist Transport NSW for more details on all the extra services and to plan your trip on New Year’s Eve.

For real-time updates on road closures and traffic conditions, follow @LiveTrafficSyd.


City of Sydney New Year’s Eve volunteers do not need to pay for public transport services for the 2021 event. Please show your Volunteer Travel Pass to transport staff before boarding. Visit for more details on travel entitlements.