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

You can use your Opal card or American Express, Mastercard, Visa card or linked device to travel on public transport services. Visit Transport NSW for more details and to plan your trip.


Extra trains will run throughout the day and into the early hours of the new year.

The following stations will operate differently on New Year’s Eve as nearby vantage points will be at capacity:

  • Circular Quay: From 5pm until midnight trains won’t stop at Circular Quay. For access to the harbour foreshore, use Wynyard, Martin Place or St James stations.
  • Milsons Point: From 6pm until midnight, trains from the city to the north shore won’t stop at Milsons Point due to large crowds. For access to lower north shore vantage points, alight at North Sydney and continue on foot.

From 12.30am until 4.30am trains won’t stop at Domestic Airport and International Airport stations as Sydney Airport will be closed.


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

For access to vantage points in the city, change at Epping. For access to lower north shore vantage points, 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 while road closures are in place. Buses in local areas will also be affected by road closures so plan your trip and arrive early.

Look for the signs to guide you to vantage points and back to bus stops to get home. Walking routes will be different on New Year’s Eve.

The way you come in will be different to the way you leave. Plan your trip and prepare to walk a little more than usual.

Key bus changes:

  • From 2pm to 6pm: Buses to and from Circular Quay will relocate to Martin Place.
  • From 3pm to 3am: Buses to and from North Sydney will use alternate stops on Miller Street and Pacific Highway due to closures.
  • From 6pm to 4am: All buses in the city will operate to and from temporary bus terminals in Hyde Park, Town Hall and Wynyard (access on King Street only from 10pm).
  • From 11pm to 1.30am: While the Sydney Harbour Bridge is closed for the midnight fireworks, buses to the city from the north will terminate at North Sydney station.


Ferries will be busy and fill up early on New Year’s Eve. If you’re looking to catch a ferry, plan to arrive early in the day and have a plan-B transport option.

Key changes:

  • Ferries won’t stop at McMahons Point wharf after 10am.
  • Ferries won’t stop at Milsons Point wharf after 3pm.
  • At some wharves, the last ferries to the city leave around 4.15pm.
  • Ferries won’t stop at Circular Quay after 5pm.
  • A harbour exclusion zone will be in place from 8pm until 12.45am. No ferries will operate during this time.
  • Limited ferries operate to the lower north shore and northern beaches after the midnight fireworks.
  • No ferries down the Parramatta River or to the eastern suburbs after the midnight fireworks.
  • Check last service details for the Sydney Fast Ferry, Manly Fast Ferry and Eco Hopper.

Light rail

L1 Dulwich Hill line

Services between Dulwich Hill and Central will run regularly until 10pm on New Year’s Eve.

The best stops to access Darling Harbour include Pyrmont Bay, Convention, The Star and Exhibition Centre.

Key changes:

  • From 10.30pm until 2am, services won’t run between Exhibition Centre and Central.
  • Services to the city after 10.30pm will terminate at Convention.
  • Services leaving the city after 10.30pm will run from Exhibition Centre only.
  • From 2am to 4am, services run between Central and Dulwich Hill every 10 minutes. From 4am, services run between Central and The Star every 30 minutes until 6am.

L2 Randwick line

Light rail services will run regularly from 5am until 2pm to Circular Quay and until 4am to Randwick.

Key changes:

  • From 2pm on New Year’s Eve services will stop running between Circular Quay and Central Chalmers Street.
  • If you’re heading to Circular Quay after 2pm, change at Central to connect with Sydney Trains services to get to the city’s north.
  • Services will continue to run between Central Chalmers Street and Randwick throughout the night every 10 minutes, and will be extended until 4am.
  • From 10pm: There’ll be changes to entry points at Central station. For return trips to Randwick, access the Central Chalmers Street light rail stop on-foot at Eddy Avenue and Elizabeth Street.

Services resume as normal from 5am Wednesday 1 January.

Secure taxi ranks

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

  • Pyrmont Bridge Road, between Edward and Murray streets, 9pm to 4am.
  • Sussex Street, between King and Market streets, 9pm to 4am.
  • Liverpool Street, between Wentworth Avenue and Elizabeth Street, 9pm to 4am.
  • Lime Street, 9pm to 11pm and 1.30am to 4am.

Walking and riding

For people walking and cycling, closures will be in place too. The Sydney Harbour Bridge walkway and key cycleways close from 6pm on New Year’s Eve until 2am New Year’s Day.

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 come in will be different to the way you leave. 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. 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.

Visit 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.