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 at transportnsw.info.
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 7pm 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 1:30am to 4:30am, trains will not stop at Domestic Airport and International Airport stations. Sydney Airport will be closed during this time.
- On New Year’s Eve, metro services will run every 10 minutes from around 4am then every 5 minutes from approximately 4pm until around 3am. Services run every 10 minutes on New Year’s Day.
- For access to vantage points in the city, change at Epping for T9 Northern Line trains to Central, Town Hall and Wynyard stations. Trains to the City leave Epping every 8 minutes.
- For access to Lower North Shore vantage points, change at Chatswood to connect with T1 North Shore Line trains to North Sydney, or Milsons Point.
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 transportnsw.info 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 Woolwich Wharf from 11.30am.
- Ferries will not stop at McMahons Point wharf or Milsons Point wharf after 3pm.
- From approximately 5pm no ferries will run to or from Circular Quay.
- 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.
See transportnsw.info for full details on ferry changes this New Year’s Eve.
Sydney Light Rail services run regularly through the Sydney CBD, South East and Inner West suburbs. Services will be extended to run until 4am on New Year’s Day.
L2 Randwick light rail services run between Circular Quay and Randwick via Central Station (Chalmers Street) and L3 Kingsford line services run between Circular Quay and Juniors Kingsford via Central Station (Chalmers Street).
From 5pm CBD services will not run between Circular Quay and Town Hall, then from 7pm services will start and end at Central due to road closures. Services will continue to run regularly throughout the night between Central, Randwick and Kingsford.
Change for trains or continue on foot to your vantage point.
L1 Dulwich Hill light rail services run regularly between Dulwich Hill and Central Station (Grand Concourse).
Change for trains at Central for access to Harbour foreshore vantage points, or continue on foot for access to Darling Harbour and Pyrmont.
From 8pm to 1.30am L1 services will not run between Convention and Central due to large crowds and road closures. Continue on foot towards Central for trains home.
See transportnsw.info for full details on light rail changes this New Year’s Eve.
Secure taxi ranks
Security guards will be present at various taxi ranks on New Year’s Eve to help you get home safely.
- 33 Bayswater Road, 9pm to 4am.
- Darlinghurst Rd near Roslyn St, 9pm to 4am.
- Oxford St, between Pelican and Riley Street, 9pm to 4am.
- Darling Harbour, northern end of Lime Street, 9pm to 11pm, 1.30am to 4am, limited operation.
- Sussex Street, between King and Market streets, 9pm to 11pm, 1.30am to 4am, limited operation
- Sydney CBD 43-57 Goulburn St, 9pm to 4am.
- Zollner Circuit, 9pm to 4am.
- Pyrmont Bridge Rd, 9pm to 4am.
- Liverpool St at Hyde Park, 9pm to 4am.
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.
Don’t drink and ride. People riding bikes face the same alcohol restrictions as drivers.
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.
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.