Vivid Sydney 2019 – How to get there?

Vivid Sydney 2019 Public Transport

Plan your trip to Vivid Sydney this year

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

You can pay for travel on trains, buses, ferries and light rail by tapping on and off services using an Opal Card. If you don’t have one, you can also use your major debit or credit card to tap on and off trains, ferries and light rail services.

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Trains run frequently to the city on weekdays and every 10 to 15 minutes on weekends so there are plenty of services running throughout the festival.

All Vivid Sydney precincts are within short walking distance of key train stations and transport hubs.

  • Wynyard Station for The Rocks, Circular Quay and Royal Botanic Garden as well as Barangaroo South and Darling Harbour precincts.
  • Central or Town Hall Stations for the Darling Harbour and Tumbalong Park precincts.
  • Kings Cross Station for the Kings Cross precinct.
  • Milsons Point Station for the Luna Park precinct.

For details on train services during Vivid Sydney visit transportnsw.info

Thousands of extra bus services will run during the festival to help you get to the Vivid Sydney precincts in the city and outer areas.

Remember that buses will be using alternate routes and stops while roads in the city are closed for the event from 7pm on Monday – Thursday nights, from 6pm on Friday nights and from 5pm on weekends. 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 Sydney visit transportnsw.info

Ferries are a very popular way to get around the city and will be very busy during Vivid Sydney, particularly on weekends where crowds are largest and long queues are expected.

Anyone planning to catch a ferry is strongly encouraged to have a back-up plan in mind and consider catching one of the frequent trains or buses instead. For more information on ferries during Vivid Sydney visit transportnsw.info

Light rail

Light rail services operate between Central in the CBD and Dulwich Hill in Sydney’s Inner West. Light rail is a great way to access the Darling Harbour precincts using Exhibition Centre or Convention Light rail stops.

Extra services will run on the weekends during Vivid. For more information on Light rail services during Vivid Sydney visit transportnsw.info

On foot

All Vivid Sydney precincts are within walking distance of major CBD transport hubs. On the busier Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights when large crowds are expected, you may be required to follow a certain walking route to help you enjoy a safe Vivid Sydney experience.

  • The Rocks and Circular Quay:
    Catch a train to Wynyard or Martin Place and head to The Rocks via George St following the Light Walk towards the Overseas Passenger Terminal.
  • The Royal Botanic Garden:
    Catch a train to Wynyard or Martin Place and head toward Circular Quay east. Entry to the Garden Walk in the Royal Botanic Garden is only via Queen Elizabeth entrance gates at the Opera House Forecourt. You cannot enter the Garden walk from the gates on Macquarie St or at the Conservatorium of Music. At the end of the Garden Walk you’ll exit at Macquarie St.
  • Barangaroo & Darling Harbour:
    Catch a train to Wynyard or Martin Place and head to The Rocks via George St following the Light Walk towards the Overseas Passenger Terminal.

Road closures will be in place in the city each night during the 23-day festival. The city is no place for cars while roads are closed for Vivid Sydney so leave the car at home and catch public transport. If you have to drive be aware of the key road closure times as vehicles are not allowed to drive along or exit driveways onto closed roads and will have to wait until roads have been safely reopened.

An interactive road closure map will be available closer to the event.

Key road closure timings:

  • Monday to Thursday nights: minor closures from 7pm in The Rocks and West Circular Quay
  • Friday nights: moderate closures from 6pm on roads north of Bridge St in The Rocks and Circular Quay
  • Sunday nights and Mon 10 June: moderate closures from 5pm on roads north of Bridge St in The Rocks and Circular Quay from 5pm.
  • Saturday nights: major closures from 5pm on roads north of Hunter St in The Rocks, Circular Quay and the Sydney CBD
  • Long weekend Saturday and Sunday nights: major closures from 5pm on roads north of Hunter St in The Rocks, Circular Quay and the Sydney CBD including the closure of Cahill Expressway exit to Macquarie St.

On Friday nights and weekends when major road closures are in place, some taxi ranks in the Sydney CBD and Circular Quay will be relocated to temporary alternate locations. For details on taxi rank locations during Vivid Sydney visit transportnsw.info

Realtime transport info and apps

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

Opal card

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.

Don’t forget to top up your Opal card before you head out to Vivid Sydney as queues for top-up machines at stations will be long during the festival. You can top up at an Opal retailer or online via the Opal Travel App.

Find your nearest retailer at www.retailers.opal.com.au or visit www.opal.com.au for more information.

Travelling with kids

You will be able to enjoy and experience Vivid Sydney across 23-days and nights from 24 May to 15 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.

Accessibility

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.

Vivid Sydney is pleased to announce Cushman & Wakefield as the inaugural Access and Inclusion Partner in 2019.