The city's rail network is run by Sydney Trains.
Formally known as City Rail, the network covers the inner city, outer suburbs and greater metropolitan Sydney area.
The network is a heavy rail system composed of large double decked passenger trains. Most of these are now air conditioned.
The service lines spread out across the city, covering large distances, from the major transport hub Central Station.
Many inner city areas are not serviced with a train line. If you are located in such an area a combination of alternative public, or other transport options must be used.
Tickets must be bought before travel, and are available as single rides and returns (from station ticket offices, or machines).
Weekly, quarterly, monthly and annual tickets are also available, which do pass on some savings.
Suburban train services generally run:
Intercity services operate to the greater metropolitan area, and generally run every 30 minutes in peak hours and every hour in non-peak hour times.
We use train services often, making them work as part of an effective Sydney transport service by being aware of train timetables, particularly in non-peak hour times.
Major train stations, such as Central, Redfern, Strathfield and Chatswood connect differing train line services. Therefore these stations are serviced much more frequently.
Trains can be accessed by immobile passengers by contacting the station office who can organise an access ramp onto your selected service.
For minor stations, immobile access is dependent on station office opening hours. If travelling outside these times it is advised to board a train at a major station.
Stations are continually being upgraded. Most major train stations are now wheelchair and pram accessible with lifts and ramps accessing platforms. All stations have digital displays.
My-Train or My-Multi tickets can be used on Sydney Trains services, and are available from ticketing windows or machines at any train station.
Monthly, quarterly and yearly passes can be bought online.
Child and concession tickets are available for most Sydney Trains journeys.
Peak hours Sydney Trains ticket prices apply to single and return tickets purchased before 9am.
Peak hour prices do not apply to weekly, monthly or yearly MyTrain tickets, or MyMulti passes.
Opal ticketing is also rolling out across the network. You can use this automated, top up card on most trains around Sydney.
Use these tickets across the entire public transport network within the allowed time frame: trains, light rail, ferries, Sydney buses and private buses.Click here for information about My-Multi tickets
There are five My-Train zones across the train network. The zones are based on distance.
My-Train Zone 1 tickets allow travel up to 10 km, and are all you should need to travel around the city and inner suburbs.
Check with Sydney Trains if you’re not sure whether you will be travelling beyond 1 zone.
My-Train Zone 1 Tickets:
Note: You can use My-Train tickets on lightrail services if you buy a
Tram-Link fare when purchasing your ticket. This is an additional cost
starting at $3.50.
Catch suburban train services around the CBD and inner city suburbs:
Catch Intercity trains to travel to greater Sydney highlights: