Sydney Trains

The City's Train Network

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.

Sydney's City Rail Museum Station

Suburban train services generally run:

  • Every 5 to 10 minutes: Major suburbs and train interchange stations
  • Every 10 to 15 minutes: Other suburban train stations

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.

Train Stations

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.

Sydney Trains Ticketing

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.

My-Multi Tickets

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

My-Train 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:

  • My-Train single and return tickets cost more in peak hours
  • These tickets are available for use until 4am the next morning
  • Single ride (adult, off-peak) - $3.80
  • Weekly (adult) - $28
  • Monthly (adult) - $102

Please 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.

Using Train Services

Catch suburban train services around the CBD and inner city suburbs:

  • The City Circle line - Travel beneath the CBD to Town Hall, Wynyard, Circular Quay, St James and Museum
  • The Northern line – Alight at Milsons Point to access to the north side of the Harbour Bridge, and Luna Park
  • Eastern Suburbs and Illawarra line – Travel to Kings Cross, Sydney's famed red light district. Bondi Beach is only a short bus trip away from Bondi Junction Station.
  • The Inner West line – Newtown is a cool and hip suburb with loads of cafes, book shops, fashion, and people from all walks of life
  • The Airport Link runs along the Airport and East Hills line, and connects Sydney Airport with the CBD. It does cost $12.60 (adult) for a single adult ticket, however it is the quickest and easiest way to and from the Airport.

Catch Intercity trains to travel to greater Sydney highlights:

  • Catch a Blue Mountains line train to the world heritage Blue Mountains (1.5 hrs)
  • Catch a South Coast line train to the seaside town of Wollongong (1.5 - 2 hrs)
  • Head north to the Central Coast, Newcastle and Hunter Valley region on the Newcastle & Central Coast line (Newcastle 2.75 hrs)

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