With a streetscape often compared to a bowl of tangled spaghetti, Sydney can be a little difficult to navigate. If you want to see all the sites and don’t have wheels (or just can’t keep your road rage in check) you’ll need to make the most of Sydney’s public transport. Want to avoid a sardine-style trip? Don’t ride during peak commuter hours: 7-9am and 5-7pm are the crunch times.
But despite the crowds, it’s definitely doable, and your first order of business should be acquiring an Opal card. You can use these on any train, bus, ferry or the light rail. They’re available to purchase and top-up at stations, convenience stores and the airport, and can score you a range of off-peak discounts like the Sunday price cap – when $2.70 will cover your entire day’s travel. Or, for an ultra-convenient trip, go contactless with your bank card or mobile phone. So plan your journey and hop aboard.
Still confused? See Time Out's top tips for first-time visitors.