Getting to the Blue Mountains
Getting to the Blue Mountains from Sydney is easy by car, coach or train. The drive from Sydney to Katoomba is just 90 minutes and trains regularly depart from Central Station. There are also local buses in the Blue Mountains that stop at some of the country’s most spectacular attractions.
Sydney trains depart from Central Station every hour and take about two hours to get to Katoomba, with stops at Parramatta , Westmead, Penrith and Springwood. You’ll need an Opal card to travel on NSW TrainLink Intercity services, including to and from the Blue Mountains.
For train travellers, there are public buses in Katoomba to Echo Point. Another ideal way to take in the sights is the hop on, hop off Blue Mountains Explorer Bus. Starting from Katoomba Station the big red bus travels in a giant loop, stopping at all the major attractions from Scenic World to Leura.
To enjoy a Blue Mountains getaway by car, travel from Sydney on the M4. Beyond Penrith the Great Western Highway climbs into the mountains to take you past Springwood, Woodford, Wentworth Falls and Leura, each worth a stop. An alternative route is via Windsor and the Bells Line of Road.
Highlights on the Bells Line route include the orchards around Bilpin, the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden at Mount Tomah and a spur road to the gorgeous village of Mount Wilson before rejoining the Great Western Highway at Mount Victoria. Allow 2h 15min from Sydney to Mount Victoria.
For a great road trip, the Greater Blue Mountains Drive is hard to beat – a series of linked drives connecting the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area to surrounding regions. The drive includes 18 Discovery Trails, taking in everything from natural wonders to wineries and country markets.