Getting around New South Wales
You’ll find transport options to suit all budgets, from self-driving in a car to trains, planes and coaches. There are great cycling routes, too. With good roads and integrated public and private transport networks, getting around NSW is easy. Enjoy a wonderful holiday in beautiful NSW.
Sydney’s main train and coach terminus is Central Station at Railway Square, near Haymarket and Chinatown. Use the trip planner at transportnsw.info to plan your train and coach travel in NSW.
INTERCITY AND COUNTRY NSW TRAINS
Intercity and country trains depart Central Station for many NSW destinations, including the South Coast, Blue Mountains, Southern Highlands, Central Coast, North Coast, Country NSW and Outback NSW. Travelling long distances is easy and affordable on regional train and coach services. 13 22 32
With a convenient Opal Card, pay for intercity trains on the Blue Mountains Line, Central Coast and Newcastle Line, Hunter Line, South Coast Line and Southern Highlands Line, and buses in the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Hunter, Newcastle, Port Stephens, Wollongong, Shellharbour and Kiama.
One of the world's top ten rail journeys, the Indian Pacific is 4,325km from coast to coast across outback Australia. The trip from Sydney to Perth (or vice versa) includes a stopover in the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains. For more information, visit the Great Southern Rail website.
WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE TRANSPORT
All trains and new buses in NSW are wheelchair accessible, providing easy access for mobility devices. You can ask for assistance boarding or leaving public transport. Visit Transport for NSW’s accessible travel web page for more information.
REGIONAL COACH SERVICES
Private coach companies run daily services along the coast and to the Blue Mountains and some wine regions from Central Station. The Sydney Coach Terminal Office is on the Grand Concourse inside Central Station. During the ski season there are extra coaches to the Snowy Mountains.
Firefly Express: 1300 730 740
Greyhound: 13 14 99
Murrays: 13 22 51
Flights depart Sydney Airport to many popular areas in Regional NSW. The airport has three passenger terminals: T1 for international flights and T2 and T3 for domestic flights. You can access the airport by train from the city centre. There are also taxi, shuttle bus, and car rental services.
T2: Qantas, Jetstar, Virgin Australia, Rex Regional Express, FlyPelican, and Tigerair
REGIONAL AIR SERVICES
Airlines service Regional NSW from Sydney and some other NSW cities, Melbourne, Adelaide, Canberra and Brisbane. There are charter services, too. Flights to the World Heritage-listed Lord Howe Island depart from Sydney, Brisbane and Port Macquarie, which has a seasonal weekly service.
There are regional airports across NSW. The major regional airports are:
- Illawarra Regional Airport, near Wollongong, Shellharbour and Kiama
- Moruya Airport in Moruya, near Batemans Bay
- Merimbula Airport in Merimbula, on the Sapphire Coast
- Newcastle Airport, near Newcastle, the Hunter Valley and Port Stephens
- Port Macquarie Airport in Port Macquarie
- Coffs Harbour Airport in Coffs Harbour
- Clarence Valley Regional Airport, near Grafton
- Lismore Airport in Lismore
- Ballina Byron Gateway Airport in Ballina, near Byron Bay
- Albury Airport in Albury
- Armidale Airport in Armidale
- Bathurst Airport in Bathurst
- Dubbo City Regional Airport in Dubbo
- Griffith Airport in Griffith
- Moree Airport in Moree
- Mudgee Airport in Mudgee
- Orange Regional Airport in Orange
- Parkes Airport in Parkes
- Tamworth Airport in Tamworth
- Taree Airport in Taree
- Wagga Wagga Airport in Wagga Wagga
- Snowy Mountains Airport in Cooma
- Broken Hill Airport in Broken Hill
Car rental options are available in major regional towns and at major regional airports.
Ride-sharing services such as Uber are available in some major regional cities. Please check your smartphone App for services.
Cycling is a wonderful way to experience the natural beauty of Regional NSW. Check out the CyclewayFinder for routes. You’ll also find plenty of cycling options in spectacular national parks.