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Local transportation

To welcome Rotary to Sydney, the New South Wales Government is offering convention goers free transit so you will be able to experience all that Sydney and its surrounds have to offer at no cost.

Free public transportation

Through an offer from the New South Wales Government, convention goers will receive free transit passes for travel on ferries, buses, and trains in the greater Sydney metropolitan area from Thursday, 29 May, through Thursday, 5 June.

You can get to Sydney Olympic Park, about 10 miles (16 kilometers) west of the city center, using the pass. Free transportation includes entry and travel to and from the event on the rail network bounded by Bomaderry, Goulburn, Bathurst, and Dungog station, all Sydney metropolitan and outer metropolitan regular route bus services, Sydney Ferries, and Light Rail.

You can plan your trip and find information, including bus and train timetables and travel conditions in the convention area, at NSW TransportInfo or by calling 131 500. Get live updates on road conditions from the Live Traffic NSW.

Show your RI-issued registration documents during your train ride to Sydney Olympic Park. After you receive your convention badge, your badge will serve as your travel pass and access to free public transportation. If you do not have registration documents when you arrive, you'll have to purchase fare until you register and receive a convention badge.


The Sydney Trains network that serves the greater Sydney area operates most routes from 4 a.m. to midnight. NSW TrainLink operates rail service to cities in New South Wales and just beyond. Airport Link trains are privately operated and run from all City Circle stations to the domestic and international terminals at Sydney Airport about every 10 minutes. You will need to pay fare if you take the train to the City Circle on your arrival. But show your registration badge on your return trip to the airport through 5 June for free fare on the Airport Link. Light Rail trams run from Central Station to Chinatown locations, Darling Harbour, The Star, Sydney Fish Markets, and Wentworth Park 24 hours a day.

Buses and Ferries

Sydney Buses travel throughout the city and beyond. A free Sydney shuttle bus (Route 555) operates every 10 minutes on a circuit from Central Station to Circular Quay, along George and Elizabeth streets.

Ferry services across Sydney’s world-renowned harbor operate from the terminal at Circular Quay to an array of destinations.

Rotary International Shuttle

Because of Rotary’s free access to the Sydney Trains network and special direct (or convention) trains to Sydney Olympic Park, which will run from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, free shuttle bus service between official convention hotels and the convention will be limited to hotels that are 500 meters or more from public transportation. Further details, including maps with hotels and train stations, will be posted in all room block hotels and included in the transportation guide available in May.


Taxis in Sydney can be hailed from the curb or engaged at one of several designated taxi ranks throughout the city center. You can also book directly with one of the many private taxi companies. A 10 percent fee is added for credit card transactions.

Safety information

In case of a roadside emergency, dial 000.