Image: Jeffrey Feng via mardigras.org.au
Getting to and from the city on Mardi Gras weekend can be a bit of a nightmare. There are major road closures, but extra trains and buses will be running to help commuters get to and from the parade.
With huge crowds, Transport NSW expects services will be very busy. Here is all the info you will need for the weekend!
- The closest train stations to the start of the parade are Central, Town Hall, Martin Place, and St James.
- Sydney Trains services will run to a Saturday timetable with additional services to get you to the parade and home again.
- If you’re travelling from the Blue Mountains, extra services run to the city leaving from Lithgow at 14:07 and from Springwood at 14:59, 15:59, 16:29, 16:59 and 17:29.
- Please note that pedestrian crossing on the parade route will be managed until 18:00. From this time the parade route will be locked down and you will not be able to cross the road until the parade ends around 23:30. Ensure you head towards your preferred viewing side of the parade route before this time:
- For access to the northern side of the parade route use Town Hall, St James or Martin Place stations.
- For access to the southern side use Central station.
- Note: Museum Station will be closed from 17:00 on Saturday until 04:00 Sunday. No trains will stop at the station during this time.
- Additional late night services will run on all lines to help you get home after the celebrations.
- T1 Western, T1 Northern via Strathfield, T2 South, T2 Airport or Blue Mountains Line stations - go to Central Station
- Services to Richmond and Epping via Strathfield will run until 02:00.
- Additional services to the Blue Mountains will leave Central at 21:48 and 23:48, stopping at Strathfield, Lidcombe, Granville, Parramatta, Blacktown, Penrith, Emu Plains and then all stations to Lithgow. Additional services to Springwood leave at 21:01, 21:31, 21:59, 22:31 and 23:01.
- An additional Central Coast & Newcastle service will leave Central at 00:15, stopping at Strathfield, Eastwood, Epping, Hornsby and all stations to Hamilton. The 00:46 service from Central to Wyong will continue onto Hamilton, stopping all stations.
- Due to trackwork, all Intercity services will arrive and depart from Central Station suburban platforms.
- T1 North Shore Line and T1 Northern Line via Macquarie Park - go to Town Hall Station.
- Services to Gordon and services to Epping via Chatswood will run until 01:00.
- T3 Bankstown, T2 Inner West or T2 South Line stations - go to St James Station
- Services to Homebush run until 02:00 and services to Birrong run until 02:30.
- T4 Eastern Suburbs & Illawarra or South Coast Line stations - go to Martin Place Station
- Services will run from Central to Bondi Junction until 03:00.
- An additional South Coast service to Kiama will leave at 23:59, stopping at Redfern, Wolli Creek, Hurstville, Sutherland, Waterfall and then all stations to Wollongong.
- Trackwork is carried out on an ongoing basis to maintain the safety, reliability and efficiency of the Sydney Trains network.
- Trackwork may affect how you travel to and from events.
- For the latest information, check trackwork service updates or use the Trip planner.
- Extra buses will run on major corridors in and out of the City between 15:00 until 03:00.
- Additional services will run from the Northern Beaches, North Shore via Miller Street and Pacific Highway, Inner West via Parramatta and City roads, Victoria Road, and the Eastern Suburbs. Make sure you plan ahead using the Trip planner.
- Bus diversions will affect a number of services in the Sydney CBD from as early as 15:00 as major road closures are put into place for the parade.
- Buses on Oxford Street will divert via Darlinghurst Road/Victoria Street and William Street.
- Buses on Alison Road and Anzac Parade will divert via Cleveland Street.
- From around 17:00, the Route 311 Millers Point to Railway Square service will run only between Millers Point and Kings Cross.
- From around 17:00, the Route 440 Rozelle to Bronte service will be split into two routes running between Rozelle and Central, and Kings Cross and Bronte.
- From around 20:30 until 00:30, many buses that normally travel along Castlereagh and Elizabeth streets, will start and end their trips at Central instead. The Route 343 Chatswood to Kingsford service will be split into two routes between Chatswood and Gresham Street in the city, and between Kingsford and Central.
- Hillsbus will run additional services to the city on routes 610X, 607X and M61.
- Extra late night services will run back to the Hills from QVB on routes 610X, 607X and M61.
- Sydney Ferries services will run to a Saturday timetable. See ferry timetables and map.
- Ferry services are very popular, especially on weekends, and may reach capacity.
- Plan your trip ahead and allow plenty of extra travel time or consider the alternative public transport options available.
- Light rail services run between Central Station and Dulwich Hill with stops at popular CBD and Inner West destinations.
- For maps and service frequencies see light rail service information.
- Pedestrian crossing points directly along the parade route will be managed until around 6.30pm, after this time you cannot cross until 11:30pm.
- However, during the parade, access to the northern side is available via Park St, William St and Yurong St. Southern side access is via Goulburn St.
- Major road closures will be in place in the Sydney CBD, Darlinghurst, Surry Hills and Moore Park during the parade between 15:00 and 04:00.
- Closures include:
- SYDNEY CBD: Castlereagh Street, College Street, Elizabeth Street, Liverpool Street, Pitt Street and Wentworth Avenue.
- DARLINGHURST: Oxford Street, Crown Street, Flinders Street, Riley Street and South Dowling Street.
- SURRY HILLS: Bourke Street.
- MOORE PARK: Anzac Parade, Moore Park Road
- Police may restrict vehicle access along closed roads, including residents and businesses owners.
- Special event clearways will also be in place from 06:00 Saturday 4 to 04:00 Sunday 5 March.
- Check signs before parking as vehicles left in special event clearways will be towed and a fee applies.
- For full details of the road closure, clearway locations and traffic information, visit Live Traffic NSW, download a real-time traffic app from the App Store or Google Play, or call 132 701.
- A Secure Taxi Rank will be operating in Elizabeth Street (East) between Liverpool Street and Nithsdale Lane and staffed from 21:00 until 05:00. There will be an accessible taxi available at this rank.
- For details of taxi networks servicing the Sydney area, visit NSW Taxi Council.
- There will be 3 dedicated accessible viewing areas along the parade route:
- 1a - Taylor Square in front of the Oxford Hotel.
- 1b - Taylor Square corner Flinders Street in front of Coco Cubano café.
- 2 - Short Street corner Flinders Street.
- 3 - Albion Street corner Flinders Street next to the Anglican Church.
All disability access guests need to register for the disability access viewing areas. For more information, see accessible viewing options.
Accessible transport options can be found on the Trip planner by checking 'Mobility options'. Only trip plans with accessible train platforms, ferry wharves and buses will be presented. See accessible travel in NSW or view our Accessibility apps.
Source: Transport NSW