help in sydney
Replies: 33 - Last Post: Nov 11, 2012 5:20 PM Last Post By: pauls_pad2002
Nov 6, 2012 10:07 PM
help in sydneyhey guys im going to sydney for 6 days, arrive at 8pm 21st and leave 6am from bondi beach on 26th.....im staying in kings cross and a few nights in bondi so am wondering what is the best travel arrangements for me,...im gonna go straight to KC for the 1st 3 nights and then 2 nights in bondi beach to which i will go straight to the airport from.
heres the thing, whats the best travel ticket to get.....i have a day on the 22 to trip around a little downtown and on 23 and 24 and i need to go from KC to bondi and back....is it better for me to get a weekly plus gate pass or just do it on its own...
i understand its 17 buks on the train from airport to KC and then same return from bondi and i ahve to pay 11 buks for a return from KC to bondi and then a one way from KC to bondi on 23rd.
bloody confusing this train and bus system and ticketing in sydney any ideas. trying to get ti as cheap as i can
Nov 7, 2012 5:16 AM
Nov 7, 2012 5:36 AM
2What ever you end up doing, DON'T get the return airport train ticket, even though at first glance, it might seem cheaper to get this.
REASON: the return tix for the airport train is only good for when you return is the same day, or up to 4am of the immediate day after you buy the ticket.
From Bondi Beach, get the bus to Bondi Junction, and then from there, get the route 400 bus to the domestic or the international terminal of Syndey Airport.
From Bondi Junction to the domestic terminal is an hour ride, time consuming, but cheap! I think its about $5 or so, ... maybe $5.50 to the international terminal.
6am leaving from Bondi Beach, where to, the aiport, you would need to leave Bondi Beach about 8pm, get the bus to Bondi Junction, and then the 400 night bus from there to the aiport, and then spend the night at the airport.
No bus leaves that early at 6am to get to the aiprort before 8am at least (from Bondi Beach).
UNLESS you get a taxi, from Bondi Beach at 4.15 am, and that will get you to the aiprort at 4.55am/5am/5.10am.
Edited by: daycat
Nov 7, 2012 5:45 AM
3On the first night, get the train from the aiport to Kings X, yes, by train. $15.40.
Don't get the weekly pass from the airport. You loose that first day, get it the second day you are in Sydney, ...
Nov 7, 2012 5:49 AM
4The correct new term is My Multi Weekly for $43. For train, tram, bus & ferry.
Or $51 or $60 depending on how wide you want to travel on public transport, based on the zone system (km based).
Its cheaper if you are going to use bus only, or train only, or ferry only.
Nov 7, 2012 5:52 AM
Nov 7, 2012 5:57 AM
Nov 7, 2012 12:09 PM
i arrive at 8.05 pm at international. going to KC.. the next day i have at leisure. on the 23rd i am going to bondi beach for a 3 day conference so i will need to return to the place im staying in KC. thats $11 return. then on the 24th i will go to bondi to stay for 2 more nights to which i will leave at 5.30am to get to the airport for a 8.45am flight. gotta be there 2 hrs earlier.
its a very tight trip as im flying in from nz and staying in backpackers. not cheap in sydney im on a tight budget. was just trying to work out the cheapest possible trip to maximize my dollar. we only get 75 cents aud.
ive tried to work out the best scenario even if it means saving 10 buks. as for the train the my multi weekly doesnt include the gate access pass for the airport which is another 24 return. my backpackers are 25 at KC and 31 at bondi. seems i will need to get the one way trips and just do a walking tour on my day free. the weekly wont save me any money if i have to pay for the gate pass otherwise it would have.
Nov 7, 2012 12:29 PM
Nov 7, 2012 2:29 PM
9There is a way, but will see you get to Kings Cross near midnight!
From international terminal, get the 400 route bus to Bondi Junction, from there get the train to Kings Cross.
The 400 bus takes an hour and a bit, from international to Bondi Junction. And then the train from Bondi Junction should take 10 mins to Kings Cross.
No airport gate fee for the 400 bus.
Are you planning to do a lot of public transport travel?
There is a link ticket, for public transport from the city to Bondi Beach. Includes train from Sydney CBD to Bondi Junction by train, bus from Bondi Junction to Bondi Beach.
As mentioned by Poppa, if you are young and fit, walking up and down the hilly part of Sydney is an option, but I still think for $41, the weeky pass is worth it.
Ahem, that $11 you keep mentioning, whats that? If you are getting the $41, isn't public transport from Kings Cross to Bondi Beach by train & bus included in the $41?
I walked from Edgecliff once, to the CBD. Hilly as! Without a map either! Lucky I got it right!
For that last day, I think you will be able save money, if you don't stay at Bondi Beach. The first bus can probabally get you from Bondi Beach to Bondi Junction in time, from there its the expensive train to the airport.
What I would do, is check out of the hostel at Bondi Beach the night before, say 9pm, take the bus to the airport and hang around there. Even if you have to stand!
For the airport train, its $15.40 per go, not ""another $24"".
So it should read as another $15.40.
Using the fare calculator on the Cityrail.info website, its $16.20 actually from international to Kings Cross, a bit pricier, and $16.20 back.
Personally though, I talk too much, but personally, I would buy that $41 all modes public tranport ticket.
Nov 7, 2012 3:53 PM
10Do you want to save $10.xx on your last day in Sydney?
If so, check out of your Kings Cross hostel the night before, say, 7.30pm. Get the train from Kings Cross to Bondi Junction, then take the 400 bus from there to the internation terminal. Hang around at the interantional termianl till the am.
This assumes you don't have a lot of baggage of course!
Saving you $10.
OR, if you don't want to do that, the first train from Kings Cross to the international terminal is 6.02am, gets you there at 6.28am. Another $16.20.
Have exact change in coins to buy the tix, at the time I made the mistake of buying the return, credit card facs were not available at all stations, the Kings Cross station guy didn't have credit card facs, I had a useless return tix, and no coins, no notes.
So he let me past the barrier, told me to buy the tix at domestic airport train station. Lucky there were no guards on the train at that time!
Another time, all I had was cash notes, no coins, also an early train trip to the airport, so I had to wait for many people to buy their train tix, before I could buy mine, as I didn't have coins, and there was an exact amount only sign on the tix machine at Central.
So, on your last day, seeing you might want the first train out to the airport, have coins ready to buy the one way train tix to the airport.
Nov 7, 2012 5:27 PM
11pauls, you have correctly worked out that the mymulti 1 weekly is good for you, and you have heard of the weekly gate pass.
There are basically 2 options for public transport to help you:
1. the my multi1 plus weekly gate pass to international - this is fastest as you are straight on and off trains
2. just my multi1 ticket: the 400 bus is great if $ are that tight, but instead of taking it all the way to Bondi Junction, go the other way to Rockdale railway station which is a key station on the line through Kings Cross and Bondi Junction - a bit slower but you save the weekly gate pass (used to be $18, now maybe $1-2 more).
Nov 7, 2012 7:08 PM
12just looking at options but doesnt include the option to save money and stay at aiport on last night basically because when i get to aucks i have 500 km to drive and think being overtired wouldnt be a good idea.
i also think staying at the cheaper place in KC would not be a good idea for more than the one night as i can see its 45 mins on the bus from bondi junction to bondi beach, am i right, if so then almost 2 hours travel on to a day thats going to be already almost 11 hours long is a no go. i think i might have to bite the bullet and stay in bondi for 4 nights at 31 buks instead of kc at 25. i do have that free day to look around and the weekly train ticket would be great especially if i stayed in KC, but i still have that dam gate pass to pay for. would be nice having optional ferry travel too . would also like to go to darling harbour so the saving would be evident there. .all in all i think im in between a rock and a hard place, 6 of one half a dozen of the other. trying to save money doing one thing but then hindering me on another, these councils have got it all sewn up havent they. for 16 buks u get unlimited travel on all of londons underground and bus system out to the m25. ive never seen a more expensive place to travel like sydney before. a gate pass wtf is that all about, who charges access to an airport arent they making enough money out of the noise tax they charge not that they allow planes between 11pm and 5 lolol......seems to be getting more and more expensive and its only a bloody cheap backpacker trip , hate to think how much a real holiday costs these days, no wonder asia is a more attractive proposition
Nov 7, 2012 7:53 PM
Nov 8, 2012 3:25 AM
14Yes, its viable, and can be done.
But what I would do, is to get the 400 bus from the international terminal direct to Bondi Junction, which is two train stations from Kings Cross. This bypasses the city, where you have to change platforms and all that lah lah.
From Bondi Junction, you just have to know that in two stops, you are at Kings Cross, which is your hostel destination.
At that time of the night, I would not be prattling around Central, not saying that you will be mugged or anything, but the CityRail train is a public train, so you will be with all the (how can I put it mildly), all the dribs and drabs that ride the rails, ...
Bondi Junction is the end of the train line, or the start.
Plane touch down 8pm, immi & customs might take half an hour or so, so you are out at T1 400 bus stop at say, 9pm, if you take the 9.xxpm bus to Bondi Junction, you should be at your hostel by say, 10.15pm or so.
But to each their own. Your choice what you end up doing. 400 bus is also the commuter bus, ie, not a dedicated shuttle, but you don't tend to meet the "intersting people/dribs & drabs"...
Another way, where you have a quasi tour of Sydney, for $15, or a bit more, is to get the airport shuttle from the airport to Kings Cross. This means you will be travelling with others who are more or less in your situation, and you will NOT be travelling with the dribs and drabs of Sydney's rail system. Quasi tour is where you get into the mini bus or van, and it goes from the airport to the city, dropping off people, and you get a looksee of Sydney CBD, and then probabally get last drop off at Kings Cross.
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