Planes, trains, and automobiles
First Things First! 
  • Transport for NSW is a great site for planning trips
  • Get a transportation card
  • You need to load your card with money before getting on public transit
  • You can add money to the card at machines and retailers around the city
  • When you board public transit, just tap your card on the reader and tap off when you disembark
  • Brisbane
    • Get a Translink Go Card 
    • Available for purchase at Brisbane Airports, convenience stores, and train stations
  • Sydney
    • Get an Opal Card​
  • Easiest way to cover Australia’s large distances in a short time
  • Great value fares are available, especially if you book in advance
  • Check out the flight article for more links for finding flights
  • Traveling by bus in the land down under is comfy, efficient, and reasonably priced

  • If you're on a long-distance journey, there's usually air conditioning, reading lights, adjustable seats, and free wifi

  • Greyhound is the national coach operator

    • Offers hop-on, hop-off passes for popular routes, short trip passes and flexible passes based on the amount of kilometers you wish to travel


  • Australia is known for having some of the most beautiful road trips in the world

  • You can find car rental companies in major airports or central city locations


  • Trains are an affordable, convenient, and beautiful way to explore Australia

    • TrainLink runs services between Sydney and the regional centers of New South Wales, and along Australia’s east coast to Melbourne, Brisbane and Canberra

    • V-Line trains connect Melbourne with regional hubs in Victoria, Queensland Rail covers Queensland

    • TransWA crisscrosses through Western Australia


  • Ferries can take you short or long distances

  • You can travel to islands or within harbors

  • Transport is a helpful site to plan ferry trips

Light Rail
  •  Sydney has a light rail system which is convenient 
  • The subway/metro is cheap and convenient 
  • Get ready to walk everywhere!
  • Be sure you bring good walking shoes 
  • It’s a wonderful way to get around and get a feel for your city and Australia in general
  • AllTrails is a great resource for finding hikes in your area 
Other Methods of Travel & Resources
  • Rome 2 Rio
    • You may use this website for best ways to get from A to B, but be sure to double-check the actual bus/metro/train schedules before you plan 
    • It’s a good way to see multiple methods of travel and compare cost, times, etc.
  • Transport for NSW 
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