Buses, Trains, Ferries
Getting to and from Parramatta is easy!
Parramatta lies at the geographical heart of Sydney and is well serviced by ferry, train, bus and road networks and is within easy reach of the Sydney CBD, Sydney Airport and Greater Western Sydney.
It is also easy to get around the city once you arrive. It is relatively flat and accessible by foot or bicycle, plus it has a free shuttle bus running 6 days a week on a ten minute circuit throughout the city centre.
For information on all public transport options in and out of Parramatta - fares, timetables and routes - please visit the Transport Info Centre at www.131500.com or telephone 131 500. There are also a range of network maps and timetables for - city rail, nightride buses, shuttles to the airport, taxis, ferry times and Parramatta's Loop shuttle service - provided on the right of this page. You can also phone the Parramatta Visitor Information Centre on 1300 889 714.
The River Express travels between Circular Quay and Parramatta Wharf every day between 7am and 7pm. It is one of Sydney’s must do experiences with a picturesque route to Parramatta passing riverside suburbs, wetlands and Sydney Olympic Park. It takes 50 minutes and arrives at Charles Street, a short walk past the fine dining restaurants on Phillip Street and on to Parramatta's main thoroughfare; 'Eat Street' (Church Street). See the Sydney Ferries Timetable on the left of this page for information on the route and departure times. You can also visit the Transport Info Centre at www.131500.com to plan your ferry trip, telephone 131 500.
Parramatta has rail links to most major suburban centres in Sydney and the Blue Mountains with a 30 min service from Sydney. Visitors arriving at Sydney Airport can reach Parramatta via Central station. Nearby Granville, Harris Park, Guildford, Carlingford, Westmead, Epping and Rosehill each have their own stations. Please visit the Transport Info Centre at www.131500.com or telephone 131 500 to plan your trip. For regional and interstate rail services visit www.countrylink.info or telephone 132 232.
Parramatta is well served by local buses which all use the Interchange on Argyle Street, regional and interstate coaches use the stop on Fitzwilliam Street. Please visit the Transport Info Centre at www.131500.com or telephone 131 500. To contact the bus operators directly:
Sydney Buses: tel 131500 www.sydneybuses.info
Hillsbus & Westbus: tel 9683 2877 www.cdcbus.com.au
Veolia Transport: tel 8700 0555 www.veoliatransportnsw.com.au
Hopkinsons: tel 9632 3344 www.hopkinsons.com.au
The best way to move around the city once you're here is to catch Council’s free city bus – The Loop. Environmentally friendly, every ten minutes and totally free!
Those looking to travel to Sydney Airport can take the train, take a taxi (see below) or book a pick up with a local shuttle bus company. A list of operators servicing Parramatta is available on the right of this page.
Other Transport Options
Parramatta is 24km from central Sydney with good road connections including Parramatta Road, Victoria Road, and M4 Motorway. From Western Sydney take the Great Western Hwy, M4, Old Windsor Road, Woodville Road or Cumberland Hwy.
Lennox Bridge, David Frater and Erby Place carparks are all on Phillip Street just moments from Church Street. Other carparks includes Horwood Place, Hunter Street and Wentworth Street. For details visit the carparking information page on this site or telephone 1300 889 714.
Parramatta values safe driving and wants to see you get home safe, so don't drink and drive. Grab a cab! A map showing the city's taxi zones is available on the right of this page.
Taxis Combined: tel 133 300 www.taxiscombined.com.au
Legion Taxis: tel 131 451 www.legioncabs.com.au
Premier Cabs: tel 131 017 www.premiercabs.com.au
Silver Service: tel 133 100 www.silverservice.com.au
Cycling is a healthy and environmentally friendly mode of travel and a fantastic way to see the city. For options and maps see the cycling section of this site or telephone 1300 889 714.
Note: Details correct as per February 2010. Photo courtesy of Terence Chin.