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Sydney trains bring many of the widespread suburbs in this city closer and join them to the Central Business District.
Suburban trains are one of the best and fastest options of the Sydney public
The other options are buses which include free shuttles around the larger suburbs, Sydney ferries and the tram or light rail.
In the past the monorail, a light train running above the ground in a loop from Darling Harbour to Chinatown, was a tourist attraction. It is not anymore as it was decommissioned in July 2013.
The rail offers good service for people who need to commute from suburbs to the City or to other suburbs. There are frequent train services connecting the larger suburbs that offer jobs and have business or retail activities and fewer trains stopping in the smaller, residential only areas.
But not all suburbs have trains.
- There is no rail to get you to the northern or eastern beaches. Cronulla beach, in the south is the only
exception. The Bondi Junction station is an option for eastern beaches but not a direct one. You still have to
catch a bus which will take you to the famous Bondi or Bronte and Tamarama beaches in about 10-20 minutes.
- There is no train to get you to the heavily populated Hills area. But it is coming up soon. The construction is underway for the new North West line to connect Chatswood with Rouse Hill through a tunnel between Epping and Bella Vista continuing with a skytrain between Bella Vista and Rouse Hill. Sounds exciting and innovative for Sydney.
If you travel just around the city centre use the city circle rail. Some stations are underground, others above ground.
There are 7 stations that loop around the centre from Central to Circular Quay and up to Museum.
If you go to the suburbs use the other train lines. All of them have connections to the city circle.
Sydney trains network
Going north and north west
- Northshore and Western lines connect Berowra in the north to Emu Plains in the west and Richmond in the north west. They extend further out to:
- Gosford and then Newcastle on the Central Coast, and
- Katoomba and Lithgow in the Blue Mountains.
- Northern line links City to Epping and Hornsby.
- Carlingford line connects Clyde on the western line to Carlingford.
To south and south west
- Eastern suburbs and Illawara line - use it if you want to go to Cronulla or Bondi Junction. Or you could visit the South Coast, down to Kiama and Nowra, via the South Coast route.
- Airport and East Hills connects City to Sydney airport and then continues to Macarthur.
- Inner West - covers a large number of suburbs close to the city and goes to Liverpool in the south.
- Bankstown line - links some inner west suburbs to Liverpool via a southern route.
- South line goes down to Campbelltown and then links further to Southern Highlands, heading to Mittagong, Bowral and Goulbourn.
- Cumberland line connects Blacktown in the west to Campbelltown in the south west.
- Olympic Park - links Lidcombe to the entertainment area of the Olympic site.
You can see the map of all the Sydney rail routes at sydneytrains.info/stations/network_map
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