Late night transport

Late night transport

Get home safely in the small hours

Most of Sydney's trains stop running between midnight and 4.30am, however there are alternatives in place to help you get home safely when you're out late.

NightRide buses replace Sydney Trains to most stations across the greater Sydney network and some Sydney Buses routes operate late too.

Taxis are available for hire 24/7 and there are secure taxi ranks all over town. More information is available below.


Many routes in and out of the city operate early on Saturday and Sunday mornings, for customers who like to stay out all night.

NightRide buses

Sydney Trains services are replaced by NightRide bus services after midnight. Most NightRide bus services depart from Town Hall Station (on George Street, near the corner of Bathurst Street), but there are also services from Central Station and Kings Cross.

You can also plan your trip using the Transport for NSW trip planner.

Secure taxi ranks

Secure taxi ranks are staffed by security guards late on Friday and Saturday nights. There are several secure taxi ranks across the City of Sydney. See below for details.

Central Sydney

Alfred Street – close to Circular Quay Station.
Phillip Street – at Chifley Plaza (on Phillip Street between Bent and Hunter Streets). Operates Friday nights only.
Pitt Street – between Martin Place and Hunter Street on the eastern side.
Bathurst Street – between George Street and Kent Street on the northern side.
Goulburn Street – opposite World Square (on Goulburn Street between George and Pitt Streets) on the southern side.

Darling Harbour/King Street Wharf

Cockle Bay – on the slip road, off Wheat Road (behind IMAX Theatre)
Lime Street – at the northern end near King Street Wharf.  

Darlinghurst/Surry Hills

Oxford Street – between Riley and Pelican Streets, on the southern/city-bound side.

Kings Cross

Bayswater Road – between Darlinghurst Road and Pennys Lane.
Darlinghurst Road – between intersection of Roslyn Street and  Macleay Street.

Visit the Transport Info website to check the hours of operation and location for each secure taxi rank in NSW.

A map of taxi ranks and secure taxi ranks in the City of Sydney is available on our Taxis page.

Kings Cross transport-only trial

To reduce traffic congestion and improve public transport late at night to and from Kings Cross a transport-only zone was trialled on a section of Bayswater Road from Darlinghurst Road to Ward Avenue, in Potts Point from 9pm to 6am on 3 consecutive Saturday nights in 2014:

  • 22 March
  • 29 March
  • 5 April.

During the trial access to Bayswater Road was restricted to taxis, buses, emergency vehicles, and resident and business vehicles only.

The City of Sydney conducted the trial in collaboration with NSW Police, Transport for NSW, Roads and Maritime Services and other transport agencies.


A plan was developed outlining 6 objectives for the trial, how its success would be measured against each objective and what data would be used.An independent company gathered data about each of the measures on 3 Saturday nights before the trial and during the trial itself. A report outlining the findings is now being prepared and will be tabled at an upcoming Council meeting.


If you have any questions about the trial, please contact:

Libby Harris
Night Time City Senior Project Manager
02 9265 9333

Last updated: Tuesday, 21 June 2016