The Sydney train network makes it very easy to get around the city quickly and cheaply.
Watch the video for a preview of purchasing your train ticket with the vending machines and see just how easy it is. I purchased a one way ticket from Bondi Junction to Circular Quay once with coins then again with my Visa Debit Card. Easy as 1-2-3.
There are just a few things to keep in mind when taking the trains.
- The maximum change from the ticket vending machine is $19.90. Don’t use large bills. Instead use the Visa Debit Machine or go to the ticket window.
- During peak hours purchasing a ticket from the attendant can sometimes be faster than using the ticket vending machine.
- If your ticket is demagnetised just go to the attendant station next to the gates and show them your ticket. They usually let you sail right past without any fuss.
- Pensioner’s fares are for Australian Tax Payers Only as Student fares are for Australian Students.
- If you get caught with an invalid ticket there is an on-the-spot fine of $200.
- During peak hours, please stand on the left side of the escalator to allow people to pass on the right. This is actually common practice on all escalators in Sydney.
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Step by Step Guide
Below is a step by step guide for purchasing a train ticket with the ticket vending machines. If you have any trouble with the vending machine simply go to the attendant at the ticket window. It is often faster to wait in line at the ticket window than to sort out the vending machine.
If you are coming to Sydney on holiday you might want to consider a My Multi 1 Weekly Pass, even if you are only stay for 3 days. Trust me, it will save you money in the long run and the convenience factor makes it worth it.
The My Multi 1 Weekly Pass covers all trains, buses and ferries in Zone 1 except for the airport link which is privately owned and $15 each way. What’s Zone 1 in Sydney? 10 km from the city center including Manly, Bondi Junction and all stops between plus Inner West stops like Newtown. My Multi 1 Weekly Pass is $41 for an adult. Now that sounds like a lot especially for 3 days but if you planing on taking the ferry to Manly and back to Circular Quay that will cost you $13.20 for just the ferry ticket. Then going to Bondi Beach will cost $10.20 for the train plus bus ticket. Already half way to the price of the My Multi 1 Pass and haven’t even been to Taronga Zoo.
The Sydney Pass is another option but I do NOT recommend it. The Sydney Pass also includes unlimited travel on trains, buses, ferries, with the addition of the Sydney Explorer tour bus, the Bondi Explorer tour bus plus a return transfer to the airport via airport link for either 3, 5 or 7 days. But the Sydney Pass for 7 days will cost you $172 for a single adult and is not worth it’s value UNLESS you take full advantage of all the travel options. The 3 day Sydney Pass is $116 and the 5 day pass is $152.
Sydney Train Ticket Vending Machines
Part 1: Buying a Train Ticket with Coins Easy as 1-2-3
Buying a Sydney Train Ticket with coins is a great way to get rid of all those excess coins you’ve collect.
The Coin Ticket Vending Machines are quick and easy to use. There are just a few things you need to be aware of before making your purchase.
- The maximum number of coins you can use to purchase your ticket is 10. If you enter 11 into the machine it will drop out all of the coins you entered and you’ll have to start again.
- The Maximum Change the machine will give you back is $1.90. That means no $2 coins.
- The Pensioners/Senior Citizens fare is for Australians only. To purchase a Concessions ticket you need a valid Concessions Card. The on the spot violation for purchasing a invalid Concessions fare is $200.
Ok, Let’s get started.
Select Your Destination
First thing you need to do is pick your destination. (Yes, these are the ticket vending machines used during the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney which is why Olympic Park is highlighted and #1.)
The most popular destinations are #2-City, #14 Bondi Junction, and #4-St. Leonards for Kirribilli and North Sydney. The City Train Zone ends at Kings Cross and Central, everything East or South of those two stops are no longer City.
Select Your Ticket Type
Also be aware that the Senior Citizen fare is for Australian Tax Payers only. If you are a Senior Citizen traveling in Sydney from overseas, you do not qualify for the Pensioner’s fare. All Students/Apprentices need to have a form of school ID on them.
There is an on the spot fine for those caught with an invalid ticket of $200.
Insert Coins & Collect Your Ticket
Now is the perfect opportunity to get rid of all those coins you’ve been carrying around. You can use a max. of 10 coins. I usually go for the 50¢ pieces first because they take up so much room in my wallet.
You may come across certain coins are rejected by the coin machine, usually 20¢ pieces. Take a good look at those coins, often they are sneaky New Zealand 20¢ that have been give out as change to unsuspecting patrons.
Once you have paid for your ticket it will appear at the bottom of the vending machine.
Part 2: Buying a Train Ticket with a Card
- You can purchase more than one ticket.
- You can use bills to pay for your ticket.
- If you use bills, max. change is $19.90 so don’t use a $50 for a single city fare or it will cost you.
What is EFTPOS? EFTPOS stands for Electronic Funds Transfer at Point of Sale. It essentially is an ATM card without a Visa or MasterCard logo. Australia’s use these cards more often than the Visa Debit Cards. If your traveling then use your Visa/ MasterCard debit card or credit card, either one should work.
If you are in Sydney for 3 or more days then I highly recommend getting one of the passes not just to save money but also for convenience. I explain in more detail above.
You will notice on the far right of the touch screen there is a list of the tickets in your “shopping cart”.
Once you have selected the destination you will move on to the next screen.
Pay or Add Another Ticket
In this picture I have selected a 7 Day Rail Pass to the City Center from St. Leonards. How does it know I want a pass from St. Leonards? It depends on what the vending machine’s location is. For example if I purchased a 7 Day Rail Pass from Bondi Junction station to the City, St Leonards station would not be included. To include St Leonards I would need to purchase a Rail Pass from Bondi Junction to St Leonards.
If you are purchasing any of the Transport Passes and have questions it’s best to go up to the ticket window.
To pay with your debit card simply touch on the red square.
Pay With Your CardNow all you have to do is pay. Just follow the instructions on the keypad. Insert your card and remove. Be patient. Sometimes the card is removed before the machine has a chance to read the magnetic stripe.
If you are visiting from overseas use a card with a Visa or Mastercard logo then select the account that card is linked to. If it is a Visa Debit card most likely it is linked to your checking account.
And that’s it! Once your transaction is approved your ticket will appear in the bottom window. Now your ready to go catch your train.