PUBLIC TRANSPORT THE BEST RIDE FOR SYDNEY ROYAL EASTER SHOW
10 April, 2019

Visitors to the Sydney Royal Easter Show are encouraged to catch public transport to and from Sydney Showground over the 12 days of the event.

Over 850,000 people are expected to pass through the gates between Friday 12 April and Tuesday 23 April, and extra trains and buses will run every day to help get crowds to and from the event.

“Large crowds are expected each day during the school holidays, especially over the Easter long weekend, and heavy traffic is expected in the area. Road closures within the precinct will be in place, so the best way to travel is by public transport”, a spokesperson for the Transport Management Centre said.

ShowLink tickets include Show entry and return travel on trains (bounded by Bomaderry, Nowra, Goulburn, Bathurst, Scone and Dungog stations), Sydney Olympic Park Major Event Buses, regular buses, and Sydney and Newcastle Ferries and Light Rail.

“You can purchase your ShowLink ticket online at eastershow.com.au, from selected Woolworths stores or at a Sydney Showground ticket booth during the Show period. They are not available at train stations or on buses so make sure you plan ahead”, the spokesperson said.

Express trains will run to Olympic Park from Central every day, with frequent services also running between Lidcombe and Olympic Park.

Sydney Olympic Park Major Event buses will run daily from the Northern Beaches, Glebe, Maroubra, Castle Hill, Rouse Hill, Menai, Cronulla and Dural.

During the week:

  •  Express trains will run between Central and Olympic Park every 20 minutes from 8am until 11:00am, then every 30 minutes until 11pm, stopping at Redfern and Strathfield
  •  Trains will run between Lidcombe and Olympic Park every 10 minutes from 5:30am until 12:30am
  •  Blue Mountains Line trains will make an extra stop at Lidcombe between 9:25am and 3pm, and between 7pm and 1am
  •  Sydney Olympic Park Major Event Buses will start running between 7am and 7:30am, depending on the route. Return buses will start leaving the precinct at around 12:45pm, with the last bus on each route leaving at 11pm
  • Trackwork from Monday 15 April:
    •  City Circle: Trains run in one direction only from 9:30pm until 1am each night until 18 April
    •  Blue Mountains Line: Buses replace trains between Penrith and Katoomba from 10:05pm until 1am and between Katoomba and Penrith from 10:20pm until 11:50pm until 18 April
    • T6 Carlingford Line: Buses replace trains between Clyde and Carlingford from 11:30pm until 1:30am on 15 April

On the weekend of 13-14 April:

  •  Express trains will run to Olympic Park from Central every 10 to 15 minutes from 9am until midnight and from Blacktown every 30 minutes from 2:30pm until 10pm
    •  Blacktown services will extend to Penrith on Saturday only from 9:30pm until 11:30pm
  •  Trains will run between Lidcombe and Olympic Park every 10 minutes from 5:30am until 12:30am
  •  Blue Mountains Line trains will make an extra stop at Lidcombe between 9am and 10:30pm
  •  Two Central Coast & Newcastle Line trains leaving Strathfield will extend to Morisset
  •  An extra Southern Highlands Line train will leave Campbelltown at 11:55pm
  •  Sydney Olympic Park Major Event Buses will start running between 7am and 7:30am depending on the route. Return buses will start leaving the precinct at around 12:45pm, with the last bus on each route leaving at 11pm
  •  Trackwork:
    • T1 Western Line and T5 Cumberland Line Trackwork: Buses replace trains between Richmond and Schofields
    • T4 Eastern Suburbs & Illawarra Line Trackwork: Buses will replace trains between Cronulla and Sutherland

On the Easter long weekend (19-22 April):

  • Express trains will run between Central and Olympic Park every 10 minutes from 9am until 2pm and then every eight minutes until midnight
  • Express trains will run between Schofields and Olympic Park every 30 minutes from 9am until midnight
  • Trains will run between Lidcombe and Olympic Park every 10 minutes from 5:30am until 2pm. From 2pm until midnight, these services will extend to run between Blacktown and Olympic Park every 10 minutes and between Penrith and Olympic park every 30 minutes
  • Blue Mountains Line trains will make an extra stop at Lidcombe between 8am and 10:30pm
  • Two Central Coast & Newcastle Line trains leaving Strathfield will extend to Morisset
  • Sydney Olympic Park Major Event Buses will start running between 7am and 7:30am depending on the route. Return buses will start leaving the precinct at around 12:45pm, with the last bus on each route leaving at 11pm
  • Trackwork:
    • T1 Western Line and T5 Cumberland Line: Buses replace trains between Richmond and Schofields and T1 trains run to a changed timetable between Schofields and Olympic Park
    • T2 Inner West & Leppington Line: Homebush trains run between Ashfield and the City only on Saturday 19 April from 5am until 9am
    • T4 Eastern Suburbs & Illawarra Line and South Coast Line: Buses replace trains between Central and Bondi Junction and T4 Illawarra Line trains start and end at North Sydney

Ferries will be very popular and may reach capacity on weekends, public holidays and busy nights so have a backup plan.

“Public transport is the easiest way to get to the Show but if you’re going to drive, be aware of road closures within the precinct, give yourself plenty of time and make sure you pre-book parking as spaces will be limited,” the spokesperson said.

Heavy traffic is expected in the area, particularly during the Easter Long Weekend and on nights other events are taking place, including:

  • Friday 12 April: Bring me the Horizon at Qudos Bank Arena from 7pm
  • Saturday 13 April: Harlem Globetrotters at Qudos Bank Arena from 7pm
  • Saturday 13 April: Western Sydney Wanderers v Sydney FC at ANZ Stadium from 8pm
  • Friday 19 April: Bulldogs v Rabbitohs at ANZ Stadium from 4pm

To plan your trip on public transport, visit transportnsw.info

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