Night time economy
Sydney’s night time economy is influenced by the availability of transport options, to ensure safe and efficient access, to and from the city centre. Night travel is defined as travel occurring between the hours of 8pm and 6am. The late night economy includes social activities, late night and shift work, freight and deliveries and local residential access; with each of these elements requiring consideration.
Night time travel opportunities are currently provided on several all-night bus routes servicing the Sydney metropolitan area, providing travel opportunities throughout the night, on major corridors across Sydney. Some of these routes are operated as “Nightride” routes, generally operating along existing railway lines to provide bus services, when trains do not operate. Other routes provide 24-hour services on corridors, to service routes away from the rail network. Most Nightride services operate on all nights of the week, serving most rail corridors and providing public transport access to and from the city centre (typically between midnight and 4:30am). Additional services operate on early Friday to Sunday mornings, to cater for higher weekend customer demand, on major routes. There is more information on the Sydney Night rider service here.
On corridors away from the rail network, some bus routes provide 24-hour services each day, with regular services operating on major routes to and from the city centre. These routes serve locations linking to the Sydney city centre with La Perouse, Coogee, Bondi Beach, Manly, Mona Vale and Ryde.
In recent years, as Sydney’s’ night time economy grows, initiatives to enhance all-night access have been introduced to support residential growth and increased customer demand for travel.
Initiatives to support overnight public transport services since 2013 include:
- All week services linking the Sydney city centre with the Eastern Suburbs and the Victoria Road corridor, including routes 301 and 520
- Weekend services linking the Sydney city centre with the Inner West and North West Sydney, including services on routes 438 and 607X
- Extension of existing Nightride route N20 (Riverwood – Rockdale) to the Sydney city centre, via the Sydney Airport precinct, Mascot and Green Square
- New route N81 between the Sydney city centre and Parramatta via Rhodes, Wentworth Point and Sydney Olympic Park
- New route N91 between Bondi Junction, the Sydney city centre, Chatswood and Macquarie Park
Super taxi ranks (from 10pm-5am Fri, Sat and Sun) were introduced to:
- Bathurst Street near George Street.
- Pitt Street near Martin Place, with an additional sixteen (16) taxi spaces
Additional Secure taxi ranks (from10pm-5am Fri, Sat and Sun) were added:
- Sussex Street, more than ten (10) spaces have been added to provide a new secure zone.
- Argyle Street in the Rocks more than ten (10) spaces were added to provide a secure rank.
- Iron Wharf Place in Darling Harbour more than ten (10) spaces were provided for a secure rank.
New taxi ranks at other locations around the Sydney city centre.
Point to Point services (which include taxis, rideshare, hire cars and tourist services) provide another important mode of late night transport. Since the 2013 Access Strategy, we have worked with the City of Sydney to provide additional safe locations for all Point to Point services and new secure taxi ranks which provide safer and reliable access to late night transport.
Super taxi ranks (for 10pm-5am Fri, Sat and Sun) were introduced to:
- Bathurst Street near George Street and
- Pitt Street near Martin Place, with an additional sixteen taxi spaces
Additional Secure taxi ranks (for 10pm-5am Fri, Sat and Sun).were added:
- Sussex Street, more than ten spaces have been added to provide a new secure zone
- Argyle Street in the Rocks more than ten spaces were added to provide a secure rank
- Iron Wharf Place in Darling Harbour more than ten spaces were provided for a secure rank
- New taxi ranks at other locations around the CBD
Secure taxi ranks are staffed by security on the weekends, to help assist customers and ensure transport customer safety. Click here for more information about the location of taxi ranks.
In addition to taxi services and traditional hire vehicle services, ride share and on demand services have been operating in Sydney since October 2012 and continue to grow. These services provide personalised transport options, for customers requiring late night access to, from and within the city centre.