Beware Sydney: Any sort of transport in and around the city is going to be a bit of a nightmare. So this is everything that you need to know.
Although Mardi Gras will ABSOLUTELY be all about celebrating love and having fun, there’s no avoiding the fact that it’s a massive event and that means that hundreds of thousands of party-goers will be trying to make their way to and from the city.
To make sure that you avoid the travel headache, Transport NSW suggests that we all start planning our trips to and from the celebration ahead of time.
In order to help you make your transport plans, we’ve come up with THREE top tips to make sure your night goes smoothly from beginning until end.
1. Leave the car at home
Transport NSW have made it clear that Mardi Gras is no place for a car for many reasons. Firstly, huge crowds are expected to attend the parade and so there is likely to be plenty of traffic. There will also be plenty of major road closures from 3pm until 4am the next day in the CBD, Darlinghurst, Surry Hills and Moore Park for the parade.
We suggest leaving the car at home or at a nearby train station and catching public transport to the event. Trains and buses will be more frequent to help accommodate the extra passengers.
2. Make sure your opal card is topped up
There’s nothing worse than going to tap on with you opal card only to hear the disappointing sound of it being declined.
Transport NSW are telling us that they’re expecting massive queues at Opal top up machines during the Mardi Gras celebration and so we suggest adding plenty of cash to your card BEFORE leaving home so that you don’t get stuck.
3. Keep up to date on real-time transport updates via social media
If there’s one thing that we can say for sure it’s that traffic can be completely unpredictable. In order to stay connected with real-time updates for various transport services, traffic and road closures we suggest following these accounts on social media:
- For Event updates search #MardiGras40 or @SydneyMardiGras on twitter and @gayMardiGras on Facebook
- For public transport updates follow @BusesInfo, @FerriesInfo and @TrainsInfo
- For Traffic updates visit @LiveTrafficSyd
Follow our simple steps and we’re certain that all you’ll be worrying about at the 40th anniversary of Mardi Gras is celebrating with the rest of Sydney; not worrying about how to get there and back home!