With the gates to the 2021 Sydney Royal Easter Show opening this Thursday, anyone planning to attend is being encouraged to plan their travel options ahead of time.
The Sydney Royal Easter Show will take place over 12 days from Thursday 1 to Monday 12 April at Sydney Olympic Park.
It will be particularly busy in the precinct on Good Friday and Easter Monday, with large crowds expected to visit the show alongside NRL fans attending games at Stadium Australia in the precinct. Other events including NBL matches at Qudos Bank Arena will also be taking place during the show.
Transport for NSW Acting Chief Operations Officer Mark Hutchings said whether you’re visiting the show or attending sporting events, consider all the travel options, including driving in groups, and using rideshare or taxis as public transport services will be busy.
“Traffic will be heavier than usual on roads approaching Sydney Olympic Park, particularly over the Easter weekend, so attendees should plan to get there early, and book their parking in advance to avoid any disappointment,” Mr Hutchings said.
“Take advantage of the discounted parking rate at Olympic Park car parks when you pre-book a space online, and drive with your group.
“Extra trains and Sydney Olympic Park Major Event buses will run each day during the show but services will be busy. If you’re catching public transport plan ahead and allow extra travel time, particularly over the Easter weekend. Consider visiting on a weekday if you can.
“Remember, you’ll need to tap on and off services using an Opal card or contactless payment card or device as travel is not included in your ticket to the show or other events onsite this year.”
Register your details via the Opal website or app ahead of time to assist with contact tracing. If there’s no Opal reader available on your service then check in your details using the QR codes available on the back of each seat.
“Customers are strongly encouraged to wear a face mask when travelling on public transport. Sit or stand on green dots where possible and check real-time capacity indicators where available,” Mr Hutchings said.
Major Event buses will run on all nine routes to Sydney Olympic Park with some routes commencing from 7am. The last bus will depart Sydney Olympic Park at 11pm each day of the show with services operating every 15 to 20 minutes, and more frequently during peak times.
Express and limited stop trains will run to Sydney Olympic Park from Central and key western line stations each day of the show from 9am until late with additional services over the busy Easter long weekend.
Trackwork is taking place on weekends and weeknights during the show on various lines so make sure to plan ahead.
Additional measures and staff will be in place around Sydney Olympic Park to safely manage crowds arriving and leaving each day so please be patient, practise physical distancing while in queues, and follow the directions of staff on site.
For more information and to plan your trip, visit transportnsw.info. You can also check for service capacity using the Trip Planner at transportnsw.info, the Opal Travel app or a third party transport app.
For real-time traffic conditions, visit livetraffic.com.