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10 Jun 2022
Leave The Car at Home to Enjoy Vivid Sydney

Sydneysiders are being urged to leave the car at home and catch public transport into the CBD for Vivid Sydney, with large crowds expected this Queen’s Birthday long weekend. 

The world-renowned light, music and ideas festival returned on Friday 27 May and continues until Saturday 18 June with lights on from 6pm to 11pm each night. 

Transport for NSW Chief Operations Officer Howard Collins urged people to hop on one of the many extra public transport services for Vivid Sydney, with the festival expected to enjoy bumper crowds from Friday 10 June to Monday 13 June. 

“We’re expecting another big turnout for Vivid Sydney this long weekend as people take advantage of the Monday public holiday – so leave the car at home, avoid the traffic and catch public transport,” Mr Collins said.  

“Public transport is the best option to get to and from Vivid Sydney because all precincts are within walking distance of major transport hubs – there’s no need to drive.  

“With road closures, special event clearway parking restrictions on various roads and limited car park capacity, the city is no place for cars during Vivid Sydney this long weekend. Car parks will fill early so if you must drive or are catching taxis or rideshare, expect long delays and have a back-up plan.”  

Roads around The Rocks and Circular Quay will close each night from 5pm with more extensive closures in the Sydney CBD, Walsh Bay and around Darling Harbour on Friday nights and weekends. 

“Last Saturday night’s heavy city-bound traffic was a good reminder to leave the car at home because we have plenty of extra public transport services, including trains, buses and light rail to get you to and from the festival,” Mr Collins said. 

“Ferry services have been extremely popular – last Saturday’s ferry trips arriving into the CBD exceeded pre-COVID levels with a 34 per cent increase in ferry trips between 3pm and 2am, compared to the same Saturday during Vivid Sydney 2019.  

“We expect this to continue with long queues at wharves, especially over the long weekend, so consider taking a train, bus or light rail service into the city because ferries are very limited and will reach capacity from early afternoon.  

“And if you’re headed into the city for other events, public transport is still the best option while Vivid Sydney is on as large crowds are expected around Circular Quay and Darling Harbour.”  

There will be changes to some public transport services due to road closures and for pedestrian safety during Vivid Sydney so plan ahead.  

For more information on planning your trip, service changes, additional public transport services and road closures during Vivid Sydney, visit transportnsw.info.  

Customers are reminded that wearing a face mask remains mandatory on public transport and in public transport waiting areas. 

For real-time updates on roads and traffic conditions, visit livetraffic.com.