Buses, trains & ferries

In this section:

Transport NSW Info
The Transport NSW website has been designed to provide you with all the information you need to plan an efficient and successful journey across the entire public transport network (including buses, trains and ferries).

Visit this site to:
  • plan your individual trip
  • view bus, train and ferry timetables
  • view fare information
  • download transport apps.
For more information visit www.transportnsw.info

Where to buy Opal Cards.

To travel on trains, buses, the Light Rail and ferry services in NSW, all you need is an Opal card. This can be purchased at stations, selected retailers or online at www.opal.com.au.

Students and staff can purchase Opal cards at the following retailers on campus. 

  • WH Smith - NewsagentShop 4 and 5, Morven Brown Building (C20)
  • WH Smith - NewsagentShop G035C, The Quadrangle (E15)
  • UNSW Post OfficeLibrary Walk, Mathews Building (F22)
  • New College Village Convenience Store (H3), New College Postgrad Village, Anzac Pde

Information on where to purchase Opal cards off-campus.


Buses to UNSW from Central Station

891 from Central to UNSW

The beginning of semester is always a busy period for public transport to campus, and for the first month, the queues for the UNSW Express bus can be very heavy at Eddy Avenue in the morning.

Buses are scheduled every few minutes during the morning peak, and Transport for NSW provides staff to assist with boarding to keep the queues moving as quickly as possible. Although the queue looks very heavy, waiting times are usually no longer than 10 - 15 minutes. 

898 and 893 from UNSW to Central

You will notice a few changes to the service from UNSW to Central Station during the afternoon and evening peak.

Services from High Street to Central have now been renumbered:

  • Services departing from Gate 8 on High Street have become Route 898
  • Services departing from Gate 3 on High Street have become Route 893

There are no changes to the route, which is still an express service from UNSW to Central Station.

UNSW will once again be supplementing the afternoon and evening service with a number of charter buses, to help you get home.

891 buses during UNSW exam periods

During exam periods, the 891 UNSW Express bus service diverts to a stop near the Randwick Racecourse for student examinations. Bus drivers are instructed that this is a compulsory stop. There are no changes to the route from campus back to Central Station.

Buses during UNSW holidays

The 891 UNSW Express bus service to and from the campus operates on a reduced timetable. 

Alternative services:

  • 339        Central Station on Foveaux St just east of Elizabeth St. 
  • 372        Central Station
  • 373        Museum Station
  • 374        Central Station
  • 376        Museum Station
  • 377        Museum Station

Other key bus services to UNSW

  • Metrobus 10 (M10) – Leichhardt to Maroubra Junction via Anzac Parade
  • Metrobus 50 (M50) – Drummoyne to Coogee via the City, Anzac Parade and High Street
  • 370 - Leichardt to Coogee via Anzac Parade and High Street
  • 400 - Burwood to Bondi Junction via High Street. 

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Opal cards and fares

Information: Opal cards and fares.

Fare evasion: You can incur an on-the-spot fine of $200 or more if you travel without a valid ticket. State Transit Revenue Protection Officers monitor all bus services and are frequent visitors on bus service routes to and from UNSW campuses.



Sydney Trains

Sydney Trains run the passenger train service covering suburban Sydney and extending to the Hunter, Central Coast, Blue Mountains, Southern Highlands and South Coast regions.
Trains do not operate from midnight to 4.30am. Between these hours you can catch the Nightride bus service. For more information on this service, and for timetable and fare information, visit www.transportnsw.info.
Information: Opal cards and fares.
Fare evasion: You can incur an on-the-spot fine of $200 or more if you travel without a valid ticket. State Transit Revenue Protection Officers monitor all train services.


Sydney Ferries

Sydney Ferries operate on Sydney Harbour and connect the city to a variety of locations. 


UNSW Art and Design (formerly, COFA) Shuttle Bus

A courtesy shuttle bus operates between Paddington Campus (UNSW Art and Design, formerly COFA) and UNSW Kensington Campus during the academic year. The shuttle bus stop is located at the Gate 8 entrance on High Street (UNSW Kensington) and at the Greens Rd entrance (Paddington). 

Please note the primary purpose of the shuttle bus is to operate as a night shuttle bus. Capacity and frequency is limited. Students and staff are encouraged to take public transport. 


Travel concessions for UNSW students 

UNSW students who are eligible for travel concessions can apply for a Concession Opal card.

  • Before you can apply, you need to give your consent for UNSW to share your details (your name, date of birth and zID number) with Transport for NSW.
  • Log in to myUNSW and tick the checkbox to give your consent (see the Concession Opal card link in the Online Services section of the My Student Profile tab).
  • Please allow two business days for your information to reach Transport for NSW before you apply for your Concession Opal card at opal.com.au or by calling 13 67 25 (13 OPAL).
  • If at any point you lose your Concession Opal card, please contact Opal directly on 13 67 25 (13 OPAL).

Further details about the Concession Opal card are available on opal.com.au

More information

For further information about eligibility, or providing consent, please contact:

No Foils in 2017

Proof of entitlement cards for tertiary students are changing from 1 April 2017. The green Tertiary Student Concession Cards and foil stickers on student ID cards will no longer be accepted after 31 March 2017. They will be replaced by a new proof of entitlement – the Transport Concession Entitlement Card.

For travel within the Opal network, tertiary students will require one of the following (in conjunction with their Concession Opal card):

  • An Approved Form of Student ID Card OR
  • A Transport Concession Entitlement Card

For travel in regional NSW (outside the Opal network), tertiary students will require the following (in conjunction with a paper ticket):

  • A Transport Concession Entitlement Card

Further information (including how to apply for a Transport Concession Entitlement Card) is available from Transport for NSW’s website.