23 May 2024

How to get to Vivid Sydney

Plan your hassle free trip to The Rocks for Vivid Sydney 2024.
Leave the car at home and take public transport to get the best out of your Vivid Sydney experience in The Rocks. We're just a short walk away from major transport hubs! 
Public Transport

The closest station is Circular Quay, which is just a two minute stroll from The Rocks.

Please note that on weekends there will be changes to Circular Quay transport as roads around the harbour are closed. You can catch the train to Wynyard Station, walk north down George St towards the harbour and you'll be here in 10 minutes.

For more information on train services and changes during Vivid Sydney, and to plan your trip visit transportnsw.info.

Buses run regularly to and from the city on weekdays and weekends with additional services running on busier nights. Some buses will be affected by road closures and use different routes and stops.

On Friday nights from 6pm and weekends from 5pm, buses that usually run to and from Circular Quay will be relocated to Martin Place while road closures are in place, so allow extra time to get to the harbour.

For more information on bus services and changes during Vivid Sydney, and to plan your trip visit transportnsw.info.

Catch a ferry to Circular Quay and you're only a stroll away from the heart of The Rocks. 

Ferry services are a very popular mode of transportation during the bustle of Vivid Sydney, with weekends experiencing larger crowds. If you're considering taking the ferry, it's recommended to factor in additional time and explore alternative transport options. Anticipate long queues at wharves, especially during the mid-afternoon on weekends, and have multiple transportation choices in mind. Look for signage guiding you to the nearest bus or train option if ferry wharves are busy.

On Saturday 8, Sunday 9 and Saturday 15 June ferries will not run to Circular Quay from 9pm to 9.30pm while the drone shows are underway.

For more information on ferry services and changes during Vivid Sydney, and to plan your trip visit transportnsw.info.

Light rail services run regularly on weekdays and weekends through the Sydney CBD, South East and Inner West, making stops within short walking distance of Vivid Sydney locations.

L2 Randwick light rail services run between Circular Quay and Randwick via Central Station (Chalmers Street) and L3 Kingsford services run between Circular Quay and Juniors Kingsford via Central Station (Chalmers Street) through the heart of the Sydney CBD along George St. Both lines run

On Fridays from 6pm and weekends from 5pm, L2 and L3 light rail services will not run between Town Hall and Circular Quay, for pedestrian safety. Catch the light rail to Town Hall and continue your path of travel on foot along George Street to Circular Quay.

Light rail services continue to run between Randwick, Kingsford and Town Hall until late each night.

For more information on Sydney Light rail services during Vivid Sydney visit transportnsw.info


There are accessible options available to make Vivid Sydney memorable for guests of all abilities.

  • The Circular Quay and The Rocks section of the Vivid Light Walk is wheelchair accessible, but movement can be restricted during busier nights of the festival, usually weekends and the Monday public holiday.
  • All paths are accessible, with varying gradients and some paths may require assistance.
  • All Vivid Sydney installations are wheelchair accessible, with wheelchair ramps in place for specific installations.;
  • The Vivid Light Walk is outdoors. Please be prepared for all weather conditions and bring a raincoat, umbrella, or spray jacket.
  • Accessible toilet facilities are available at the following locations:
    • Hickson Rd, near Hickson Road Reserve
    • Circular Quay, near the Overseas Passenger Terminal
    • Circular Quay East, under the Cahill Expressway
    • Circular Quay West, under the Cahill Expressway
    • Circular Quay Railway Station
  • There are Changing Places facilitates located at:
    • Circular Quay West, under the Cahill Expressway
  • Most pathways are hard-sealed, with event flooring installed over grass areas
  • Drinking fountains can be found throughout the Vivid Light Walk, but it is a good idea to bring bottled water, which can be refilled at these stations
  • Assistance animals are welcome in all parts of Circular Quay and The Rocks on leash