In the latest Big 7 Travel poll, Sydney ranked 41st in the top 50 friendliest cities in the world. One of the main reasons for this is because we respect each other’s personal space and are aware of how we all go about our day. Here’s some insight into how you can fit in like a local.
Travel outside of peak hours
The busiest times to travel are between 7am and 9am and 4pm and 6pm from Monday to Friday. If you’re able to travel outside of these times, you could enjoy a more comfortable journey, especially if you’ve got luggage in tow.
Keep to the left
When you’re travelling on an escalator or walking on a footpath, it’s an unwritten rule that you should keep to the left. That way, fast walkers can overtake you on the right, and there’s less of a chance of physically bumping in to people.
Be ‘quiet carriage’ aware
Certain intercity train services have designated ‘quiet carriages’. If you sit in one of these, you’ll need to put your mobile phone on silent, keep conversations to a minimum and use headphones for mobile devices. They’re usually the first, last and two middle carriages of a train, and you’ll find them on the Blue Mountains Line, Southern Highlands Line, South Coast Line, Central Coast & Newcastle Line, and Hunter Line.
Be aware of smoke-free zones
You probably won’t be shocked to learn that smoking is prohibited on public transport – but you may not know that it is also banned inside and within four metres of entrances to clubs, restaurants, cafes, hotels and other buildings.
Signal the bus driver
If you’d like to catch a bus, stand at the designated bus stop and use your hand to wave and get the bus driver’s attention.
Keep clear of closing doors
Each train is allocated a certain amount of time at each stop for alighting and boarding. Running at the train doors as they’re closing is not only dangerous, it will also delay the network.
Know your options
Since September 2019, travellers no longer need an Opal card to commute on Sydney’s public transport network. On trains, buses, ferries, light rail, metro and NSW TrainLink Intercity services, you can now also tap on and tap off the Opal readers using your credit or debit card (American Express, Mastercard and Visa are all accepted), or your linked smartphone, tablet or wearable device.