City Circle (Sydney) Information
The City Circle is a public transportation system located around the central business districts in the Australian city of Sydney. It is a predominantly underground means of railway transportation that forms the core of what is largely regarded as the passenger railway network in Sydney. RailCorp, a government agency in New South Wales holds ownership over this network while it is operated under the brand name of Sydney Trains. Although it is named as “circle”, the shape of this route is largely in the form of a horse-shoe with train services being operated along a U-shaped route.
The concept for construction of this network was mooted back in 1915 while the construction project was carried out over a number of stages. The first phase was introduced in 1926 while six years later another new zone was added to the service. It was only in 1956 that the missing link (the Circular Quay route) commenced operations. It reported a daily ridership of 221,160 and an annual ridership of 55 million in 2005.
City Circle (Sydney) Map
Map of City Circle (Sydney) showing its lines and stations. Click on the map to enlarge it or Download City Circle (Sydney) Map in PDF.
City Circle (Sydney) Timings, Frequency and Schedule
The City Circle operates 2 lines in particular namely, T2 and T3. The T3 line begins operations at around 04:30 am in the morning and runs till sometime between 01:30-02:30 am, the next day. The T2 line however, begins operations slightly earlier at around 04:00 am in the morning and runs till sometime between 01:30-02:30 am, the next day. The frequency of the trains vary according to the time of the day and the day as well. On weekdays during peak hours, the time interval between two trains is 3-5 minutes. At other times, the frequency of trains is every 6 minutes or so. However, on weekends the time interval between two trains is slightly more with a headway of about 8-10 minutes.
For information on the City Circle (Sydney) schedule of trains on lines T2 and T3, you can visit the official website at: http://www.sydneytrains.info/timetables/#landingPoint
City Circle (Sydney) Fares and Tickets
To find out the fares of the metro system, you can use the fare calculator at the official website of: http://www.sydneytrains.info/tickets/fare_calculator
City Circle (Sydney) Tips
The peak hours on the metro service are between 6:00-9:00 am in the morning and 16:00-19:00 pm in the evenings, on weekdays. Avoid them if possible as the trains get really crowded. Another tip to avoid the crowded trains is, use an all-stops service. It is highly appreciated if everyone could use the dustbins stationed in every station, rather than littering. Putting your feet on seats and sitting on steps is not acceptable.
For more information on the travel tips to be followed, you can visit the official website at: http://www.sydneytrains.info/travelling_with/trip_tips/
City Circle (Sydney) Lines
The City Circle (Sydney), consists of two lines namely T2 and T3.
● Line T2 (Airport, Inner West and South Line)– One of the 8 lines of the Sydney Trains network, it has an annual ridership of 60.1 million (2014). It began operations in the year 2013, serving 6 stations of the City Circle. It is represented by the colour green.
● Line T3 (Bankstown Line)- The lines serves regions between the Canterbury and Bankstown area, along with parts of the regions lying in the Inner West and Western Sydney region. It is represented by the colour orange.
City Circle (Sydney) Stations
● Town Hall
● Circular Quay
● St James
City Circle (Sydney) Resource