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Transportation within Blue Mountains areas

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Transportation within Blue Mountains areas

Hi Guys,

Need some advice. I will be coming to Katoomba from Indonesia. We are a group of 4 adults and 1 child coming from Sydney. We are planning to spend 3 nights in Katoomba and wondering what kind of transportation should we arrange for ourselves.

Originally we are planning to take a train from Sydney Central, however when browsing through Blue Mountains information, we only get some info on the hop-on-hop-off buses such as the Explorer or the Trolley and they are, quite frankly, quite pricey, especially if there are 5 of us. The other alternative is to rent a car from Sydney for the whole 3 days that we are staying there. So, really need some advice on which option should we take? Use the public transports or rent a car from Sydney.

Thanks for the help guys.



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1. Re: Transportation within Blue Mountains areas

There are public buses as well as the HOHO bus services. You'll find timetables and fares on the transportnsw website.

Hiring a car may be preferable for flexibility and convenience. You'd need to price out train plus hiring a car or doing it all by car. Remember with an OPAL card travel is capped at just $2.50 on a Sunday

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2. Re: Transportation within Blue Mountains areas

For your group of 5, hiring a car is a good option. For one thing, the cost is spread. Second, you avoid wasting time standing in queues waiting for transport. Third, and best advantage, you then have the flexibility to drive to the sites and areas you want to, when you want to. For example, if you stay at Katoomba you can drive to Wentworth Falls picnic area in 10 minutes and be walking in 11. Or you can drive to Leura in 2 minutes and be at Leura Cascades walking in 5. You can even drive down to Katoomba Cascades. There is plenty of parking at these sites and the only place you have to pay for street parking is at Echo Point but only between 8am and 5pm.

If you are staying for 3 days, having a car also gives you the chance to go down to Jenolan Caves on one of the days and/or explore Megalong Valley, Glowworm Tunnel, Evans Lookout and the Grand Canyon, etc etc.

Edited: 12 December 2016, 01:55
Jakarta, Indonesia
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3. Re: Transportation within Blue Mountains areas

Hi Peter,

Thank you for your inputs and thanks for recommending places to go while we are there.

Cheers mate,


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4. Re: Transportation within Blue Mountains areas

Hi AmoMondo,

Thanks for the input. My concern aside from the cost would be convenience as well. If local transport network in Blue Mountain is good then I would think using local buses is a good option

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5. Re: Transportation within Blue Mountains areas

If I were to visit the Blue Mountains for one day, I would take the train. But for 3 or 4 days, you should definitely hire a car.

There are many great places to visit that are not located near the public bus network and a car gives you so much more flexibility.

It means your time is not dictated by the timetable of the bus and you can stay as long as you like at an attraction.

Having your own car also means that you might choose to take the Bells Line of Road for your travel in one direction and stop at the Mt Tomah Botanic Gardens or one of the many 'pick your own fruit' orchards along the way.

You will probably find that for your group, a car is not much more expensive than the train + buses.

Just make sure you rent or bring an approved age appropriate car restrain for the child as it is mandatory in Australia.

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