Pre-show: 7:15pm
Parade start: 7:30pm
Parade finish: 11:30pm

Major road closures will be in place for the Mardi Gras Parade, so spectators are strongly encouraged to leave the car at home and take public transport.

Plenty of extra trains and buses will be running but with huge crowds expected, services will be very busy. Plan ahead and allow plenty of extra travel time to make the most of your night.

For detailed information and to plan your trip, visit


  • Catch a train to Central, Town Hall, Martin Place or St James and walk.
  • Museum Station will be closed from 5pm on Saturday 4 March until 4am on Sunday.
  • Extra late night trains will be running to get you home:
    o   Go to Central for the easiest access to T1 Western Line trains, T1 Northern Line trains via Strathfield, and T2 Airport Line trains.
    o   Go to Town Hall if you are catching a train on the T1 North Shore Line or the T1 Northern Line via Macquarie Park.
    o   Go to St James for trains on the T2 Inner West & South Line and the T3 Bankstown Line.
    o   Go to Martin Place or Kings Cross for trains on the T4 Eastern Suburbs & Illawarra Line. Extra late night trains will be running between Central and Bondi Junction


  • From 3pm, extra buses will run into the city from the northern beaches, the north shore, the inner west and the eastern suburbs.
  • After the parade, extra buses will run on major routes out of the city until around 3am.
  • Some buses will be diverting from their regular routes due to road closures which start from around 3pm:
    > Buses on Oxford Street will divert via Darlinghurst Road and William Street.
    > Buses on Alison Road and Anzac Parade will divert via Cleveland Street and Chalmers Street.
    > From around 5pm, the Route 440 Rozelle to Bronte service will be split into two routes running between Rozelle and Central, and Kings Cross and Bronte.
    > From around 8:30pm until around 12:30am, many buses which would normally travel along Castlereagh and Elizabeth streets, will start and end their trips at Central instead.

You can download our Parade Map as a PDF here and download a PDF map of Parade night road closures here.


Viewing areas

  • There will be 3 dedicated accessible viewing areas along the parade route:
    • 1a - Taylor Square in front of the Oxford Hotel.
    • 1b - Taylor Square corner Flinders Street in front of Coco Cubano café.
    • 2 - Short Street corner Flinders Street.
    • 3 - Albion Street corner Flinders Street next to the Anglican Church.

All disability access guests need to register for the disability access viewing areas. For more information, see accessible viewing options.


Accessible transport options can be found on the Trip planner by checking 'Mobility options'. Only trip plans with accessible train platforms, ferry wharves and buses will be presented. See accessible travel in NSW or view our Accessibility apps.