Huge crowds are expected to attend this year's 40th anniversary of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade so plan your trip to and from the celebrations ahead of time.
With major road closures from 5pm in the Sydney CBD, Darlinghurst and Moore Park the best way to get to and from the celebrations is to leave the car at home and catch public transport. Don't forget to top up your Opal card before leaving for the night as queues will be long at machines, especially on the way home.
Stay connected on the night and get real-time updates on transport services, event capacities and road closures:
- Event updates: follow the hashtag #MardiGras40 and @SydneyMardiGras on Twitter and @gayMardiGras on Facebook.
- Transport updates: follow @BusesInfo, @FerriesInfo and @TrainsInfo
- Road closures and traffic: follow @LiveTrafficSyd
For detailed information and to plan your trip using the Trip Planner, visit transportnsw.info.
Trains will run to a Saturday timetable, with frequent services to get you to the parade and home again.
The closest train stations to the start of the parade are Central, Town Hall, Martin Place and St James. City Circle services will run every five minutes and every 10 to 15 minutes on other lines to the city.
Note: Museum Station will be closed from 5pm on Saturday until 4am Sunday. Trains won’t stop at the station during this time due to the large crowds so please alight at St James Station or other nearby stations instead.
Pedestrian access across the parade route will be managed at dedicated crossing points until around 7pm. After such time the route will lockdown and no access across Oxford and Flinders Streets will be available until the parade finishes.
Make sure you head towards your preferred viewing side of the parade route early.
- For access to the northern side around (Darlinghurst) of the parade route use Town Hall, St James or Martin Place stations.
- For access to the southern side (Surry Hills) use Central station.
After the parade, head to the following stations for services to get you home:
- Go to Town Hall for T1 North Shore and Northern Line (via Macquarie Park) services
- Go to Central for T1 Western, Northern (via Strathfield), T2 Inner West, T8 Airport & South Line and NSW TrainLink regional services
- Go to St James Station for T3 Bankstown and T2 Leppington Line services
- Go to Martin Place for T4 Eastern Suburbs & Illawarra services
For detailed information on train services and trackwork, visit the Transport NSW website.
Extra buses will run on major corridors in and out of the City between 3pm and 3am
Bus services will be affected as they divert around the parade road closures between 3pm Saturday and 4am Sunday. Some services will use temporary bus stops and terminate early during this time. Plan your bus trip before heading out to the parade to see if your service is affected.
Ferries will be very busy and may reach capacity early on Mardi Gras so have a back up plan in mind and consider the alternate transport options available.
Sydney Ferries services will run to a Saturday timetable and some of the last ferries leave around 7:30pm.
Light rail services run between Central Station and Dulwich Hill with stops at popular CBD and Inner West destinations. From Central you can walk to the southern side of the parade route via Albion Street.
Major roads along and surrounding the parade route from Hyde Park to Moore Park will be closed from 5pm, including Liverpool St, Wentworth Ave, College St, Oxford St, Flinders St, Moore Park Rd and Anzac Pde. Some closures around Hyde Park will be in place from as early as 3pm. Leave the car at home on Mardi Gras and let public transport get you to and from the parade.
If you have to drive, expect major delays on roads in the Sydney CBD, Darlinghurst and Moore Park while closures are in place. Remember, you aren’t allowed to drive onto closed roads, including exiting from a driveway or carpark so plan your movements ahead of time as most roads won’t reopen until 4am the next day.
Special event clearways
Street parking will be extremely limited with special event clearway parking restrictions in place from 6am Saturday through until 4am Sunday 4 March on most roads throughout the southern end of the Sydney CBD, Darlinghurst, Surry Hills and Moore Park.
Check signs carefully before parking as vehicles left in special event clearways will be towed and a fee applies.
Taxi ranks within the closure areas will not operate. If you have to catch a taxi you will need to go to a rank outside of the parade route. Keep this in mind if you plan to book any ride sharing vehicles also.
We strongly encourage you to catch public transport as demand for taxis will be high and queues will be long. For details of taxi networks servicing the Sydney area, visit NSW Taxi Council.