Traffic & Transport

Public transport:

The best way for participants and volunteers to get to the start line at Bradfield Park, Milsons Point and back home again is by public transport – it’s included in your event entry.

To make the event a safe and successful one, significant road closures will be in place along and surrounding the course, including the Sydney Harbour Bridge and other major roads – the city will be no place for cars while the event is underway so the easiest way to get around will be by public transport. See below for detailed road closure and clearway information (please check back closer to the event as this infomation is subject to change)

Sydney Running Festival event participants and volunteers are entitled to travel on the following public transport services:

  • Sydney Trains and NSW TrainLink services (bounded by Bomaderry, Goulburn, Bathurst and Dungog stations)
  • Metropolitan and regional bus services
  • Sydney Ferries services
  • Light rail services

Getting to and from the event by:

The closest station to the start line at Bradfield Park is Milsons Point on the T1 North Shore Line.

From Central Station (Platform 16) additional early-morning services will run regularly to Milsons Point from 5am until 9am.

On the T1 North Shore and Northern Lines, extra trains will run regularly from 5:30am to 9am.

After the event, the closest stations to the finish areas are Circular Quay and Wynyard.

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Additional Sydney Buses services will run to the city on selected routes.

Extensive bus diversions will be in place while roads are closed for the event. Depending on which run you enter and when you decide to leave the city, your journey home may still be affected as some roads remain closed until 1:30pm so plan ahead.

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Ferries can be very popular and may reach capacity, particularly on weekends so consider the other available transport options. Keep in mind services are limited early on Sunday mornings.  Milsons Point Wharf is the closest wharf. 

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Road closures and special event clearways

Road closures

Significant road closures will be in place from as early as 4am on Sunday 16 September in Milsons Point, the Sydney CBD, Pyrmont and Moore Park.

Major closures include the full closure of the Sydney Harbour Bridge in both directions from 4am to 11am.

Other key closures include:

  • Sections of the Western Distributor
  • Bridge Street, Macquarie Street, College Street and Sussex Street in the Sydney CBD
  • George Street and Hickson Road around Circular Quay and the Rocks
  • Oxford Street and Flinders Street in Darlinghurst
  • Sections of South Dowling Street and Moore Park Road
  • Pyrmont Street and Pirrama Road in Pyrmont.

Closer to the event there will be an interactive map below for road closure timings and access arrangements during the closures. You can also visit for all the details.

Special event clearways – between 1am and 12:30pm

Street parking is already very limited in the Milsons Point area so participants and volunteers are encouraged to leave the car at home and catch public transport as it’s covered by your event entries.

For the safety of event participants special event clearway parking restrictions will also be in effect between 1am and 12:30pm along the entire event course and on surrounding roads to clear vehicles of the course.

Special event clearways are ‘no parking’ zone and vehicles left in clearways will be towed and a fee applies. These clearways apply even to those with local resident or mobility parking permits so looks for the signs (see example image) and check them carefully when parking on the day as well as the night before.


Area specific maps

You can also download a PDF map specific to your local area with detailed information on access arrangements.  These area specific maps will be updated in July 2018, please consult the 2017 maps below in the interim.

Generic All Areas Overview >>
North Sydney, Milsons Point >>
Sydney CBD, Millers Pt, Barangaroo, Dawes Pt, The Rocks & Darlinghurst >>
King St Wharf, Pyrmont, Ultimo & Darling Harbour >>
Centennial & Moore Park >>

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