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How to get to Parramatta

By Air
Parramatta lies at the geographical heart of Sydney and is well serviced by ferry, train, bus and road networks and is within easy reach of the Sydney CBD and Sydney Airport.

Taxi
Each terminal at Sydney Airport has its own sheltered taxi rank with supervisors on hand during peak times to ensure a smooth flow of taxis for travellers.

The approximate fare from Sydney airport to Parramatta is $100 - $120 (one way) and takes about 45min.

Passengers pay for any bridge or road tolls on top of the fare (these fares are in Australian dollars and are based on non-peak traffic conditions). A $4.00 airport toll is payable by all passengers taking a taxi from any of Sydney Airport’s taxi ranks.

Ferry

The River Express travels between Circular Quay and Parramatta Wharf every day between 7am and 7pm.  It is one of Sydney’s must do experiences with a picturesque route to Parramatta passing riverside suburbs, wetlands and Sydney Olympic Park. The journey takes about 1.5 hours and the approximate fare is $7.60.

For more information visit: www.131500.com 
or call: 131 500

Train
There are train stations located at both the International and Domestic terminals, which operate as part of the Airport Link train service. The Domestic terminal train station is located directly between T2 and T3 terminals. The International terminal train station is located at the northern end of the terminal and is accessible from the Arrivals level. Cost: $18.40, duration: 45min.

For more information visit: www.sydneytrains.info

Parramatta Station is located at the Parramatta Transport Interchange, a 10-minute bus ride from the University. The Western, Cumberland and Blue Mountains train lines service Parramatta Station.

For more information visit: www.airportlink.com.au
or call: +61 2 8337 8417 

Bus
To travel from Parramatta to Parramatta campus catch Sydney Buses M52, 521, 523, 524 and 525 services. Please note these services are PrePay only. Sydney Buses, Hillsbus, Hopkinsons, Metrobus and Veolia Services run frequent bus services between the Parramatta Transport Interchange and the University during peak periods.

The trip from Sydney airport to Parramatta Station takes approximately 2 hours.

For more information visit: www.sydneybuses.info

Opal Card
The Opal card is a free smartcard ticket that you keep and reuse. You only need to get an Opal card once, and then you load value onto the card to pay for travel on all public transport in Sydney (all trains, busses & ferries). Some busses only accept Opal cards.

For more information visit: www.opal.com.au

Airport Transfers
Anytime Shuttle is a Sydney Premium Airport Shuttle Bus Service. Anytime Shuttle provides a safe and reliable DOOR-TO-DOOR airport shuttle service in Sydney. A single fare from the airport to Parramatta is approximately $60.00.

For more information visit: www.anytimeshuttle.com.au

Car
Parramatta is 24km from central Sydney (Google Map coordinates).

The Western Sydney Parramatta campus is located on the corner of Victoria Road and James Ruse Drive in the suburb of Rydalmere. Entrance to the Parramatta South campus is via Victoria Road.

Please be aware that parking on Parramatta campus is limited and parking permits and fees apply. Pay and Display one day parking permits can be purchased from parking meters on campus for $9.00. This will entitle the holder to park in blue bays only.

For more information regarding parking visit: http://www.westernsydney.edu.au/parking_at_uws/parking 

How to get around Parramatta

Taxis
Below is a list of Sydney taxi organisations servicing Parramatta:

Taxis Combined: 133 300 
Legion Taxis: 131 451 
Premier Cabs: 131 017  

Public Bus
Public buses are leaving Parramatta CBD approx. every 7 minutes and the University campus is only a 11 minute ride away. Smith Street after Philip Street bus stop and Victoria Road near Wilde Avenue are the closest stops of the CBD hotels. A one way trip cost about $2.50.

To travel from Parramatta to Parramatta campus catch Sydney Buses M52, 521, 523, 524 and 525 services. Please note these services are PrePay only. Sydney Buses, Hillsbus, Hopkinsons, Metrobus and Veolia Services run frequent bus services between the Parramatta Transport Interchange and the University during peak periods.

For more information visit:  www.transportnsw.info

Opal Card
The Opal card is a free smartcard ticket that you keep and reuse. You only need to get an Opal card once, and then you load value onto the card to pay for travel on all public transport in Sydney (all trains, busses & ferries). Some busses only accept Opal cards.

For more information visit: www.opal.com.au

What to do in Parramatta

Parramatta Park 
World Heritage Listed Parramatta Park is a must see for visitors to Sydney. Colonists convict and free, were first successful in growing sufficient food to feed themselves here. The Parklands were too attractive to be reserved for subsistence cropping for long and were used by successive Governors as respite from the stresses of running a very large open air prison. Following a determined public campaign, the area was gazetted a People's Park in 1858.

 

 

Old Government House
Standing in 200 acres of parkland overlooking historic Parramatta, Old Government House is Australia's oldest public building. For seven decades, it was the 'country' residence of 12 early governors of the colony, including Governor and Mrs Macquarie who preferred the clean air and space of rural Parramatta to the unsanitary and crime ridden streets of Sydney Town.

 

 

 

Elizabeth Farm
Commenced in 1793, Elizabeth Farm contains the oldest surviving European building in Australia. Once home to Elizabeth and John Macarthur, pioneers of the Australian wool industry, it is a rare example of an early Australian colonial homestead. 

 


St. John's Anglican Cathedral

St. John's Anglican Cathedral is a rather unusual church with twin spires. The site on which the church stands has been used continuously for a house-of-worship since 1803. The foundation stone of the first church on this site was laid in 1799, during Governor King's term of office. It was the only church in the colony until 1809.

For more information visit: www.sydney.com/destinations/sydney/sydney-west/parramatta/attractions

 
Westfield Parramatta
Westfield Parramatta services one of the largest markets in the country and benefits from the large office workforce employed in Parramatta, giving the centre separate central business district and dormitory characteristics. A recent expansion has transformed the centre into a complete retail, entertainment and lifestyle destination.