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New South Wales, Australia

Date of opening1926
Network length22.06 km (13.71 mi)
Lines3        Line history
Stations per line4.67
Avg. station distance2,005 m (1.25 mi)
Avg. line length7.35 km (4.57 mi)
*with transfer stations counted once
Numerical data by J. Serradell, 4 Dec 2013
Only underground stations in downtown
System typeSuburban metro, known as Cityrail
Daily ridership
Fare (10 km/10 stops; by UBS)2.92 EUR (as of 2009); gates (partly)
Power supply
Air-conditioned trainsYes
Walk-through trains
Rubber-tyred trains
Driverless lines
Platform screen doors
World Metro Database

Official map
Source: pdf, © 2010

To-scale map

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Transit mapsSystem map imagesö - moving trains

Latest Openings

Mar 2014 – Light Rail extension from Lilyfield to Dulwich Hill. 5.6 km, 9 stations.

Upcoming Openings

 2019 – CBD and South East Light Rail. New line, 12 km, 20 stations.

Abandoned Lines

Sydney monorail, which used to circle downtown, has been dismantled in 2013.

Other Rail Transport in Sydney

Metro Light Rail

Relationships with Other Metros

Australian commuter trains family
Members: Adelaide, Brisbane, Perth, Sydney,
Characteristics: Similar system and train design.

24-Hour Services

Every night: Metro Light Rail (between Central and The Star).

Express Services

Commuter rails have express and local services.

Lines with a View

Although the view is a bit impeded, the one from the Bridge looking down onto the harbour, opera house etc. is pretty cool. There's also a view of the harbour from Circular Quay station.

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Circle Lines

Pan-shaped loop - Suburban metro - 6 km - 6 stations - completed 2000.
Abandoned ring - Sydney Monorail - 3.6 km - 8 stations - opened 1988 - dismantled after 30 June 2013.

Departure Procedure and Sounds

Sydney's millennium train goes like this: "Beep Beep Beep!" – "Please stand clear. Doors closing. Next stop, Town Hall. Get off at Town Hall for Queen Victoria Building and Darling Harbour". On other lines, most train sets have recorded announcements "Stand clear, doors closing" or the newer one "Doors closing, please stand clear," in some train sets followed by different kinds of beeps. Some trains beep also when doors open. On the Illawarra Line, when it approaches a station, a female voice announces: "Next stop, [name]". For transfer stations it adds: "Passengers should change at [name] for services to [name]" (wav).

Metro Movies

Films with scenes set on this metro:

1998: Dark City, film set in an imaginary location
1999: The Matrix, story set in the future, filmed in Sydney suburban rail.

Handpicked Resources Official website Sydney Trains Official website Light Rail Official website

Generic Links for Sydney Cityrail

Wikipedia entry at entry at
Railway Gazette search at
Discussion at
System photos at Google Images
City information at

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