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How to get to the Blue Mountains

The most convenient and hassle free way to get to the Blue Mountains is via train. In fact, Monday to Friday, the 7:23am Blue Mountains train from Sydney Central Station will land you right on the doorstep of our booking office just in time for our first departure at 9:45am. This will give you maximum time to see the most in the Blue Mountains, at your own pace. On weekends and public holidays, this train departs Sydney Central Station at 7:22am.

If you prefer to sleep a little longer, there are many more trains to choose from, however, the earlier you arrive, the more you’ll see. Use the Trip Planner to find a time that suits you.

The train journey is relaxing and offers some stunning views along the way, as you climb towards the Blue Mountains, and you don’t need to worry about parking, you’ll arrive relaxed and ready to explore.

You will need to purchase an Opal Card to for your train journey. You can pick one up at Sydney's Central Station or one of the many Opal card retailers around the city. The Opal Card fare is just over $5 each way. Find out more information about Opal Card.

Experience majestic views from the train

Grab a seat on the upper level, on left hand side, and you can enjoy views like no other. Such as the view down Glenbrook Gorge, a 200-metre deep canyon of orange sandstone cliffs which opens up on the left soon after you cross the Nepean River. As you climb higher, look to the right for spectacular views over rippled mountain ridges. And when your coming into Leura, again look to the left to feast your eyes on the magnificent escarpment view of Mount Solitary, perhaps still wearing its skirt of early morning mist. You're almost here. Time to get ready to begin exploring.

You arrive in Katoomba rested and ready to Explore

Welcome to the Blue Mountains! When you get off the train, walk straight down the ramp and turn right following the "Blue Mountains Explorer Bus" signs. You'll see us right at the top of the station steps – just look for the shop with bright red bus in the window! Collect your Explorer Bus Pass and free Guidebook from our smiling reception staff, perhaps grab a coffee or some picnic supplies, then jump aboard and say "Hi" to your friendly Explorer Bus driver.

Arrive early to get the most out of your day

To get the most out of a one-day trip to the Blue Mountains, catch one of the following trains, the earlier the better.

Monday to Friday

06:52, 07:23, 08:18, 09:18, 10:18, 11:18

Saturday, Sunday & Public Holidays

07:22, 08:18, 09:18, 09:48, 10:18, 11:18

For other times visit the Sydney Trains website.

Like Driving? Park and go!

Katoomba offers free all-day parking, allowing you to explore the scenic bush walks in between stops, have a beer with lunch, and not have to worry about parking at each of the wonderful lookouts and attractions around the Blue Mountains.

Getting here is simple. The M4 Motorway, becomes the Great Western Highway and leads straight to the Blue Mountains. Parking is available for free in the Railway Station Car Park in Goldsmith Place, Katoomba. Then simply walk through the Railway Subway and up the steps on the other side. Our booking office is located directly at the top of the railway station steps.

TIP: Relax and see the sights with the Explorer Bus. Our Hop-On Hop-Off pass is good for the whole length of your stay up to 7 days – and it costs less than a single tank of fuel. Plus our unique live commentary means you get to interact with friendly locals and learn all about the Blue Mountains.

The Explorer Bus gives you the ease and convenience of a tour and the freedom to go your own way.

So you can do something more original More adventurous. More relaxing. More you.

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