The Best Ways to Get Around Sydney

If we were to compare the streets of Melbourne’s CBD to the smooth, easily navigated lattice of a delicious pie, then Sydney would be a bit more like last nights spaghetti, only you have to drive your car on it.

Yikes!

If you don’t live in Sydney, it’s fair to assume that navigating these streets of your own accord is a frightening prospect, especially when your GPS tells you to “turn slightly right”. What mate?

If you want my opinion – and you do – then have a look at what I think about each way you can get around these convoluted city streets.


Car


Oh boy, you’re either really brave, have a herculean capacity for patience or already know the roads like the back of your hand.

Car is the most convenient, but also the most expensive method. Even with a cheap car, once you factor in registration, parking (if you work in the city), insurance and the god-awful price of petrol, you might need to cut eating out of your budget all together.

If you work in the CBD, a car is going to be more of hindrance than an advantage. But, if you make bank on the reg, you might be able to afford to rent a parking spot, which is borderline the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard.

Spacious


Car sharing


A sensible alternative to owning a vehicle, car sharing companies like GoGet charge a monthly subscription fee on top of an hourly or daily rate. The standard package – ‘GoOccasional’ is $10 per month, plus $9.30 an hour or $78 per day of rental.

While not the greatest replacement for a daily drive, car sharing is a better solution for the casual driver.


Taxi


Woah, settle down there big shot. Unless you live in that awkward too-far-to-walk, too-close-to-drive distance, getting a cab every day is gonna get pretty pricey.

If only there was a cheaper option…


Uber


Oh that’s right, there is – it’s everyones semi-illegal ride sharing service, Uber.

I, for one, bloody love a good Uber. It’s cheaper, cleaner and an all-round better service. Some of them will even pick you up at 4am after a blinder with a box full of chocolates. Bless you, Uber lords.

Artist’s illustration

Depending on the distance you need to travel and the availability at the time, you could get away with using the service daily.


Bus/Train


Good old public transport – or as I like to call it, the peoples chariot – is the cheapest and arguably easiest way to get around Sydney.

While many of us like to complain about the efficiency of such services, I think that shipping millions of people around the city every day with usually minimal interruptions is something that we all take for granted.

If you don’t mind getting awkwardly close to ten or fifteen people twice a day, then a bus or a train has the best value for money.