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Public Transport

Newcastle Transport is the new integrated transport service for the people of Newcastle and is operated by Keolis Downer. There are more than 20 bus routes in the Newcastle area. These routes connect major centres such as Newcastle city, Hamilton, Jesmond, Kotara and Charlestown. Services typically operate approximately hourly or half-hourly.

In addition to its many bus services, Newcastle Transport operates the Stockton Ferry, which connects Newcastle city with Stockton on the other side of the harbour. The wharf and ferry are accessible for wheelchairs and prams, and bikes are welcome with racks provided on the ferry for safe passage of you and your bike across the harbour.

The Ferry operates from:
Monday to Friday from 5am to 11pm,
Saturday from 5.30 am to midnight,
Sunday from 8.45am to 10pm.

For a trip planner, timetables, route maps, and other information visit the Newcastle Transport website

Special Fare Free Zone

Newcastle Transport operates a Fare Free Bus Zone in the city centre of Newcastle between 7.30am and 6.00pm, seven days per week. The Fare Free Zone extends from Selma Street in the west, north to the Tree of Knowledge corner (Hannell Street Wickham) and east to Newcastle Beach and Nobby’s Beach. From there it loops south into Darby Street, along Bull Street and then back to King Street.

Normal fares apply outside the specified hours and/or beyond the zone. Opal Customers travelling within the boundaries of the Fare Free Zone are not required to tap on and tap off.

Opal Card in Newcastle

The Opal card is the convenient way of travelling on public transport in Newcastle and is a free smartcard ticket that you load value onto and keep for travel on all public transport including Newcastle Buses and Ferries and State Transit Trains. The Opal card can also be used in Sydney, Central Coast, Illawarra and Blue Mountains.  

You only need to get an Opal card once - you can then add value to it and use it for travel day after day. When you tap on at an Opal card reader to start your journey and tap off at the end of your journey, the system will automatically calculate your fare and deduct it from the value stored on your Opal card.

Opal cards can be ordered online or purchased from one of many retail outlets in Newcastle, including the Civic Grocer, Nextra Newcastle, the Mall Newsagency, Newcastle City Newsagency, Service NSW Newcastle, Newcastle CBD Newsagency, Woolworths Newcastle West, Newcastle East Newsagency, Honeysuckle Newsagency and Post Office and Nextra Marketown.    

To learn more about Opal in Newcastle the Opal websiteor for a map of local retail outlets click here and enter postcode 2300 into the search box.

Public Transport


Off Street Parking

There are seven undercover parking stations and four open car parks in Newcastle, they are summarised below. 

Mall Parking Station - 471 spaces
Operated by: Newcastle City Council
Where: 92 King Street
Open: Monday - Friday, 7am - 7pm. Saturday - Sunday 7am - 4pm
Casual rate: $4 per hour | 4+ hours - $19 | FREE on weekends for the month of December 2017
Daily early bird rate: $9 enter before 9:30am to stay for 7+ hours
More info: P 4974 2000 | Visit website

Centenary Road Car Park
Operated by: Wilson Parking Where: Centenary Road, Newcastle 
Open: 24 hours / 7 days per week
Casual rate: Monday to Friday $15 flat rate
Weekends: Saturday - Sunday $5 flat rate
More info: P 1800 727 5464 | View map

Loop Rd Car Park
Operated by: Wilson Parking Where: King Street, Newcastle
Open: 24 hours / 7 days per week
Casual rate: 0-2 hours - $4 | 2-4 hours - $8
Weekends: as above
More info: P 1800 727 5464 |View map

Bolton Street Car Park
Operated by: Hunter Parking
Where: Bolton Street, Newcastle
Open: 5am - 8pm
Casual rate: $2 to $29
Weekday early bird rate: $10 (enter before 9:30am, stay for 7+ hours) 
Weekends: $2 to $29
More info:P 02 4357 9997 | View Map

Civic West Car Park
Operated by: Hunter Parking
Where: Gibson Street, Newcastle
Open: 5am - 8pm
Casual rate: $2 to $29
Weekday early bird rate: $10 (enter before 9:30am, stay for 7+ hours)
Weekends: $2 to $29
More info: P 02 4357 9997 | View Map

On Street Parking

Paid parking operates at various times throughout the city centre – please check kerbside signs for hours of operation. Outside the times indicated on the signs, parking is free and unrestricted, however timed parking conditions may apply so please check the information on the kerbside signs before you park your vehicle.

Newcastle City Council is responsible for on-street parking and we recommend visiting the on-street parking webpage for detailed information.




Riding a bike is one of the best ways to get around inner city Newcastle as many attractions are located within minutes of each other. The city has both on road and off road bike tracks and is a mixture of flat and hilly terrain. Newcastle is one of the first cities in NSW to have bike sharing program, called Spinway it is located at 3 Honeysucke Drive. Bikes can also be hired from Newcastle Electric Bikes, Newcastle Bike Hire and Metro Cycles. Click here to view a map of their locations. 



One of the easiest physical activities is walking and there are some unique and beautiful walking tracks and trails within Newcastle city centre. Visit our maps web page for a selection of interesting and unique walking tours including a Newcastle on Foot Touring map beautifully illustrated by local artist Liz Anelli. There is also a series of walking tours designed by Newcastle City Council that showcase some of our City's historical, architectural and artistic hidden gems.      

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