Hop-on/Hop-off Sydney

Here you will find information about sightseeing tours by bus or boat in Sydney using the hop-on hop-off principle. We provide information about several providers, their routes, timetables and prices.

You can book the tickets directly with our partners and download them to your mobile phone. We receive a small commission for the sale. The price remains the same for you, of course.

Big Bus

Hop-on/hop-off Sydney: Big Bus
Private
  • 2 routes in Sydney
  • 20+ stops
  • Audio guide + Wifi on the bus
  • Bus runs every 30-60 minutes


  • 1 day hop-on hop-off: AU$ 69.00
  • 2 days hop-on hop-off: AU$ 95.00
  • Big 5 Ticket: AU$ 139.00

Captain Cook Cruises

Hop-on/hop-off Sydney: Captain Cook Cruises
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  • 1 route in Sydney
  • 5 stops
  • Live commentary on board
  • Boat departs every 40-60 minutes


  • Ticket for 1 day: AU$ 42.00
  • Ticket for 2 days: AU$ 59.00

Blue Mountains Explorer Bus

Hop-on/hop-off Sydney: Blue Mountain Explorer Bus
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  • Bus tour to the Blue Mountains
  • 35+ stops
  • Live commentary on board
  • Bus runs every 60 minutes daily


  • Ticket for 1 day: AU$ 49.00

If you buy your bus ticket online, you will receive a voucher that you can save on your mobile phone. You then show your digital voucher to the bus or boat staff when you board the bus or boat for the first time. You will then receive your ticket, which is valid from the first journey.


Hop-on/hop-off bus: places of interest

The capital of New South Wales in Australia is full of impressive sights. You can reach most of them on a city tour by hop-on hop-off bus.

  • Sydney Opera House
  • Bondi Beach
  • Sydney Harbour Bridge
  • Royal Botanic Garden
  • Taronga Zoo
  • Darling Harbour
  • Art Gallery of New South Wales
  • The Rocks
  • Manly Beach
  • Sydney Tower Eye

Simply get off at the nearest stop, visit an attraction and then continue your journey. Not every attraction has its own stop. Sometimes you have to plan a short walk.

Taronga Zoo and Manly Beach can be reached by hop-on hop-off boat.

Sydney: Blue Mountains
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Hop-on/Hop-off + Scenic Word Unlimited Rides Pass

Take a tour on the Blue Mountains Explorer Bus and enjoy unlimited travel in the Scenic World. You will receive both tickets immediately on your mobile phone.


Is a Sydney city tour worthwhile?

Sydney has a lot to offer its visitors and is rich in sights and natural beauty. A hop-on hop-off tour is the ideal way to explore the city in a stress-free and comfortable way.

You can hop on and off as often as you like at the various stops and explore the sights of Sydney at your own pace. You can decide for yourself which places you would like to spend a little longer at. The routes are carefully planned and take you, for example, to the famous Sydney Opera House, the majestic Sydney Harbour Bridge and breathtaking beaches such as Bondi Beach. So you won't miss any of Sydney's major sights and won't have to worry about planning and organising.

Some visitors opt for a complete city tour without getting off the bus. This is probably the most relaxed way to discover Sydney and get an initial overview.

Commented audio tours in various languages offer informative insights into the history, culture and architecture of the city and make the journey an educational experience.

In fine weather, the open upper deck offers a wonderful panoramic view of the city skyline and the harbour. Great photo opportunities are guaranteed.

Hop-on hop-off bus in Sydney
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The easy accessibility of stops at popular tourist attractions combined with a well-organised timetable make the hop-on hop-off bus a stress-free transport option. For visitors who only have a limited time in Sydney, the hop-on hop-off principle offers an efficient way to make the most of their trip.

However, despite all the advantages, it should be borne in mind that the buses sometimes only make slow progress in the dense city traffic and it can be very hot, especially in summer. The buses are also used by many tourists and are therefore often very full. It is therefore advisable to take the journey with a little serenity.


Big Bus

Big Bus in Sydney
Private

Big Bus is a global provider of hop-on hop-off tours. The company offers two routes in Sydney.

You can use free Wi-Fi on board the buses. A multilingual audio guide is also available.

The red double-decker buses are air-conditioned and can be opened when the weather is fine. This allows you to enjoy a wonderful panoramic view from the upper deck.

Big Bus provides a free app with all the information about the routes and timetables, which you can download before the journey.

Timetable City Tour (red line)

  • First departure: 9:00 a.m.
  • Last departure: 4:00 p.m.
  • Frequency: every 30-45 minutes
  • Starting point: Circular Quay
  • Duration: approx. 90 minutes

This tour takes you to most of the city's sights.

Timetable Bondi & Bays Tour (blue line)

  • First departure: 9:30 a.m.
  • Last departure: 3:15 p.m.
  • Frequency: every 60 minutes
  • Starting stop: Central Station
  • Duration: approx. 90 minutes

This tour includes slightly fewer stops and leads to Bondi Beach.

Routes & Stops

In addition to the classic hop-on hop-off tickets for 1 or 2 days, there are two other options available to you.

Contact Big Bus Sydney

If you have any questions or feedback for the company, please contact Big Bus by e-mail or telephone:

  • E-mail: infoau@bigbustours.com
  • Phone: +61 2 9567 8400

If you have any questions about ticket booking, please contact Tiqets.com or GetYourGuide Customer Service (depending on where you booked your ticket).


Captain Cook Cruises

Hop-on/hop-off Sydney: Captain Cook Cruises
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Sydney can also be visited from the water. The company "Captain Cook Cruises", which has been active since the 1970s, specialises in such tours.

On board the hop-on hop-off boats, you will receive exciting information via a live commentary and are sure to smile at one or two anecdotes.

The boats offer space in the covered and air-conditioned interior or on the outside deck.

Timetable Hop-on/Hop-off Cruise

Routes & Stops

Various tours are offered to Manly. Not all stops are served on every tour. Please check the current route information and timetable before travelling.

Contact Captain Cook Cruises

If you have any questions or feedback for the company, please contact Captain Cook Cruises by e-mail or telephone:

  • E-mail: sydney@captaincook.com.au
  • Phone: +61 2 9206 1111

If you have any questions about ticket booking, please contact Tiqets.com or GetYourGuide Customer Service (depending on where you booked your ticket).


Blue Mountains Explorer Bus

Hop-on/hop-off Sydney: Blue Mountain Explorer Bus
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With this tour you can also get to know the surroundings of Sydney.

The Blue Mountains Explorer Bus is part of Fantastic Aussie Tours, an independent family business that has been based in the Blue Mountains since 1974. The tour has grown in popularity over time and now includes 37 stops.

Unlike most double-decker buses, the Blue Mountains Explorer buses are also closed on the upper deck. This means you can follow the live commentary undisturbed.

Timetable

  • First departure: 9:00 a.m.
  • Last departure: 4:00 p.m.
  • Frequency: every 60 minutes
  • Current timetable

Routes & Stops

  • 1 Route
  • 37 stops in Sydney
  • Starting point: Katoomba railway station
  • Map with stops

Contact Blue Mountains Explorer Bus

If you have any questions for the company or feedback, please contact Blue Mountains Explorer Bus via this Contact form.

If you have any questions about ticket booking, please contact Tiqets.com or GetYourGuide Customer Service (depending on where you booked your ticket).

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