From $8.00 per adult

  • One-way or Return Ferry
  • OpalPay accepted onboard
  • Free WiFi onboard
  • Multi-trip passes available

Circular Quay ferry transport hub

Circular Quay, is the ferry transport hub of Sydney and is situated in Sydney Cove, or Warrane in the Eora language. Sydney Cove is bounded by the Sydney Harbour Bridge to the West and Sydney Opera House to the East. The area is also famous for The Rocks historic precinct, weekend markets, foreshore restaurants and bars. The neighbouring Royal Botanic Gardens is only a short stroll from the Sydney Opera House. Rocket ferries depart Circular Quay regularly for Taronga Zoo, Watsons Bay, Manly, Shark Island, Lane Cove River and Darling Harbour.

Timetables

Commuter & School Services

Watsons Bay - Direct services between Circular Quay and Watsons Bay, Monday to Friday during peak commuter times, excluding public holidays

Lane Cove - commuter and school services between Darling Harbour, Balmain East, Jeffrey St Wharf North Sydney, Circular Quay, Long Nose Point Wharf Birchgrove, Greenwich Point, Bay St Wharf Birchgrove, Northwood Wharf, Longueville Wharf, Alexandra St Wharf Hunters Hill and Riverview College Wharf Lane Cove, Monday to Friday during peak commuter and school times, excluding public holidays

Lane Cove - Riverview CollegeHunters Hill - Alexandra StreetLane Cove - Riverview CollegeLongueville- Longueville WharfNorthwood - Northwood WharfGreenwich - Bay StreetGreenwich – Greenwich PointBirchgrove – Long Nose PointBalmain EastCircular Quay - Wharf 6North Sydney - Jeffrey StreetBalmain EastDarling Harbour – Pier 26
7:00am7:05am7:10am7:15am7:30am7:36am


7:30am7:35am7:40am7:45am


8:00am8:05am


8:01am8:05am^8:11am8:16am8:19am


8:35am*8:41am8:43am8:51am

8:26am8:31am^8:35am8:39am8:42am


8:56am
9:00am9:10am
3:54pm^4:00pm^4:05pm^4:09pm^4:12pm^4:16pm^4:18pm^4:20pm^4:26pm^4:30pm^
4:43pm^


5:55pm^



6:05pm^6:07pm^6:15pm


Legend: *Set down only ^2021 Private school term dates: 13Jul - 16Sep; 06Oct - 06Dec

Darling Harbour – Pier 26Circular Quay - Wharf 6Kirribilli – Kirribilli Point WharfNorth Sydney – Jeffrey StreetBalmain EastBirchgrove – Long Nose PointGreenwich – Greenwich PointGreenwich - Bay StreetNorthwood - Northwood WharfLongueville- Longueville WharfHunters Hill - Alexandra StreetLane Cove - Riverview College
7:30am7:36am7:38am^7:42am^7:44am^7:50am^7:53am^7:57am^8:01am8:05am^
8:00am8:05am8:07am^8:11am^8:13am^*8:16am*8:19am*8:23am8:26am8:31^
3:25pm^3:30pm^3:36pm^3:51pm^3:54pm^
5:10pm5:25pm5:37pm5:41pm5:44pm5:47pm5:55pm^
6:20pm6:32pm6:35pm6:39pm6:43pm
7:10pm7:22pm7:25pm7:29pm7:33pm

Legend: *Set down only ^2021 Private school term dates: 13Jul - 16Sep; 06Oct - 06Dec

Circular Quay - Wharf 6Watsons Bay
7:15am7:40am
8:00am8:20am
8:40am9:00am
4:25pm4:45pm
5:20pm5:40pm
6:00pm6:20pm
6:40pm7:00pm*

Legend: * Set down only

Note: Additional Tourist Services operate most weekends and during School Holidays aboard the Hop on Hop Off Harbour Explorer. Explore our timetable section for the latest information.

Watsons BayCircular Quay - Wharf 6
6:55am7:15am
7:40am8:00am
8:20am8:40am
9:00am9:20am
4:45pm5:10pm
5:40pm6:00pm
6:20pm6:40pm*

Legend: * Set down only

Note: Additional Tourist Services operate most weekends and during School Holidays aboard the Hop on Hop off Harbour Explorer. Explore our timetable section for the latest information.

Leisure & Tourist Services

Barangaroo - King St Wharf 3Circular Quay - Wharf 6Taronga ZooShark IslandWatsons BayManly - Wharf 3Watsons BayShark Island Taronga Zoo Circular Quay - Wharf 6Barangaroo - King St Wharf 3
6:55am^7:15am^
7:15am^7:40am^7:40am^8:00am^
8:00am^8:20am^8:20am^8:40am^
8:40am^9:00am^9:00am^9:20am^
9:10am9:25am9:35am9:45am10:00am10:15am10:35am
10:35am10:45am10:50am11:00am11:15am11:30am11:50am
11:50am12:00pm12:05pm12:15pm12:30pm12:45pm12:55pm1:00pm1:10pm
1:10pm1:20pm1:25pm1:35pm1:50pm2:05pm2:15pm2:20pm2:30pm2:45pm
2:45pm3:00pm3:15pm3:25pm3:40pm3:55pm4:05pm4:10pm4:20pm
4:20pm4:35pm#4:55pm5:10pm5:20pm5:30pm5:45pm
4:25pm^4:45pm^4:45pm^4:55pm^5:10pm^
5:20pm^5:40pm^5:40pm^6:00pm^
5:45pm6:00pm▲6:20pm▲6:35pm▲6:50pm▲7:10pm▲
6:00pm^6:20pm^6:20pm^*7:10pm^
6:40pm^*7:00pm^
7:10pm▲7:30pm▲7:30pm▲7:50pm▲

Legend: ^Commuter Services (Mon-Fri) | #Pick-up only | *Set down only | ▲Operates Saturday
Service Variations:

  • Boxing Day and Australia Day services to be confirmed.
  • 13-22 December 2021: Shark Island closed for maintenance
  • 27 Nov 2021: Services to Manly have been cancelled due to large swells. See modified timetable here.

Map

Gadigal Country

Circular Quay lies in Gadigal country. Warrane and Sydney Harbour were integral to the everyday lives of the Eora people. The men speared fish from the shoreline, while the women line-fished from their nowies (canoes). Bennelong Point, on which the Sydney Opera House is located, is name after a local Gadigal man. It was here the British First Fleet first settled in 1788.

Fares

RouteAdultChildApp (Multi trip)
To/From Watsons Bay$8.50$5.50From $7.90 per trip
To/From Taronga Zoo$8.00$5.50-
To/From Manly$9.90$6.00-

Shark Island (return)

$20.00$17

View return and concession fares here. Visa/MasterCard/Amex & OpalPay accepted. All ferry services are cashless. All prices are per person and subject to change.

More Information

OpalPay FAQ

Please note, the below information is correct at the time of publishing and subject to change. Visit OpalPay for the latest information and services.

What is Opalpay?OpalPay is a convenient way to pay for travel using your Opal card on participating privately operated transport services.
Where can I use OpalPay?You can now tap to pay with your Opal card on selected private ferry services. Look for 'OpalPay accepted here' signs.
Why use OpalPay?With OpalPay, you can use your Opal card on a wider range of transport services, allowing you to travel to more places more easily. There is no need to buy individual trip tickets, you can just tap to pay with your Opal card for a more convenient way of paying your fare.
How much is an OpalPay fare?
  • OpalPay fares are not the same as standard Opal fares.
  • Fares are set by the private transport operators and are non-refundable.
  • Concession fares are only available on selected routes and it's best to check with staff before paying with your Opal card, as you could be charged the full adult fare.
How do I use OpalPay?
  • To pay for your travel using OpalPay, make sure you have sufficient funds on your Opal card to cover the full price of your fare and simply tap to pay on the operator's payment device. The transaction will be declined if you don't not have enough funds to cover the cost of the trip.
  • If you have set auto top up on your Opal card, this will be activated at the payment device if the amount on the card, plus the auto top up value is enough to cover the transaction. If the two values are not enough, the transaction will be declined and the auto top up will not be processed. You can set auto top up, to up online or at an Opal top up and ticket machine. Check opal.com.au for all the options.
  • Do not tap on an Opal card reader. OpalPay fares are deducted from your Opal card when you tap on, so you won't need to tap off at the end of your trip.
Which Opal cards are compatible with OpalPay?
  • Reloadable Opal cards (cards that can be 'topped up') are compatible with OpalPay. These include:
    • Adult Opal cards
    • Child/Youth Opal cards
    • Gold Senior/Pensioner Opal cards
    • Concession Opal cards
  • Concession fares are only available on selected routes and you may be charged the full adult fare, even when Gold Senior/Pensioner or Concession Opal cards are used. Check with staff to fin out if concession fares are available or you can check our ferry fares here.
Will tapping on with OpalPay contribute to my Opal travel benefits?No. Unlike trips made with Opal cards on other public transport services, OpalPay trips do not contribute to Opal travel benefits or discounts.
Can two people travel together using the same Opal card?No, each customer over the age of four must have their own reloadable Opal card with sufficient balance to travel.
What if my Opal card is lost or stolen?If your card is registered and it's lost or stolen you can report on opal.com.au. Your existing balance can be protected and you can get it transferred to a new Opal card and sent to you.
Can a tap be reversed?
  • Yes, reversals can be undertaken in two ways:
    • OpalPay reversals can be made directly on the operator's OpalPay payment device. After you have tapped to pay, staff can reverse the transaction. The private ferry fare must be the last recorded action on your Opal card.
    • If you tap on an Opal card reader by mistake, you may be able to reverse it. If possible, you can go back to the Opal reader. To reverse the tap on, you just present your card a second time to the Opal reader within 30 minutes of the original tap on.
  • Alternatively, please use the nearest Sydney Ferries service, if available.
Is there a maximum fare with OpalPay?
  • The maximum limits for SeaLink/Captain Cook Cruises private ferries on Sydney Harbour are:
    • $25 per transaction, $30 per day and $200 per week.

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