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There are 3 ways to get from Sydney to Katoomba by train, bus or car

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Train  •  1h 58m

  1. Take the train from Central Station to Katoomba Station Bmt

$16 - $40

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Bus  •  2h 10m

  1. Take the bus from Sydney to Katoomba

Drive  •  1h 23m

  1. Drive from Sydney to Katoomba 102.4 km

$11 - $17

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Katoomba is 1800 020 080.

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The cheapest way to get from Sydney to Katoomba is to drive which costs $11 - $17 and takes 1h 23m.

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The quickest way to get from Sydney to Katoomba is to drive which costs $11 - $17 and takes 1h 23m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Sydney and arriving at Katoomba. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 2h 10m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Central Station station and arriving at Katoomba Station station. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 1h 58m.

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The distance between Sydney and Katoomba is 84 km. The road distance is 102.4 km.

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The best way to get from Sydney to Katoomba without a car is to train which takes 1h 58m and costs $16 - $40.

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The train from Central Station to Katoomba Station takes 1h 58m including transfers and departs hourly.

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Sydney to Katoomba bus services, operated by Australia Wide Coaches, depart from Sydney station.

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Sydney to Katoomba train services, operated by Transport NSW, depart from Central Station.

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The best way to get from Sydney to Katoomba is to train which takes 1h 58m and costs $16 - $40. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 2h 10m.

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Map of how to get from Sydney to Katoomba.
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  • Distance: 84.4 km
  • Duration: 1h 58m

What companies run services between Sydney, NSW, Australia and Katoomba, NSW, Australia?

Transport NSW operates a train from Central Station to Katoomba Station every 30 minutes. Tickets cost $20 - $40 and the journey takes 1h 58m. Intercity Train also services this route 4 times a day. Alternatively, Australia Wide Coaches operates a bus from Sydney to Katoomba once daily, and the journey takes 2h 10m.

Train operators
Transport NSW

Transport for NSW manages public transport for Australia’s New South Wales region, including metro, train, bus, ferry, light rail and coach. Hubs include Sydney, Byron Bay, Newcastle and Wollongong. Use an Opal card for cheapest fares in greater Sydney, the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, the Hunter and the Illawarra. Tickets for regional train and bus services need to be booked before travel (Opal cards are not accepted).

Contact Details
Phone
131 500
Website
transportnsw.info
Train from Central Station to Katoomba Station
Ave. Duration
1h 58m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$20 - $40
Schedules at
Transport NSW
Economy
$20 - $26
First Class
$28 - $40
Intercity Train
Website
transportnsw.info
Train from Central Station to Katoomba Station
Ave. Duration
1h 46m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$16 - $23
Website
transportnsw.info
Bus operators
Australia Wide Coaches
Phone
02 9516 1300
Email
info@austwidecoaches.com.au
Website
austwidecoaches.com.au
Bus from Sydney to Katoomba
Ave. Duration
2h 10m
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
austwidecoaches.com.au

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Sydney to Katoomba bus services, operated by Australia Wide Coaches, arrive at Katoomba station.

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Sydney to Katoomba train services, operated by Transport NSW, arrive at Katoomba Station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Sydney to Katoomba is 102 km. It takes approximately 1h 23m to drive from Sydney to Katoomba.

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There are 161+ hotels available in Katoomba. Prices start at $125 AUD per night.

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