Transport crucial ahead of Vivid festival

View of the harbour from the AMP Tower, Vivid Sydney 2014. Photo: Vivid Sydney / James Horan

The NSW Government has encouraged visitors to Vivid Sydney 2015 to take advantage of thousands of extra public transport service.

An additional 3,500 extra trains, buses and ferries will run during the city’s annual festival of lights, which saw more than 1.4 million visitors last year.

Over three weekends, more than 700 train services will be added, with capacity to get an extra million people in and out of the city, including from Chatswood.

Minister for trade, tourism and major events Stuart Ayres is encouraging festival goers to take advantage of the increased public transport.

“We want to make sure visitors can easily move around our Harbour City to experience this must-see global event, which attracted more than 1.43 million people last year,” Ayres said.

“With so many extra services and all festival attractions close to major public transport hubs, there really is no better way to get to and from Vivid Sydney.”

Transport minister Andrew Constance echoed Ayres’ sentiment, emphasising the importance of people planning their trip ahead of time.

“We encourage everyone to leave the car at home and take public transport to and from the event with these additional services made available,” Constance said.

“As ferries are expected to be very busy, especially on weekends, those coming to explore this incredible festival should look to take advantage of the extra trains and buses.”