Sydney Light Rail


This is the simplest form of Sydney public transport to tell you about as there is only one line, though as I write (December 2017) construction of an extremely controversial line connecting Central Station and Circular Quay via a track down George Street is underway. It will be the world’s most expensive light rail system on a per kilometre basis – if that’s any claim to fame. And that’s before the budget blow-outs occur.

I have digressed. Continue reading “Sydney Light Rail”


Bus, Tram, Train – Tickets and Routes


A Daytrip Metroticket costs $10.20 and gives you a full day of unlimited travel on buses, trams and trains in the very large Adelaide area. It is valid to 4.30am the following morning. The Daytrip Metroticket is pretty good value if you are going to use public transport outside the free areas(see below). A 3-Day Visitor Pass is also available and costs $26.60. Continue reading “Bus, Tram, Train – Tickets and Routes”

Canberra – Sydney by Train

7My favourite mode of travel anywhere is by train so it will come as no surprise to my regular reader that I would write a review on the Canberra Sydney train service, limited though it is.

In terms travelling between Sydney and Canberra, in the most efficient and cheapest way possible, I actually recommend taking a bus – see my separate review – Sydney – Canberra by Bus. Continue reading “Canberra – Sydney by Train”

Getting to and around Port Adelaide


Getting to Port Adelaide

Port Adelaide is approximately 15kms from Adelaide city centre.

Unless you are driving yourself – bus or train services are convenient and recommended. Bus and train services are run by Adelaide Metro. For fares etc please refer to my ‘Bus, Tram, Train – Tickets and Routes’ review. For maps and timetables Continue reading “Getting to and around Port Adelaide”

Railway Museum


In my review of our trip from Myrdal to Flåm aboard the Flåm Railway (Flåmsbana) I indicated that the line, the steepest in Europe, opened in 1940 and was an extraordinary piece of engineering.

Those interested in learning more about this railway and its history and, importantly, the people who built it – both engineers and work gangs – should visit the Railway Museum right in the centre of Flåm. Continue reading “Railway Museum”

Flåm Railway – Flåmsbana


The Flåm Railway, or Flåmsbana in Norwegian, opened in 1940. From an engineering perspective this railway is an amazing feat. Europe’s steepest railway, it rises, and indeed falls, 864 metres in a distance of only 20.2 kms – with gradients of 1 in 18 (5.5%) along 80% of the distance. This is quite something for a standard gauge track with not a cog in sight – or indeed in existence. Continue reading “Flåm Railway – Flåmsbana”

Seven Minutes in Myrdal – Changing Trains


Myrdal Station, as there is little else at Myrdal, is the junction stop on the Oslo – Bergen train line which connects with the famous Flåm Railway (Flåmsbana).

98% of people arriving into Myrdal will be transferring onto the Flåm Railway, leaving the Flåm Railway to continue their journey on the Bergen Line or immediately returning to Flåm on the Flåmsbana having just arrived from there. 1% of people will be transferring to a bicycle (available for hire here) to ride down the valley to Flåm. Of the remaining 1%, a few hardy souls will stop here for hiking, a few will actually work here at the guesthouse (yes, there are a couple of accommodation options should you want to stay) or the railway and its related businesses and the remaining few will have alighted in error! Continue reading “Seven Minutes in Myrdal – Changing Trains”