Look up the transport service you require online or go to the station eg. Train, bus, ferry or tram in the area you require.
Collect or print off a timetable for the area (route) you need. It will show the timetable name, eg, Bondi to city, and route numbers, including days and times of operation and suburbs the service runs through.
How to read a timetable-basics
Start by knowing where you want to get on the bus, then look up the bus number will you need, the timetable will tell you how often the bus leaves from that pick up point.
Find the time that suits you and follow the timetable across or down to find the time it will arrive at the place you want to go to.
Flagging a bus
Don’t assume that just because you are standing at the bus stop that it will stop for you.
As you see the bus number you need arriving flag it down (wave).
Purchasing a ticket
There are a few ways to do this, in rural areas for town to town short journeys, you pay the driver as you board the bus (multi and term passes are available from some services.)
In the city many services operate on prepaid ticketing, (not from driver) you can purchase multi, monthly, quarterly tickets from train stations and online or at selected providers.
NSW Transport info provides this link to locate ticket outlets in the Sydney are www.131500.com.au/tickets/buy/where-to-buy
Long distance travel-regional services
Most Bus services will require you to prebook and pay for your seat.
You can look up the transport provider and phone to book directly; go online or book via a travel agency. You will need a credit card to pay over the phone or online.
Public transport etiquette
No alcohol, drugs, or smoking are allowed on public transport. No loud music is allowed in the quiet train carriages either.
It is common courtesy to give assistance or even give your seat up to someone struggling to stay upright especially if they are old aged or disabled.