Getting to Macquarie
Macquarie encourages travel by public transport rather than car, as we strive to be sustainable in all that we do. Public transport services to the University extend right across Sydney. If you live close by, then walking and cycling is easy and inexpensive. If you choose to drive, then why not carpool or mix travel modes?
Macquarie University is well serviced by bus and train services and we encourage staff, students and visitors to consider using public transport when coming to campus. We are fortunate to have our very own Sydney Metro train station at our doorstep (on the corner of Herring Road and University Avenue) plus a large network of public buses that connect the University to the rest of Sydney and beyond. There are several public bus stops within the campus boundary on University Avenue. To learn more about travelling by bus and train to Macquarie University, see below:
Payment– public transport to the university precinct uses the pre-paid Opal card system. The cost to use Sydney’s public transport network, where to buy an Opal card, how to use your Opal card and other key information can be found on the Opal card website.
Student concession Opal cards are available to domestic students. Adult Opal cards can be purchased on campus at Piccolo Lane cafe and from retailers across Sydney. These are a good option for international students who are not eligible for concession Opal cards.
Train - Sydney Metro station on campus
The Sydney Metro's Tallawong-Chatswood line connects with the Sydney Train network at Epping and Chatswood and provides convenient turn-up-and-go services as frequent as every six minutes in morning and afternoon peak hours. The Metro provides better than ever before access to Macquarie University from suburbs in Sydney's north west that have not had rail access until now. Locations including Cherrybrook and Castle Hill are now a short Metro ride to Macquarie University. See here for the full list of Metro stations.
There are extensive bus services to the university’s North Ryde main campus and Macquarie Park buildings. Check out the screens located in our Campus Common that show all Transport for NSW public bus timetables live, to help you plan a trip from Herring Road and University Avenue bus stops.
Keoride is an on-demand transport service to and from the Macquarie Park area. It is available as part of the NSW Government trial of flexible public transport.
How does it work?
- If you live in the Keoride service area, the minibus will pick you up and drop you off at the closest safe place to stop en-route
- Make a booking up to 30 minutes before a trip via the app, website or by phone 1800 KEORIDE (1800 536 7433)
- Keoride Macquarie Park operates during peak hours, Monday to Friday
- Single fares start from $2.60
Parking at Macquarie is limited, with over 4,500 spaces to accommodate staff, students and visitors. Parking is operated under a Restricted Parking Area scheme and fees apply. More details ...
Campus shuttle bus
The University offers a complimentary afternoon/evening shuttle bus service around campus during semester.
- Operates every half hour between 4:00pm and 12:30am
- Services student accommodation
- Hop on or off wherever you choose
Waterloo Road shuttle bus
There is a different shuttle bus service that takes staff and students to the nearby 44, 50 and 58 Waterloo Road offices and teaching spaces. Visitors can catch this shuttle to or from campus when visiting Macquarie University facilities located in our Waterloo Road premises.
Cycling or walking
If you live close to Macquarie University, cycling or walking is an easy and cost-effective way to get here.
Best route to take?
- Plan your route using Google Maps
Where can I park my bike?
- Bike parking plus showers and changing facilities are available on campus
- Bike Hubs offer safe, secure bike parking with locker and shower facilities
Where can I fix my bike?
There is a bike repair station next to the spiral bike rack on Wally's Walk, between the Central Courtyard and the Campus Common, with tools to fix your bike including a pump.
Where can I meet other riders?
Connect with other riders at Bike Macquarie on Facebook, or Bike Macquarie on Strava. Connect with Macquarie University Cycling Ambassadors who can share their routes and experiences via iLearn or Sharepoint.
It's a well known fact that people who car share are cooler, plus they get priority parking on campus. More details ...
Content owner: Macquarie University Property Last updated: 16 Oct 2019 3:24pm