Getting to Macquarie

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?

Public transport

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:

Timetables – plan bus and train trips in real time by using the Transport for NSW trip planner or download any of these Trip planning apps.

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. NSW public bus services arrive and depart from Herring Road and University Avenue bus stops.

Useful links


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

Shuttle bus route map and timetable

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?
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

Note bike racks located on campus are for bike parking, not bike storage. With this in mind, any bike left unattended or not used for a period of 4 weeks will be considered to have been abandoned and will be removed. You will then have 4 weeks to claim it back by contacting Security.

Where can I fix my bike?

There are 2 bike repair stations on campus. One in Eastern Road, right next to the Eastern BikeHub.  The other is right next to the Central BikeHub outside 12 Second Way. Both bike repair stations include a range of tools to fix your bike.

Where can I meet other riders?

Connect with Macquarie University Cycling Ambassadors who can share their routes and experiences via


Bike Hubs offer safe, secure bike parking with locker and shower facilities. More details >>

Travel Survey

Travel surveys are carried out biennially under the requirements of the University's Concept Plan.

2020 Travel Survey

During 2020, the travel survey was carried out in partnership with Connect Macquarie Park with pleasing results. Under the Concept Plan, our non-car mode share target is 40% and in 2020 we have exceeded this target by 3% with a result of 37%.

2020 Travel Survey Results

And the top three factors influencing transport choices for our students?

  1. Convenience
  2. Time
  3. Cost


Restrictions and study/work from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic during 2020 have changed commute patterns. As restrictions are eased, due to hygiene concerns it is anticipated that more employees will drive, cycle and walk, whereas fewer will take public transport.

Read the full 2020 MQU Travel Survey Report

Content owner: Macquarie University Property Last updated: 19 Feb 2021 2:30pm

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