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 buses and will be the first to receive new Sydney Metro trains in 2019. This is in response to increased demand from commuters to our university, the nearby Macquarie Shopping Centre and the growing business precinct - home to some of Australia’s largest employers. 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 stations closed - Epping to Chatswood rail upgrade
These stations are now temporarily closed and will re-open in the second quarter, 2019:
- Macquarie University train station
- Macquarie Park train station
- North Ryde train station
These stations will be unavailable for around seven months while the rail line between Epping and Chatswood is upgraded ahead of a new Sydney Metro Northwest train service that will deliver high-frequency, turn-up-and-go commuter trains every four minutes at peak times. To keep students, staff and visitors to campus moving, Station Link buses have replaced these services.
In addition to the regular, extensive bus services to the university’s North Ryde main campus and Macquarie Park buildings, over 100 Station Link buses now replace trains to move commuters between Epping and Chatswood train stations. 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 ...
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
Off-campus shuttle bus - staff only
There is a different shuttle bus service that takes staff 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 staff. Please ask the staff member you are visiting for the timetable if you would like to use the staff shuttle bus.
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 rides at Bike Macquarie on Facebook.
It's a well known fact that people who car share are cooler, plus they get priority parking on campus. More details ...