It’s easy to get around Manly, with most attractions a short walk from the CBD and many transport options within the local area.
Walking and cycling
Manly’s main destinations are only a short walk or cycle ride and most destinations are clearly signed and are shown on the CBD access map. For destinations outside the CBD cycling is a great fun and affordable transport option. Cycle maps are available from the Town Hall, the information centre (which is located by the wharf) or from local cycle hire and bike shops. Further details on cycling can be found on our cycling page.
Hop Skip Jump bus
The Hop, Skip & Jump community mini buses run on 3 routes 7 days a week. The bus routes interchange at the Totem Shopping Centre in Condamine Street Balgowlah and run to Manly, Seaforth, Balgowlah Heights, and to North Balgowlah Monday to Friday only.
Hop Skip & Jump Timetable (2.89 MB)
Public bus services operate from interchanges located on Belgrave Street and the Western esplanade. These provide regular and efficient services within Manly and beyond. Timetable information is available from 131500.com.au
Late night transport
There are a range of transport providers which operate late at night to allow you to get home quickly. More detailed information is available on the Late Night Transport page of this site
Manly Airport bus
For trips to Sydney’s Domestic and International airport terminals the Manly Airport Bus provides an economical choice.
The famous Manly Ferry provides a fantastic value 30 minute ride between the Manly wharf and Circular Quay in the city. This is by far the quickest way to get from Manly to the City and if you are lucky you may see some of our seasonal visitors including dolphin, humpback whales or even a seal.
During weekday morning and afternoon peak hours, fast ferry services are provided by two operators; Sydney Fast Ferries (departing from the main wharf) and Manly Fast Ferries (departing from pier 2). Both these services operate an hourly service which takes approximately 18 minutes.
Manly Fast ferries also offer services to Darling Harbour at weekends and during the off peak.
Our main taxi rank is located on Belgrave Street close to the Town Hall. On Friday and Saturday night this rank is managed by traffic controllers who help to ensure public order and the efficient dispatch of taxis.
Have your say on transport
The NSW Government is taking a new approach to transport planning, drawing on the input of the entire state to create a Long Term Transport Master Plan for NSW for the next 20 years. The major challenges the Master Plan will face include the need to support a growing and ageing population and access to jobs, the increasing cost of energy, lifestyle changes and environmental sustainability. Future approaches to transport in Sydney must provide viable alternatives to car travel, make better use of Sydney's infrastructure services and promote public transport, walking and cycling.
Transport for NSW calls for local organisations and residents to submit their comments on the Master Plan. Submissions close on 27 April and could include comments on priorities for transport problems and modes, how walking and cycling can best be encouraged, barriers to using multiple transport modes and priorities for investment in Sydney's transport infrastructure. Further information can be found here: