Newcastle is a popular destination from Sydney and here is how to get there by car, train, bus, and plane.
Sydney to Newcastle by Car
This route leaves Sydney on the M1/Pacific Motorway taking it all the way to Wallsend where you turn onto the A15/Newcastle Link Road and into Newcastle.
Journey Time: 2 h 5 min (163 km) via M1
Another option is to take a slower and more picturesque route along the coast and the Pacific Hwy. Turning off the M1 and towards Gosford, and exploring the Central Coast on the way to Newcastle. There’s several opportunities to make little detours to beaches, viewpoints, and quaint towns.
Journey Time: 2 h 56 min (167 km)
Sydney to Newcastle by Train
You can take the Central Coast & Newcastle Line (CCN) from Sydney Central Station to Newcastle. It stops at the Newcastle Interchange where it’s very easy to take other services.
See here for a timetable of the CCN line and here for journey planning including buses etc to/from the train stations.
Journey Time: 3h 7m and ticket cost of $6.20
Newcastle has a well-developed transport network including buses and modern light rail. You can also take your bike on the train or rent a bike in Newcastle.
Sydney to Newcastle by Bus
Greyhound bus services offer a Sydney Newcastle service and the buses feature WiFi, USB chargers, reclining seats, and a restroom. The bus leaves from Central Station and terminates in Newcastle at the Museum. For current ticket prices and timetable see greyhound.com.au
Journey Time: 2h 50m
Sydney to Newcastle by Flights
You can catch a direct flight from Sydney Domestic Airport (SYD) to Newcastle Airport (NTL) via Regional Express. There is a metro station at the airport in Newcastle and it takes you to the city centre in about 25 mins. For current ticket prices and timetable see rex.com.au
Journey Time: 45 min