Broken Hill train service patronage up

It’s been a big year for regional travel throughout NSW with long-distance train travel piquing public interest with more than a million journeys made in 2023 so far.

Passenger numbers on all NSW Trainlink routes and services have seen a steady increase, including the Xplorer train between Broken Hill and Sydney. Including data from trips in both directions, the average monthly patronage across the 2023 calendar year for the 13-hour journey is 64 per cent higher than 2021 and 37 per cent higher than 2022.

“We’re incredibly pleased to see passengers embracing what NSW TrainLink has to offer, including around 127 regional train services and 605 coach services each week,” Minister for Regional Transport and Roads, Jenny Aitchison, said.

“People are recognising that it is a unique, cost-effective way to sit back and enjoy the ride, taking in the stunning scenery out the window, without the stress of driving or catching a plane.

“Train travel offers passengers fantastic flexibility. They’re able to visit the buffet and stretch their legs, get on and off at multiple stops, breaking up their journey or visiting more places in regional NSW and Australia.”

The Sydney to Broken Hill train operates on Mondays, leaving Central Station at 6.18am AEDT, while the return Broken Hill to Sydney train departs Broken Hill Station on Tuesdays at 7.45am ACDT. Visit to book your ticket for these services.

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