Putting aside that it’s amazing to see 80,000 people take part in one of the country’s most gruelling running events, the City2Surf can be a real pain in the guts for motorists. To accommodate the thousands of participants in the annual 14-kilometre “fun run”, a lot of Sydney’s streets will be shut down, with major road closures in the CBD from 3.30am and in the eastern suburbs from 6am.

The race begins at College Street at Hyde Park in the CBD at 7.50am, goes down William Street and through the tunnel before flowing onto New South Head Road. It’s then on to “Heartbreak Hill” before taking the backstreets to Bondi Beach. It all wraps up by 2pm.

For those running in the race, return trips using public transport are free. Simply present your race bib, medallion or volunteer T-shirt to board. Early morning bus and train services will get you to the start line seamlessly, while buses will shuttle between Bondi Beach and Bondi Junction train and bus interchange regularly. The closest stations to the start line are St James, Museum, Town Hall and Martin Place.

Delays are expected throughout the day so here’s how to plan your trip ahead of time.

Road closures
For those in the driver’s seat, there will be designated crossover points on New South Head Road and Old South Head Road until 7am or 7.30am at Darling Point, Edgecliff, Double Bay, Vaucluse, Watsons Bay and Bondi. After these times you won’t be allowed in until the roads have reopened.

You will be able to use Victoria Street and Darlinghurst Road to cross throughout the event though. The Eastern Distributor Kings Cross exit and Palmer Street off-ramp will be closed from 6am until 12pm, while the Cross City Tunnel eastbound will be closed. Westbound access is only available via McLachlan Avenue at Craigend Street in Darlinghurst from 6am until 12pm. In the CBD, sections of College Street, Macquarie Street, Park Street and St James Road will be closed from 3.30am until 11am. From 6am until 12pm, William Street at Woolloomooloo through to New South Head Road at Edgecliff will be closed. From 7am until 1pm New South Head Road between Double Bay and Rose Bay will be shut. From 7am until 2pm Rose Bay to North Bondi, on New South Head Road, Old South Head Road and Military Road, will be affected.
From 6am until 4pm Bondi Beach will also be impacted. Sections of Campbell Parade, Curlewis Street, Queen Elizabeth Drive, Lamrock Avenue and other local roads will also be closed during the race.

Also, keep in mind special event clearways will be in place throughout the entire 14-kilometre course.

From 10am to 4pm, trains will run approximately every five minutes on the T4 Eastern Suburbs & Illawarra Line between Bondi Junction, Central, Hurstville, Cronulla and Waterfall stations.

Additional services will be added in the morning on all major corridors to the CBD. From Bondi Beach there’s one leaving Campbell Parade between 5am and 6am, which goes to Elizabeth Street at St James Station. Another service leaves Bondi Road (the bus stop near Sandridge Street) from 6am and runs until 8.30am, making stops along Bondi Road, before a direct trip to Elizabeth Street at St James Station.

After the race, shuttle buses will run between Bondi Beach and Bondi Junction from 9am until 4pm.

Additional F1 Manly Ferry services will run to Circular Quay at 6.15am and 6.50am. Services are predicted to reach capacity, so plan ahead. Get real-time updates on the event, transport services bus, ferries and trains as well as traffic and road closures here.