Head to the Royal Easter Show these holidays and get FREE public transport!

By ANNA USHER

Public transport across NSW is free for 12 days from Thursday after industrial chaos and ongoing strikes this year.

Trains, buses, trams, and all ferry services will be included, NSW Transport Minister David Elliott said.

Mr Elliott has encouraged NSW residents to “get out there and enjoy themselves” during the free period.

“There are no excuses not to go and use those Dine and Discover vouchers, no excuses not to go and get on Sydney harbour, and no excuses not to explore the nooks and crannies the metro and light rail can take you to,” he said.

NSW Transport Minister David Elliott says the freebie will cost the Government between $8 and $20 million.

It is the last school holidays where the Dine and Discover vouchers will be valid. The free travel extends over Easter, the school holidays, and Anzac Day.

Transport for NSW boss Howard Collins said the Freshwater ferry will be running (hooray!) and extra train and bus services to and from the Sydney Royal Easter Show are also scheduled.

There will also be additional services on the morning of Anzac Day for the dawn service, Mr Elliott added.

The Freshwater will be running during Easter and you can travel FREE!

While no fare will be charged, transport officials hope to collect data on how many people use the free services.

The free fares will apply across the Opal network, meaning Sydney, the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, the Hunter and the Illawarra.

Parking at Transport Park & Ride car parks will continue to be free for up to 18 hours at a time.

This easter is your last holiday period to use the NSW Dine and Discover vouchers.

The fare-free period has been billed as an apology for the chaos caused in February when the NSW government shut down Sydney’s rail network for a day.

It’s also meant to boost businesses by encouraging people to explore the region during school holidays, Mr Elliott said.