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Sydney Marathon - 17 September 2023 - Road Closures and Event Update

The Sydney Marathon is being held on Sunday 17 September. A record number of participants will start from Bradfield Park, Milsons Point across all four events, including the 42km marathon, 21km half marathon, 10km bridge run and 3.5km family fun run.

Cross City Tunnel Toll Free Period

What do you need to know?

Due to major road closures of Macquarie St, Park St, College St, Oxford St and Flinders St from the Opera House down to Moore Park between 4am and 3pm on Sunday 17 September, the Cross City Tunnel will be the only way to travel directly east and west across the course in the city’s north.

Service providers and drivers should be aware that the Cross City Tunnel will be toll free from 5am to 3pm Saturday 17 September due to road closures for the Sydney Marathon. Standard toll pricing applies before 5am and after 3pm. What do you need to do? Passengers travelling in a taxi or rideshare vehicle must not be charged a toll fee for the Cross City Tunnel during the toll free period. Booking service providers should make appropriate updates to booking applications and taxi service providers should make sure meters do not charge the toll during the toll free period. This information should be communicated to drivers. Drivers should also be made aware that the normal toll beep will not sound during the free period, and that third party mapping platforms and navigation systems such as Google Maps, Apple Maps, Waze etc may not show the tunnel as free during these hours.

Information for Taxi Drivers

Taxi ranks within the road closure area will not operate during the event and no temporary event taxi ranks will be in operation. See map here for more details on closures - Sydney Marathon 2023 - Overall course road closures and clearways map (pdf 1.1MB)

If you are dropping off passengers at the start line be aware that road closures will restrict direct vehicle access to Milsons Point after 4am. The closest areas you'll be able to drop off will be around Lavender Bay or Kirribilli.

From the finish areas in the city keep in mind that roads will still be closed around Circular Quay until 11am, and until 3pm on Macquarie St so if you are picking up passengers prior to this time you will need to do so outside of the closure area south of Bridge St.

Delays are expected for taxis getting to and from the start and finish areas.

Road Closures

The Sydney Harbour Tunnel will remain open in both directions during the event. There is no direct access to the CBD via Eastern Distributor exits at Cowper Bay Wharf or Kings Cross exits throughout the day, drivers will need to use the Cross City Tunnel via William St.

The ANZAC Bridge will remain open in both directions during the event with the Western Distributor / Bathurst St exit ramp available to provide access to the western side of Sydney CBD and the Cross City Tunnel for access to the eastern suburbs and Sydney Harbour Tunnel. There is no direct access through the CBD for the eastern suburbs or Harbour Tunnel between 5am and 2pm.

Erskine St will be closed between Shelley St and Sussex St from 5:00am to 8:30am. During this time access to and from King St Wharf area will be via Wheat Rd between 5:00am and 8:30am. From 8:30am vehicles exiting the area will be via Erskine Street

The Cross City Tunnel will be Toll Free in both directions between 5am and 3pm.

Click here for all the road closures & maps for Sydney Marathon 2023.


Half Marathon start 05:45

10km start 06:05

Marathon (wheelchair) start 07:08

Marathon start 07:10

Family Fun Run start 08:05

Events finish 15:00

Click here for further event related information.

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