The Sydney Habour Bridge Climb is one of the most popular activities in Sydney.
Under the guidance of trained guides, you will climb more than 1300 stairs through the outer archways of the Sydney Harbour Bridge to reach its highest point.
From the top, you see the beautiful Sydney Harbour, the Sydney Opera House and if the sky is clear the blue mountains too.
More than 2.75 Million people have climbed the bridge till now.
In this article, we explain everything you need to know about the Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb.
Sydney Harbour Bridge hours
The Sydney Harbour Bridge is open 24 hours a day, 363 days a year.
The earliest Bridge climbs depart at 3:15 am, and groups of climbers keep going up till late at night.
For more details on when the day climbs, night climbs, Twilight climbs, and dawn climbs are scheduled, check out the tickets section.
Is Sydney Bridge Climb worth it?
The Sydney Bridge climb is for people who love a little adventure and like to challenge themselves.
If you only want to see Sydney’s skyline, there are cheaper and easier ways.
Sydney Tower Eye, for instance.
You won’t have to go through the climb – just get into a lift and reach the observatory in no time.
Whereas, the Sydney Bridge Climb will give you an adrenaline rush like never before.
Sydney skyline will also look prettier because of all the hard work that you would have put in the climb.
Besides, the bragging rights of having climbed the Sydney Harbour Bridge is totally worth it.
Sydney Harbour Bridge climb’s cost
There is no fixed number when we talk about the Sydney Bridge climb price.
This is because many factors affect the cost of the BridgeClimb.
1) The time when you want to climb – dawn, during the day, Twilight, or at night.
2) The age of the climber. All tourists 8 to 15 get a discount over the adult price
3) How far up you would want to go. Will it be the full-distance climb or will it be the much shorter ‘sampler’?
4) The climbing route you choose. Will it be the regular route or will it be the much shorter ‘Express’ route which takes you to the highest point faster?
The costliest ticket is around 388 AUD, and the cheapest Bridge Climb ticket you can buy for an adult is priced at 174 AUD.
Sydney Bridge Climb’s discount
Officially, the only discount on Sydney Bridge Climb tickets is for children from age 8 to 15 years.
But not to worry, there is always a solution.
You can make a difference of 80 to 100 AUD on a full adult ticket by just making a few adjustments while booking your Bridge Climb experience.
Climbs during different timings are priced differently. So, you can always choose the one with the price you are most comfortable with.
Unfortunately, there is no discount for senior citizens.
Sydney Bridge Climb tickets
Sydney Harbour Bridge tours are very much in demand, so it is always best to book in advance.
During peak times, groups of tourists depart at 10-minute intervals.
Start times of the tour vary depending on the season.
1. Regular BridgeClimb
This is the most popular Sydney bridge climb and is available in various time slots.
Option 1: Sydney Bridge climb at night
During winter (in Australia June, July and August are the winter months!) the Sydney Harbour Bridge night climbs start before 5 pm.
During the summer months, they could start after 6 pm.
During this 3.5-hours night climb, you get to see Sydney’s spectacular skyline all lit up.
The night climb is quite thrilling, but tourists who have tried it say that by the time they get down the evening is almost over.
Adult ticket (16+ years): 268 AUD
Child ticket (8 to 15 years): 188 AUD
Option 2: Sydney Harbour Bridge climb during day
The day climbs start as early as 9 am (during peak times these can start much earlier as well).
Day climbs usually stop by 3 pm in summers and 2.30 pm in winters.
Many tourists try and target the last day climb of the day so that they can experience the sunset on the way back.
Adult ticket (16+ years): 308 AUD
Child ticket (8 to 15 years): 208 AUD
Option 3: Sydney Bridge climb at twilight times
This is the most popular Sydney Harbour Bridge climb tour because tourists get to see the sunset from a vantage point.
Therefore, this BridgeClimb is priced higher.
During winter, start times of the twilight climb can be as early as 3 pm.
In summers these climbs start around 4 pm.
Adult ticket (16+ years): 374 AUD
Child ticket (8 to 15 years): 268 AUD
Option 4: BridgeClimb at Dawn
If you are an early bird, we highly recommend this dawn Sydney Harbour Bridge climb.
During summer start times may be as early as 3:30 am. During winter, the climbs start later – around 4.30 am.
It is beautiful to watch the sun’s first rays hit the city of Sydney.
Adult ticket (16+ years): 388 AUD
Child ticket (8 to 15 years): 278 AUD
*On the ticket booking page, you must choose between Dawn Climb, Day Climb, Twilight Climb and Night Climb.
2. Sydney Harbour Bridge Express Climb
Sydney Bridge climb can be a little time consuming and tiring. Thankfully, there is an alternative.
The Sydney Harbor Bridge Express Climb takes you through a shorter and faster route. It is a whole new experience in itself.
This climb takes place from the heart of the structure, bringing a whole new dimension to look at.
Adult ticket (16+ years): 320 AUD
Child ticket (8 to 15 years): 216 AUD
3. BridgeClimb Sampler
As the name suggests, the sampler is a “sample” of the original climb.
This option is perfect for those who do not have much time to devote to the climb.
Moreover, it only takes you to half of the original height.
If you get uncomfortable with heights, this can be a perfect Sydney Climb for you.
It is also pocket-friendly, with a maximum of 12 people in a group.
Adult ticket (16+ years): 175 AUD
Child ticket (8 to 15 years): 150 AUD
4. Vivid BridgeClimb Sydney
The VIVID bridge climb lets you be a part of the famous Sydney Harbour Bridge light show during the VIVID Sydney 2019.
This climb is only available during VIVID Sydney 2019 celebrations from May 24 to June 15.
You can experience the fantastic light show from the top of the city.
If you’re visiting the city during this period, do not miss this opportunity.
Adult ticket (16+ years): 272 AUD
Child ticket (8 to 15 years): 190 AUD
Bridge Climb: Day vs. Night
Deciding whether to climb during the day or the night can be a little overwhelming as both the options have their own unique benefits.
With the day climb, you get the beautiful view of the sun shining at the opera house and the city glowing under the sunlight.
It is also perfect for taking pictures and leaving the evening free for further entertainment.
Whereas, the night climb gives you the glowing view of the sparkling city lights and bustling nightlife of the city.
The temperature is more relaxed, and the effort doesn’t seem as tiring.
However, by the time you are done with the climb, you won’t have much evening time to spend elsewhere.
If you are stick stuck, how about a climb in between the day and night slots – twilight, dawn or the last climb of the day?
Sydney Bridge Climb FAQs
If you are planning to climb up the Sydney Bridge you are sure to have lots of questions.
We try and answer them for you.
On the Bridge Climb route, climbers scale 1332 stairs and then climb down the same number.
On the Discovery Climb, which also known as BridgeClimb Sampler tourists climb 1002 stairs and then walk down the same number.
Each climbing group is made up of a maximum of 12 to 14 tourists.
This limit is never crossed to provide a personalized experience.
You will get a commemorative certificate, cap, and a group photo.
If you are reasonably fit, you will be able to climb the Sydney bridge.
Good hand-eye-coordination and reasonable control over yourself are the only requirements.
A tourist must be 8 years and above to make it on this BridgeClimb tour.
Children under 15 years can’t be on the climb alone – they must be accompanied by an adult.
There is also an upper limit of a maximum of 3 kids per adult.
Even if the tourist qualifies the minimum age requirement (of 8 years and above), they need to be 4 feet (1.2 meters) and above to join the Sydney Bridge climbing tour.
If you are less than six months (24 weeks) pregnant, you must consult a doctor and have a signed consent form from them.
If you are more than 24 weeks pregnant, you won’t be allowed to climb.
If you are drunk, you won’t be allowed to participate on the Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb tour.
Every climber is subjected to a breathalyzer test, and those who have a blood alcohol concentration of 0.05% or higher won’t be allowed to proceed further.
You will be requested to stand down if you are under the influence of drugs (legal or illegal).
Shoes with PVC and/or leather soles aren’t recommending for this climb.
We suggest you wear suitable closed-toe rubber-sole shoes – the ones you wear for sporting activities.
Rubber sole shoes will give you the grip, and support you will need on the 3.5-hour long journey.
Sydney Bridge Climb reviews
Tourists have rated Sydney Bridge Climb very highly on Tripadvisor – 4.5 out of 5.
Here are two reviews we have handpicked, so you know if Sydney Bridge Climb is worth it.
The bridge climb is suitable for everyone, there is no need to be afraid as everyone is attached, via a link and chain to the actual handrail. You are kitted out with all the gear, even handkerchiefs that are attached to you so that they cannot be dropped!
Everything is well planned and executed, the staff is excellent, and nobody is rushed. I would highly recommend the bridge climb without a doubt. – HA60, Manchester, United Kingdom
Scared of heights and had a ball
I was very dubious about spending all the $$ on this trip, especially since I was 50% sure I would have to back out. I couldn’t have been more wrong. This trip is 100% safe. Honestly. The facilities are well kept, the gear is in good shape, they teach you what to expect, and you do a replica of the “worst” part indoors before you go out on to the bridge. It does take the full 3 hours- and that’s because they spend a lot of time on safety. You are always tethered to the bridge by a cable, and you always have handrails.
Now let’s talk about the view- WOW. Outstanding. – ChrissieRutter, College Station, Texas
Bridge Climb or Pylon Lookout
While the Sydney Bridge Climb is not a demanding activity (most reasonably healthy folks can do it), it requires a certain amount of commitment.
If you don’t want to climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge for whatever reason, you can still get a partial experience of the climb – by trying the Pylon Lookout.
The Pylon lookout is a viewing platform 200 steps above the bridge.
From the Pylon Lookout, you can see the Opera House, Circular Quay, the two arches of the Harbor Bridge and even the bridge climbers.
From the Pylon lookout, you get to see Sydney from a height of 87 meters (285 feet) at a price that’s much lower than the BridgeClimb.
Bridge Climb vs. Pylon Lookout
Looking down on Sydney from a height is heavenly, and a must do for all visitors to the city.
However, depending on the amount of effort you are willing to put in, the time you want to spend and cost you are ready to pay, you have two options.
Here are the three key differences between Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb and Pylon Lookout –
1. Pylon Lookout costs $15 whereas the BridgeClimb costs around $300.
2. Pylon Lookout will only take an hour or a half while BridgeClimb will take up three to three and a half hours.
3. On the Bridge Climb, you go up 1300+ stairs to reach the summit while to reach the Pylon Lookout you only need to climb 200 steps.
Sydney Harbour Bridge Pylon
The Sydney Harbour Bridge Pylon is a perfect outing for the day.
This ticket includes the admission to the Pylon museum.
The small Pylon Museum displays exhibits which narrate the story of how it was made, what work went into the building of the magnificent structure and the risks faced by the workers etc.
We recommend this combo tour which besides the Pylon Lookout also includes a visit to Eastern Suburbs beaches of Bondi, Tamarama and Bronte.
This ticket includes a fantastic Australian lunch at a restaurant in Surry Hills or East Sydney.