The Express Climb groups are also limited to just 12 people, so the personable guides get to know every single climber, and you get answers to the questions that interest you most. Plus, if you want to know more about the Bridge and its construction, you can always visit the museum in the BridgeClimb Visitors Centre and take your time over the historical exhibits.
Just to be even-handed, there are a few drawbacks. First, there is little downtime on the climb, so we were in constant motion. That didn’t bother us so much, though, since we still got the whole spiel on the Bridge’s history and some of the more salacious episodes of its past (16 construction workers died!). The real downside is that the Express Climb surmounts the lower, inside arch of the Bridge for most of the route, then takes a staircase up to the zenith. You still end up 134 meters above the water and get the same picture taken of you as everyone else who does the climb, you just don’t have quite as long to enjoy it up there. Plus, the "Climber Certificate" will be waiting for you when you descend.
Rates for the Express Climb start at $188AUD ($164) for a night climb, with a day climb starting at $198AUD ($173), and the popular twilight climb starting at $258AUD ($225) for adults.
Full disclosure: Eric Rosen was invited on the Express Climb as a guest of BridgeClimb, but all opinions expressed are his own.