There are sheltered taxi ranks at each terminal, and during peak hours there are supervisors whose job is to find people the right taxi- for example, one with wheelchair access or a van for large groups. A trip into Sydney’s CBD takes around 20 minutes and should cost somewhere between $30 and $40. There is also a $3.50 airport toll for any trip from taxi ranks at the airport, and passengers are responsible for tolls on any road, tunnel or bridge. For more information, check the websites of one of Sydney’s taxi companies- Legion Cabs (www.legioncabs.com.au
), Premier Cabs (www.airportaxi.com.au
), Silver Service (www.silverservice.com.au
) or Taxis Combined (www.taxiscombined.com.au
Car Rental in the Terminals
Car rental desks
for AVIS, Hertz, Europcar, Budget, Thrifty and RedSpot can be found can be found in all terminals. In the International Terminal, you will find the car rental desks right near the Arrivals A/B area. In Terminal 2, the car rental desks are in the Arrivals hall near the Jetstar and Qantas baggage carousels, and in Terminal 3 they can be found in the Arrivals hall on the ground floor.
Bus and Shuttle Services
Should you wish to take a public bus to the airport, Route 400 runs between Burwood and Bondi Junction with stops at both the International Terminal and the domestic terminals. This route runs between 5am and 11pm. This does not pass through the city centre. Shuttle buses run from many of the central city airports, so if you are staying in a major hotel, ask about this service. Airport Connect (www.airportconnect.com.au
) offers a more personalisable shuttle service which can drop you off at a hotel or other CBD location, or pick you up from there and take you to your flight. This service must be pre-booked.
Sydney has a dedicated Airport Train which runs between the Town Hall and the International and Domestic terminals, stopping at several places along the way, including Wynyard, Circular Quay, St James, Museum Station, Central Station and Green Square. From the airport, there are trains leaving every 10 minutes or so from 4:50am until just after midnight. Trains from the city to the airport run at the same intervals from 4:20am until 12:30am during the week. In the weekends the first trains are around 20 minutes later.
One way trips to any of the City stations from Terminal 1 is $16.70, and from Terminals 2 and 3 it is $15.90. Children, students and seniors can get a discount with a valid concession card. Tickets are available for purchase from the stations at the terminals, or from any of the 305 stations in the Railcorp Network.
From the International Terminal, the best motorway to get into the city is Princes Highway, which heads into the city in one direction and south out of Sydney in the other. Head out of the airport on Arrival Court and Cooks River Ave and go left onto Marsh Street. From there you can go right onto Flora Street and right again which will take you to an intersection with Princes Highway. Alternatively, further along Marsh Street you will come across the M5 Motorway which will take you to Southern Cross Drive and into the CBD if you turn left.
From the Domestic Terminals, the most convenient highway to access is Southern Cross Drive, a main thoroughfare which heads into the central city via several tunnels. From the terminals, head out on Shiers Ave and go right onto Joyce Drive, then left onto General Holmes Drive. From there, a right onto Botany Road will take you to the onramps for Southern Cross Drive. This heads into central Sydney in one direction and into the outer suburbs in the other.
Updated October 2013 by Chris Houston
. Information is subject to change at any time.