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Submitted on Nov 23, 2018 Useful Info

How to get from Sydney Airport to the city

How to get from Sydney Airport to the city


When I was planing my trip to Sydney, I found our that there are numerous options and ways how to get to the city center.

At the end - everything depends on your budget and time you are ready to spend.

I will list the best options as they was and is up to this day on 2018.

Please, write in comment if you have any new updates on airport transfer in Sydney!


Sydney Airport (SYD) is located just 8km from the downtown of the city. The airport itself - provides two transport options to get into the city -

  • by train

It will cost 11€ (AUD$16.70) and take 13 minutes to reach the city's central station.

The airport train stations are located at international and domestic terminals at Sydney Airport. You can buy ticket on a tap-and-go Opal card, Relay or WH Smith at the station, which can be used for a single journey or it is also rechargeable for your next rides.

  • taxi

A Sydney airport taxi ride into the city will cost approximately 28.30€ (AUD$45) and take 20 minutes in good traffic.

So in conclusion - If you are traveling with someone and have luggage - it is easier and almost cheaper to get a taxi. However, the trains do leave regularly and have long operating hours, but can be busy after large flights or during peak times.


  • by Uber

Uber is fairy popular and now available at Sydney Airport. You can request a ride from your preferred app (Taxify, Ola, Hop) and get picked up from any terminal. Send your driver the request once you've out of the terminal, and your he will meet you at the Priority Pick-up zone

Fare estimates: in (AUS $)

Sydney City $45-55 (one way)

North Sydney $55 - $65 (one way)

Manly $90 - $100 (one way)

Parramatta $100 - $120 (one way)

Liverpool $95 - $110 (one way)

Cronulla $75 - $85 (one way)


  • by Rental Car

Sydney Airport has all the major car rental companies located at the arrivals level at T1 International terminal. Search the best deals in advance from rental car providers like Avis, Hertz, Europcar, Budget, Thrifty.


  • by Bus

Sydney Buses operates a Route 400, between Bondi Junction and Burwood. The service has a stop at both the T1 International and T3 Domestic terminals. You will find marked bus stops on the arrivals level outside each of these terminals.

You'll need an Opal transport card to ride a bus.


  • by Shuttle bus

Several companies run shuttle services between the Airport and city hotels. They depart regularly from the front of the terminal and cost around AUD $15–$17 per person one-way. There are group discounts available if you are traveling with someone. Check the websites such as KST Sydney Airporter and Sydney Airport Shuttle for more info.


  • by bike

You can even ride a bicycle to and from the Sydney Airport!

At T1 International, bicycle racks are located at both ends of the terminal building. Check the T1 International Bike Rack Map for more information.

If you do cycle to the airport, there are public shower facilities that are located at T1 International.