Please note: This article is designed for interstate/international visitors only and does not contain information about concession fares available for NSW/ACT residents.

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This article is relevant for travellers staying in the Central Business District (CBD), including the localities of Railway Square, World Square, Chinatown, Circular Quay, Martin Place, The Rocks and Pitt St Mall.

(NOTE to Darling Harbour or Pyrmont:
If your hotel is on the eastern side of Darling Harbour, you can walk from either Wynyard or Town Hall train stations.
If your hotel is on the western side, you have 3 options: 1. Change from train at Central Station for the Light Rail; 2. Change at Town Hall Station for the 443 bus; 3. Take taxi from Central Station)

Greenbus provides a useful summary of the main Sydney airport transport options and comparisons with other major airports in Australia. 


1. Train

COST: $16.70 to/from International; $15.70 to/from Domestic

  • MyMulti periodical ticket holders are required to purchase a $12.30 GatePass to use AirportLink stations
  • Children 4-15yrs eligible for discounted tickets ( Int $11.8 / Dom $11.4 / GP $9.6)


  • 11 mins to Central, 19 mins to Circular Quay (Domestic)
  • 13 mins to Central, 21 mins to Circular Quay (International)

WHERE TO GET OFF: The Airport Line goes to every City Circle station except Martin Place (please note Museum Station does not have an elevator for those with luggage). Check which is closest to your accommodation on Google Maps.  Also check for trackwork on weekends.


2. Taxi

(Try the  Sydney Taxi Fare Calculator)  It may not be accurate though.

From T1 (International); $11 Wolli Creek station, $37 to Central, $45 to Circular Quay

From T2/T3 (domestic) ; $10 to Mascot, $19 to Central, $35 to Circular Quay

  • 150% of standard fare (meter plus an additional 50%) using maxi taxi with 5+ passengers
  • 120% of fare between 10pm and 6am

TRAVEL TIME: 20-40 minutes depending on time of day.


  • The quickest route to the CBD involves an extra $5.50 toll on the Eastern Distributor Motorway - by requesting your taxi driver to use an alternative route (via O'Riordan St & Botany Rd) you will save some money. 
  • Taxis also incur a $3.50 airport toll when picking up passengers from the terminal - this is why you will be asked to pay more than the meter says.
  • (Indicative fares quoted above include both tolls)
  • Taxi marshalls are available to help with calling maxi taxis, disabled taxis, child seat equipped taxis
  • You can use cabfriend before you travel to find a partner to share your taxi with.


3. Shared shuttle services

NOTE: Sydney Airport states on their website that " is against the law for drivers or their agents to approach you or to solicit a fare from you.  All limousine and shuttle bus services must be pre-arranged."  

COST: $16-22 ($30-44 return)

TRAVEL TIME: Up to an hour, depending on number of passengers and drop offs at various hotels.

NOTE: Many travellers have had negative experiences with punctuality. e.g. return tickets not being honoured and have advised to be wary when buying tickets and/or booking in advance, especially for outbound journeys to catch a flight.


4. Friend Meeting you at the Airport?

 Parking at the airports is very expensive (costs) so there is an alternative: call your friend from the airport and head for the free pickup areas (free area links to maps). 


  • Traffic around the airports is very heavy at times: typically early morning and late afternoons. 
  • The free area at the domestic airport is very limited and can be chaotic.  Alternative is to take a short walk to MacDonalds in Ross Smith Avenue about 700m away and meet up there.


5. Car Hire

There are a number of car rental operators based inside each terminal in Sydney airport. All rental vehicles are located on-site, so no shuttle bus is required to pickup or drop off your vehicle. The operators are:


6. Alternative options  (for the budget traveller)

NOTE: MyMulti daily/weekly transport passes cover all the below options and can be purchased at Airport Line(T2) stations (ask for it without the Gate Pass included)

NOTE: Pensioners, NSW/ACT students, and children under 16 pay reduced fares.   

1. Train only (involves walking)

From T1 (International), walk 1.4km west along the Cooks River to Wolli Creek station. City trains depart frequently on 2 separate lines - the journey will take 13 mins to Central Station and costs $4.40. The route is well marked and quite scenic in fact, however it's advisable to walk in a group at night.

From T2/T3 (domestic), walk 1.5km north along O'Riordan St to Bourke Rd then to Mascot station. City trains are relatively frequent,  and take 8 mins to reach Central Station and costs $3.60. Do be aware that in some periods that travellers with luggage/backpacks may find it difficult or be unable to board at Mascot. This seems to be more prevalent after a train has been cancelled on a Sunday due to overcrowding and cheap Sunday fares.

(As noted above, use of AirportLink stations is expensive as they are privately owned. The suggestions here involves walking to the neighbouring stations on the Airport Line, where normal train prices apply.) 

2. Local bus and train (no walking but slow)

The 400 bus departs from stops immediately outside T1 (International) and T3 (Qantas Domestic). Buses come  approximately every 20 mins in each direction, and will take you to nearby suburban railway stations. Tickets can be bought with cash on the bus. This route can be unreliable - take the first bus that arrives ( its direction does not matter).

If your bus is heading eastbound (Destination 'Bondi Junction'):
Alight at Mascot Station for a train to the city. Bus to the station will take 19mins (international - $3.60) or 5mins (domestic - $2.20). Train will take 8mins and cost $3.60 from this station.

If your bus is heading westbound (Destination 'Rockdale' or 'Burwood'):
Alight at Rockdale Station for a train to the city. Bus to the station will take 12 mins (international - $2.20) or 26 mins (domestic - $3.60). Train will take 17mins and cost $4.40 from this station. 
NB: Buses in this direction will pass Banksia Railway Station. Do not get off here; trains are very infrequent and there are no lifts for luggage.


3. Pre-booking and Pick up & Drop

Google online for companies that provide chauffeur driven luxurious airport sedan or shuttles. Quote the price and book online (make it a safe one). Fix the arrival date & time and terminal  and find the sign board of your name at airport for the pickup. Its easy. but please read the agreements and policies thoroughly before payments.

Just few minutes and few clicks and your transfer service is ready. (check whether the business is verified by google plus.)

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