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Traffic in Sydney CBD on Saturday afternoon

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Traffic in Sydney CBD on Saturday afternoon

Barring special events, accidents, road works etc, what is the traffic "generally" likely to be like in the city on a Saturday afternoon, (4.00 pm - mid January)? I am thinking particularly of the run through from CQ to the airport. I know in our city, Saturdays can be busier than week days. Many thanks for your help.

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1. Re: Traffic in Sydney CBD on Saturday afternoon

yep Saturdays can be busier due to sport.

Check for cricket fixtures on the date you are travelling, that has the biggest impact.

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2. Re: Traffic in Sydney CBD on Saturday afternoon

CQ to airport trip will mean the taxi will go via the Eastern Distributor back to the airport. There will be Saturday shopping traffic around Moore Park. But certainly less than the traffic at 4pm on a weekday (then it crawls along).

Why not catch the train from CQ (no worries about traffic then) ?

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3. Re: Traffic in Sydney CBD on Saturday afternoon

Generally that should be fine but we have been caught up with protests & road works at that time of day. Just allow plenty of time - I'd allow 45 mins from the time you want to be at the airport

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>>Barring special events, accidents, road works etc, what is the traffic "generally" likely to be like in the city on a Saturday afternoon, (4.00 pm - mid January)?<<

Excluding those things you have mentioned, it should take no more than 20-25 minutes at that time. Up to Macquarie St and onto the ED. From there it's about 15 minutes to Domestic and a bit longer to International.

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5. Re: Traffic in Sydney CBD on Saturday afternoon

I believe there is a toll on the ED but you only have to pay it going one way? Is this correct and what way would it be paid, going to the airport from CDB or coming from the airport to CBD? Thanks

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6. Re: Traffic in Sydney CBD on Saturday afternoon

The ED toll operates norhtbound only ie from the airport to the city.

If you are going the other direction you should not have to pay it. The only one way toll cabs are allowed to charge for in both directions is the Bridge and Bridge Tunnel.

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7. Re: Traffic in Sydney CBD on Saturday afternoon

Thanks, can see why it is now more expensive to travel to the city from airport, using this route. Isn't there also some sort of airport parking/waiting charge that taxi's have to pay when picking up at airport. Of course, this is added to the passenger's bill.

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8. Re: Traffic in Sydney CBD on Saturday afternoon

Yep - $3.75 every time you get a cab from the airport. Add that to the $6 ED toll and it's almost $10 more to get a cab from the airport than it is to go back to the airport.

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