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Sydney airport & train travel

Brisbane, Australia
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Sydney airport & train travel

I am going to Sydney in October with my partner and I'm looking at catching the train from the domestic airport to Martin Place. I'm trying to understand how the airport train works? Do you pay 1 fee to get into the train station then another fee for the ticket?

we will be there a total of 4 days and I think I have worked out getting a weekly Mymulti 3 pass to be the best option as we want to get the ferry to manly and the zoo etc.

Any better alternatives please let me know.

Sydney, Australia
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1. Re: Sydney airport & train travel

No - the airport fee is contained in the ticket.

It's as easy as the BNE train - just follow the signs.

Sydney, Australia
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2. Re: Sydney airport & train travel

You are only in Sydney for 4 days so does a weekly MM3 make sense (costs $63 for the week, so for 2 people = $126) ? Alternative is to a buy a MM day ticket at $23 for trips to Manly and Zoo. Depends on what you want to do on other 3 days.

We also now have the Opal card which covers all trains/ferries and most buses (all by end 2014). The Opal card has a maximum charge of $15 per day and maximum in a Monday to Sunday week of $60.

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3. Re: Sydney airport & train travel

Just a note that to get to Martin Place, you'll need to change trains at either Central or Town Hall.

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4. Re: Sydney airport & train travel

When you catch a train at the airport your gate pass is included, however, it may not be included on your return ticket (it depends on the type of ticket you have purchased). If you need to buy a gate pass you can get it on arrival at the airport station. Just go to the ticket counter before the turnstiles.

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5. Re: Sydney airport & train travel

I would suggest the Opal card would work out to be considerably cheaper for a four day trip, since you're unlikely to hit the maximum of $15 in fares every day (excluding the airport gate fee). Note that the Opal card will also deduct the $12.60 gatepass automatically at the airport. You do have to keep an eye on the balance and add money if you get low (there's no easy refund process so don't add too much ahead of time).

Cards can be purchased at the airport stations (but not other train stations). See here for more info:


Also, as KVE noted, Martin Place is not on the airport line. What is your actual destination? You may find it easier to get out at St James or Wynyard stations and walk, rather than changing trains (particularly as the airport route takes a while to get to Town Hall).

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