From Sydney’s Kingsford Smith Airport, trains are the fastest way into the city centre. They run every 10 minutes and take approximately 13 minutes to enter Central station in downtown. From Central station, you can transfer to the suburban services or make your way to City Circle. Train stations are located on the northern end of the international terminal and between T2 and T3 in the domestic terminals. The train charges an airport access fee which is $13 AUD per adult and $11.60 AUD per child. The fare to the city is $2.10 or $4.20 AUD or more if you want to visit a suburban area. Purchase an Opal card if you plan to use public transportation more than one day. You get discounts for off-peak travel times too.
With a group, taxis are the more cost-effective route to travel downtown. Every terminal has a taxi that is managed by airport staff. Taxis cannot pick you up outside the rank. Cabs during peak hours tend to share rides, especially if you are headed in the same direction. The taxi rank manager organises ride shares. The fee to the city centre is $50 AUD. Extra fees include metered fare and airport toll, plus the bridge and tunnel tolls when applicable.
Route 400 stops by the International T1 and Domestic T3 terminals. It is cheaper than the train and shuttle but takes much longer.
Airport Shuttle Service
Some city centre hotels offer free shuttles from the airport to their hotel. When you book your hotel, inquire about hotel transportation. Not all shuttles will meet you when you get off your flight, so you may have to wait for them to arrive. Shuttle buses can be booked on the spot through the transport travel desk in the T1 and T2 terminals.
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