Getting there and around

Sydney Airport

Located in Mascot, Sydney Airport is approximately 8 kilometres from the central business district. Sydney Airport is easily accessible by all modes of transport including car, train, taxi or bus. All terminals, T1 International, T2 Domestic and T3 Domestic, can be easily found by following signs to the airport - usually displayed by a simple aeroplane symbol. Most major routes will feature the symbol at decision points. 

Sydney trains

Catching a train is one of the fastest ways to reach Sydney Airport. Services run directly from the city centre to stations located inside the Domestic and International terminals. It only takes 10 minutes to travel from Central Station to Domestic Airport Station and 13 minutes to International Airport Station.

  • On weekdays there are approximately six to eight services every hour from 6.00am until 10.00pm, and then four per hour until the last train.
  • On weekends and public holidays there are four services per hour.
Use the fare calculator to work out the cost for travelling to or from Sydney Airport.

Sydney Airport shuttle service

Various companies operate shuttle buses between Sydney accommodations and the airport for all departures and arrivals. For transfers to the airport, bookings should be made a minimum of 2hrs prior to pick-up time.

Rates:  Adult – One way: from $16.00.  Adult – Return: from $30.00


Each terminal has its own sheltered taxi rank with supervisors on hand during peak times to ensure a smooth flow of taxis for travelers. If you require assistance, kerbside supervisors can organise taxis with baby capsules, wheelchair access, five-seaters and maxi taxis for larger groups or station wagons for large amounts of baggage.

An approximate fare to/from Sydney City is $45-55 (one way) based on non-peak traffic.

Taxis operate within most metro areas. Taxis with larger capacity, or with wheelchair carrying ability are generally available on request.

Some taxi companies that offer pre-booking include:

Ride share

Ride share pick-ups are now available at Sydney Airport. You can request a ride from your preferred app and get picked up from either the domestic or international terminals. Simply send the request once you've exited the terminal, and your driver will meet you at the pick-up area. For the domestic terminal, this is the Priority Pick-up Zone. For the international terminal, this is the Express Pick-up zone. Fares to SYD vary depending on the selected vehicle option, travel time, and total distance. Use the Uber Fare Estimator to get estimated prices.

Hire vehicles

Hire cars are available both form the Sydney Airport, other airports around the state and within the major metropolitan centres. An internet search for 'hire cars Sydney' will return several dozen hire car companies based in and around the city.

If you are planning to extend your stay in Sydney, there is a wide range of motorhome and campervan hire companies available in and around Sydney. Please see links below for more information on the available vehicle and campervan hire companies in Sydney. 

Public transport

Sydney has an extensive public transport system, covering trains, light rail, buses, trams and ferries. 

You can use First Stop Transport to get tips for making your trip as smooth as possible, to access transport resources, and to locate further information. The self-assessment sections will help you to check your understanding of how it all works.

Whether you’re looking to catch the bus to Bourke, or the train to Town Hall, First Stop Transport has something for you!

You can also download and read a document version of this online resource, which you can then read offline.

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