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How To Get From Sydney Airport To City Center – All Possible Ways

Last updated on October 15th, 2022 at 03:05 pm

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We will write how to get from Sydney airport to city center. The distance from Sydney Airport to downtown is 12 kilometers. Click here to book online Sydney activities and day trips

The travel time from Sydney airport to city center is around 20-25 minutes by taxi and $50-60 AUD.

The cheapest way from Sydney airport to city center is by bus $4 AUD. It will take 15-20 minutes a bus from the airport plus a train $4 AUD another 15 minutes total fare would be $8 AUD.

The best way from Sydney airport to city center is by train for $19 AUD and 15 minutes.

You can get a private transfer that can be cheaper than a taxi if traveling in a group.

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WHERE TO STAY IN SYDNEY

You can sleep in a dorm room or a room for $25 USD while you can stay in a budget hotel for as low as $60-80 USD. There are so many to choose from depending on what type and how luxurious you want your stay to be starting from $150 USD. 

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SYDNEY AIRPORT TO DOWNTOWN

TRAIN FROM SYDNEY AIRPORT TO CITY CENTER (BEST WAY)

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The best way from Sydney airport to city center is by train. The train fare from Sydney airport to city center is $19 AUD.  The train from Sydney airport to city are running every 5-10 minutes starting from 5 am until midnight. You can buy the ticket in the vending machine or paying with the Opal Card. You can get the train in Terminal 1 International flights, 2 and 3 at the airport both Domestic flights.

The train travel time from Sydney to Sydney Central Station is around 10-12 minutes depending if you get in Terminal 1 International and Terminal 2 and 3 Domestic. The final stop from the train from Sydney airport to city center is Central Station and Circular Quay where you can go walking distance to a few places for accommodation.

Cheapest Train Ticket from Sydney Airport To Downtown?

If you have no so much luggage and you go on a budget. The cheapest way from Sydney airport to city center is walking until Mascot which is 15-20 minutes from the airport and taking the train for $4 AUD with the Opal Card. You can also take the Bus Number 400 from Sydney airport to Mascot $4 AUD.

From Sydney airport to Mascot there is a supplement of $14 AUD that’s why you could avoid. If you buy the Opal Card you have to top up $10 AUD minimum but in the airport the minimum is $35 AUD. Check here Bus Number 400 schedule and route!

Route Train Sydney Airport To Sydney City Center

Sydney Airport International – Domestic – Mascot – Green Square – Central – St James – Circular Quay – Wynyard – Town Hall

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BUS FROM SYDNEY AIRPORT TO CITY CENTER (CHEAPEST WAY)

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The cheapest way from Sydney airport to city center is by public bus. You can get the Bus Number 400 from Sydney airport to Bondi Beach. You will have to walk outside the airport following the signs to reach the bus stop. It will take around 15-20 minutes to reach Mascot where you can get the train to city center.

If you want to go from Sydney airport to Bondi Beach by bus will take around 1 hour. The total travel time will be more than 1 hour from Sydney airport to Bondi Beach where you can take another bus $4 AUD or just go walking 30-40 minutes depending your final destination. Make sure you get the Opal Card! Click here Bus Number 400 route and schedule!

OPAL CARD

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The Opal Card is free of charge but you have to charge a minimum of $10 AUD and you can top up and $35 AUD is the minimum if you get the Opal Card at the airport. It’s a personal card and you can’t use for two people the same card. You will pay $4 AUD for one-way ticket with the Opal Card to move around buses and trains around Sydney.

SYDNEY AIRPORT SHUTTLE

If you prefer more comfort you can get Sydney Airport Shuttle buying your ticket online or at the airport. The Airport Shuttle fare from Sydney airport to city center is $18-20 AUD per person and the travel time is around 30 minutes.

You will get directly to your hotel from the airport cheaper than a taxi. And it’s perfect if you are traveling alone and you want comfort. A few hotels and hostels are offering this service.

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TAXI FROM SYDNEY AIRPORT TO SYDNEY CITY CENTER

If you go from Sydney airport to city center by taxi the most comfortable, available 24/7 and fastest way. The travel time by taxi is around 20-25 minutes and the taxi fare from Sydney airport to Sydney city center is around $50-60 AUD to Bondi Beach are has also similar price. The prices and travel time aren’t fixed and it will depend on traffic and your final destination.

PRIVATE TRANSPORTATION FROM SYDNEY AIRPORT TO DOWNTOWN

Hotel transfers are also very easy and convenient but can be a little bit pricey. The transfers are usually available 24 hours and is only ideal if you have the budget and you really want comfort after your flight to Sydney. Prices are around $45-50 AUD and you will be able to fit up to 4 people. It could be $12 AUD per person.

RENTING A CAR AT SYDNEY AIRPORT

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There are many options for renting a car in Sydney’s airport. It’s the most convenient option if you have a place to park your car in Sydney. It will take you 25 minutes to get to Sydney city center from the airport with private car. There are a few agencies like Hertz, Avis, Europcar available in the airport. Prices can be around $40-50 AUD per day.

Car rental option can be great if you are traveling with a few people or a lot of luggage and planning to visit places around Sydney and countryside beaches. Make sure you have parking place in your hotel or Airbnb since sometimes can be so challenging in Sydney city center.

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BEST WAY FROM SYDNEY AIRPORT TO CITY CENTER

If you ask me the best way from Sydney airport to city center I would choose by regular bus since a single ticket will cost around $4 AUD and it will take 1 hour and 30 minutes especially if you are traveling alone. It’s cheaper than the train and Sydney airport shuttle $19 AUD where you will save around 1 hour time depending on your budget and how much luggage you are bringing.

If you are planning to move around Sydney and you are traveling with more people renting a car can be a great option especially if you rent Airbnb outskirts of Sydney.

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WHERE TO STAY IN SYDNEY

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A lot of budget option is available for accommodation in Sydney. Where you can sleep in a dorm room or a room from $25 USD while you can stay in a budget hotel for as low as $60-80 USD.

There are so many to choose from depending on what type and how luxurious you want your stay to be starting from $150 USD. You can also try AirBnB in Australia with prices starting from $30 USD.

Book your accommodations in Australia through Agoda or Booking.

BUDGET TRAVEL AUSTRALIA

For food budget travel in Australia we have to say it’s expensive going to restaurants and bars. You can get meals for $15 USD per person in a local restaurant. You will go down your budget if you cook your meals in your hotel or Airbnb in Australia.

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BEST TIME TO VISIT AUSTRALIA

If you travel to Australia you should know that the Summer season is from December to February and you will find the hottest weather. The Winter season is from June to August and temperatures don’t usually go lower than 10 degrees. It even rains during winter in Australia. Autumn and Spring are the best seasons to travel Australia where you will find the weather not so hot and not so cold.

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ATMS AND CASH IN AUSTRALIA

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Australian dollar currency rates are a little bit slower than the American dollar. At that time $1 USD = $1.30 AUD. There are ATMs everywhere to withdraw money from. And if you need to exchange money, you will find banks to do it with.

Australian dollar bills always look like they are new. In all the countries that I have visited so far, it’s my favorite currency. When you touch the bills, they look great and not very old like in other countries.

Click here to know more about the current exchange rate in Australia

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Happy Travels!

Ruben Arribas is the co-founder of Gamintraveler and a Spanish traveler who has traveled to more than 100 countries around the world. He is now a full-time digital nomad.

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