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Sydney Airport transfers between the terminals

Sydney Airport is a busy transportation hub that serves millions of passengers every year. Passengers who move between buildings at Sydney International Airport may need the following information.

The distance between terminals in Kingsford Smith Airport is short. But it is important to remember that it cannot be walked. You will have different Sydney Airport shuttle options to travel between buildings for onward transfers. The method of transportation will depend on the details of your flight.

T-Bus at Sydney Airport

T-Bus connects all terminals with its route. The service is operated by Transportation for NSW and provides a cost-effective way to travel between the airport's terminals and car parks. T-Buses are modern and comfortable with air conditioning. This airport shuttle in Sydney is free. The T-Bus ride takes about 10 minutes. Departures are happening 2 times per hour. You can look at the T-Bus Sydney Airport timetable below:

  • First Bus departs at 05:30 from T1 and T2/T3.
  • Last bus departs at 21:30 from T1 and T2/T3.

Bus stops are located outside of the arrivals area in all terminals at Sydney International Airport.

Starting November 29, 2022, the stop at T1 will be temporarily moved to bus bay 11 inside the bus parking area. The exact location of the stop is at the arrivals level in front of the Rydges hotel.

(Credit: Sydney Airport official website)

Sydney Airport train

The Airport Link connects T1 and T2/T3. The trip takes only 2 minutes. A one-way ticket for the airport train in Sydney costs AU$8.60. If a traveller uses an Opal card, the trip may become cheaper. Airport Link operates seven days a week from 05:00 to 00:00.

Taxi at SYD Airport

There are taxi ranks outside of all buildings at SYD. Signs will lead you to the closest rank. On average, a taxi ride between terminals takes up to 10 minutes. A one-way Sydney Airport taxi trip costs between AU$17 and AU$22. If you are using a rideshare service, it is best to arrange a meeting with your driver in the priority pick-up area.

Sydney Airport bus

Airport shuttle bus in Sydney runs between Eastgardens and Burwood and makes a stop at Sydney International Airport. Stops at Terminals 1 and 3 are located outside on the arrivals level.

You can use an Opal Card or any credit card to buy a ticket. The price of a one-way ticket varies throughout the day from AU$1.60 to AU$3.20. During rush hour, the price is higher.

Opal Card

Opal Card allows you to save money on purchasing tickets for public transportation. The card can be added value, reloaded, and reused for payment. This smart card makes any transactions and allows you to pay for all public transportation.

The card is available for use not only in Sydney but also in other regions of New South Wales. Such as the Central Coast, Southern Highlands, Blue Mountains, Illawarra, and Hunter.

Where can I buy Opal Card?

SYD Airport is a place where you can buy an Opal Card. The card is available at all ticket stations.

Transport to/from Sydney Airport

Sydney Airport is located 8 km from the Central Business District of Sydney, in the suburb of Mascot. From anywhere in the city, there are many transportation options to Mascot. Including various taxi services, train, rental car, bicycle, shuttle bus, limousine, or ride-sharing services.

Buses to/from Kingsford Smith

Buses at Sydney Airport are a common form of public transportation. There is a stop at SYD between Mascot Station and Burwood. There are stops at Mascot Airport and Rockdale.

Buses stop at WestfieldBurwood, Westfield, Victoria St, Burwood, Eastgardens, Burwood Station, Bunnerong Rd, Campsie, SYD Airport, Beamish St at North Pde, Wickham St at Segenhoe St, Kingsgrove, Arncliffe, Bexley Rd, Bexley North Station, and Clemton Park Shops.

You will need an Opal Card or MyBus to buy a ticket. They can be purchased at the ticket office, or you can get a one-way ticket from the driver on the bus. The cost of the ticket for ground transport at Mascot depends on the distance you travel.

Buses run 7 days a week from 04:40 to 01:43. Remember that the schedule can change, so it's best to check before you plan your trip. Bus stops are located at T1 and T3 on the arrivals level.

Train to/from Sydney Airport

The train is a popular transportation option for travellers who want to get to and from Sydney Airport quickly and conveniently. The airport is connected to the city's rail network via the Airport Link, which is a fast and efficient train service that operates between the airport and the city centre.

The SYD train station is located on the ground floor of the northern sector of Terminal 2, and passengers can access it via lifts and escalators.

The Sydney Airport train timetable is available online and at the station, with trains running approximately every ten minutes during peak hours and every 15-20 minutes during off-peak hours. The train service operates from 6:00 to 22:00 seven days a week, making it a convenient option for travellers arriving or departing at any time.

SYD train cost is reasonable, with fares starting at around AU$17.40 for a one-way trip to the city centre. Children under four travel for free, and there are discounts available for seniors and students.

Travelling by train to and from Sydney Airport is a stress-free option that avoids the traffic congestion and potential delays that can occur when travelling by car. The train service is reliable and efficient, and passengers can enjoy a comfortable and air-conditioned ride. Additionally, the train provides easy access to the city's major tourist attractions, shopping districts, and business areas, making it an ideal option for both leisure and business travellers.

Sydney Airport limo

You can order a limousine service from and to Kingsford Smith. Bookings can be made in advance or you can go to the Royale Limousine Reservation Desk in Terminal 1 at the arrivals area. Any solicitation of fees from drivers or their agents is illegal.

Taxi from SYD Airport to the city

Taxis are a popular transportation option for travellers who want to get from SYD to the city quickly and comfortably. Taxis are readily available outside the airport terminals, and passengers can easily find them by following the signs to the taxi rank.

The cost of a taxi from Mascot Airport to the city can vary depending on the time of day, traffic conditions, and the final destination. The cost usually starts at around AU$45-55 and can take approximately 20-30 minutes depending on the traffic.

Uber and Ola are two popular ride-hailing services that offer a convenient and affordable way for passengers to get from SYD to their destination.

To use either service, passengers simply need to download the relevant app and enter their pickup location and destination. The app will then provide an estimated fare and match the passenger with the nearest available driver.

Car hire at Kingsford Smith, AU

Car rental at Mascot is a popular option for travellers who want to explore the city and its surroundings at their own pace. Car rental options range from small economy cars to larger SUVs and luxury vehicles, with rates varying depending on the make and model.

Renting a car at Kingsford Smith offers the freedom and flexibility to travel on your own terms, allowing you to see all that the city has to offer at your own pace. Our search engine will help you to find the most suitable car for your needs.

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Sydney Airport hotels with a free shuttle service

Mascot hotels with a shuttle bus service are listed below:

  • Rydges Hotel. Address: SYD Airport, Arrival 8 Ct, Mascot NSW 2020, AU
  • Stamford Plaza Hotel & Conference Centre. Address: st. O'Riordan, 241, Mascot NSW 2020, AU.

These hotels typically provide a complimentary shuttle service to and from the terminals, allowing guests to save time and money on transportation. Other hotels also provide transfer services at an extra cost.