Airport Transportation in Sydney is straight forward thanks to CityRail providing service from both the International and Domestic Terminals right into the centre of Sydney. Trains from the airport follow the CityCircle Route around the Central Business District. Just determine in advance what station is closest to your hotel get off there. The fare from the airport is the same to any of the stations in Central Sydney.
It only takes about 13 minutes to travel by train on CityRail from Sydney Airport into the Sydney Central Station. Continuing into the Central Business District will only take a few more minutes.
The City Link Train platforms are located at the north end of the International Terminal and between Terminals 2 and 3 at the Domestic Terminal. Just follow the signs for Trains from the arrival level.
Current fares are $16.20 AUD for adults and $10.70 AUD for the first child from the International Terminal or $15.40 AUD for adults and $10.30 AUD for the first child from the Domestic Terminal. A child is anyone age 4 to 15. Children under 4 years old and any additional children within the same family are free - you only have to pay for the first child. Please verify fares on the official Airport Link website below in case they have changed since our last update.
CityRail has a special site dedicated to their Airport Link Service: Airport Link
You can download a colour coded City Rail Network Map from the NSW Transport here: CityRail Network Map PDF
One drawback to using the train is that they are regular commuter trains and have no racks for luggage. This can make the trip a bit of a challenge if you are travelling with a lot of luggage. The seats can also be filled up with commuters at peak hours. If either is the case you many wish to take a taxi from the airport to downtown instead. The cost is only a little more if there are at least two of you sharing the cab. Expect to pay about $35 - $40 AUD including fees and tolls to get to central Sydney by cab. The trip will take a little longer than the train if traffic is light, but can take much longer and cost event more if traffic is congested.
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