Last minute accommodation Sydney Airport or Central R/way

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Hello
I'm coming into Sydney T2 on QF559 from BNE arriving at 22.20 this Fri. I then have forward travel to my home the next day on the mid south coast of NSW. I have a previous connecting flight from Honiara (on the same booking) which has been known to run late, meaning a stay in BNE courtesy of QANTAS!

So, therefore, I don't want to make a committed booking somewhere. Do you have recommendations of whether there are well known hotels next to the airport (or Sydney Central Railway) that I could call up around 7 or 8pm for a discount last minute booking? Either location is fine.
Thanks!
 
With Vivid on (just started this week), you might want to see if you can make a flex booking and cancel at the eleventh hour (or more likely 6pm usually). Might not be exactly what you had in mind but there’s a chance occupancy will be high.
 
With Vivid on (just started this week), you might want to see if you can make a flex booking and cancel at the eleventh hour (or more likely 6pm usually). Might not be exactly what you had in mind but there’s a chance occupancy will be high.
Ohh I didn't know - thnx
 
Ibis budget Sydney Airport, no pre autho, open 24 hrs, quite noisy, but cheapo.
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You will be flying into T3, not T2, as its not a JQd flight.
T2/T3 to Ibis budget is walkable, and brightly lit.
Other hotels will be too expensive.
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Tho, phoning up at 7pm/8pm for a 10.30pm booking is asking for trouble, so to speak, assuming you will find slots/spots anywhere!
Just book a night at the Ibis budget, if you can find a slot thee, its the cheapest, but then, of course, assuming they do have spots this late, now is already Tue night, for this Fri.
Lots of the cheaper ones might have gone by now, so it might slumming it at T1!
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Aud$139, if you book NOW, on the Accor website.
Still has slots as of now.
 
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No need for the shuttle, you can walk it.
About 15 mins.
Shuttle will add a lot of time, as part of the road has now become one way, so the bus has to go up all the way up pas the new Holiday Inn Express, to come down again.
From T3, turn go straight under the multistorey carpark, or go under the carpark via the train station walkway between T2 and T3, come out, keep walking with the car coming towards you, on the walkway, you will then come to where the vans and lorries drive in and out, part that circular, 6th st, then 9th st, and this is the curve towards the RFDS, and you will see the Maccas and the Ibis Budget is at the back.
Tho, if you do have cheaper a bit via Opal pensioners discount, your airport gate fee might be less than mine, in this case, maybe a train to the city might be ok.
As mentioned by the others, with that vivid Sydney thing going on, it might be hard to find something.
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If you want a bit of lux, maybe the Holiday Inn Express Sydney Airport might be it, get the 350 bus one stop and get off at Robey St.
 
Vivid is super underwhelming this year and if there are really that many visitors that the hotels are all booked out, I pity them!
 
Very useful information. Thank you!
You would have received pretty much the exact same information if you had pasted your question into Chat GPT. Subsequent posts by AFF members noting their real experiences are likely more useful to you.
 
You would have received pretty much the exact same information if you had pasted your question into Chat GPT. Subsequent posts by AFF members noting their real experiences are likely more useful to you.
Why on earth would I ask a pretty dumb regurgitator of mostly copied information and (most of the times I use it) is wrong or very general in the answer when I have real people at my fingertips.....?

I DO find it is useful for coding but, like everything with AI you pretty much have to generally know the answer to know whether the good 'ol Chat is right or wrong. The number of times it apologizes to me... sigh....
 
Why on earth would I ask a pretty dumb regurgitator of mostly copied information and (most of the times I use it) is wrong or very general in the answer when I have real people at my fingertips.....?

I DO find it is useful for coding but, like everything with AI you pretty much have to generally know the answer to know whether the good 'ol Chat is right or wrong. The number of times it apologizes to me... sigh....
I was not suggesting you should ask Chat GPT. But that is precisely what one poster did to provide a reply. That account is no longer active on AFF.

Generally, real experiences from real AFF members is much more valuable and more likely to be accurate than an AI-generated reply to someone's question.
 
I was not suggesting you should ask Chat GPT. But that is precisely what one poster did to provide a reply. That account is no longer active on AFF.

Generally, real experiences from real AFF members is much more valuable and more likely to be accurate than an AI-generated reply to someone's question.
Ahh Thankyou. I had actually wondered about that answer and misinterpreted yours.
I understand :)
 
Why on earth would I ask a pretty dumb regurgitator of mostly copied information and (most of the times I use it) is wrong or very general in the answer when I have real people at my fingertips.....?

I DO find it is useful for coding but, like everything with AI you pretty much have to generally know the answer to know whether the good 'ol Chat is right or wrong. The number of times it apologizes to me... sigh....
Are we classed as Al "chatbots" on here now?
 
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To the original AI advice - in my experience, lots of chain hotels don’t really play along with the idea of last minute discounts over the phone on evening of arrival. Not sure of the situation around SYD airport though.
 
Back to the gist of the post:
$16.32 if you have a pensioners opal card, and then same back again, to get to Central Station.
Otherwise its $19.48 per one way, by the train, which is the fastest way.
Apart from the Ibis budget, there is not a lot of other el cheapos around Sydney Airport.
For the most lux, take the 350 from T3 to T1 for the $$$$$ Rydges, and then the 350 back to T3 next day.
Off peak bus is only $2.24 across the runway, this is the 350 I mean.
As you wont have an next flight int BP, you would not be able to get the bus to T1, but the next day, if you have a BP for the dom flight from T3, and have decided the Rydges is the one to go for, you can sneak onto the T1 to T3 bus, by showing your dom BP to be scanned.
 
Back to the gist of the post:
Thanks again. I am definitely going to do the Ibis. I think I will just walk it as its a 2220 arrival and waiting for a shuttle (could well be a pain as you say. My luggage is light. There is no onflight the next day - instead a train to the South Coast.

I do indeed have a concession Opal card. I should be able to enter the station via the Domestic terminal and will use that to get to Bomaderry. Rydges not necessary as my wife is not with me.:).

The only concern I have is that I don't want to book it until I know there is no delay leaving Honiara (which would quite likely mean an overnight stay in BNE courtesy of QF), so I will ask my wife to book it once we are about to take off. Fingers crossed it all goes well and there are no last-minute shenanigans. I will report back. 🤔 Although a free night in BNE would be OK too!

(Edited to add: Expedia has a room at Rydges for $146..... Hmmmm)
 
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