Taxi cost SYD-> SYD CBD

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  1. sambo

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    I have not been to sydney for some time, and would just like to get an idea of how much, approximately, a taxi from the airport to the CBD costs these days.

    Thanks,
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    Sam
     
  2. HardieBoys

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    It depends on where you're headed to in the CBD. If you want to get to the northern half of the CBD, take the Eastern Distributor, and the Macquarie St exit. Toll is $4, and fare should be around $24. To get to the southern CBD, it may be quicker to take an earlier exit and brave the surface traffice. You'll avoid the toll, but the extra time will soak up some of the saving.
     
  3. sambo

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    Thanks for that Hardieboys.

    Sam.
     
  4. dajop

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    If you are going to avoid the toll I wouldn't even bother with the eastern distributor - If going to southern end of CBD, I find it is just as quick take the "old" way through Alexandria/Redfern (O'Riordan Street) and usually costs between $16 and $20 depending on final destination.
     
  5. sambo

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    Thanks guys. I'm not too fussed at minimising time/cost but just needed an idea of how much it might be.

    Thanks again,

    Sam.
     
  6. sully

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    The other tip is DO NOT CATCH THE TRAIN unless you have to connect with one anyway and definitely not if you have luggage.

    Seriously the links that you can get overseas by train (KL and HK are my most recent experiences) are lightyears apart from our crappy adjunct to the regular commuter service. In Sydney those two words are oxymoronic lately when discussing the rail system.
     
  7. HardieBoys

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    The train costs around $12 one-way, and after hitting Central, does the City Circle. Other lines require a change at Wolli Creek or Central; the airport line does not stop at Redfern. Basically, as others have mentioned, it's a commuter line that happens to run by the airport.

    Why take it? Well, if your luggage is small, and you arrive into Sydney at morning peak hour, and are heading to Town Hall, St James or Museum, it's a lot quicker than the taxi, and much, much cheaper.
     
  8. arun

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    Do not take the train unless you have just a back pack and you know the city very well.
     
  9. AussieDisneyFan

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    I think the train is great if you are going to the city but agree with others about knowing the area. Silly me (an ex Sydney girl) forgot about cityrails brilliant rail system and blindly hopped on a train that was allegedly going to the airport. Somewhere between town hall and Central it changed its mind. Of course I was happily reading my book and missed this fact. So after 'waking up' to the fact that I was no where near the airport I hopped on and had to catch a taxi from Marrickville (I think) at changeover. Talk about an adventure.
     
  10. straitman

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    Good to see that the railways haven't changed much in recent years :!:
     
  11. willyroo

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    On Wednesday 10 November:

    $28.05
    $ 2.00 airport fee
    $ 4.00 toll
    $34.05 total

    Might have been a bit cheaper O'Riordan street, but a lot quicker using the distributor.
     
  12. AussieDisneyFan

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    Thanks for the prices, I will be flying to Sydney next week and couldn't decide whether to catch the train.
     
  13. dajop

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    Depends on where you're going, and which way you are taken. Last time in Sydney I was down near central station, and the driver wanted to take me on the distributor - via Cleveland St. Now I don't if that's changed since I lived in Sydney 7 years ago, but Cleveland St was one to avoid at all costs, and I figured by the time we got onto the eastern distributor, would have been already at the airport. I refused and was at the airport in less than 10 minutes.
     
  14. AussieDisneyFan

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    Did the trip yesterday. Airport to Leicchardt at 6pm (Mon) (via Krsipy Kreme) $20 then Leichhardt to Pyrmont 9am $28 and Pyrmont to Airport 5pm $35? gee cant remember.

    I was pleased as the local guys told us we would need to leave at 4.30 to definitely make te 6.15 flight. Changed our flight and left just after 5 and still made it to the airport at 5.30.
     
  15. serfty

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    For one person with light luggage the train to CBD is good value at $11. If it's after 9AM weekdays, an off peak return is really good value at $14.60, even for two people.

    It does help if your destination is near one of the city circle stations: such as Central, Town Hall, Circular Quay or Museum.

    However, allow an extra 20-30 mins each way.

    And, the best bonus, you avoid the beast that is Sydney Taxis altogether :D
     
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