Sydney Airport transport using public services is readily available and quite reasonably priced—something unusual for what is considered one of the most expensive airports in the world. Parking alone costs in the neighborhood of $50 for only four hours. Thus, it really pays to use a public Sydney Airport shuttle service or the complimentary shuttles offered by many of the major Sydney hotels.
The public Sydney Airport bus offers you several options, as there are many companies providing services. Most of these services require pre-booking. The Sydney Airport bus offered by the company Sydney Buses provides routes between Bondi Beach and Burwood from one international and one domestic terminal. You have a number of bus options into the city center and other suburbs. In addition to these transportation options, you will also need a Sydney Airport bus in order to transfer from one terminal to another, especially if you are landing from international flights and connecting with domestic flights to places such as Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef. The P-Bus runs a continual shuttle service between the two domestic terminals and the Long Term Car Park.
The Sydney Airport transport offered by hotels includes two options. For airport hotels only, there is a commercial company that runs shuttle service for a minimal fee. Many city properties, especially the luxury hotels, have complimentary shuttle service. In some cases, like smaller bed and breakfasts and boutique hotels, you need to advise the property of your arrival details. Other larger hotels are apt to have fairly regular complimentary shuttle service that you can catch after arriving on almost any flight.
Choosing Sydney Airport transport that involves private chauffeured limos or other vehicles means that you must book your ride in advance. Generally, you will find your driver standing outside the baggage claim area holding a sign with your name on it. If you want this kind of transportation and have been unable to book in advance, your only option is to go to the reservation counters of Royale Limousines to order one. The airport security service is vigilant about policing for drivers who actively solicit rides on the curb or around the baggage claim area. There is (fairly expensive) taxi service, costing about $50 into the city center (called the CBD for Central Business District) or more than $100 into Manly.
Another Sydney Airport shuttle option on public service is available on trains, and there are rail stations in both domestic terminals and the international terminal. Into the city center, trains operate every ten minutes and the journey takes only thirteen minutes. This means that the main hotels around Darling Harbour and The Rocks are easily accessible. All Sydney train stations, including those in the suburbs like Bondi and Manly, also have frequent schedules.
If you have booked your vacations as part of a package, you will find that your SYD Airport transportation is probably included. Sometimes, this can be in the form of included car rentals. Sometimes, these packages are escorted tours, and include motorcoach transportation between destinations in the city as well as other parts of the country. A typical tour package like this generally includes a few days in Sydney with sightseeing, and perhaps an extension for a night or two into the beautiful Blue Mountains before moving on to the Great Barrier Reef and possibly the Outback.
Image: Tony Yeates; Tourism NSW