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Getting to and from Sydney Airport

Trains travel to and from Sydney Domestic and International Airports between 5am and midnight, 7 days a week.

The train station is located directly under the airport terminals and there are also taxi ranks at both airport terminals.

Bus services also connect to both terminals from surrounding suburbs.

To transfer between Sydney Domestic Airport and Sydney International Airport, you can catch the T8 Airport South Line train service or bus route 420.

To catch a train, you will need to get an Opal card or purchase an Opal single ticket. You can also pay using a contactless credit or debit card or mobile device to pay an Adult Opal fare.

For most people, using an Opal card or contactless payment card to pay is the best option for value, flexibility and convenience. You can get Adult and Child/Youth Opal cards, top up the balance of an existing Opal card and purchase Opal single trip tickets at airport train stations. Please note that if you need to top up at the Airport, a minimum top up amount of $35 applies.

If you are eligible for concession fares, you will need to apply for a Concession Opal or Gold Senior/Pensioner Opal card before travelling.

Use the Trip Planner to plan your public transport trip. Fares are shown with trip plan results.

The T8 Airport & South Line stops at the Sydney Domestic Airport station, and Sydney International Airport station, with services departing frequently between 5am and midnight, 7 days a week.

Finding the station

  • Domestic Station - Lift/escalator access is by baggage carousel 1 in both Terminal 2 and 3.
  • International Station - From Terminal 1 Arrivals, Exit A turn right and head to the end, or use the lift/escalator by Check In desk A.

Station access fee

When you enter or exit the train station at Sydney Domestic Airport or Sydney International Airport, a station access fee is charged, on top of your train fare. The fee is automatically deducted from your Opal card or contactless payment, and is included in the cost of an Opal Single trip ticket. It is charged by the Airport Link Company who privately-owns the airport stations.

The Opal 60 minute transfer doesn't apply at Sydney Airport stations. If you tap off at the airport and tap on again within one hour, you'll be charged for two journeys, including two station access fees. This gives you two paid journeys towards your Weekly Travel Reward.

The station access fee is the same whether you are using an Opal card, contactless payment or Opal single ticket, however train fares are cheaper using an Opal card or contactless payment. The Sydney Airport station access fee weekly cap is applied to both Opal cards and contactless payments.

If you need to top up at the Airport stations, there is a minimum top up of $35 required. You can still top up online or at other locations with the regular top up options.

Station access fee fares

Ticket type Single use Weekly cap** Single trip ticket
Adult $15.74 $31.92 $16.00
Child/Youth $14.08 $28.61 $14.10
Concession and Senior/Pensioner* $14.08 $28.61 N/A

*Concession and Gold Senior/Pensioner Opal cards need to be applied for, you cannot get these Opal cards at the airport train stations.

**If you use an Opal card to travel by train to or from the Sydney Airport more than twice in a week (Monday to Sunday), the Sydney Airport station access fee weekly cap is applied.

Station access fees are not included in your Opal daily or weekly travel cap.

The station access fee is cheaper if you travel between other Airport Link train stations, including Green Square Station, Mascot Station and the Domestic and International Airport train stations.

A flat fee for both Adult and Concessions is charged:

  • Between an airport station and Green Square - station access fee is $9.84 (+ train fare)
  • Between an airport station and Mascot Station - station access fee is $7.44 (+ train fare)
  • Between Sydney Domestic Airport Station and Sydney International Airport Station - station access fee $4.00 (+ train fare)

Use the Trip Planner to plan your trip. It calculates Opal fares and includes the station access fee where applicable.

Several bus routes connect Sydney Airport with surrounding suburbs, including major destinations such as Bondi Junction, Coogee, Maroubra, Eastgardens, Mascot, Rockdale, Bexley North, Campsie and Burwood.

All-day frequent route 350 operates between the Domestic Terminal and Bondi Junction via Mascot, Maroubra and Coogee, operating at least every 10 minutes during the day, seven days a week.

Regular services also operate on route 420 between Burwood and Mascot Station via Campsie and Rockdale, serving both the International and Domestic Terminals.

These routes operate from early morning until around midnight seven days a week.

Overnight services are provided on route N20 between Riverwood and the City, operating via the International Terminal between around midnight and 4am.  Route 420 also operates to and from the International Terminal between midnight and 4am.

There are taxi ranks outside of each terminal with supervisors on hand during peak times.

When you travel by taxi from any of Sydney Airport’s taxi ranks, an airport road toll is added your fare.