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Sydney International Airport to Sydney Central Railway Station

The central railway station, also called Sydney Terminal, is one of the largest and busiest railway stations in Sydney. It is located at the heart of the city, and thus it is easily accessible from any location. The distance between the Sydney International Airport and the Central Railway Station is 9 kilometers.

There are two transfer options available that you can take to reach the central station: taxi and train. The train is a fast transfer option to reach the Sydney Central Railway Station. It takes only 13 minutes to reach the station and costs €13 ($18.80 AUD). However, taking a Sydney Airport taxi is the more comfortable transfer option and it directly takes you to the train station in 20 minutes. 

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Comparison of the options

Taxi €38 20min 24/7
Train €26 13min 05:00–00:00

How to get from Sydney Airport to the Train Station by Taxi

The most convenient way to travel from Sydney airport to Sydney train station, or from Sydney central station to Sydney airport is by taxi. Taxis are available 24/7 and reach the destination within 20 minutes.

Taxi fare from Sydney airport to the central station

The taxi charges can vary depending on different operators and customer preferences. The time of the day when you arrive at Sydney airport and the type of vehicle you choose might affect the price. On average, you can expect to pay €38 ($55 AUD) for the route from Sydney airport to Sydney central station. 


€38 ($55 AUD)

Trip Duration

20 Min.

*Prices may vary unless booked in advance

Value for Money

Taxis are available 24/7 at Sydney International Airport

Where do I get a taxi from?

Taxis are parked in front of all the terminals. Just follow the directions at the airport. Supervisors on hand during peak hours to support travellers with special requests, such as baby seats, accessible taxis and maxi taxis for larger groups.


After a long tiring flight, all you need is easy sailing to the next destination. Despite the high fare, the most convenient and quickest travel option is to take a Sydney airport taxi to the central station. The bonus point of taxi service is that no matter your landing time, your driver will always be there to pick you up!

Editor’s Note

If you're traveling in a group or have a lot of luggage, taking a taxi is arguably the most convenient option. However, if you're on a tight budget, you may take the train that will take you to the train station in less time and money.

Useful Tips

Take help from the kerbside management team if you seek assistance with arranging a baby seat, a maxi taxi or wheelchair accessible taxi.
Please note that taxi drivers can only pick you up from the official taxi rank, or else a fine of AU$ 5,000 is levied.
An airport road toll is added to your fare when you travel by taxi from any of Sydney Airport’s taxi ranks.

How to get from Sydney Airport to the Central Station by Train

Boarding a train from Sydney airport to central station is an effortless travel option. Trains offer a fast traveling experience, and it hardly takes 13 minutes to reach the Sydney Central Railway Station. The T8 Airport & South Line stops at the Sydney Domestic Airport station and Sydney International Airport station. You can easily board trains between  5:00 to 12:00 every day of the week.

How much is the train from Sydney airport to the train station?

You only need €13 ($19 AUD) to take the train from Sydney airport to the central station. To save money, you can buy your tickets in advance online or at automatic ticket machines at the station if your landing time clashes with the running time of the train.


€13 ($19 AUD)

Trip Duration

13 Min.

Value for Money

The train is available from 05:00-00:00.

Where do I get the train from?

The train station is located near the north (city) end of the building and is accessible from the Arrivals area. Depart from the arrivals hall, and into the public area, then turn right to reach the train station’s entrance. You have lift/escalator access to both domestic and international train stations.


The train is a fast and comfortable way to reach Sydney central station, as it only takes 13 minutes from Sydney international airport. However, it may be difficult for you to board a train if you are carrying a lot of luggage. Please also note that trains don’t run around the clock, so if your flight arrives between midnight and 05:00 you will need to board the N20 night bus instead. 

Editor’s Note

To ensure a ride of superior comfort, purchase a first-class train ticket online. Although the charges are slightly higher than a regular train ticket, the benefits make up for the complete travel experience. You get more leg room, more storage space for luggage, and a better Wi-Fi connection.

Useful Tips

There is an additional charge for station access when you enter or leave the Sydney International Airport train station.
You can save up on your train fare if you use an Opal card or any means of contactless payment.
The Opal 60 minute transfer doesn't apply at Sydney Airport stations.

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Frequently asked questions

How can I get from Sydney Airport to the central station?

To reach the central train station from Sydney airport, you can choose between two alternatives: train and taxi. The train takes up to 13 minutes to reach the railway station and costs €13 per person for a one-way ride. The taxi is more comfortable and takes 20 minutes to reach the railway station. Taxi costs around €38.

What's the average taxi fare from Sydney Airport to the central station of Sydney?

If you have booked a taxi from Sydney airport to Central station, it might cost you an average of €38. 

What's the distance from Sydney airport to the train station?

The distance between Sydney airport and the train station is 9 km. You can travel from Sydney airport to central station, or central station to Sydney airport via taxi or train.

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