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Transfer Options from Sydney Airport to White Bay Cruise Terminal

White Bay is one of Sydney’s two cruise terminals. It is located a short distance west of Syndey’s CBD. It mainly serves small-size and mid-size cruise ships, as bigger vessels cannot pass below Harbour Bridge.

White Bay Cruise Terminal lies 13 km northwest of SYD. If you arrive at Sydney Airport and want to head to White Bay to board a cruise ship, there are two available options: a taxi, or private transfer, and public transportation. Depending on traffic conditions, an airport taxi will get you to the terminal in about 25 minutes. The combined public transport trip, on the other hand, will take around an hour altogether, since you will have to get a train, then get off at Town Hall Station, walk for 200m, and catch the 442 bus.

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How to get from Sydney Airport to White Bay Cruise Terminal by taxi

An airport taxi from Sydney Airport to the cruise terminal is a convenient and comfortable option, allowing you and your travel companions a door-to-door, hassle-free experience. Taxis are available 24/7 at both International and Domestic arrivals at SYD, and the curbside assistants will help you find an available vehicle and give you a hand with your luggage. Your driver will cover the 13 km distance in about 25 minutes.

How much will a taxi from Sydney Airport to White Bay Cruise Terminal cost?

Local taxis charge based on their taximeter. So, your final fare will depend on the time and distance travelled. In the case of White Bay Cruise Terminal, for a transfer in the daytime, you can expect to pay around €32 (AUD 52). Possible extra charges include additional surcharges for airport pickups or extra luggage.

If you would like to take advantage of a set-rate fare regardless of the time of day and avoid long queues at the airport, you can pre-book a private transfer with a reliable international company such as Welcome Pickups.


€32 (AUD 52)

Trip Duration

25 Min.

Prices may vary unless your ride is booked in advance.

Value for money

*Taxis are available 24/7 at Sydney Airport.

Where do I get a taxi from?

There are dedicated taxi ranks at all terminals of Sydney Airport. When you claim your luggage from the carousel and exit the building, you will see the cabs lined up in front of you. Drivers do not get out of their vehicles, but there are curbside assistants who will help you with your luggage and show you to the front of the line.


Getting around a new city can be daunting at times. A taxi from Sydney Airport to White Bay Cruise Terminal is the most comfortable solution for a door-to-door transfer without the hassle of having to navigate through Sydney’s public transportation system. Plus, if you are a larger group, the cost of an airport taxi could be equal to or very close to that of multiple train tickets.

Editor’s Note

In Sydney, most people tip 10% for longer-distance rides or if they get help with their luggage. In shorter journeys, it is customary to round up the fare.

Useful Tips

Most cabs in Sydney are set up to accept debit or credit card payments.
According to New South Wales law, taxi drivers can ask you to pre-pay your ride according to their estimate. If the final fare is higher or lower, you will pay the difference or get it back respectively.
If you pay by card, a surcharge of up to 5% may apply.

How to get from Sydney Airport to White Bay Cruise Terminal by train

The train is a very good option for a relatively quick transit to the terminal if you travel solo or don’t carry many luggage items. Yet, in the case of White Bay, it is a bit arduous as there is no direct connection from the airport. To get to your destination, you must take the Airport Link (T8) Line train from SYD’s international or domestic arrivals terminal, get off at Town Hall Station, walk for 5 minutes, and then board the 442 bus at the QVB, York St, Stand B stop. The bus will drop you off at Balmain East Wharf – Darling St. From there, you can walk the 1 km to the cruise terminal or take a short taxi ride. Overall, you can expect this journey to last around 1 hour.

What’s the cost of a train+bus ticket?

The overall ticket price depends on the time of the day, as tickets are more expensive during rush hour. For most itineraries throughout the day, the combined cost adds up to €14 (AUD 22.85) per traveller.

Remember that favourable prices apply if you tap on with an Opal card or debit/credit card at the transit system entry points.


€14 (AUD 22.85)

Trip Duration

55 Min.

The Airport Link trains leave every 15 minutes, while the 442 bus departs every 10 minutes.

Value for money

The Airport Link train operates from 04:24 to 00:59 on weekdays. The 442 bus operates betweem 05:45-01:08 daily.

Where do I get the train from?

The Airport Link train station is located at the terminal’s northern end and is accessible from the Arrivals level. As soon as you exit the building, follow the signs to the station.


The combined train and bus ride from Sydney Airport to White Bay Cruise Terminal is not that convenient, as it involves multiple hops on and off public transportation. Carrying heavy luggage across stairs, platforms, and bus stops can become very burdensome. Plus, if you’re not travelling solo, the overall price for a taxi could be comparable to the total cost of your party’s public transportation tickets.

Editor’s Note

Physical single tickets are available at the station's counter. Remember, though, that they are pricier than an Opal smartcard or credit/debit card payment.

Useful Tips

Although the NSW transit system is public, the Airport Station is under private management. So, when you board the Airport Link from the airport, the ticket price includes a €10 (AUD 16) station access fee or "gate pass" fee. If you want to avoid it, you can walk to the nearest station, Mascot, which is 2 km north.
In Sydney, Opal cards and contactless payments are valid on trains, buses, ferries, and light rail services.
You can get your Opal smartcard at the station or WH Smith.

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If you feel more relaxed knowing that somebody is waiting for you, you may as well book a Welcome Pickups transfer. As soon as you arrive at the airport you will be greeted by your driver. He will be waiting for you at the terminal of your arrival with a sign that has your name on it. Your driver will help you out with your luggage and together you will make your way to the vehicle. While he is driving you to your accommodation, the driver can give you some tips and recommendations on what to do during your holidays in Sydney. Our drivers are hand-picked and speak fluent English. No need to worry about miscommunication issues that you may face with the local taxi drivers regarding your destination. Relax and enjoy your ride.

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Frequently asked questions

How do I get to White Bay Cruise Terminal from Sydney Airport?

There are two available options to cover the 13 km distance from Sydney Airport to White Bay Cruise Terminal: a taxi or private transfer and a train and bus combo trip. The cab will get you to the terminal in about 25 minutes. Public transportation, on the other hand, takes approximately an hour, not including wait times.

Is there a direct train from Sydney Airport to White Bay Cruise Terminal?

No, there is no direct train connection from Sydney Airport to White Bay Cruise Terminal. To reach the cruise terminal, you will have to take the train to Town Hall, walk 5 minutes, and then board the 442 bus from QVB, York St, Stand B.

What's the cost of a taxi from Sydney Airport to White Bay Cruise Terminal?

In the daytime, a taxi from Sydney Airport to the cruise terminal will cost something in the area of €32 (AUD 52). On weekends, nights and public holidays, prices are slightly higher. There is also a €2.15 (AUD 3.50) surcharge for all taxis picking up passengers at the airport.

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