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Getting from Sydney Airport to Wollongong

The scenic city of Wollongong (usually called just “The Gong” by locals) is located 80 km south of Sydney Airport in the Illawarra region of New South Wales. Built along a narrow coastal strip between the Illawarra Escarpment and the Pacific Ocean, it initially became an attraction point for people worldwide due to the heavy industry operating in the area. In today’s landscape, Wollongong is a busy port, a centre for the arts, and a tourism hotspot for visitors who flock to enjoy the seaside beauties of New South Wales.

Once you land at SYD, there are two ways to reach the city; train and taxi. The Sydney Airport to Wollongong train takes approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes, with a change of train at Wolli Creek Station. An airport taxi or private transfer instead, will need 70 minutes more or less, depending on traffic conditions on the way out of Sydney. The Grand Pacific Drive will reward you with majestic alternations between tropical forests and breathtaking coastline vistas.

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How to get from Sydney Airport to Wollongong by taxi

An airport taxi is an excellent option for a direct door-to-door transfer from Sydney Airport to your accommodation in Wollongong. Cabs are readily available all day at the airport, and the ride takes around 70 minutes in average traffic conditions.

What’s the cost of a taxi from Sydney Airport to Wollongong?

Local taxis do not offer flat-rate rides, even for destinations outside the city’s urban area. They are equipped with a taximeter and charge based on the distance travelled. In the case of Wollongong, given the distance, a taxi ride will cost you on average €108 (AUD 180), not including any extra charges that may apply.

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€108 (AUD 180)

Trip Duration

70 Min.

There is no shortage of taxis at the airport, so waiting times hardly ever surpass 10 minutes.

Value for money

Taxis are available all around the clock at Sydney Airport.

Where do I get a taxi from?

Taxis queue up outside every terminal at Sydney Airport. As soon as you disembark your plane and claim your luggage, follow the exit signs, and you’ll see the rank right in front of you. All you have to do is join the line and board the first available vehicle.


A taxi or private transfer is evidently the most convenient choice after a long-haul flight to Australia. You won’t have to wait long or carry your luggage around to use public transportation, and your driver will drop you off at the doorstep of your hotel or apartment. There couldn’t be a better start to your holidays down under.

Editor’s Note

Australian law gives the right to a “multiple hire” if you agree to share the ride with a stranger who goes to the same destination. In that case, you both pay 75% of the maximum fare.

Useful Tips

The law of New South Wales gives taxi drivers the right to ask for pre-payment of the estimated fare. If the final fare is lower or higher than the estimated one, you are either charged with the difference or refunded.
If you are a large group, keep in mind that in Australia, there are maxi taxis that can carry up to 11 passengers. Maxi taxis usually charge 150% of the regular taxi fare for five or more passengers.
Most taxis at Sydney Airport offer the option of paying by credit or debit card.

How to take the train from Sydney Airport to Wollongong

The Sydney Airport to Wollongong train trip is a combination of two lines: first, you get on the T8 Airport and South Line until Wolli Creek Station (it’s just one stop), and from there, you board the South Coast Line train that will take you the rest of the way to Wollongong Station. Including the layover, the overall travel time is approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes.

How much is a ticket for the Sydney Airport to Wollongong train?

The New South Wales transportation department has established the Opal card payment system. The Opal is a smartcard that people can recharge regularly to pay for their train transfers. For the convenience of visitors, Opal readers at train stations also allow people who don’t own an Opal card to travel at the same privileged prices by scanning their contactless debit or credit card (Visa, Mastercard, and American Express). From Sydney Airport to Wollongong, the average price of a combined ticket is €14.40 (AUD 24).


€14.40 (AUD 24)

Trip Duration

1 Hr. 40 Min.

The waiting time is 5-10 minutes for the T8 Airport-Wolli Creek train, and 10 minutes for South Coast Line train to Wollongong.

Value for money

Trains run from 04:46 to 00:21.

Where do I get the train from?

The International Airport Train Station is located below Terminal 1. From there, you take the T8 city train to Wolli Creek. From Wolli Creek, you’ll board the South Coast Line train that will transfer you to Wollongong.


Trains in New South Wales are very safe and reliable. If you’re budget-conscious or don’t mind walking small distances with your luggage, the train will take you to Wollongong quickly and without much hassle.

Editor’s Note

Trains do not operate between after midnight and 05:00. If your flight arrives late at night, a taxi or private transfer might be your only option.

Useful Tips

There are also Opal single tickets for sale at station machines, but they’re 30% pricier, more or less, compared to contactless payments.
There are child fares available for children aged 4-15.
You can download the Opal Travel app to manage your trips faster.

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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 can I get from Sydney Airport to Wollongong?

You can take a taxi or private transfer or opt for the Sydney Airport to Wollongong train. An airport taxi will take you to your hotel’s doorstep in 70 minutes. The journey by train, on the other hand, takes closer to 1 hour and 40 minutes and includes a train change.

How far is Wollongong from Sydney Airport?

Wollongong is situated 80 km south of Sydney Airport. If traffic on the way out of the city is not terrible, a car ride lasts around 60-70 minutes.

What’s the cost of a taxi from Sydney Airport to Wollongong?

Sydney taxis are metered. Excluding any extra charges, the average price for this distance is €108 (AUD 180). If you want to avoid hidden costs and have a courteous, English-speaking local driver take you directly to your destination in comfort and style at a flat-rate fare, you can book a private transfer in advance with a top-rated company like Welcome Pickups.

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