How to get from Sydney International Airport to Parramatta
Parramatta, located 20 km away from Sydney, is known for it's developing art and film scene, theatres, trendy bars and Church Street’s amazing eateries. It is a great holiday destination for families, couples and friends ready to explore the city's magical riverside cycle paths and historic colonial sites such as it's 18th-century Old Government House.
So when landing at Sydney International Airport, you have 2 different travel options to get to Parramatta; you can either take a taxi or a train. Taking a Sydney airport taxi is the most convenient option, providing a door-to-door service in the comfort of a private air-conditioned vehicle. The other cheaper option would be to take a train from the airport into Parramatta's Central Station.
Comparison of the options
| OPTION|| PRICE|| DURATION|| AVAILABILITY|
| Taxi || €62|| 35min|| 24/7|
| Train || €22.40|| 45min|| 05:00–00:00|
How to get from Sydney airport to Parramatta by taxi
The most convenient way to get to Parramatta from SYD airport is by taking a Sydney airport taxi. Not only do they offer fast door-to-door services taking only 35 minutes to Parramatta, travelling in the comfort of a private air-conditioned car is a luxury in the Australian heat. Moreover, taxis in Sydney are available in a variety of sizes to accommodate all groups of travellers.
Taxi fare from Sydney airport (SYD) to Parramatta
Taxis from Sydney Kingsford-Smith Airport don't offer flat rate fees to Parramatta, instead, they use a taximeter based on the distance and time travelled. This means that your final price will depend on your exact location within the city, however, it should cost around €62 ($100 AUD). Please note that extra fees may apply during peak hours, on public holidays and for night trips between 22:00 - 05:59 - where the journey to Parramatta will then cost around €74 ($118 AUD). An additional $3.50 AUD will be added to any trips on Friday and Saturday nights. However, if you wish to travel on a fixed price and avoid paying extra fees you can pre-book your private airport transfer service.
Arriving in a new city and having to find your way to your accommodation can always be daunting, especially after a long flight and in the Australian heat. Taking a Sydney airport taxi to Parramatta is a fast, comfortable and convenient way to travel. Going further, taxis are your only direct transfer option and your only option if you arrive at the airport after midnight.
Kerbside managers supervise the airport taxi queues; they can help you with any questions you have, or help you with your luggage and even talk to the driver on your behalf if needed.
Please note that you will have to pay an extra $3.50 AUD toll fee for all taxis leaving the airport.
For larger groups, taxis are a more convenient option as you can share the end taxi fare.
Make sure that the taximeter is reset and running before you begin your journey.
How to get from Sydney airport to Parramatta by train
If you are travelling on a budget, then your best transfer option from Sydney International Airport to Parramatta would be to take the train. However, there is no direct train line from Sydney Airport to Parramatta. Therefore, you will need to take a first train to Sydney's Central Station, and then take the Western (T1) Line, or the Inner West (T2) line to Parramatta Station. The total journey should take around 45 minutes.
How much is a train ticket from Sydney airport to Paramatta?
Taking the train to Paramatta is definitely the cheapest option and a great transfer method for those travelling on a tight budget, as a one-way ticket costs €11.20 ($17.50 AUD) off-peak hours. You can purchase tickets on a free tap-and-go card at the station, which can be used for a single journey or can be recharged.
There is a waiting time of up to 10 minutes for the train.
The train runs daily and every 5 to 10 minutes between 05:00 – 00:00.
Where do I get it from?
The airport train stations are located at both the International and Domestic terminals at Sydney airport. Once you arrive at Sydney's Central Station, the train for Parramatta leaves from Platform 18.
The airport train is a great option for those travelling on a budget; however, if you are travelling in a bigger group it would be more cost effective to take a taxi to Parramatta. Moreover, having to change trains at the Central Station in Sydney is highly inconvenient, especially if you are travelling with heavy luggage.
A few bus services go to Paramatta and leave from the Central Station: N60, N70 and N71. However, they stop multiple times during their route taking an additional 15 minutes compared to the train.
The bus is a cheaper option than taking the second train, with a one-way costing only $4.60 AUD, however, it is a longer travel option.
The cost of a train ticket is more expensive if you are travelling during peak hours (07:00 - 09:00 and 16:00 - 18.30 on weekdays).