Catch Sydney's Airport Train
Frequently asked questions
Airport Link is Sydney’s Airport Train, which is the train connection between Sydney Airport and Sydney City and beyond.
The Airport Link comprises a 9 kilometre rail tunnel linking Sydney Airport to Sydney City and other locations.
Each year, more than 9 million passengers use this train connection to travel to or from Sydney Airport.
- Do I need to pre-purchase a train ticket?
No. When you arrive at Sydney Airport, just purchase a single trip Opal ticket or an Opal card or directly use your contactless Mastercard/Visa/AMEX at either the Sydney Airport Domestic Station or Sydney Airport International Station. Alternatively, you can order an Opal card in advance from www.opal.com.au
If you are travelling to the Airport from Sydney, you can purchase a single trip Opal ticket or directly use your contactless Mastercard/Visa/AMEX or alternatively if you are an Opal customer, you can use your Opal card to travel from any of the 300 plus train stations in the Sydney Trains Network.
- Where does the train go to?
Airport Link can connect you to train services throughout Sydney and country New South Wales.
Many people catch the Airport Link train to or from Sydney City.
This City District is accessible via Central Station, Museum Station, St James Station, Circular Quay Station, Wynyard Station and Town Hall Station. These Stations are known as the City Circle. View the Airport Link Sydney City Map.
If you are travelling to other parts of Sydney, or outside Sydney, or country NSW, purchase a single trip Opal ticket or an Opal card at either of the Sydney Airport stations, and then change at Central Station for those train connections. View the Sydney Trains Network Map.
- When I arrive at Sydney Airport, how do I then get to Kings Cross?
Purchase an Opal card or single trip Opal ticket to Kings Cross at either the Sydney Airport Domestic or Sydney Airport International Train Station. Then change at Central Station. Go to Central Station’s Platform 24. Kings Cross Station is the third station from Central Station on the T4 Eastern Suburbs and Illawarra Line.
- When I arrive at Sydney Airport, how do I then get to Manly?
At either the Sydney Airport Domestic or International Train Station, purchase an Opal card or single trip Opal ticket to Circular Quay, where you could buy a ferry Opal ticket to Manly. If you are staying longer, it is best to purchase an Opal card (Adult or child only). These are available at Airport train station ticket offices.
Catch the train to Circular Quay station. Then go to Wharf 3 and take the ferry to Manly.
There are many other ferry destinations. These include Neutral Bay, Mosman, Rose Bay, Watsons Bay and Paramatta. All these ferries leave from Circular Quay.
Check out the Sydney Ferry website www.transportnsw.info for more information.
- I am joining a cruise liner from the Sydney Overseas Passenger Terminal. How can I get there?
Purchase an Opal card or single trip Opal ticket to Circular Quay at either the Sydney Airport Domestic or International Train Station. Catch the train to Circular Quay. The Sydney Overseas Passenger Terminal is a very short walk from the Circular Quay Station, towards the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Make sure you check where your cruise ship is travelling from. Remember that some ships also leave from Barangaroo Wharf 5, which is in Darling Harbour. If that is the case, one option is to get off at Wynyard Station, exiting right into York Street, then take the first right into Erskine Street. It is a short downhill walk to Barangaroo Wharf 5 at Darling Harbour.
- How much is a Train Ticket?
It depends on where you are going to.
As a more general indication, from Sydney Domestic Airport Station or International Airport Station to any of the City Stations, or Kings Cross, a single one way fare (as at July 2018) is:
Adult Child Single $18.70 $15.00
The Airport train line connects to Central station and then more than 300 stations on the Sydney suburban and intercity train network including destinations such as:
Bondi Junction, Sydney Olympic Park, Parramatta, Strathfield, Hornsby, Gosford, Katoomba, Chatswood, Macquarie Park, Wollongong, Campbelltown.
View the Sydney Trains Network Map.
Airport Link is open from 5 am through to midnight seven days a week. View the Airport Link timetables page.
On weekdays, there are 150 daily train services from the airport stations to Sydney City, and 150 from Sydney City to the Airport. Combined, this is 300 daily weekday services. At peak hours, the trains operate every 8 minutes.
On weekends, there are 135 daily train services from the airport stations to Sydney City, and 135 from Sydney City to the Airport. Combined, this is 270 services each Saturday, Sunday and public holiday.
Check our timetables page on this website for further information.
- How long does it take?
From Sydney Airport to Sydney City destinations (or vice versa) the train approximately takes:
From International Airport Station to:
Station Time Domestic station 2 minutes Central station 12 minutes Museum station 15 minutes St James station 17 minutes Circular Quay station 21 minutes Wynyard station 23 minutes Town Hall station 25 minutes Kings Cross station 30 minutes North Sydney station 35 minutes
From Domestic Airport Station to:
Station Time International station 2 minutes Central station 10 minutes Museum station 12 minutes St James station 14 minutes Circular Quay station 18 minutes Wynyard station 20 minutes Town Hall station 22 minutes Kings Cross station 27 minutes North Sydney station 30 minutes
- Where are the train stations at Sydney Airport?
There are two train stations at Sydney Airport. One is below the Domestic Passenger Terminals (T2 & T3) and the other is below the International Passenger Terminal (T1).
At Sydney International Airport Terminal 1, the Station Entrance is at the north (city) end of the terminal. When you come out of the arrivals hall, into the public area, turn right and walk for about 150 metres. The station entrance is down past the Macdonalds Restaurant.
At Sydney Domestic Airport Terminal 2, the Station Entrance is near Baggage Claim 2.
At Sydney Domestic Airport Terminal 3, the Station Entrance is near Baggage Claim 1.
In all cases, look for the train direction signs in the terminals.
- I'm just in Sydney for the day, what would you recommend?
Many people purchase an Opal card from a Sydney Airport train station and travel to Circular Quay. From the Airport, you will be in Circular Quay in around 18 minutes. From Circular Quay, you can easily catch a ferry, or walk to the Sydney Harbour Bridge, or Sydney Opera House, or the Royal Botanic Gardens, or into the city.
- We are a School group, what tickets can we purchase?
Please contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org with your travel requirements.
- What form of payments do you accept?
At our ticket offices, we accept Cash, Debit Cards,Visa, Amex and MasterCard.
At our ticket vending machines, we accept Cash, Debit Cards, Visa and MasterCard.
Please note that ticket prices in this section are as at July 2018 and are subject to change.