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Uber services for Sydney Airport

Your guide to using Uber services to and from Kingsford Smith Airport (SYD).

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Uber is a massive player in the rideshare space and is available throughout Sydney - including Sydney Airport AKA Kingsford Smith Airport.

Here's what you need to know to get picked up or dropped off from Sydney Airport using the app.

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Which Uber services drive to and from Sydney Airport?

All services drive you to and pick you up from Sydney Airport's domestic and international terminals. Here's a rundown of each and expected costs so you know which to book.

Uber typeGoes to airport?Passenger capacityTrip estimate to CBD (St James/Hyde Park)
UberXYes4 people$41-$52
UberASSISTYes4 people$41-$52
UberCOMFORTYes4 people$52-$66
UberXLYes6 people$58-$74
UberPREMIERYes4 people$89-$111
UberTaxiYes4 peopleMetered

Estimates were obtained on 4 February 2020. For a breakdown on each Uber service, please visit our main Sydney Uber page.

How do I use Uber?

If you're new to Uber you can sign up quickly by searching it in the app store. You'll be asked for your contact details, phone number and credit card details. This won't be charged until you've completed a ride.

To call a ride, open the app and key in your pick-up and drop-off locations and choose your vehicle type. You'll be given a fare estimate before you book so there are no nasty surprises. Then, order your ride and wait for your driver to arrive.

How do I catch a ride from Sydney Airport?

Uber and other rideshare services have specific pick-up areas at Sydney Airport. These are different depending on which terminal you're arriving at. Once you've ordered your ride make your way to the pick-up points to meet your driver.

Domestic Terminal (T2)

All UberX, UberXL and UberSELECT rides pick you up from the Priority Pick-Up Zone outside of the terminal. Follow the signs to the area. All other Uber ride types, including UberLUX and UberASSIST pick you up from the general passenger pick-up area.

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International Terminal (T1)

If you're being picked up by an UberX, UberXL or UberSELECT from the International Terminal (T1) you'll need to head to the Priority Pick-Up Area to meet your driver. This is a short walk from the terminal. All other Uber rides, including UberLUX and UberASSIST will pick you up at the limo pick-up area.

Is there a surcharge for Uber at Sydney Airport?

Yes. Sydney Airport charges all UberX and UberBlack pick-ups an access fee which is passed onto the rider and included in your fare estimate when you request your ride.

Domestic terminal$4.20
International terminal$4.20

Can I schedule an Uber pick-up for Sydney Airport?

No. Uber is a ride-on-demand service and when you request your ride you'll be placed in a virtual queue for drivers to accept your ride. As it can take a while for drivers to arrive at the airport, we suggest you start ordering your Uber during or just after you claim your baggage to reduce your waiting time.

How much will my trip cost?

We've picked out some of the most popular destinations to visit in Sydney to give you an idea of costs.

Sydney CBD/Hyde Park$39-$49$49-$62$55-$70Metered$85-$105
Central Station$30-$40$40-$53$46-$61Metered$75-$96
Circular Quay$41-$52$52-$66$58-$74Metered$89-$111
Bondi Beach$44-$58$59-$77$67-$89Metered$105-$135

How do I catch a ride to Sydney Airport?

To catch a ride to the airport, open the app and input your location and drop-off point. Be sure to pick either T1 (International) or T2 (Domestic) to avoid being dropped off at the wrong terminal as they're not close enough to walk one to the other. Then, wait for your driver to pick you up from your location: there should be no need to walk to a particular pick-up point.

Depending on where you live and for how long you're travelling, taking an Uber may be a cheaper option than finding airport parking.

We've checked out the average cost of an Uber from the CBD plus 10 suburbs in the Sydney metro area and compared the return journey cost to see when it's more economical to take an Uber or to drive to the airport yourself.

When is it cheaper to take an Uber vs airport parking?

We took a look at pricing for one to 14 days at four popular airport parking options near Sydney Airport and used Uber's fare estimate to compare.

With the cheapest parking option being $30 for one day, it's cheaper to park than to take an Uber to and from the airport if you're travelling for 24 hours or less.

However, once you're parking for five days or more, those coming from the CBD (using Circular Quay as the location) or Bondi are likely better off taking an Uber.

If you're travelling in from Mosman, a trip of seven days or less is worth driving for. That's increased up to 12 days for those from Manly.

If you're from suburbs like Penrith, Hornsby, Campbelltown or further, it's worth driving to the airport for trips of any length.

You should also keep in mind that we're looking only at the cost of parking and the Uber ride. These prices don't factor in the cost of petrol from your home or the convenience factor of using an Uber.

SuburbDomestic Uber price (Return)International Uber price (Return)Use airport parking on tripsUber on trips
CBD (Circular Quay)$62-$80$74-$974 days or less5 days or more
Hurstville$53-$71$56-$734 days or less5 days or more
Bondi$75-$94$85-$1105 days or less6 days or more
Strathfield$84-$110$72-$965 days or less6 days or more
Mosman$91-$116$103-$1376 days or less7 days or more
Manly$126-$164$137-$17811 days or less12 days or more
Ryde$132-$169$125-$16411 days or less12 days or more
Parramatta$174-$225$132-$17111 days or less12 days or more
Campbelltown$179-$236$168-$220Any lengthN/A
Hornsby$179-$229$192-$247Any lengthN/A
Penrith$267-$348$256-$332Any lengthN/A

Full breakdown of Uber costs from these suburbs

Here's a full breakdown of the Uber estimates to and from the airport for both domestic and international flights, plus the estimated cost of return journeys to each terminal from the 10 suburbs we analysed.

SuburbUber price to DomesticUber price from DomesticReturn Uber price (Domestic)Uber price to InternationalUber price from InternationalReturn Uber price (International)
Circular Quay$27-$36$35-$44$62-$80$31-$44$43-$53$74-$97

Note: The following journey estimates include airport and road tolls, so are higher or lower in each direction depending on how drivers are charged.

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    LynOctober 3, 2019

    How much would an UberX be from Baulkham Hills to Sydney Airport T2?

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      NikkiOctober 6, 2019

      Hi Lyn,

      Thanks for getting in touch! The UBERX fare from Baulkham Hills to Sydney Airport T2 is from AUD 90 – 115 as of today. You can also check the actual rates when you book your UBERX on the day of your trip on your mobile phone or on the Uber Price Estimator page via a PC or tablet.

      Hope this helps.


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    RandsSeptember 17, 2019

    How much would an Uber be from Sydney Airport to Manly Corso

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      NikkiSeptember 18, 2019

      Hi Rands,

      Thanks for your question. An estimation of Uber fare from Sydney Airport to Manly Corso for an Uber X is A$60-90. You can find more Uber options when you check your Uber app or go to the UBER Fare Estimator site.

      Hope this helps!


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    JudySeptember 6, 2019

    What is cost of Uber from Sydney airport to Fairfield School of Arts?

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      JeniSeptember 7, 2019Staff

      Hi Judy,

      Thank you for getting in touch with Finder.

      The approximate Uber fare from Sydney Airport, Sydney NSW to Fairfield School of Arts, 19 Harris St, Fairfield NSW is between $66 to $86 AUD via UberX or Uber Assist. The amount includes pickup base fare of $2.50, booking fee of $0.55, minimum fare of $9.00, per-minute rate of $0.40 and per kilometre of $1.45. Your Uber trip allows up to 4 riders.

      I hope this helps.

      Thank you and have a wonderful day!


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    GaryAugust 14, 2019

    What is the cost of an uber/taxi from Sydney Airport on a weekday to 8 tucker street Ryde 2112 then back the following week?

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      NikkiAugust 14, 2019

      Hi Gary,

      Thanks for getting in touch! As of today, the Uber Fare estimator shows the estimated cost of an UberX for the said destinations is A$78-98 while the cost of a Taxi is unavailable as of the moment.

      You can check back the costs for next week via the Uber app or the Uber Fare Estimator on the Uber site.

      Hope this helps. Feel free to reach out to us again for further assistance.


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    DebbieJuly 11, 2019

    Hi what would it cost from Colyton 2760 to International Airport ….4 x children 2 x adults and baggage including pushchair thanks

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      NikkiJuly 12, 2019

      Hi Debbie,

      Thanks for your question.

      According to the Uber Fare Estimator, the fare for an UBER that will fit 6 people from Colyton 2760 to Sydney International Airport are the ff:

      UberXL A$172-224
      Black SUV A$320-416

      Note that prices may change according to the time and day you actually book the fare.

      Hope this helps! For any further questions, feel free to reach out to us again, we’re here to help.


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