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#1
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Never having been to Sydney before, can someone suggest the best, easiest way to get from the airport to hotel very near the Overseas Passenger Terminal. It is Holiday Inn on George Street. We arrive around noon on 11/28. Sure would appreciate your help!!
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Originally posted by horsing around
Never having been to Sydney before, can someone suggest the best, easiest way to get from the airport to hotel very near the Overseas Passenger Terminal. It is Holiday Inn on George Street. We arrive around noon on 11/28. Sure would appreciate your help!!
Easiest way for more than one person would be taxi.

Best way could be by train.
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Originally posted by horsing around
Never having been to Sydney before, can someone suggest the best, easiest way to get from the airport to hotel very near the Overseas Passenger Terminal. It is Holiday Inn on George Street. We arrive around noon on 11/28. Sure would appreciate your help!!
going by train it costs about $17 one way so for 2 people still cheaper than a taxi
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It very much depends on how much luggage you have and how tired you are after your flight.
Taxis are quick, direct but expensive.
Trains are cheap but you have to handle your own luggage and walk from the station to the hotel.
Shuttle buses are medium prices but you may end up waiting a while and/or trundling around Sydney from one hotel to another before arriving at your one.

Personally after a long international flight I would head for the taxi rank.
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Originally posted by OzKiwiJJ
It very much depends on how much luggage you have and how tired you are after your flight.

Taxis are quick, direct but expensive.

Trains are cheap but you have to handle your own luggage and walk from the station to the hotel.

Shuttle buses are medium prices but you may end up waiting a while and/or trundling around Sydney from one hotel to another before arriving at your one.



Personally after a long international flight I would head for the taxi rank.


Private car service like Black Opal. Check Trip Advisor for recommendations.

BTW, check mozio.com, which is a great search engine for international airport transfers. At the very least, it will give you ballpark costs.

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As others have said

Train $17 pp and a 10-15 minute walk

Taxi about $50
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Originally posted by GUT2407
As others have said

Train $17 pp and a 10-15 minute walk

Taxi about $50
And with the Sydney Traffic congestion and delays, it could be $100. That meter really ticks.

Uber is the go, get a fixed price for trip.
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I nearly always get the train. There is no messing around - you get on at the airport and it goes direct to where you want to be e.g. the circular quay station is very close to the OPT.
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We took the train from the airport to Circular Quay. Bought an Opal card at the airport before we boarded and then use the card for the train, ferry to Manly and bus to Bondi while we were there. Easy to reload, too.


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#10
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Train is the cheapest way to go next would be Uber and taxi would be last
Sydney atm has a lot of road closures ,detours ect so a taxi ride could become outrageously expensive ,train $17 flat no stress


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Yes, indeed train is the way to go to the city. We use it when cruising out of Sydney or flying out of Sydney. Drive up from Batemans Bay, leave our car at brother in laws place @ Engadine (southern suburbs) then train it. Just topped up the Opal Cards the other day.
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getting to and from Circular Quay from the airport we always use the train. Even in early mornings when there is limited traffic the train is quicker and IMO less stress.
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Do travellers using the train need an Opal Card (rather than paying for the one trip)? Where can it be obtained and how much does it cost? For a one-off trip this could be a PITA.
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No you don't have to purchase an opal card but if you are travelling around Sydney on buses, trains and ferries it is a worthwhile purchase
The website for the Opal card is below
https://www.opal.com.au/
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#15
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Do taxis take credit cards? We're planning to take one from the airport to our hotel, from our hotel to Hard Rock Cafe, and to the port on sailing day. We'd like to limit he amount of US money we convert to AU dollars
#16
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Originally posted by sellwingri
Do taxis take credit cards? We're planning to take one from the airport to our hotel, from our hotel to Hard Rock Cafe, and to the port on sailing day. We'd like to limit he amount of US money we convert to AU dollars


Yes they do but the have a 5% surcharge for the use of credit cards


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Originally posted by sellwingri
Do taxis take credit cards? We're planning to take one from the airport to our hotel, from our hotel to Hard Rock Cafe, and to the port on sailing day. We'd like to limit he amount of US money we convert to AU dollars
What hotel are you staying at we may be able to save you some cash?
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Originally posted by beatleman
What hotel are you staying at we may be able to save you some cash?
Please explain what you mean. I haven't booked our hotel yet but plan to do so in the next day or two.
#19
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Originally posted by sellwingri
Please explain what you mean. I haven't booked our hotel yet but plan to do so in the next day or two.
I think what he is saying is that the location of your hotel may make a difference to how we suggest you get to and from the places you want to, at the best price.
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