There are more than 22,000 trained taxi drivers operating from over 7,000 taxi vehicles throughout Sydney and New South Wales. All drivers must hold a Driver Authority issued by the government, so getting a licensed cab won’t be a problem.
The New South Wales Taxi Industry were the first to introduce no-cash payment systems and GPS Tracking to their cabs; something that is now seen internationally.
Getting to Sydney Airport
Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport, New South Wales, is the busiest airport in Australia, and provided flights for over 38.5 million passengers across 88 domestic and international destinations in 2014. Sydney Airport is located close to Botany Bay, 10km or so South from the Sydney Central Business District. Sydney is often mistaken for Australia’s capital which is in fact Canberra, whose airport also features in the countries top 10 busiest.
With many Public Transport facilities in Sydney to choose from, getting around the City is relatively hassle-free.
Taxis in Sydney
Taxi drivers in the Sydney Metropolitan Transport District must hold valid Taxi Driver Authority, which is gained after successful completion of the TaxiCare Plus Training Programme. The drivers must adhere to specific rules and regulations prior to becoming a licensed professional, so you are safe in the knowledge that your driver knows all they need to, in order to provide you an outstanding service.
Sydney has more taxis and drivers than any other state in Australia, with most of the fleet being either Toyota Camrys, Ford Falcons and Holden Commodores.
Sydney Airport Taxis Price List
Here is a breakdown of the taxi prices you can expect to be charged in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
|Peak Hire Fee (22:00-06:00 Fri, Sat & Public Holidays.)||$2.50 extra|
|Taxi Distance Costs (Kilometer)||$2.19 km|
|Peak Hours Distance Costs (22:00-06:00)||$2.63 km|
|Waiting Time Charges (less than 26 km/h)||$0.94 min|
|Toll Fares (Any Airport, Bridge, Road or Tunnel toll incurred during journey)||Added to total taxi fare cost|
|Card Payment Charges||5% of total fare|
The cost of an average taxi fare from Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport to the City would cost around $55.00 plus toll fees.
|Taxi Services||Cost Difference|
|Maxi-Taxi (5+ Passengers)||50% on top of Cost of Standard Taxi|
|Multiple Hiring||75% of a Standard Taxi|
|Shared Taxi||100% of Standard Taxi|
The price differences on the differing services are applicable when compared to a a Standard taxi running the same journey, at the same time of day, for example.
*These taxi price rates are an estimate from December 2015 and are subject to change – You should use these prices as a guide.
Other types of taxis and transportation services are also popular in Sydney such as buses, trains and ferries. Maxi-Cabs are available for parties of more than 5 passengers or those that require disabled access and for something a little different, you can hire Water Taxis.
Things to do in Sydney
Australia is a very popular destination for many travellers coming from all over the world. A country that is bigger than most of Europe put together, which encompasses not only bustling city life and beautiful coastlines, as well as a vast wilderness and gorgeous coral reefs, is probably the main appeal!
Below are just a few examples of what Sydney and New South Wales has to offer.
Sydney Opera House
Taxi Cost from Sydney Airport: $45
Sydney’s Opera House is one of the most iconic and easily recognisable buildings in the world. It’s home to several smaller venues in which you’ll find a host of entertainment opportunities; visit the Joan Sutherland Theatre to watch the ballet, The Concert Hall for a spectacular Operatic performance or join everyone out on the Forecourt for an unforgettable outdoor music event with the Sydney skyline as your backdrop.
Taxi Cost from Sydney Airport: $45
The Circular Quay is positioned between the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge and home to an array of attractions. Head to the Museum of Contemporary Arts for a guided tour around its 4,000 permanent works of art, browse through over 400,000 books at the City of Sydney Library and catch a local theatre show at The Customs House. If you happen to be in Sydney for New Years Eve, make sure you head to Circular Square as it’s the focal point for the local communities celebrations!
Taxi Cost from Sydney Airport: $55-$65
Bondi Bay, or Bondi Beach as it is also known, is located just 12 km East from Central Sydney and is one of Australia’s most popular tourist destinations. As well as magnificent beaches, you can enjoy swimming baths, golf and shopping all within the same vicinity. Why not learn to surf or visit the aboriginal art gallery before you head off to bask in the glorious ocean?
Royal Botanical Garden Sydney
Taxi Cost from Sydney Airport: $40-$50
The Royal Botanical Garden in Sydney is a wonderful nature reserve full of beautiful plants, bushes and trees. The garden is open 365 days a year with seasonal opening times and general admittance is free for all. The Botanical Garden is a very popular attraction for tourists and locals alike as it’s the ideal place to visit if peace and relaxation is what you seek. The Garden will celebrate it’s 200th Birthday in 2016 and have a years worth of celebrations planned, so if you’re visiting next year, be sure to pay a visit!