Emirates Airlines - Skywards
Member since 30 Nov 2015
Total posts 419
Just looking at terms and conditions of this card, what is the $13.40 Airport gate fee? Please explain.
Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer
Member since 14 Feb 2017
Total posts 77
Sydney airport is privately held so stops are charged an extra fee. Just like some airports (eg. Auckland) - the taxi pickup automatically adds $15-20 to your fare for the use of the Airport pickup. Ridiculous i know right!
Member since 12 Jan 2014
Total posts 14
The private operators of the stations at the airport charge an additional fee which is built into the amount the Opal card is debited.
If there are a few of you travelling a taxi to the Sydney CBD is likely to be cheaper - around $40 from international terminal to the city (suggest you get driver to take you via O'Riordan St which is more direct than the eastern 'loop' many will take you on).
Sydney Trains Info will assist you with train times.
Member since 29 Nov 2013
Total posts 438
To expand on Victort's comment...
Thanks, extortion is a good word.
Member since 23 Feb 2015
Total posts 259
The train is a great deal compared to all other options available. Cheaper (including wait times) and quicker.
It's a big fee, enough to make you take that cab, thereby almost discouraging the use of the station. Can't win them all I suppose.
Member since 20 Aug 2014
Total posts 141
You should be aware that that station access fee is capped at around $20 per week though. So if you are doing a return trip inside a week, you'll pay the full $13.40 for the first trip, and only the balance for the return trip. And any further trips during that week you will not pay it at all.
Didn't know about the cap, would be good if you worked at the airport.
Member since 11 Oct 2014
Total posts 374
Via public transport from the city, the only other 'cheap' option on an Opal card is to catch the Route 400 Bus from Bondi Junction interchange (Stand F) to Burwood (and v.v.) which stops at the Domestic and International Airport Terminals.
If you are not particularly familiar with Sydney Public Transport, then you can download 'TripView Lite' free of charge (iOS, Android and Windows Phone versions are available) which is comprehensive, real-time and accurate. It also covers Melbourne public transport (see 'Settings').
Member since 22 Jul 2015
Total posts 83
Extortion is a great way of describing this. But it sure beats the road nightmare that Sydney is becoming.
Member since 27 Nov 2014
Total posts 22
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