Sydney - taxi or train to downtown?

Old May 12th, 2008, 04:58 PM
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Sydney - taxi or train to downtown?

I will be meeting my husband while he's in Sydney on business. He will be staying at the Sheraton next to Hyde Park. Would you suggest taking a taxi from the airport or the train? If I take the train, is it direct to City Circle (St. James station) or do I have to switch trains at Central Station? Thanks.
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Old May 12th, 2008, 06:52 PM
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http://www.cityrail.info/fares/airport.jsp

Apparently it is a direct service. I'd take a taxi if you have a lot of luggage.
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Old May 12th, 2008, 09:27 PM
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There is a direct service - just look at the Board in the station and make sure St.James is listed for that particular train.
I think it is fine in off peak times but not so good when things are very busy - particularly if you have luggage.
A Taxi will cost around AU$40.
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Old May 12th, 2008, 10:27 PM
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Another factor to consider is that there are often dreadful queues for taxis at Sydney Airports (both domestic and international). As the hotel is close to the station, I would definitely take the train.
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Old May 13th, 2008, 01:57 AM
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I would definitely take the train, as Susan7 mentioned the wait for a taxi can be awfully long. I've managed the Paris metro in peak hour with luggage(!!) I'm sure you will be fine.
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As you are travelling alone, and the stop is almost across the street from the Sheraton - take the train.
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Old May 13th, 2008, 11:52 AM
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My wife and I were in and out of Sydney about 4-5 times in November 2007. We took taxis simply because we did have luggage, and there was not "really" convenient train stop near our hotel in Darling Harbour.

OTOH: The SOTP is so very very close to the train stop that if I had 2x as much luggage as I had then, I'd STILL take the train!!

The cost is less, no waiting, and it's a very easy and convenient way to get to SOTP.
Next time I'm in SYD, I'll most assuredly stay at Sheraton!!

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Old May 13th, 2008, 05:55 PM
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Susan7 hit the nail on the head re delays in taxi queues . That is the determinative factor in my view .
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Old May 14th, 2008, 05:03 PM
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Thanks so much for your responses! I travel light, so it sounds like the train is the way to go.
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I am sure you will be fine - but make sure you check the Board on the platform to make sure the train is actually going to St. James and not terminating at Central or something untoward.
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Re: taxi queues - how long is long? 15 min, 30 min or longer? Thanks.
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I think it depends totally on time and day - for example we mostly travel at weekends during the middle of the day and there is no queue at all - however, I gather it is a totally different scenario during busy periods.
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That's good to hear that it's OK in the middle of the day.

Mornings at the International can be really bad, we waited about an hour to get a taxi in April of this year, it was roughly 8.30-9 AM.
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That's good to know, thanks. I'd noticed that most of the international flight arrive early and had wondered if that's a particularly bad time.
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Take a taxi - if you have luggage.
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Old May 18th, 2008, 03:49 AM
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If you have a manageable amount of luggage the train station at the airport is really easy to negotiate.
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We also stayed near Hyde Park. We like public transportation wherever possible. But, you might want to check the prices. It might be cheaper for two to take a Taxi. We did not experience a line at the Taxi stand at the airport.

The train station is a block (or two??) from Sheraton, I think.
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St. James train station is directly over the road from the Sheraton.
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>>It might be cheaper for two to take a Taxi <<
If one is going to the Sheraton on the Park, and has two passengers, there is NOT a chance in the world that a taxi will be cheaper.
Period.

It will be 1) a great deal more expensive, 2) Not any more 'convenient', and 3) Very likely take longer if you arriving into CBD at a time such as noon.

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