Taxis / Water Taxis, Sydney
Water taxis are a great way of traveling in Sydney (that's if you don't mind paying the steep price).
They'll pick you up at most piers they can navigate to, just think "private" when you ride on one of these.
Check out their website for a more extensive listing of pick-up and drop off locations as well as prices.
We took a taxi five times in Sydney. Once from the airport to the hotel ($54+ and included several tunnel and freeway tolls). Once from the hotel to go over the Sydney Bridge and then to be dropped off at the Sydney Tower. Once to get home from the Aquarium, once to get from the hotel to the domestic airport (about $38), and the last time was to get from the ship to the airport.
Passengers are required to pay all tolls for their trip.
It is likely to be charged a fee (tipically 10%) if you pay by credit card. There was a notice to that effect in the taxi.
Tipping is not required or generally expected. However, rounding up a taxi fare the next dollar (or five or ten dollars, depending on the base fare) is fairly common.
There was no surcharge for luggage
The taxi drivers were very nice although many of them were not terribly knowledgeable about their city. Of course a lot of them were not FROM Australia originally
Sydney taxis can be very expensive to the point of rip-off.
An example - We recently completed a trip from Kowloon in Hong Kong to Manly in Sydney.
The trip from Kowloon to Hong Kong Airport - distance 32KM travel time 1 hour is HK$350 or about AU$44.
When we arrived in Sydney the taxi to Manly cost AU$142 - distance 27.6 KM, travel time about 1 hour (this was during peak hour). This fare included $13 worth of tolls (you have to pay return tolls) and a 10% fee if you use a credit card.
Putting it in perspective - you can't. But it's easy to get a one way flight from Sydney to Perth for about A$180
Covering a huge 12,000 square kilometres, Sydney certainly is expansive. Within it is one of Australia’s most lively city hubs, a vibrant and diverse urban landscape and remarkable geographical features. It's one of the world's most liveable cities, and has so much to offer for a visitor from interstate or overseas. Whether you’re visiting for business or pleasure, there are numerous places to visit and see before you leave.
Sydney CBD is the hub of Sydney. Home to national landmarks such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House, the CBD is alive with activity. A short 20 minute airport taxi drive from the domestic airport will place you within the city’s heart. You’ll be greeted with a wide range of dining options, tourist activities, shopping, parks and thriving night spots. A airport taxi can take you direct to your hotel from the domestic terminal, or to any attraction within the city. From the aquarium to iconic Queen Victoria Building, there’s loads to do and see before you settle in to your itinerary.
With so much to do and see, why wait around at the airport fussing around with unreliable bus transfer services or public transport? As Sydney is such a large city, the best way to get places is without a doubt by car.
Next time you’re flying into the Sydney airport terminal make sure you add booking an airport taxi to your pre-departure to-do list. It’s the stress-free, fast and friendly way to get out of the airport and to where you need to be. Whether it’s visiting the great city of Sydney or heading home from a holiday, Sydney airport transfer has you covered.
Sydney is truly an international port, as evidenced by the boat in this picture. This yacht is from the Cayman Islands, on the Caribbean all the way around the world from Sydney Harbour. Chances are however that the person in this boat is surely able to afford the trip around the world!
Maybe someday I will be that lucky.... but for now, I will just enjoy the beautiful view of the harbour with the Opera House in the background.
If you would like more information on how you can yacht into Sydney Harbour, I would recommend checking out the site below from the Middle Harbour Yacht Club!
We prefer to take ferries when in Sydney. Our travel pass covers them and they are always fun. Water Taxis can be pricey and I like the slow ride of a ferry. However, if you just want to have that water right right to where you're going and do now want to wait for the next ferry the water taxi is a good way to go.
The transportation systems in Sydney are quite excellent and we only found the need to use a Taxi once on our way back to the airport. We had an early flight and wanted to make sure we arrived on time for our check in.
Ok, before I went to Sydney everyone told me that the Taxis would be so expensive and should get public transport. Well, I didn't really listen and took taxis anyway. I was surprised to find they weren't that expensive (epically if you are traveling out of peek hour). Most of my rides cost between $6 - $15 with the most expensive being $35 from Randwick to Ultimo.
Also the Taxi drivers really know what their doing! For a city as big as it is I was very impressed.
When travelling in most countries, you have to plan each individual city's itinerary specifically to make sure you have the local taxi number for each place you are doing. Not so in Australia, where there are national numbers associated with various services. In particular, the taxis have combined into a central number system, so you can easily call one number and get a cab in most of the major cities!
Taxi's in Sydney are usually easy to find, there are plenty of different companies which operate around the city and suburbs. Taxi's are easy to flag down by simply waving your upheld hand.
Taxis can be very difficult to find in the early mornings especially around the HOT nightspots like Kings Cross and the Casino.
Taxi stands can be found in numerous locations around the city. The main ones are located at Circular Quay, The Rocks, Wyndard Station, QVB building, and all train stations.
If crossing the Sydney Harbour Bridge or arriving from the airport you will have to pay for the Tunnel and Bridge tolls.
You can also prebook taxi;s online or by simply ringing them direct.
COSTS > It costs approx $30.00AUD from the Airport to the CBD (City).
It started out as a bit of a lark, but these days water taxis are a bona fide method of transport and there's more than one company.
Darling Harbour was probably one of the things that helped them along which would explain why you'll inevitably come across one there or at Circular Quay.
They range from glorified inflatable hull to small catamarans but the one shown in the picture is about as big as they get.
If you want to do something different in Sydney then catching a water taxi to one of Sydney's top waterfront restaurants can be heaps of fun. Plus you have the added bonus of seeing Sydney Harbour at night.
For example catching a water taxi to Bathers or The Watermark restaurants at Balmoral Beach is a fabulous experience.
However, water taxi's are much more expensive than your normal car taxis. It's better to joinj forces with your friends to share the costs.
Water Taxis have a stigma of being expensive but this new company has the cheapest prices on Sydney Harbour and they guarantee to price match if you find a cheaper one so you can't go wrong really. They can take you offshore which means you can follow the Sydney to Hobart yacht race right out through the heads. They don't have a price for this on their website but for normal trips there is a calculator on there so you can work out the price of your trip online. Worth a look for New Years Eve too I'd reckon.
If you have a child small enough to need a carseat, don't bother with Sydney taxis! Appalling service, and child car seats that look and smell like they were found on the rubbish tip. Buses and trains are way easier.
DO NOT TAKE TAXIS!!
They are incredibly expensive! Subway is esy and much cheaper. Or walk. Do everything you can to avoid taxi's!!
Also we went to Bondi probably 5 times before someone told us about this...
We bought a ticket to one stop, and the bought another ticket to Bondi.
There is a ticket direct to Bondi that is cheaper.