Sydney Airport Express Pick-up


When picking someone up at Sydney Kingsford Smith, consider the Express Pick-up, one of the cheapest options available. There are two Express Pick-up Zones at Sydney Airport: one near the International Terminal and another close to the Domestic Terminals, making it convenient for passengers to find you.

For details on using these zones and alternative parking options, check out our Flyparks comparison table and Express Pick-up guide below.


Overview of Sydney Airport Parking Rates

Car ParkCost per WeekService & Travel Time 
Air Travel­ Parking$140.25Shuttle: 6 minBook
Sydney Airport Express$149.49Shuttle: 5 minBook
Blu Emu$176.40Shuttle: 15 minInfo
P3 Car Park$451.00 Walk: 5 - 8 minInfo
P1&2 Car Park$548.70Walk: 5 minInfo
P7 Car Park$548.70
Walk: 5 minInfo
T2 Premium Valet$596.00 Walk: 1 - 2 minInfo
Qantas Valet
Walk: 1 - 2 minInfo


About Sydney Airport Express Pick-up

The Express Pick-up Zones at Sydney Airport are dedicated areas for collecting passengers from the International and Domestic Terminals. Both Zones are only a few minutes' walk from the Arrivals Halls, which make it easy for passengers to meet drivers by their vehicle. The rates charged at both Zones are the same, regardless of whether you’re waiting at the Domestic or International Zone.

The first 15 minutes are free of charge, however, standard rates apply if you overstay this grace period. Drivers will be charged $10.60 for 15-30 minutes, and $21.20 for an hour. If you’re planning on meeting family or friends at the Express Pick-up Zone, it helps to be well organised and contactable by phone. 

It’s also important to note that this area cannot be used by rideshare vehicles or taxis - it’s only for private cars. If you’re planning on using a ridesharing service, you will have to wait at the Priority Pick-up Zone instead. 

Note! The Sydney Airport Express Pick-Up Zones should not be confused with the green Priority Pick-up Zones, as different rates and payment methods apply. 


Express Pickup Sydney Domestic Airport

The Express Pickup Sydney Domestic Airport Mascot NSW is located close to Terminals 2 and 3. It’s approximately four minutes away on foot and one of the most convenient options for a quick pick up Sydney Domestic Airport. 

Arriving passengers should follow the yellow signage and lighting from the Arrivals Hall. Drivers, on the other hand, should follow the yellow signage for Express Pick-up as they merge into the right-hand land within the Domestic precinct. 


Express Pickup Sydney International Airport

The Sydney International Airport Express Pickup is very close to Terminal 1; it takes close to five minutes to walk to the zone from the terminal building. 

Arriving passengers should follow the yellow signage after exiting the Arrivals Hall. Drivers need to follow the yellow signage for the Express Pick up Sydney International Airport, after entering the International precinct. 


Sydney Airport Express Parking Rates

The cost of parking at the Domestic and International Express Pick-up Car Parks is the same. But since they were designed for short term Sydney Airport parking, Sydney Airport express parking rates can be expensive. Prices start at $10.60 for 15 - 30 minutes, and $21.20 for an hour. After that, you will be charged accordingly. You cannot pre-book this car park online, so make sure you have cash or a credit card on you the day that you travel. If you've found yourself needing to park for longer and don't wish to pay to do so, you can park at the Blu Emu Car Park for free for 1 hour. 

Keep in mind that it is possible to park for free at both zones, provided that your stay is less than 15 minutes long. This can be quite hard to achieve, but it’s reportedly doable if you organise your pick-up location with friends and family in advance.

Sydney Airport Express Public Pick-Up Rates 
DurationDomestic & International Express Pick-Up
0 - 15 minFree
15 - 30 min$10.60
30 - 60 min$21.20


What Sydney Locals Do

Only the first 15 minutes of your stay at the Express Pick-up Zone is free of charge. If you’re trying to score free Sydney Airport parking, timing plays a crucial role. The car park will charge you if you stay just a minute longer, so you need to coordinate plans with the person you plan to collect. 

One trick that Sydney locals use is to first park at one of the restaurants on Ross Smith Avenue. There are several fast food outlets, including McDonald’s, KFC, and Krispy Kreme, where you can purchase a coffee and wait in the car park. Parking is free for a limited time for customers, so it’s possible to wait there until the flight touches down in Sydney. 

Make sure that the passenger calls you once they’re out of the terminal. You’ll need to let them know that they have to go through passport control and collect their luggage first. Then you can drive to one of the Sydney Airport Express Pickup Zones to meet them. Good luck!


Reviews of Express Pick-Up Sydney Airport

Reviews of the Express Pickup Sydney Airport are generally good, and the car park receives a rating of 3.7/5 as cited by 140 Google reviews.

Positive Reviews:

Positive user reviews mention the benefit of the free 15-minute grace period.

Negative Reviews:

Negative reviews left by travellers point to problems with the distance from the airport, extreme difficulty in finding the car park, and the constant crowds. Many travellers also regret paying such a steep price (after 15 minutes) for such a short pickup.


Book Sydney Airport Parking with Flyparks

At Flyparks, we simplify the process of booking secure parking Sydney. We collect relevant and up-to-date information about the many different airport car parks, making it easy for travellers to compare and book directly on our platform. We display the same prices as the car parks themselves and don’t add any reservation costs. It’s easy and convenient to book parking directly on our website.

To help you find the ideal short or long term car park with the lowest possible rates, we have published extensive resources on our informative Flyparks blog, about parking prices, security measures, opening hours, distance to the terminals, and anything else you might need to know. All the off-site Sydney Airport parking facilities that we feature on our website are secure, affordable, and reliable, to ensure that you travel with peace of mind, knowing your car is exactly where you left it. Consider the following car parks next time you want to opt out of Sydney Airport Express Pick-Up, and perhaps park your car at the airport whilst away:


Air Travel Parking ($140.25 for 1 Week)

air-travel-parking-sydneyKnown for its incredibly low rates, Air Travel Parking was created so travellers flying from Sydney Airport don't have to settle paying exorbitant rates, and can instead pay a fraction of the cost by parking at a car park located minutes away from both the domestic & international terminals via a complimentary shuttle bus.

The car park is equipped with 24/7 CCTV, security guards, and helpful, accommodating staff. The car park is only a 6-minute shuttle ride to the Domestic Terminal and an 8-minute drive to the International Terminal. There are no standard height restrictions, however, all cars need to fit within a standard-sized space. Large trucks and motorhomes can be parked, but advanced approval is needed. 

  • Hours: 05:00 - 23:00
  • Service: Shuttle
  • Distance to Airport: 6 - 8 min shuttle
  • Height / Length Restrictions: The car must be able to fit in a standard car space; large trucks and motorhomes need to be approved before arrival

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Airport Express Sydney ($149.49 for 1 Week)

airport-express-sydneySydney Airport Express has everything you could ask for in a parking experience. It's safe, convenient, and affordable. All travellers have to do is drive up to the car park on the day of departure, check in with their booking confirmation, offload their luggage, hand over their keys, and board the shuttle bus to the airport. Located only 400 metres away, travellers will be at the terminals in under 8 minutes.

The car park is equipped with 24/7 CCTV and offers car washing services for an extra fee. While this car park isn't the Express Pick-Up Sydney Airport, it remains an excellent option for your next departure so you don't have to settle for exorbitant official Sydney Airport parking prices. 

  • Hours: 05:00 - 23:00
  • Service: Shuttle
  • Distance to Airport: 5 - 9 min shuttle
  • Height / Length Restrictions: 3.2 height restriction; 5.3 length restriction 

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Please note that while we have made every attempt to report on Sydney Airport car parking rates accurately, prices do fluctuate over time and are therefore subject to change without notice, but were accurate at the time of publication in April 2024. 

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