Priority Pick-up Sydney Airport


If you’re driving to Sydney Airport to pick up incoming travellers arriving domestically, one of the most convenient places to meet is the Priority Pick-up Zone. This green-coloured zone is a 4-minute walk from the Domestic Terminals, allowing drivers to wait in their vehicles for friends, family, or rideshare passengers. To learn more about Priority Pickup Sydney, we’ve put together a handy Flyparks guide, to explain how the zones work, the rates charged, and payment methods accepted. 

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


About Priority Pick-up Sydney Airport

The Priority Pick-up Zone at Sydney Airport is a dedicated area for collecting passengers from the Domestic Terminals. The zone is a 4-minute walk from T2 & T3 and is the most convenient option for picking up domestic passengers at Kingsford Smith. This level of convenience does come at a cost, with rates starting at $5.01 for the first 15 minutes. To enter the Priority Pickup Sydney Domestic Airport, drivers must have a valid and working e-TAG installed, as cash and credit card payments are not accepted. Those that do not have an e-TAG will be directed towards other parking facilities. 

The Priority Pick-up Zones can also be used by pre-booked taxis and ridesharing services such as Uber, Lyft, Ola, and GoCar with valid e-tags. Other domestic pickup areas at Sydney Airport include the Express Pick Up Zone, and Accessible Pick Up Zone. 

TIP: To avoid paying for parking fees at Sydney Airport, plan to arrive 30 minutes after your passenger's flight has landed, as it will take time for them to off-board the plane, collect luggage, and clear immigration if arriving internationally. 


Sydney Domestic Airport Priority Pickup

For Drivers: If you’re collecting passengers from T2 or T3, you can meet them at the Sydney Domestic Airport Pickup. This is located between the two terminal buildings, next to the P1 and P2 car parks. Drivers should follow the green Sydney Domestic Airport Arrivals Pick-up signage once they arrive in the Domestic precinct. No cash or cards are accepted upon entry, drivers are only permitted access to the pickup zone with a valid e-Tag. If drivers do not have an e-Tag, they will be directed to an alternative parking pick-up location. Vehicle height restrictions of 2.9 metres apply at the pickup zone. 

For Passengers: Passengers should follow the green Priority Pick-up signage at Arrivals. The walk from priority pickup Sydney Domestic to the waiting area takes approximately four minutes. Once there, passengers will find a range of refreshments available for purchase. 


Sydney International Airport Priority Pickup

For Drivers: Drivers who are meeting passengers who are due to arrive at T1 should follow the green Priority Pick-up signage once they arrive in the International precinct. The Sydney International Airport Priority Pick-up Zone is next to P7 Parking Sydney Airport and the Express Pick-up Zone. 

For Passengers: Passengers should similarly follow the green Priority Pick-up signage inside the Arrivals Hall. The walk should take no more than two or three minutes, and there’s a waiting area at the Zone, with a range of food and drinks available for purchase. 


Priority Pick-up Zone Rates

The cost to park at either Priority Zone, whether the International or Domestic Airport pick-up Sydney is quite affordable. Rates start at $5.01 at the Domestic & International Express Pick-Up for 0 - 15 minutes. Rates then rise to $10.59 for 15 - 30 minutes, $24.89 for 30 - 60 minutes, $35.38 for 1 - 2 hours, $45.63 for 2 - 3 hours, and $82.28 for 3 - 24 hours. The rates charged at both the Sydney Domestic Express Pick Up and Sydney International Express Pick Up are the same. Travellers parking longer than 24 hours are recommended to park at the terminal car park or off-site Sydney Airport car park to save money.

Sydney Airport Priority Pick-Up Zone Rates


DurationDomestic Express Pick-UpInternational Express Pick-Up
0 - 15 min$5.01$5.01
15 - 30 min$10.59$10.59
30 - 60 min$24.89$24.89
1 - 2 hrs$35.38$35.38
2 - 3 hrs$45.63$45.63
3 - 24 hrs$82.28$82.28


Payment Methods at the Priority Pick-up Zone 

All parking payments are made automatically, through your e-TAG as you exit the zone. No cash or credit card payments are accepted. If you don’t have an e-TAG yet, you won’t be able to park at the Priority Pick-up Zone, and should instead consider using the Express Pick-up Zone.

The following e-TAGs can be used in the Priority Zone:

  • Roads and Maritime Services                       
  • Tollaust Pty Ltd (Roam Express)                   
  • Roam Tolling                                                   
  • Beep Tolling (refer to E-way)                         
  • Interlink Roads Pty Ltd (trading as E-way)  


Ridesharing Information 

If you have booked a rideshare service such as Uber, GoCar, Lyft, or Ola, from either terminal, you can meet your driver at the Priority Pick-up Zone. Simply send the request once you’ve exited the terminal, and make your way to the Priority Zone by following the green signage from the Arrivals hall. These services typically include the cost of all airport tolls in the final bill, unless you’re picked up outside airport grounds. 



At present, you cannot book any of the official Sydney Airport car parks on our website. While we have made every attempt to report on the parking rates charged at Kingsford Smith accurately, prices do fluctuate over time. The rates mentioned in this article were valid in June 2024.

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