Kingsford Smith Transport (aka KST) offers an airport shuttle to make it easy and inexpensive for travellers to go from the airport to their hotel or vice versa. This option is cheaper than getting a taxi and much more convenient than catching the local public bus service. It is also much less stressful than hiring a car to take you to the CBD, Kings Cross or Darling Harbour!
Sydney Airport Shuttle Prices (as at April 2012)
Keep in mind that when you pay and book your Sydney Airport Shuttle online that you will be given the best price available. This will ensure that you travels are as inexpensive as possible.
|– Book Online –||– Pay on Day of Travel –|
|Adult Oneway – Hotel to Airport||$12.60||$14.00|
|Adult Oneway – Airport to Hotel||$16.20||$18.00|
|Children (5-12) Oneway||$10.00||$18.00|
|Children (5-12) Return||$11.00||$20.00|
|Children (0-4) Oneway||Free||Free|
|Children (0-4) Return||Free||Free|
Times of Operation:
Hotel pick up: Available from 5am to 7pm Daily
Airport pickup: Available from Arrival of first flight to 8.30pm Daily
NOTE: if you have want to make a booking for a large group then contact KST to enquire on pricing and times, as special arrangements can be made for larger groups outside the regular hours.
My KST Experience
Over the past 6 years I have travelled with my mum to Sydney for a conference once a year. Each of these times we booked the KST shuttle to drop us off at our hotel in Darling Harbour or Sydney CBD. We found that we usually had to wait around 20-30 minutes at the airport once we arrived at the meeting point. But had no problem with the driver coming to get us and walk us over to the shuttle bus.
On return from the hotel to the airport the driver arrived a few minutes before the scheduled time and came into the lobby to call us. We then had a smooth drive back to the airport and arrived in plenty of time to check in for our flight back home.
I have no hesitation in recommending KST Sydney Airport Shuttle as I have always found their service totally satisfactory. It always removes the added stress of driving in Sydney‘s busy traffic myself in a hire car or jumping into a taxi, which would be much more expensive.
Click here to make your booking for a Sydney Airport Shuttle
KST also offer an airport shuttle on the Gold Coast. For inquiries about the Gold Coast airport shuttle contact the Sydney shuttle.
Melbourne Airport Shuttle
If you are travelling to Melbourne then you will be pleased to know that there is also a KST Airporter Shuttle available to and from Tullamarine Airport. These services go to the Melbourne CBD, Southbank and East Melbourne.
Remember that if you book and pay online then you will receive the best price available. You just need to print out your payment receipt, which will be emailed to you and then give it to the driver on the day of travel.
Click here to make your booking for a Melbourne Shuttle
Shuttle Travel Tips:
It is important to keep the following points in mind so that you have a smooth pick up each time you are waiting for the shuttle.
- Each passenger is limited to 2 pieces of luggage.
- If you have extra baggage, or unusually sized luggage items, then be sure to tell KST prior to your pickup.
- On arrival at the airport phone KST to notify of your arrival.
- Proceed to the designated meeting point as outlined in the payment receipt email that you received.
- Be sure to ask each shuttle driver who comes to the airport meeting point if they are from KST.
- Watch out for drivers who are wearing a uniform that says, “Tour East” or “KST“.
- If it seems like you have waited too long then phone up again and ask what is happening.
- On the return trip to the airport allow plenty of time for travel and to check in to your flight.
Experience of Others Waiting for Shuttle
I wanted to mention another couple who were also waiting for the KST airport shuttle at the meeting point at the Sydney Airport when we arrived.
They had been there for around 1.5 hours and had phoned up to find out why the shuttle had not come to get them. When the driver did arrive to get us, after we had been there about 20 minutes, they realized that they had seen that driver before, but did not realize that he was from KST. Apparently a misunderstanding had occurred and they did not know that they could have caught the previous 2 KST airport shuttles when the driver came in to collect the travellers.
Instead of the driver having on a uniform that said “KST”, or something similar, it said “Tour East”. If this couple had have known that this was the KST shuttle driver then they would have already been at their destination. As it was they were understandably angry.
I only share this with you, not to discredit KST, as we have always found their service to be totally satisfactory, but to make you aware of checking with each shuttle driver who comes to the meeting point and asking if they are from KST. By doing this you will ensure that you catch the first available shuttle to your destination, rather than waiting around longer than is necessary!
Happy Travelling! 😎