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Car Hire from Sydney Airport

Car Hire from Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport

Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport lies close to the coast of New South Wales, Australia a region of beautiful beaches, wineries and vast national parks. It’s also close to the city of Sydney, New South Wales’ capital and vibrant, cosmopolitan centre. Hiring a car from Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport allows you beat your own trail through the state and discover more of its lesser known gems.

Where to hire a car at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport

There are two terminals at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport. Car hire offices are located in the arrivals hall of each terminal. Desk are located between the Arrival A and Arrival B areas of the International Terminal and just beyond the 4th and 5th baggage carousels in the Domestic Terminal. Companies operating at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport include Avis, Europcar, Budget, Thrifty, Redspot and Hertz.

Petrol Stations near Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport

If you have hired a car with a full to full fuel policy you will be required to return it with a full tank of fuel in order to avoid any additional charges. The closest petrol station to the airport depends on which terminal you’re going from or to. Closest to the International Terminal at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport is a Speedway Petroleum garage, located on the A36 just over five minutes’ drive from the airport. Alternatively, for passengers at the Domestic Terminal, there’s a Mascot Airport Service Station on O’Riordan Street, less than five minutes’ drive away.

Driving around Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport

From the airport, it’s easy to get on the M1 road into Sydney city centre. Beyond Sydney, it carries on north, up the coast towards Newcastle and Port Macquarie. Southbound, the M1 becomes the A1 for stretches and travels down the coast to Wollongong and Nowra. The M5 is another major road leading away from the airport. It heads west towards Prestons and has connections to both the M7 and the M31.

Roads around Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport are well-maintained and signposted. There are a number of toll roads in operation around Sydney. Not all of them accept cash payment and, instead, work using electronic tags fixed in each car’s windscreen. Check with your car hire company to find out if they supply a tag and what the associated charges are.

As with the UK, you will drive on the left side of the road in Australia.

Getting to your destination

There are lots of great destinations within easy reach when you hire a car from Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport. Here are just a few of them:

Sydney

Sydney is bustling state capital of New South Wales. Its countless attractions include the Harbour Bridge (which you can pay to climb over), the Opera House, the historic Macquarie Street and the expansive Royal Botanic Gardens.

It takes around 15 minutes to drive from Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport to Sydney city centre. Drivers can either take O’Riordan Street or the M1. Traffic in the city is at its busiest between 6.30am and 9.30am and 4.30pm and 6.30pm and journey times can take double what they would usually.

Parking in the city centre tends to be very expensive. It can cost up to $25 per hour in some city centre car parks. There are reduced rates at weekends and special parking rates if you arrive early and leave between specified afternoon hours.

Lithgow

Lithgow is located at the foot of the Blue Mountains, a natural landscape with beautiful walking trails and a busy annual schedule of festivals and events. Lithgow itself also offer a range of attractions including historical walking tours, Lake Wallace where you can go fishing, and the Glow Worm Tunnel at Newnes Plateau.

Lithgow is around two hours’ drive from Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, taking the M5, the M7 and then the A32 northwest. There are a number of car parks around the town, with a couple centrally located close to the railway station.

Woy Woy

Woy Woy can be found north of Sydney. It’s surrounded by beautiful beaches with plenty of opportunity for swimming, boating and fishing. There are national parks close by and some great seafood restaurants in the town centre.

It takes an hour and 20 minutes to drive from Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport to Woy Woy. To avoid traffic in city centre, drivers can take the M5 and then the A3 before picking up the M1 heading north.

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