There’s no doubt that driving your own car to the airport is the most convenient way to travel to the airport. Not only does it make it simple to plan your journey to the airport and transport your luggage, but it also makes returning home a breeze, saving you the hassle of sorting out transportation at the end of a long trip. But with so many different parking options available at Sydney Airport, how do you know which type to choose? We’ve broken down the various options to help you choose the right parking type for you.
On-site airport parking
If you’re considering parking at Sydney Airport, the most obvious option is parking on-site. Sydney Airport has a number of onsite car parks including:
- P1/P2 Domestic Airport Parking – 5-10 minute walk to the T2 and T3 Domestic terminals. If you book in advance online, day rates can start from around $65.
- P3 Domestic Airport Parking – 10-12 minute walk to the T2 and T3 Domestic terminals. If you book in advance online, day rates can start from around $52.
- P7 International Airport Parking – 5-10 minutes walk to the T1 International terminal. If you book in advance online, day rates can start from around $65.
The main benefit of parking on-site is that it allows you to walk from your car to your terminal in just a few minutes. However, this convenience comes at a price; the on-site car parks at Sydney Airport are notoriously expensive, with some of the highest parking rates in the country. It’s also worth noting that these facilities offer only a basic parking service with no convenient extra services or features. On-site parking can be a good option for you if money isn’t an issue, you only need a basic parking service and you’d like to be able to walk from your car to your terminal.
Airport valet parking
If you’ve got plenty of money to spend and convenience is your absolute priority (and you don’t mind handing over your car to a stranger), you won’t find a better option than valet parking. Sydney Airport offers a valet parking service whereby you simply drop your car off at a valet car park located close to the terminals and let the valet park your car. This means they will keep your keys and deliver your car back to you upon your return to Sydney Airport. This can be a good option for very busy people who don’t mind spending a significant amount of cash on parking.
Short-term or Express airport parking
If you’re heading to Sydney Airport to pick somebody up (rather than boarding a plane yourself) you’ll want to make a beeline for one of the airport’s Express Pick-Up Zones. There are two different express car parks; one for the International terminal and one for Domestic. Each allows you to park for free for 15 minutes, after which you will need to pay. Make sure you keep an eye on the time because the price jumps to $9.70 once you go over 15 minutes and then $19.40 if you stay for 30-60 minutes.
Off-site airport parking
If you’re a cost-conscious traveller, you’ve probably decided the cost of parking on-site at the airport is simply too high to justify, particularly if you’ll be parking for more than a day or two. Luckily, off-site airport parking offers an affordable alternative to the overpriced on-site offering at Sydney Airport. And the good news is, if you choose the right facility you also won’t be compromising very much at all when it comes to convenience. For example, Park on King is located just a five-minute drive from the airport, with free, on-demand shuttles available to drop you and your luggage directly at the terminal. In some cases, the shuttle transfer from Park on King will actually get you to your terminal faster than if you had parked at the on-site P3 car park and walked to the terminal, dragging your heavy bags for the entire 5-8 minute walk. Even if money isn’t an issue, off-site parking might also be a better choice for you if you require or desire certain services such as electric vehicle charging, hand car wash, a great loyalty program, or the option of a jump-start in case you come home to a dead battery. Park on King offers all these services and more, making it a great option for budget-savvy travellers or those looking for a premium parking service.
While on-site parking and valet parking can be good options for time-pressed with plenty of cash to splash, off-site parking is the obvious option for budget-conscious people who require or want a more extensive parking service. Off-site parking is also the smarter choice for frequent flyers who want to be rewarded with free or discounted parking for their repeat customers.
If you’re planning a trip to Sydney Airport, secure a spot at the best off-site parking facility by booking with Park on King today.