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Where to find the cheapest parking near Sydney Airport

By Chris Chamberlin     Filed under: Sydney Airport

Ever get the feeling Sydney Airport Parking is the most expensive in the world? Your hunch is right. Sydney Airport Corporation took $119 million in revenue for its airport carparks in 2012 (its most recently reported year).

However, there are dozens of third-party car parks clustered around the airport offering parking at substantial discounts to the "official" airport carpark rates – and usually with a free shuttle service to and from the airport.

Australian Business Traveller found car parks that cost less than half as much as the official long-term car parks.

But first, here's some useful background on finding the best value parking for Sydney Airport.

Pre-pay your airport parking

If parking on-site at the airport is a must for your next domestic hop, do yourself a favour and book your parking on the Sydney Airport website.

Stays of 15 days can be had for $109, while longer trips of 21 and 31 days would set you back $129 and $139 respectively – pricing out at $4.50 per day on a month-long booking in the 'Blu Emu' carpark.

Independent 'third-party' car parks

When parking off-site, carparks have different price structures for different lengths of time. Just because one car park is cheapest for a two day stay doesn't mean it'll also be cheapest for a three day stay, which is why we've broken down this list into periods from same-day to to two weeks.

Many require you to book 24 hours advance (some require 48 hours) and pay in advance.

If you cancel your parking with 24 hours' notice you'll generally get your money back (sometimes less an administration fee in the order of $20), or you will lose your entire parking fee.

The only three long term carparks that offer no-booking access are the official Sydney Airport Long Term Carparks (domestic and international) and the Park & Fly carpark on the corner of General Holmes Drive and Joyce Drive, Mascot.

For comparison, we have included these two carparks in each category so you can see the price difference (or in case you don't have time to book.)

You'll have to leave your car key with most car parks (except the official Sydney Airport domestic long term car park) so they can move your car if necessary. Check before booking if you are uncomfortable with this.

If you're flying internationally and want to use one of the official Sydney Airport car parks, it's 50-66% cheaper to use the domestic long term carpark, take the free shuttle bus to the domestic terminal, and then take the $5.50 shuttle bus from the domestic terminal to the T1 international terminal.

That being said, it's cheaper again to use an off-site carpark and take their free shuttle bus to the international terminal.

Additional services and bookings

Most car parks will wash and vacuum your car for around $35. Some can even arrange mechanical repairs and pink/blue slips while you are travelling for an additional fee.

Some car parks are quite small and book out quickly – or may be closed on public holidays. So don't turn up to them in the hope you'll be able to be park – you must book in advance.

The third-party airport car parks are all clustered in a few streets around the airport, and they all have extremely similar names (Sydney Airport Parking, Airport Sydney Parking, Airport Parking, Sydney Airport Security Parking, and so on). Be careful that you go to the right one. Some right next to each other have dramatically different rates.

Park & Fly: the pick of business travellers?

Park & Fly is especially popular with business travellers.

This massive parking station just outside the airport precint, near the entry to the domestic T2 and T3 terminals, has a fleet of free shuttles running to and from the domestic and international terminals.

It also operates a 'frequent parker' rewards scheme in which you earn points every time you park, which can be exchanged for free parking or a car wash.

One unique offering is Mascot Parking Services & Valet, which prefers to call itself a 'driver and storage service' rather than a car park per se.

The company has dibs on unused residential and business car parking bays close to Mascot train station, under a contract with the owners of those spaces.

It's by far the cheapest for longer trips at $85 for seven days through to $140 for two weeks, based on outdoors parking.

You'll be driven to and from the airport in your own car, for which there's a surcharge ranging from $10 to $40 between 6am and 8am, although it's free outside those hours.

For another $30 the 'reverse valet' deal lets you drive directly to the airport's departure level, where your car is picked up and taken to the allocated car parking spot. On your return, your car is delivered to the airport so you can drive straight home.

Find the cheapest carpark

All pricing shown here is correct as at March 2014, however car park operators frequently adjust pricing so confirm in advance before booking your parking.

To find the cheapest carpark near Sydney Airport, select the number of days you'll need to park your car for:

1 day (same day in/out)
2 days (overnight)
3 days (2 nights)
4 days (3 nights)
5 days (4 nights)
6 days (5 nights)
7 days (6 nights)
8 days (7 nights)
9 days (8 nights)
10 days (9 nights)
11 days (10 nights)
12 days (11 nights)
13-14 days (12-13 nights)


Cheapest Sydney Airport Parking for 1 day (same day in/out) stay

Mascot Airport Parking - $20
Where: 13 Sarah St, Mascot
Booking: required in advance.
Transfer: Free shuttle to domestic or international airport.

Official Sydney Airport Domestic 'Blu Emu' Car Park - $28
Where: Ross Smith Avenue, Mascot
Booking: Booking not required. Come any time, 24hrs a day.
Shuttle: Free shuttle bus every 10-15 minutes, drop off/pickup at Sydney Domestic Terminal 2 & 3. No drop-off to international terminal, but a $5.50 per person shuttle bus is available at the domestic terminal.

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Cheapest Sydney Airport Parking for 2 day (overnight) stay

Mascot Airport Parking - $32
Where: 13 Sarah St, Mascot
Booking: required in advance.
Transfer: Free shuttle to domestic or international airport.

Discount Airport Parking - $45
Where: 7-9 Gertrude Street, Wolli Creek
Booking: required in advance.
Transfer: Free shuttle to domestic or international airport.

Park and Jet - $45
Where: 25 Gertrude Street, Wolli Creek
Booking: required in advance.
Transfer: Free shuttle to domestic or international airport.

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Cheapest Sydney Airport Parking for 3 day (2 night) stay

Mascot Airport Parking - $48
Where: 13 Sarah St, Mascot
Booking: required in advance.
Transfer: Free shuttle to domestic or international airport.

AirPark - $50
Where: 28 Arncliffe St, Wolli Creek
Booking: required in advance.
Transfer: Free shuttle to domestic or international airport.

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Cheapest Sydney Airport Parking for 4 day (3 night) stay

Mascot Airport Parking - $64
Where: 13 Sarah St, Mascot
Booking: required in advance.
Transfer: Free shuttle to domestic or international airport.

AirPark - $64
Where: 28 Arncliffe St, Wolli Creek
Booking: required in advance.
Transfer: Free shuttle to domestic or international airport.

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Cheapest Sydney Airport Parking for 5 day (4 night) stay

AirPark - $78
Where: 28 Arncliffe St, Wolli Creek
Booking: required in advance.
Transfer: Free shuttle to domestic or international airport.

Discount Airport Parking - $79
Where: 7-9 Gertrude Street, Wolli Creek
Booking: required in advance.
Transfer: Free shuttle to domestic or international airport.

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Cheapest Sydney Airport Parking for 6 day (5 night) stay

Mascot Parking Services - $85
Where: Pick up at The Aero Apartments - 635 Gardners Road, Mascot
Booking: Required in advance. SMS details to Lu on 0425 282 918.
Transfer: Price shown here is $55 parking fee + $30 valet fee – you are driven to the airport in your own car and on return picked up in your own car and driven back to carpark.

Discount Airport Parking - $89
Where: 7-9 Gertrude Street, Wolli Creek
Booking: required in advance.
Transfer: Free shuttle to domestic or international airport.

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Cheapest Sydney Airport Parking for 7 day (6 night) stay

Mascot Parking Services & Valet - $85
Where: Pick up at The Aero Apartments - 635 Gardners Road, Mascot
Booking: Required in advance. SMS flights details to Lu on 0425 282 918.
Transfer: Price shown here is $55 parking fee + $30 valet fee – you are driven to the airport in your own car and on return picked up in your own car and driven back to carpark.

Discount Airport Parking - $99
Where: 7-9 Gertrude Street, Wolli Creek
Booking: required in advance.
Transfer: Free shuttle to domestic or international airport.

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Cheapest Sydney Airport Parking for 8 day (7 night) stay

Mascot Parking Services - $95
Where: Pick up at The Aero Apartments - 635 Gardners Road, Mascot
Booking: Required in advance. SMS flights details to Lu on 0425 282 918. 
Transfer: Price shown here is $65 parking fee + $30 valet fee – you are driven to the airport in your own car and on return picked up in your own car and driven back to carpark.

Discount Airport Parking - $109
Where: 7-9 Gertrude Street, Wolli Creek
Booking: required in advance.
Transfer: Free shuttle to domestic or international airport.

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Cheapest Sydney Airport Parking for 9 day (8 night) stay

Mascot Parking Services - $105
Where: Pick up at The Aero Apartments - 635 Gardners Road, Mascot
Booking: Required in advance. SMS flights details to Lu on 0425 282 918.
Transfer: Price shown here is $75 parking fee + $30 valet fee – you are driven to the airport in your own car and on return picked up in your own car and driven back to carpark.

Discount Airport Parking - $119
Where: 7-9 Gertrude Street, Wolli Creek
Booking: required in advance.
Transfer: Free shuttle to domestic or international airport.

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Cheapest Sydney Airport Parking for 10 day (9 night) stay

Mascot Parking Services - $115
Where: Pick up at The Aero Apartments - 635 Gardners Road, Mascot
Booking: Required in advance. SMS flights details to Lu on 0425 282 918.
Transfer: Price shown here is $85 parking fee + $30 valet fee – you are driven to the airport in your own car and on return picked up in your own car and driven back to carpark.

Discount Airport Parking - $129
Where: 7-9 Gertrude Street, Wolli Creek
Booking: required in advance.
Transfer: Free shuttle to domestic or international airport.

In comparison...

Cheapest Sydney Airport Parking for 11 day (10 night) stay

Mascot Parking Services - $125
Where: Pick up at The Aero Apartments - 635 Gardners Road, Mascot
Booking: Required in advance. SMS flights details to Lu on 0425 282 918.
Transfer: Price shown here is $95 parking fee + $30 valet fee – you are driven to the airport in your own car and on return picked up in your own car and driven back to carpark.

Mascot Airport Parking - $132
Where: 13 Sarah St, Mascot
Booking: required in advance.
Transfer: Free shuttle to domestic or international airport.

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Cheapest Sydney Airport Parking for 12 day (11 night) stay

Mascot Parking Services - $135
Where: Pick up at The Aero Apartments - 635 Gardners Road, Mascot
Booking: Required in advance. SMS flights details to Lu on 0425 282 918.
Transfer: Price shown here is $105 parking fee + $30 valet fee – you are driven to the airport in your own car and on return picked up in your own car and driven back to carpark.

Mascot Airport Parking - $144
Where: 13 Sarah St, Mascot
Booking: required in advance.
Transfer: Free shuttle to domestic or international airport.

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Cheapest Sydney Airport Parking for 13-14 days (12-13 night) stay

Note: our winner here charges the same flat price for both 13 and 14 days, which is why we haven't broken them out into separate days.

Mascot Parking Services - $140
Where: Pick up at The Aero Apartments - 635 Gardners Road, Mascot
Booking: Required in advance. SMS flights details to Lu on 0425 282 918.
Transfer: Price shown here is $110 parking fee + $30 valet fee – you are driven to the airport in your own car and on return picked up in your own car and driven back to carpark.

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Original article written by Dan Warne, revsied and updated by Chris Chamberlin

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1 on 17/12/10 by jokiin

my last trip to the airport to pick up a guest I used an app on my iPhone that tracks the flight notifications with a push service, lets you know the status of the flight, delayed, landed, gate number etc, was able to wait outside and pull into the carpark at a suitable time to pickup our guest and leave within the 15 minute free parking limit, http://itunes.apple.com/au/app/sydney-flight-tracker/id375839117?mt=8 I got the app when it was free but even paying for the app would have been cheaper than the parking anyway

1 on 18/12/10 by danwarne

Great tip, thanks Jokiin!!

2 on 29/12/10 by paulwallbank

I'd endorse Jokiin's idea. If I'm picking someone up, I'll grab a coffee either at the Maccas near the Domestic terminal or at one of the cafes in Mascot and wait for the passenger to call me.

If you're doing a same day return out of Sydney, I find you can get free all day parking at 5.30am in the back streets of Mascot and do the ten minute walk or get the 400 bus to the terminals.  Whether your car is still there when you get back to it at 10pm that night always adds a delightful frisson of uncertainty to the day.

That 400 Sydney Buses service is also pretty useful if you are prepared to park further from the airport, I've found the waiting around for the parking shuttle buses is about the same as the public service.

1 on 20/2/14 by ryanpst

And at a resident living close to the airport 1.5k from Domestic, I can say there is heaps of you who do this! I regularly find cars parked for weeks/months in the untimed street parking and the getting a taxi back to their car.

its actually getting harder to park my car these days so it might be a loophole that's closed one day.

2 on 20/2/14 by KK

Rockdale and Banksia are another good choice.

I used to park at Innesdale Rd for international arrivals, now I park at Woolworth Wolli Creek.

1 on 27/2/14 by tf

They will be monitoring the car park soon.  Woolworths have evn issued notes on some cars parked there. Dan Murphy and Woolworths have recieved lots of complains about commuters; local bussines, residents and builders using the car park. Its only 2 hour parking for customers.. 

I would not  park there anymore after hearing this while shopping.

3 on 21/4/11 by tsilva

Airport Car Parking Direct are cheap, but I had my car damaged while it was there and I was not the only one ,going by the many bad reviews on other sites.  They wont return any calls, emails, messages.  Cost for 6 days $130 parking plus $800 repairs to my car.  Avoid them altogether.

4 on 29/2/12 by robert

DO NOT USE MASCOT AIRPORT VALET PARKING  /  MASCOT VALET

I tried to book with them online, and then on the phone. I was astounded by their rudeness and belligerence.

I fly frequently, and I have tried all of the following, and the difference between the 3 is marginal. They were all courteous, reasonably priced, and punctual.

Sydney airport parking

Discount airport parking

Airport Ezy Parking

I would rather walk from Newcastle to Sydney Airport than use MASCOT AIRPORT VALET

5 on 7/5/12 by Tone

Don't choose parkfly. Parkfly offer close parking cheap with a FREE shuttle. After a resent domestic flight we came home expecting to b picked up by the shuttle we arrived in. The driver was not there but after a ph call arrived 10mins later in our own car because he "has a really bad cold" which was evident by him coughing all over everything and "your car is heated". Now not only was I havIng a panic attack being shut in a confined space with a sick person knowing how busy my week was and I did not have time to be sick. But I did not remember giving any permissions as to the use of my car, which I had to disinfect. Not impressed at all!

6 on 20/2/14 by tjworsley

I've used Park n Fly a couple of times now and it was so convenient - even more convenient than trying to find a parking spot in the domestic car park!  

7 on 21/2/14 by Paula

Be careful using Mascot Parking Services.  I have recently moved to this building and the Strata management company have said this service is operating illegally and security and looking into it.  Better not to risk it I think. 

1 on 7/3/14 by MPSnV

As the owner of Mascot Parking Services & Valet, I absolutely refute unresearched statements like the duplicate posts from 'Paula' at the Aero.

There is a covenant on title that states that car bays cannot be sublet to non residents in the Aero. Subletting means 24/7 unrestricted access and keys issued - neither of which happens with my client's cars. (It used to be, but NOT ANYMORE)

I do not SUBLET but store my clients vehicles, and am awaiting a tribunal hearing at Fair Trading (26th March 2014 - Paula, you're welcome to attend) to have this undemocratic and I believe, illegal covenant preventing residents using their (unused) car bays anyway they like.

Who are you Miss Paula, another vindicative operating committe member standing in the way of several happy residents earning extra money from their empty bays, trying to defame my successful business (now 5 years in operation!).

By the way, I also use other car park facilities to store cars, NOTHING to do with The Aero.

Anyone posting unsubstantiated second hand opinions without  proof will be under my scrutiny also.

I will sue for deformation and besmirchment of my good character if anyone on any website or directory site posts inflammatory comments without PROOF.

This is a free country and the 4th tier of Government, known as the Operating Committee, is under major Parliamentary overhaul and thank goodness to that!

 

Let it rest before this blows up to something very unpleasant and stop harassing my business!

p.s. Local Council told me that this restrictive covenant is nothing to do with them

 

1 on 10/6/14 by Chris

Hi MPSnV,

I've just noticed your reply here.

The comments section on AusBT exists to discuss the topic at hand, not the users commenting on it.

Phrases like "Who are you Miss Paula", "I will sue for deformation [sic]" and "let it rest" aren't in line with our ethos – and could be seen as intimidatory.

You're most welcome to refute any comment made about your business in a calm and professional manner, but threatening our users with legal action isn't the way about it.

The courts are always at your disposal, but again, the comments section isn't for legal battles.

Any further comments along these lines will be removed in accordance with our commenting policy.

-Chris

8 on 21/2/14 by Paula

Be careful using Mascot Parking Services.  I have recently moved to this building and the Strata management company have said this service is operating illegally and security and looking into it.  Better not to risk it I think. 

1 on 7/3/14 by Paula

I am just a new  tenant who has been unable to access visitor parking for my friends and family and this parking service  was the reason I was told the visitor spaces were paddocked and unavailable to residents to use without accessing a prebooking system.    

I am not a member of the committee nor trying to slander the operator.  Just passing on what I was told.  There are also notices threatening to wheel lock illegally parked cars.  I was just warning travellers.  I know I would want to know if it was me. 

The double posting was not deliberate.  

1 on 7/3/14 by MPSnV

That is the wrong information that the operating committee are claiming about my vusiness. I DO NOT use common property visitors bays and it is most definitely not the reason why the visitors bays are padlocked.

They blame me for all the residents who can't be bothered moving their own cars around on tandem bays, so use the visitors bays. I have told them over and over it is nothing to do with me!

I wish they would wheel clamp the illegal parkers as they would soon find out none of the vehicles are mine.

It would be great if you would let me know who told you that story as I will personally address it and correct it.

 

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