Lifehacker’s Complete 2012 Australian Airport Public Transport Guide

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    Using public transport to get to and from the airport saves money, cuts down on traffic and stops you cursing at the price of airport parking. We’ve rounded up the options for every Australian capital city to help you start your trip on the right note.

    For the 2012 version of this guide, we’ve stuck with the same format we used in previous years, but have updated the information to reflect changes in price and service availability. Pricing is a key focus: ultimately, most people who choose to use airport public transport will do so because it’s the cheapest available option. That said, it can also be the fastest (taking the train to Sydney or Brisbane airport is often much quicker during rush hour, for instance).

    Whether it’s actually the cheapest will depend largely on how many people are travelling. As a solo traveller, public transport will invariably beat a taxi, and even private airport bus services will normally work out less as well. Once you have two people involved, a taxi may well be cheaper, and if you have three or more, a taxi will nearly always work out to be the best bet. Most airport public transport options concentrate on getting to the CBD; if you need to travel elsewhere, public transport can become quite time-consuming.

    In the list below, we’ve included options for each of Australia’s capital city airports, covering regularly scheduled government-funded services which offer transport from airports to the centre of each city. We haven’t included door-to-door or shuttle services unless there’s no alternative offered. Costs are for a single airport-CBD trip, with return options noted when they’re available. Some services offer student or senior concessions; Perth, Melbourne and Brisbane also offer discounts for smartcard users, which is useful for residents of those cities but unlikely to be a consideration for casual visitors.

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