It’s finally happening! Soon (very soon, hopefully) a dedicated area for UberX drivers to collect passengers will be set up, as Sydney Airport confirms it has lifted the ban on ride-sharing services operating from its terminals.
The airport is looking at an area next to the T2 and T3 terminals used by Qantas, Virgin Australia, Jetstar and Tigerair and Rex, as well as an option for the T1 international terminal — where you can already use UberBlack.
Australian Business Traveller reports that arrangements to Sydney Airport accommodate “all booked service operators” at the airport are underway. This includes ride-sharing services such as Uber, limousines and pre-booked taxis.
Not only are UberX rides from the airport to Sydney CBD and suburbs around 20 to 30 per cent cheaper than the equivalent taxi fare, you also avoid angry taxi drivers upset that you are a “short fare”.
Yes, this happens to me. Nine out of ten times I fly. For context, my fare is $25 to $30.
Expect UberX prices from the airport to be a little higher than usual, though — an airport access fee will likely be charged, similar if not the same as the $4.10 one taxis pay.