Project 2012: Day 206
Post Updated for 2016 here:
It’s true, both for Domestic and International, parking is free for motorbikes at Sydney Airport.
At the domestic terminal most bikes use the yellow chevron painted area near the Pay Machine. Come in on the Virgin, Terminal 2 entrance, and you’ll see bikes parked right there. If you come in after about 6am, there’s usually not any space, in which case you have one of about 3 options:
- Park opposite the Pay Machine, in front of the chained access area
- Head around to the Qantas, Terminal 3 side
- Go downstairs close to the exit, where you’ll see many more bikes parked.
To enter, simply take a ticket, or ride around the boom.
To exit, ride around any of the booms
Where the Domestic parking seems “tolerated” the International bike parking seems “official.” Head up to Departures, rather than to Arrivals & Parking.
Stay in the right hand lane, and turn right at the “Valet Parking” sign over the walkway to the new covered parking garage. Instead of turning left into the valet parking, ride to the parking garage. Once inside, on the right-hand side there is an entrance to a fenced off motorbike parking area. There are always scooters and bikes there, but I’ve not yet found not enough space to park there.
Be warned though. A couple of weeks ago a bike parked so close as to block access to my right pannier. I had to take the bike off the stand, lean it over and wheel it out. Last week, someone actually broke my hand guard. They must’ve been really close and caught it with their handlebar whilst moving their bike forward off of a stand.
You can also park in other bays in the car park, although most bikers respect spaces for cars, and park in the angular chevroned areas where cars don’t fit. Or you can head outside. This is ok if you’re just there for the day, but if my bike is there for a week, I’d rather it was under cover.
The area is under video surveillance, and I lock the brake with an alarmed lock for safety sake.
This has to be the cheapest, and quickest way too and from the airport.