Taxi prices in AustraliaTaxis in Australia charge according to their meter.
In Sydney, specifically, you will encounter two meter rates: a day rate (rate 1) and a night rate (rate 2). When you are traveling at the date rate your starting fee will be around $3.30 and then about $1.99 will be added for each kilometer passed; the "waiting" fare is about $0.85/min, and the one for booking -$2.50. The night rate (applicable to journeys between 10PM-6AM ) adds about 20% surcharge to the distance rate. You can check the rate your taxi is using by looking for a 1 or a 2 next to the current charge The so called "waiting" rate is charged whenever the speed drops below 25km/h.
The approximate cost of a taxi ride from the airport to the city center will be around $30.00.
It is likely to be charged a fee (typically 10%) if you pay by credit card. If a maxi-cab is hired for 5 or more passengers, up to 150% of the maximum fares and charges may be charged.
Tipping is not required or generally expected. However, rounding up to the next dollar is pretty common.
Bear in mind that usually the change of the drivers happens at 3.00pm and it may be difficult to catch a taxi at this time. This as also valid for the Friday evening rush.
Sources: The information on this page comes from our own observations, the input of fellow travelers, and various online sources. We welcome any corrections and additional information.