Passing through the airport last week I got the distinct impression that every service was set up with the intention to part travellers from large quantities of cash!
* Trying to change money it became apparent that all the bureaux de change charge a whopping $8 commission on even the smallest transaction. And some had a 25% spread between buy and sell rates.
* The shuttle bus running between the international and domestic terminals costs a ridiculous $4.50. (Compared to $2.80 on the regular Sydney Buses route 400.)
* The train into town costs $12.80 - compared to $3 for a journey of equivalent length on any other CityRail line. The dedicated cheapskate can save $5 by taking bus 400 to Rockdale, then train to Central. Or, if you're in Sydney for more than a few days, use these services with a weekly travel pass.
The authorities should be actively encouraging people to use public transport to the airport - not deterring them with artificially inflated fares.
We already pay loads of airport tax on the price of a plane ticket. Is there really any need to milk passengers even more?