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Space Shuttle Parking vs. Sydney Airport Parking: Compare & Park

By Sydney Airport on January 9, 2024

Planning a trip from Sydney and seeking a convenient, easy parking option? When it comes to finding a place to park your vehicle at Sydney Airport, you’ve got plenty of choice, with a number of options available at a range of price points and distance from the airport terminals.

Are you looking to understand the differences between Space Shuttle Parking and Sydney Airport Parking? Which car park is best suited to your needs? Read on to compare the two car parks capacity, unique features, distance from the terminals and pricing structures in order to make an informed decision.

Parking Options & Location 

Space Shuttle Parking offers one off-site parking option, similar to Sydney Airport’s Blu Emu car park.

Both car parks provide a regular shuttle bus service that transports you to Sydney Airport Domestic Terminal. Where Blu Emu car park is about 10-15 minutes shuttle bus drive to Domestic Terminal 2 or 3, Space Shuttle Parking is about a 5-10 minute drive, depending on traffic. 

While Space Shuttle Parking only provides one off-site car park, Sydney Airport Parking offers a wide range of on-site parking options within walking distance of both International and Domestic terminals.

If you value convenience and proximity over cost considerations, or if your parking needs are brief, you have the option to select either P2 or P3 for domestic departures, or P7 for international departures at Sydney Airport.

Alternatively, you can take advantage of Sydney Airport Parking's valet service for a quicker experience. For quick pick-ups at Sydney Airport, you can locate available spaces in the Public Pick-up area, situated within the P9 car park, which offers complimentary parking for one entry per calendar day, up to 15 minutes.

Similarly, if you're picking up passengers at the Domestic terminal, you can utilise the free express parking available on the ground level of the P3 car park for one entry per calendar day.

Shuttle Services

Both Space Shuttle Parking and Sydney Airport’s Blu Emu car park offer complimentary shuttle bus services that take you to airport from an off-site car park.

The Space Shuttle Parking shuttle bus operates from 4:30am until 11:30pm, 7 days per week. It takes roughly 5-10 minutes to get to the airport depending on traffic. You can be dropped off at the international terminal.

For most of the day, the Blu Emu shuttle bus runs every 15 minutes to Sydney Airport, taking about 10-15 minutes to arrive depending on traffic. Even from midnight to 3:00am, the shuttle bus still runs every 20 minutes.

With shuttle buses travelling to both Domestic Terminal 2 and 3, you can enjoy a seamless transition from your car to the airport if you park at Blu Emu. If you are travelling to International Terminal 1 from Blue Emu you will need to catch a connecting transfer bus (in purple colour) from either of the Domestic terminals.

Operating Hours 

The Blu Emu car park is open 24/7, with all other Sydney Airport Parking locations for the Domestic and International Terminals open 24/7. Valet Parking options are available from 5:00am to 11:30pm. This means you can park and retrieve your vehicle at a time that suits your travel schedule. Space Shuttle Parking also has a 24-hour operating time.

Pricing and Loyalty Rewards

As part of your due diligence, it’s important to compare pricing structures when finding the best option for you.

At Sydney Airport Parking, competitive pricing is a standard feature, and you can often find additional savings through online discounts and promotion codes. To stay updated on the latest deals and offers, be sure to sign up for the latest offers. Prebooking your Sydney Airport parking online can also save you up to 70%.

Space Shuttle and Blu Emu are some of the most popular car parking options for Sydney Airport due to their competitive price points. Space Shuttle Parking also pledges to beat any comparable advertised price by an additional 5%.


To summarise, both Space Shuttle Parking and Sydney Airport Parking offer valuable services for travellers seeking to park by the airport. In saying this, Sydney Airport Parking provides many parking options conveniently located by both the domestic and international terminals, meaning there’s bound to be a solution that fits your price point and needs. 

Our competitive pricing, 24/7 operating hours, efficient shuttle service and frequent promotions make Sydney Airport Parking a great option. Experience the convenience and reliability that we’re known for and book your parking online now!