Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport

Sydney, AU


Getting around the airport


Sydney Airport (also known as Kingsford Smith Airport) lies 8km south of the city centre, beside Botany bay. It's the oldest commercial international airport in the world and is the primary hub for Qantas Airways. 

It has three terminals. Terminal 1 is separate from Terminals 2 and 3, which are right beside each other.

  • Terminal 1: Handles international flights through two concourses: B and C. Split into three levels: Arrivals on the ground floor, Departures on the first floor, and airline offices on the second floor. There is an observation deck on the roof. There are many shopping and eating options here, and eight airline lounges.
  • Terminal 2: Handles domestic flights from a range of airlines. There are lounges from Virgin Australia and Regional Express Airlines.
  • Terminal 3: Handles domestic flights from Qantas flights only. You'll find a large Qantas lounge here.

Paid-for shuttles between terminals

You can walk easily between terminals 2 and 3, but to go to and from Terminal 1, you'll need to take a shuttle. Unusually, you'll have to pay for this service - unless you’re flying with Qantas or Virgin. You have two options:

  • Airport Link Train: The fastest way. The journey only takes two minutes and there are frequent services from Mon-Sun, 05:00-00:00. Cost: 5.80 AUD.
  • T-Bus: The journey by bus takes 10 minutes, and runs frequently until 06:00 and then every half-hour until 21:00. Cost: AUD 5.50. 
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Getting into Sydney

Take the Airport Link Train

Sydney is not far from the airport, and the journey is quick and comfortable by train.


The Airport Link City Circle Line takes you to the centre of the city in just 13 minutes. Trains run approximately every 10 minutes from Mon-Fri, 04:23-23:23 and Sat-Sun, 04:54-23:54.

Tip: To avoid paying the AUD 13 airport station surcharge (Gatepass), take the 20- to 30-minute walk to Wolli Creek station (from Terminal 1) or Mascot station (from Terminals 2-3) to start your journey.

Cost: AUD 17.80 from International Terminal 1, AUD 17 from domestic Terminals 2-3
Buying tickets: Buy an Opal public transport top-up card in the station, or from Newslink, Relay or WHSmith shops in the airport - this covers buses, trains and ferries during your time in Sydney
Location: International Airport Station in Terminal 1, Arrivals level and Domestic Airport Station in Terminals 2-3, both on underground levels


A taxi from Sydney Airport to the city centre will take around XX minutes.

Cost: AUD 45-55 to the city centre (plus AUD 4.10 toll when leaving the airport)
Location: Ranks outside Terminals 1 and 2

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Fresh, healthy, local, and fresh to order

SumoSalad is all about healthy choice of food. A huge selection of delicous salads and wraps made fresh to order. Or choose your own favorites for your individual salad. Seasonal soups, long rolls, toasties, pastas and curries, and cold pressed juices are also on the menue. You have special nutritional requirements? No prob at SumoSalad. 
Ingredients used are seasonal, sourced from local suppliers and Australian made products.

Terminal 2 domestic (Virgin), after security, level 1, food court
Hours: 05:00-22:00 daily

Terminal 3 domestic (Qantas), after security, level 1, food court
Hours: 06:00-21:00 Mon-Fri, 06:00-20:00 Sat-Sun

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Mach2 by Machiavelli

Eating and drinking

The family behind the popular Machiavelli restaurant in Sydney has recently opened Mach2 in Terminal 1. You’ll find Italian favourites from risotto to spaghetti and meatballs. They’ve brought their famous wall art and a full bar and wine list to the airport. Mach2 is open daily from 05:30 to 21:00.

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Mobile Charging

At the Airport Chargebar

Chargebar has installed 26 custom charging kiosks at all major entry points throughout the airport. The kiosks have a number of different cables that allow you to charge your phone for free.

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Strict Customs Controls

Beware of what you’re bringing in

Australia has very strict biosecurity controls on what can and cannot be brought into the country, including food and plants. Even muddy shoes, snacks, or flowers can be subject to quarantine. If in doubt, it’s best to declare any items that could be disallowed or face large fines.

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Terminal 1

  • Etihad Airways First and Business Class Lounge, airside, near gate 51, next to national geographic store
  • Qantas Airways International Business Lounge, airside, level 3, enter via escalators
  • The Emirates Lounge, airside, near gate 58
  • Air New Zealand International Lounge, airside, near gate 59

Terminal 2

  • Virgim Australia Lounge, airside, right of security
  • The Rex Lounge, airside, near gate 47

Terminal 3

  • Qantas Airways The Qantas Club, airside, departures level, gates 4 and 5
  • Qantas Airways Domestic Business Lounge, airside, departures level, opposite gates 4 and 5
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Expect an AUD 10.5 surcharge

Most common taxi route into town

Each terminal has sheltered taxi ranks where drivers are required to wait for passengers. The estimated fare between the airport and downtown Sydney is 45-55 AUD (34-42 USD) and can take between 20-40 minutes.

A 4 AUD (3 USD) airport toll is payable by passengers taking a taxi and the most common route into the city involves an extra 6.50 AUD (5 USD) toll.

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Luggage Storage and Lockers

International and Domestic Terminal

Small items:
- 8 AUD (6 USD) for 0 – 4 hours
- 10 AUD (8 USD) for 0 – 8 hours,
- and 12 AUD (9 USD) for 0 – 12 hours

Large items are 10 AUD, 12 AUD, and 15 AUD (11 USD), respectively.

International Terminal, arrivals level, opposite the Travel Concierge
Hours: 05:30-21:00 daily

Domestic Terminal, arrivals, near carousel 6
Hours: 05:30-21:00 daily 

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Save on Your Car Rental

Lowest Price Guaranteed

Car hire agencies are available in the arrivals hall of both terminals, provided by Europcar, Avis, Hertz, Thrifty and Budget.

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Tourist Refund Scheme

Save time with mobile app

If you are an overseas resident and have spent 300 AUD or more in a single store you are entitled for a refund on the GST. Save time waiting in line by using the TRS mobile and web app. You will need your travel information, details of the goods you’re claiming the refund for, and how you prefer to receive the refund. The app will provide you with a QR code that must be presented with the original tax invoices and the goods (do not check them in).

The TRS Office is located on the Departures Level just after Customs within the main Heinemann Tax & Duty Free store.

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Airport Hotels

Two excellent options

The Rydges Sydney Airport is located across from the International Terminal and offers a free shuttle service to the Domestic Terminal daily from 05:00 to 22:45. Rooms are available from 193 AUD (148 USD) per night, which includes free Wi-Fi, 24-hour gym access, two restaurants and bar.

For 250 AUD (193 USD) per night you can stay in the Mercure Sydney International Airport Hotel, with Wi-Fi restaurants, and a car sharing service for trips into the city. Shuttle service is available from International Terminal Bay 12 and the Domestic Terminal every 30-40 minutes from 04:30 to 23:00 daily. The shuttle costs 6 AUD (5 USD) per person, each way.

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