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