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Sydney Domestic Airport (SYD) Guide

About the terminals (T2 and T3)

Sydney Airport is also known as Kingsford Smith Airport or Mascot Airport, for the suburb in which it’s found. Sydney Airport is Australia’s busiest, with more than 43 million passengers passing through its gates last year. Domestic flights arrive at and depart from two domestic terminals: T2 and T3 (with T1 being the International Terminal).

Terminal 2 (T2) is the largest domestic terminal in Australia. Virgin, Jetstar, Tiger and Regional Express (REX) flights arrive and depart from this terminal.

Terminal 3 (T3) is the hub for all Qantas and Qantaslink domestic flights.

What facilities are at Sydney Domestic Airport?

Both domestic terminals at Sydney Airport (T2 and T3) are well equipped to cater to the varied needs of all kinds of travellers. Below is an outline of the services and facilities you’ll find at Sydney’s domestic terminals.

Check-in

Where you check-in for a domestic flight at Sydney Airport all depends on which airline you’re flying with. Check-in facilities are located on the Departures Level of each terminal, with all Virgin, Jetstar, Tiger and Regional Express (REX) flights departing from Terminal 2, and Qantas flights departing from Terminal 3.

For a speedier departure, Qantas, Jetstar and Virgin Australia have self-service check-in kiosks. Airlines have strict guidelines regarding check-in times, so make sure you confirm specific times and procedures with your Flight Centre Travel Expert.

Baggage

No matter how often you fly, it’s always good to check the baggage allowances before you depart because sometimes things can change. At Sydney Airport Domestic Terminals T2 and T3, anyone travelling with oversize luggage such as surfboards or musical instruments can drop this baggage off at the oversized baggage services desk near the Virgin Australia and Qantas check-in counters.

Is there a currency exchange?

You’ll find Travelex currency exchange desks at both T2 and T3 of Sydney Domestic Airport. 

What are the other services and facilities?

  • ATMs
  • Free and unlimited Wi-Fi throughout T2 and T3 (via Qantas)
  • Internet kiosks
  • Information desks
  • Charging stations for electronic devices
  • Free showers
  • Water stations
  • Parenting rooms
  • Prayer room
  • Australia Post Office Shop open 6am-8pm daily
  • Airport Ambassadors
  • Lost property
  • Luggage trolleys
  • Tourist refund scheme
  • Sydney Airport medical centre
  • Pharmacy

Transport and terminal transfers

What’s the best way to get to and from Sydney Airport?

There’s a whole lot of choice when it comes to making your way to or from Sydney Airport.

Car: Sydney Airport is only 8km from the CBD, a relatively short distance compared to many other major cities and their airports. Travel time from the city by car is around 25 minutes in off-peak periods, although in the morning and afternoon ‘rush hour’ your journey is likely to take longer.

Sydney Airport parking: You can park at Sydney Domestic Terminals (T2 and T3) in the multi-storey car parks (P1 and P2), which are just a 5-minute walk to the terminals. A third option is the multi-storey P3 car park which is roughly an 8-minute walk to the terminals. There are a variety of booking options such as Express Pick-Up, Guaranteed Space and Valet Parking which can be arranged directly online. An additional option is the Blue Emu car park, which is offers open-air or shaded parking and is a 15-minute bus ride from Domestic Terminals T2 and T3. There’s a free shuttle bus from this car park to the airport approximately every 15 minutes.

Taxi: The only place that taxi drivers are allowed to pick up passengers at Sydney Airport is at one of the designated taxi ranks. Each terminal has its own sheltered taxi rank, with kerbside supervisors on hand to assist with a seamless transition from the taxi waiting area into a taxi. The supervisors can also help you with special requests such as ordering a taxi with a baby capsule or wheelchair access. Customers who require accessible taxis are advised to pre-book where possible.

Below you’ll find some one-way fare estimates provided by Sydney Airport. Note that these fares include the $4.60 airport toll payable by all passengers taking a taxi from any of Sydney Airport’s taxi ranks, as well as any bridge or road tolls included in the journey. (These estimates are for times outside of the peak periods.)

Airport to Sydney City $45-$55

North Sydney $55 – $65

Parramatta $100 – $120

Cronulla $75 – $85

Rideshare and Uber: If you prefer rideshare to taxis, you can get Uber and other rideshare pick up services at all terminals within Sydney Airport. Simply send the request after you’ve exited the terminal, and follow the green signs to the Priority Pick-up zone where you can wait for your driver.

Train:  A fast and convenient way to travel from Sydney Airport to the city and the suburbs is via Sydney’s Airport Train, AirportLink. Trains run approximately every ten minutes, with the journey taking less than 15 minutes. To use AirportLink, you’ll need to purchase an Opal Card from the station or WHSmith, which you can then use on the rail network anywhere from the Blue Mountains to Bondi. As a general guide, an AirportLink ticket from Sydney Airport to Kings Cross or any of the city stations, one-way, is around $19 for an adult and $15 for a child, with children under the age of 4 travelling free.

Door-to-door transfer: If being dropped off at the gate is more your thing, a number of bus and limousine transfer services operate out of Sydney Airport and provide transport between the airport and most Sydney suburbs and regional areas. Talk to your Flight Centre Travel Expert for more information.

Bus: Sydney Buses operate Route 400 between Bondi Junction and Burwood, which stops at both the T3 Domestic Terminal and T1 International Terminal. Bus stops are outside the terminals, on the Arrivals level and you’ll need to purchase an Opal Card from the train station or WHSmith to travel.

Rental car: You’ll find all the well-known car rental companies located at the arrivals level at T2 and T3 Domestic Terminals. To hire a car, simply ask your Flight Centre Travel Expert to arrange it for you.

How do I transfer between terminals?

You have a few options. Sydney Airport’s complimentary shuttle bus service, T-Bus, runs between the T2/T3 Domestic Terminals and the T1 International Terminal. The service operates frequently and takes about 10 minutes. T-Bus stops are located on the Arrivals level outside each terminal.

Alternatively, AirportLink enables you to hop between T1 International and T2/T3 Domestic terminals. It’s a 2-minute journey, with frequent services between 5am and midnight, 7 days a week, and costs only $6.40 per person, one way.

Additionally, if you’re transferring between a domestic or international service with either Qantas or Virgin, you may be eligible for the Seamless Transfer service from your designated airline.

 

 

Sydney Airport Guide (SYD) – Sleeping in Airports

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Sydney Airport Guide is a great place to start planning your visit.  Here, you’ll find information on services and facilities available inside the airport – including details about airport lounges, WiFi, mobile charging points, lockers, 24-hour food options, nearby hotels, and everything in between.

It’s unbelievable and embarrassing for Australia that there is a charge to transfer between the domestic and international terminals. – a traveller

SYD Airport Overview

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Sydney Airport.

What to Expect

Sydney Airport (code: SYD) is spread across three terminals. The Airport Link underground train connects the International Terminal (T1) with the Domestic Terminals 2 and 3 for about $6.70 AUD per person and the ride takes about 15 minutes. The terminals are spacious, so expect a lot of walking.

With slow security and immigration queues, arrive early for peace of mind. Once inside Security, food and shopping are decent, but none stay open 24 hours. Some travellers have pointed out that the amenities are disappointing considering this is Australia’s largest airport. Additional features are free WiFi and free showers (BYO soap and towel). For a more comfortable layover, economy class passengers can pay to enter some airport lounges. See Airport Lounges in the guide below for locations and rates.

(Photo courtesy of a guest traveller / 17Nov2017)

Sleeping in Sydney Airport

Overnight sleepers will have to head to the designated waiting area pre-Security in the International Terminal, near the train station entrance. (International airside and the entire Domestic Terminal close nightly.) Unfortunately, this waiting area isn’t comfortable, offers little seating, few power outlets, and a lone vending machine. Expect to rest on the cold hard floor, so bring something soft and extra layers to combat the chilly temperature. Explore our guide to sleeping in Sydney Airport or read some traveller airport reviews for more tips.  For uninterrupted sleep, there’s a hotel at the International Terminal and another at Terminals 2 and 3, and nearby hotels offer free airport shuttle service. See our Airport Hotels section below for locations.

Coronavirus Update

Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, all services and times listed below are subject to change. Some services and facilities may remain closed or operate with reduced hours.  Airport tips and suggestions in this guide and elsewhere on the site were written before March 2020 and may no longer be valid. If you are planning to sleep in the public area of the terminal overnight, have a back-up plan! We’ve heard from a few travellers at other airports and they were not permitted to stay overnight. We’re not sure if that will apply to this airport, until a reader lets us know the current situation. If you have some time to spare please write a review, send a tip or share photos to help future travellers.

For more airport information continue scrolling down to explore more in our Sydney Airport Guide.

In this guide we may refer to locations as “landside” and “airside”. Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.  For more information on Europe’s Schengen Area, click here.

Sydney Airport Hotels

Quick Facts
  • Nearest Hotel:  Within 5 minutes from the airport
  • Sleep Cabins or Pods: No
  • Day Rooms: Yes
  • Nearby Hotels with Shuttles: Yes

When the prospect of sleeping on the floor or in a chair isn’t really doing it for you, there is good news for those of you who are looking to sleep at Sydney Airport in comfort.    One hotel is with walking distance of Terminals 2 and 3, while there are many more nearby hotel options with free and paid airport shuttles.

At Airport Mantra Hotel Sydney Airport – Few minutes walking distance from T2 (800m) and T3 (900m) domestic terminals. No airport shuttle. Day rooms are available.  » Check Rates

At Airport Rydges Sydney Airport – (Located across from the International Terminal)  Free shuttle service to the Domestic Terminal daily from 5:00AM to 10:45PM, on either the Rydges Sydney Airport Hotel shuttle or the Sydney Airport TBus service depending on the time. Day use rooms are available from 8:00AM – 5:00PM.  » Check Rates

Near Airport Ibis Budget Sydney Airport – (5 minute walk from the Domestic Terminal) Airport shuttle runs daily, every 30 minutes, from 5:00AM – 11:00PM, AUD $7 per person, each way. Airport picks up at the shuttle bus pick up area between Domestic T2 and T3 (Bays 4), and also at the International Terminal Bays 12.   » Check Rates

Near Airport Stamford Plaza Sydney Airport – (2 minutes from the airport) Airport transfers provided via Super Shuttle service, AUD $8.50 per person, each way. Shuttle runs daily, 5:00AM to 11:00PM (airport pick-up starts at 6:50AM), and picks up at each terminal at designated pickup points (no reservation needed).  » Check Rates

Near Airport Citadines Connect Sydney Airport – (15 minute walk from the Domestic Terminal) Airport transfers provided via Super Shuttle service, AUD $8.50 per person, each way. Shuttle takes approximately 10 minutes to the International Terminal and is shorter ride to Domestic.  » Check Rates

To see more options there is a list of hotels near Sydney Airport on TripAdvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

Airport Lounges

Pay-per-use, Single Visit Passes & Lounge Memberships

Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there are lounges that you can enter by paying at the door, purchasing a lounge pass or through a lounge membership program (ie. Koru Club or Qantas Club). Visit the individual lounge page for more details about the lounge itself and to also find out how you can gain lounge access with just an economy class ticket!

Air New Zealand Lounge – Location: Terminal 1, airside, towards Gates 59-63. Lounge Access: Lounge membership programs.

Plaza Premium Lounge – Location: Terminal 1, International Departures, Airside, near Gate 24. Lounge Access: American Express cardholders.

Passes The House – Location: Terminal 1, Airside, Pier C towards Gates 51 – 63. Showers are available. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Prepaid lounge passes.

Qantas Club – Location: International Terminal 3, Airside, near Gate 10. Lounge Access: Lounge membership programs.

REX Lounge – Location: Terminal 2, Airside, Domestic Departures, near Gate G2. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door (with REX Airlines ticket) • Lounge membership programs.

SkyTeam Lounge operated by Plaza Premium – Location: Terminal 1, International Departures, Airside, near Gate 24. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door.

Virgin Australia Lounge – Location: Domestic Terminal 2, Airside, near Gate 47. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door with proof of Virgin Australia Airlines ticket • Lounge membership programs.

Airline Lounges

If you are a First or Business Class traveller you may have access to the lounges listed below. For more information, check the airline’s website.

Terminal 1, Airside: Emirates Lounge • Singapore Airlines SilverKris Business Class Lounge • The House, Home of Etihad Airways and other Leading Airlines Lounge.

Airport WiFi/Internet

Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the airport, connect to the “-FREE SYD WiFi-” network.

More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport

Communications
  • Post Office – Australia Post – You can purchase stamps and mail products such as postcards and envelopes, send/receive money transfers (Billpay, [email protected], Western Union), purchase insurance and more. Location: International Terminal (T1), Landside, opposite the pharmacy. Hours: 6:15AM – 8:00PM.
  • WiFi – see “Airport WiFi/Internet” above.
Family Services
  • Baby Care Facilities – If you are travelling with an infant, Baby change facilities are located throughout the airport. In Terminal 1, a nursing area including a sink and microwave can be found in baggage claim. In Terminal 2, Parents’ Rooms can be found both landside and airside.
  • Children’s Play Areas – When you want to ensure your kids burn off all their energy before their flight, take them to the children’s play area. Locations: Terminal 1, Airside: At Gate 10 • Gate 50, McDonald’s Play Area • Gate 53, Interactive Kids Zone.
  • Children’s Cinema – The Kid’s Cinema provides a comfortable area for kids to watch kid friendly tv shows. Location: Terminal 1 – Airside, near Gate 33.
Food & Drinks
  • Drinking Water – Thirsty? Water bottle refill stations are available free of charge. Locations: various locations and outside most washrooms.
  • Food & Drinks – You will find many options available both Landside and Airside however; at the time of this update there were no 24 hour food or beverage concessions available. You will find some restaurants open as early as 4:00AM and most close between 9:00PM and 10:00PM.
Information
  • Information Desk – If you have any questions, visit one of the airport information desks for assistance. Locations: Terminal 1 (Departures, Landside, at Check-in Counters G & H • Departures, Landside, opposite Check-in Counter D • Departures, Airside, opposite Duty Free • Arrivals, Landside, opposite Exits A & B) • Terminal 2 (Arrivals, Landside, opposite Baggage Carousel 2). Hours: 6:00AM – 6:00PM (Terminal 2 locations) • 8:00AM – 8:00PM (Terminal 2 locations). Additionally, airport ambassadors sporting bright blue jackets are stationed throughout both terminals.
  • Travel Agencies – If you are arriving in Sydney and need local arrangements or help planning a really last minute trip abroad, there is a Flight Center travel agency (T1, Airside, Level 2, near Check-in G) with offices at the airport that can probably be of assistance.
Luggage
  • Baggage Trolleys – Need a hand with your luggage? Baggage trolleys are available. Rate: AUD $4 for departing passengers. Once you pass through security, smaller trolleys are available free of charge. Arriving passengers will find free trolleys available in the baggage claim area.
  • Luggage Storage & Lockers – Location: SmarteCarte – Terminal 1, arrivals level, opposite Blooming Trails Florist (hours: 6:00AM – 9:30PM) • SmarteCarte – Terminal 2, arrivals level, near carousel 6 (hours: 5:30AM – 9:00PM). Rates per item: starting at $9.00 (small items) or $12.00 (suitcases) per 24 hours.
  • Luggage Wrapping – Available at Secure Travel. Locations: Terminal 1, Landside, near Check-in D and near Check-in H. Hours: 4:30AM – 8:30PM.
Medical Services
  • Medical Services – If you feel unwell or injure yourself, the Sydney Airport Medical Centre is located on level 3 of the International Terminal (T1). Hours: 8:00AM – 5:00PM.
  • Pharmacy – Airport Guardian (T2, Airside, near the food court. Hours: 6:00AM – 10:00PM) • Amcal Pharmacy (T2, Airside, near Gate 51. Hours: 6:00AM – 9:00PM) • T3 Pharmacy (T3, Airside, near Food Court. Hours: 6:00AM – 9:00PM).
Mobile Charging
  • Mobile Charging – Charging stations can be found throughout T1. Cables are provided for both Apple and Android phones. At the time of this update, we are not aware of charging stations in T2 and T3.
Money
  • ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs are available. Machines are operated by ANZ Bank, Travelex and Westpac. Fees may apply, so be sure to check your bank’s fee schedule and your daily withdrawal limit if you are travelling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans. Locations: Terminals 1 and 2. Travelex has 33 multi-currency ATMs throughout the airport.
  • Banking Services – ANZ Bank provides full banking services. Location: International Terminal, Level 2, near Check-in J. Hours: 5:30AM – 9:00PM.
  • Currency Exchange – Available in all 3 Terminals. Services provided by ANZ Bank, Global Exchange and Travelex. Hours vary at each location, you will find one open at 5:30AM and one which closes at 10:00PM.
Prayer
  • Prayer Room – Location: Terminal 1, airside, Level 3 (Hours: 5:00AM – 10:00PM). A second prayer room is available landside near the taxi holding area, mainly for use by taxi drivers.
Rest & Relaxation
Shopping
  • Duty Free & Shopping – Duty free is available in addition to a variety of other shops both landside and airside.
Showers, Salon & Spa
  • Massage – Mandarin Massage offers reflexology, massages and more relaxing services. Location: Terminal 1, Airside, near gate 34. Hours: 6:00AM – 10:00PM every day.
  • Showers – Free showers are available, but you need to bring your own soap and towel. Location: Terminal 1, Airside, near Gate 31, Gate 51 and Gate 24 (male only) on the departures level. Landside you will find showers at general check-in area near check-in counters A and K on the departures level.
Smoking
  • Smoking – There are designated smoking areas in the Terminal 1 Terrace Bar (landside). If you are a transit passenger, there are no designated smoking areas, so you better travel with a patch or lots of gum.
Things to do & see
  • Observation Deck – Relax and watch planes taking off and landing from the vantage point of the airport’s observation deck. Location: Terminal 1 – walk through Terrace Bar or use the passageway near check-in counter B to gain access to the stairs leading up to the deck.

Airport Hours

The airport is 3:00AM – 11:00PM (Terminal 1) • 4:00AM – 11:00PM (Terminal 2 and 3). If you have a valid ticket for a flight the next morning the airport staff may direct you to a seated area near the train station at the international terminal.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Bus

Sydney Bus route 400 offers a scheduled service between Bondi Junction and Eastgardens, stopping at designated bus stops on the Arrivals Level of Terminals 1 and 3 along the way. A paper ticket or reusable Opal card is required for boarding. For more information on this bus route and other Sydney Buses, go to the Sydney Buses website.

Car Rentals

The following car rental agencies operate onsite in the Arrivals level of both terminals: Avis • Budget • Enterprise • Europcar • Hertz • Thrifty.

Hotel Shuttles

See Airport Hotels above.

Inter-Terminal Transportation

Terminals 2 and 3 are within walking distance of each other, but transportation is necessary to transfer between Terminals 1 and 2/3. There are a few different ways to travel between the terminals: T-Bus, Airline Transfers, taxi or train. For more information, visit the Sydney Airport website.

Limousine

By law, limousines are not allowed to pick up passengers from the airport without a pre-arrangement. Passengers who have not pre-booked a limousine prior to arrival can hire a limousine at the Royale Limousines desk in Terminal 1 Arrivals.

Shuttles

Redy2Go and Mozio provide door-to-door shared ride or exclusive ride service between the airport and the Sydney metropolitan area. Services can be pre-booked on the respective websites or requested at any Sydney Airport Travel Desk located in the Arrivals areas of Terminals 1 or 2.

Taxi

Sheltered taxi ranks are located outside of each terminal, with different types of taxis readily available to accommodate passengers needing baby capsules, wheelchair-accessible vehicles or multi-passenger “maxi taxis”. “Kerbside Supervisors” available on hand to direct taxis and assist passengers in finding the right taxi for their needs. At the time of this update, the average fare from the airport to central Sydney is AUD $45 – $55 one way.

Train

Trains from SYD airport (both Terminals) connect to the City Circle line in central Sydney. Tickets and Opal cards are sold at train stations, with Opal cards offering discounted fares on Sydney trains, buses and ferries. Go to the Airport Link website for more details. For information on Sydney’s city and regional trains, go to the Transport Sydney Trains website.

Last updated: 2020-10-21

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, are subject to change at any time without notice.   The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers and their web sites. We are not representatives of any of the above mentioned service providers. To report errors or to add/update any items mentioned in the guide: update the airport guide or  write a review.

Sydney Airport travel guide

Also known as Kingsford-Smith Airport, Sydney Airport is the main airport serving the Australian metropolis of Sydney and is among the world’s busiest. Our Sydney Airport guide includes contact information, as well as details on terminal facilities, transportation routes and nearby hotels.

Airport news:

Sydney Airport’s Master Plan 2039 revolves around long-term, large-scale expansion and modernisation of the three current terminals to cope with the predicted 51% increase in passenger numbers over the planning period.

Information:

Information desks are located on the Arrivals and Departures level in Terminal 1. The desk is open from 0600 to 1800 and provides information and help with accommodation, tours and attractions in Sydney. Airport Ambassadors (identifiable by their bright blue jackets) can provide airport information; these volunteers are stationed at various points around Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 including the information desks.

Website:

http://www.sydneyairport.com.au

Driving directions:

Most routes to Sydney Airport are well signposted. From central Sydney, follow Elizabeth Street south and turn right onto Bourke Street. From here, take a slight left onto O’Riordan Street. This road leads directly to the airport. The total drive time from central Sydney to the airport is approximately 25 minutes, depending on traffic. More detailed driving instructions are available on the airport’s website.

Transfer between terminals:

There are various options when travelling between Terminals 1 and 2. The ‘T-Bus’ shuttle service operates everyday between 0600 and 2050; taxi transfers cost A$17-22; and the Airport Link train (tel: +61 2 9669 1899; www.carbridge.com.au) costs A$6; taxi transfers cost A$17-22; and the Airport Link train (www.airportlink.com.au) – which takes just two minutes – costs A$6.70 and operates between 0500-0000 everyday. Qantas and Virgin Australia offer their own transfer options for certain passengers. Terminal 3 is adjacent to Terminal 2.

Airport Info

Address:

Mascot
Sydney Airport
New South Wales
2020

Location:

Sydney Airport is located 8km (5 miles) south of central Sydney.

Time Zone:

Australian Eastern Standard Time
GMT +1000

Public Transport

Public transport road:

Bus: Sydney Buses (tel: +61 131 500) operates bus 400 from Burwood to Bondi Junction, calling at Terminals 1 and 3. The journey time to central Sydney is roughly 35 minutes. The bus stops are located on the Arrivals levels of these terminals. You will need an Opal transport card to use the Sydney Buses service.

Shuttle: Many shuttle bus companies provide a service between Sydney Airport and most city suburbs; these need to be booked in advance (see the airport website for full details). Many hotels can provide a transfer service for guests – most at an additional cost.

Taxi: Each terminal has its own taxi rank. Companies serving the airport include: Legion Cabs (tel: +61 131 451; www.legioncabs.com.au), Premier Cabs (tel: +61 131 017; www.premiercabs.com.au) and St George Cabs (tel: +61 132 166; www. stgeorgecabs.com.au). The journey time to the city centre is around 30 minutes, and the single fare starts at around A$45.

Public transport rail:

Rail: The Airport Link (tel: +61 2 8337 8417; www.airportlink.com.au) rail service connects both the domestic and international terminals to Sydney Central Station (fare: A$17.40; journey time: 15 minutes) and city suburbs. Terminal 1 has its own railway station, while Terminals 2 and 3 share a station.

Terminal facilities

Money:

Full banking services are available from ANZ Bank in Terminal 1. Currency exchange facilities are located in Terminals 1 and 2. ATMs are located in all terminals.

Food:

There are many restaurants, cafés and bars at Sydney Airport offering a wide variety of international and Australian cuisine. Places to eat and drink include sushi specialists, Chinese eateries, Italian restaurants and licensed bars.

Shopping:

There is a wide variety of shops at Sydney Airport, ranging from souvenir retailers and designer outlets to wine merchants and speciality stores. Duty-free shopping is available in Terminal 1.

Luggage:

Smarte Carte operates luggage storage services in Terminals 1 and 2 (tel: +61 2 9667 0926). Lost property offices are located in Terminals 1 and 2 to assist with queries regarding luggage misplaced at the airport. Baggage trolleys are available throughout the airport.

Other:

Other facilities available at Sydney Airport include: a medical centre, located on the third floor of Terminal 1, pharmacies in the public and departure areas of the same terminal along with an additional pharmacy in Terminal 2, showers, a prayer room and several child play areas, all of which are located in Terminal 1. Children’s toilets are installed in all female toilets and baby-changing rooms are conveniently located throughout the terminals.

Airport facilities

Conference and business:

Qantas (www.qantas.com.au) offers a number of meeting rooms in Terminal 3, while Virgin (www.virginaustralia.com) offers similar services in its lounge in Terminal 2. The Kingsford Smith Suite in Terminal 1 (tel: +61 2 9667 9111) has space for up to 200 delegates (standing), with overhead projectors, screens, flipcharts and whiteboards, while AV equipment and sound systems are available on request. Several nearby hotels also offer extensive conference and meeting facilities.

There are seven airline lounges in Terminal 1 and one in Terminal 2. There are also two VIP lounges in Terminal 1.

Communication Facilities:

Free Wi-Fi internet access is available throughout Sydney Airport’s Terminals 1 and 2 – internet kiosks are also located both pre- and post-security at these terminals. Postal and photocopying facilities can be found at Australia Post Office, located in the pre-security departures area of Terminal 1. Mobile telephone hire is available from Optus and Vodafone in the arrivals area of Terminal 1; an additional Vodafone outlet is located in Terminal 2.

Disabled facilities:

Facilities for disabled passengers include ramps, adapted drinking fountains, showers and dedicated toilets. Lowered telephones, text telephones and telephones fitted with induction loops are also available. Wheelchairs are available upon request from your airline. Disabled parking spaces are located at the front of Terminal 1 for valid badge holders. Any passengers who may require additional assistance are advised to contact their airline before travelling.

Car parking:

Sydney Airport has three car parks. The International Car Park is located opposite Terminal 1 and offers short- and long-term rates. The multistorey Domestic Terminal Car Park, which is directly linked to Terminals 2 and 3, provides short-stay options. The domestic long-term Blu Emu car park can be accessed via Ross Smith Avenue; regular courtesy shuttles connect this car park to the terminals. There is a designated pick-up area offering 10 minutes free parking at Terminal 2, while pre-bookable bays are available for those seeking to leave their vehicle temporarily to pick up or drop off passengers.

Car rental:

Car hire companies represented at Sydney Airport include Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, Redspot and Thrifty. Desks for these operators are located on the Arrivals levels of Terminals 1 and 2.

A Guide to Using Sydney Airport

Arriving in a new city after a long flight can be challenging and let’s face it almost every trip to Sydney Airport is a long flight!  I have put this Sydney Airport guide together because we thing having some information about what to expect at the airport will make your arrival so much easier.

Last updated: 15 Jan 2020

If you get lost or have questions once you arrive keep an eye out for the volunteer Airport Ambassadors, they wear bright blue jackets to help make them easy to find. Volunteers are located in both arrival terminals and international departures.  However, armed with this list of frequently asked questions about Sydney Airport, I think you will be just fine!

Sydney Expert Guide to using Sydney Airport

Sydney Airport, also known as Kingsford Smith Airport, is the oldest continually operating airport in the world. It is located close to the city in the south-eastern Sydney suburb of Mascot about 7km-9km from the central business district depending on which terminal you are at.  It’s a busy place with over 29 million passenger movements a year, so at times it is crowded, and things can take a while. A second airport is long overdue but still a way off.

How many Terminals are there?

The airport has three terminals, one international and two domestic terminals. These are located adjacent to each other but require a bus or train transfer.

Terminal 1 – International Terminal
Terminal 2 – Domestic Flights – Virgin, Jetstar, Rex Qantas (flight numbers QF1600 up)
Terminal 3 – Domestic flights Qantas (all flight numbers QF0400-1599)

The terminals are usually just referred to as T1, T2 and T3.

How do you transfer between terminals at Sydney Airport?

Some airlines, such as Qantas and Virgin, offer free transfers for some of their connecting customers. There is also a free shuttle bus; the T-Bus which runs from 6.00am until 8.30pm. The journey takes approximately 15 minutes.

If you are in a hurry, I suggest you take the train between terminals. The station is easy to find, the trip is less than 5 minutes, and it costs $6.40.  You don’t need an Opal card you can buy a single ticket.  A taxi can cost as much as $17-25 one way as traffic can be horrendous between terminals.

What time does is Sydney Airport open?

The International Terminal is open from 3 am – 11 pm.
The Domestic Terminal is open from 4 am – 11 pm.

There is a flight curfew in Sydney after these hours, and flights that are running late are fined so in some cases they divert to Melbourne or Brisbane if there are unavoidable delays.

Can you sleep overnight at Sydney Airport?

The airport is closed overnight so pretty much everything shuts down between 9-10pm.  The Domestic Terminals (T2 and T3) are locked, and you cannot sleep there at all. There is a small and uncomfortable waiting area near the International Train Station and staff may let you rest here if you have a ticket for a flight the next morning. There are no benches, and no heating is offered at night, so prepare accordingly.

If this sounds too hideous, and I would not recommend it, there is a Rydges Hotel on-site near the International Terminal and several hotels within 1 km of the domestic terminals.

How long before my flight do I need to arrive at the airport?

The suggested times are 2 hours before a domestic flight and 3 hours before an international flight. If you are travelling by car, please allow for extended delays during peak hour. The peak traffic times are 6.30-9.30am and 4.30-6.30pm.

New routes to the airport are under construction and traffic is often seriously ridiculous with it not being unheard of to take up to an hour for the 9km trip from the city. Other times you can breeze through in 20 minutes; it is hard to know so don’t cut it too fine. Saturday and Sunday mornings can be just as bad as weekdays. January 1 and 2 are also very busy.

Facilities at Sydney Airport

Is there free internet access?

Sydney Airport offers free wifi with reasonable speeds and connectivity. There are also free kiosks throughout Terminal 1. In departures, you will find them a bank of them on the south side of the terminal.  Airside (after customs) they are near gates 24, 31 and 53.  They do sometimes move these around so check the airport map if you can’t find them.

Can you buy a sim card?

You can buy sim cards for your mobile device from Optus, Telstra or Vodafone in the International Terminal arrivals hall. Stores are open until 11 pm. It is worth noting, however, that they don’t always offer the exclusive bundles available in the city.  If you are here for a longer time or need lots of data, it is worth waiting until you can get to a supermarket (Woolworths Town Hall is great) where you will find a more extensive range with much better data allowances for the same price or less.

You will be inundated with sim card options in the international arrivals hall. Most open quite late.

If you are planning on travelling outside city areas, you might want to consider a Telstra sim as these have better coverage in rural Australia. The Australia Post shop in the departures hall of T1 sells Telstra sim cards. There are also several private counters selling all brands.

Can you charge your devices?

In Terminal 1 there are lots of places to charge your phone once you pass through immigration with facilities at almost every gate. However, there are only a couple in the departures area. You will find them near the Optus shop in the middle of the hall and the northern end by the International Terminal Train station.

In Terminal 2 there is a lot of plenty of outlets by the departure gates.

Is baggage/luggage storage available at Sydney Airport?

Baggage storage is available in Terminal 1. It is operated by Smarte Carte and is opened until 9. 30 pm each day. You will find it at the southern end of the terminal near the florist.

Are there showers at Sydney Airport Terminals?

Some of the toilet blocks in Terminal 1 have shower stalls, but there is no soap or towels. You can buy basic toiletries at the Post shop at the southern end of the departures hall.  In Terminal 1 (airside) near counters A and K on the departures level. Airside you will find them near Gate 31, Gate 51. In the arrivals (landside) near check-in counter B.

Is medical assistance available at the airport?

There is a medical centre in Terminal 1 that is opened from 8 am to 5 pm. You may also get basic medical products from the pharmacies in both terminals. The nearest hospitals are St George Hospital at Kogarah and Price of Wales Hospital at Randwick.

What can you do while you are waiting for your flight?

Sadly Sydney Airport has nothing exciting to make you want to linger here much longer than you need to. There are a few dozen shops in the International Terminal and several restaurants, but no fun diversions like you find in Singapore!

If you have a long layover and no lounge access with your ticket you have few options:

Wouldn’t you rather be here than waiting at the airport

Transport from Sydney airport to the city (CBD)

Trains, buses, shuttles, and taxis operate from Sydney airport. Choosing the best transfer option will vary depending on how many people you are travelling with,  where you are heading and how much comfort you need.

Assuming you are going to the centre of the city (CBD)

  • The fastest journey will be on the airport train – particularly in peak hour, but it is expensive ($18.70 to the city)
  • The cheapest trip will be on the 400 bus and the suburban train network (but it’s certainly not for the faint-hearted)
  • The most comfortable journey will be in a taxi – but it could cost you a fortune if you travel in peak hour or need to head across the Bridge.

Sydney Airport Train – ‘AirportLink.’

The airport train will get you from the International Terminal to Central Station in 15 minutes and to Circular Quay in 20 minutes. It’s three minutes faster if you are travelling to the Domestic terminal. Trains run every 10-15 minutes with the last train leaving at 11. 45 pm.

I wrote a separate article with tips for taking the airport train, which will help work out the best strategies for a comfortable journey.

How much does the airport train cost?

As these stations are privately owned tickets are expensive. On top of the usual CityRail fare, there is a station access fee of $14.30 for adults and $12.80 for children (5-15yrs). If you plan on using public transport in Sydney, you can purchase an Opal Card at the airport, but you can also travel on a single-use ticket or even your credit card to tap on and off. You can read all about using Opal in this article

The only time I would avoid the train is the early morning peak – say 7.45-8.40 am when trains are usually really crowded, and you may find it difficult to enter with your luggage. Head to the front of the train for your best chance at some space or wait for the next train as some non-express trains are not as crowded.

Is it a good idea to take a taxi?

Taxi ranks operate outside each terminal. There are marshalls on hand to help if you need a large taxi (we call them maxi-taxi) for groups of 5 or more. They can also arrange taxis with children’s car seats or accessible taxis for wheelchair users.

If you are travelling in a group of 3 or more a taxi is often the cheapest option. The average fare to the city is $45 add another $10 if you are heading to the Rocks or midtown. Fares will be higher in the early morning and late afternoon when peak traffic hits.

On top of your fare, there is a $3.00 airport taxi levy and a $5.50 Eastern Distributor toll if you travel to the city via this road. Between 10 pm and 6 am a night surcharge is added to your fare. This trip should take about 20-30 minutes.

Can I use rideshares from Sydney Airport?

Rideshare services are legal in Sydney, and Sydney Airport has a designated pick up area just a couple of minutes walk from the arrivals gates. You can book your service using the free airport wifi, and you will usually find a car arrives within 5-10 minutes.   Uber, Ola and Taxify are all available and offer similar services and prices.

If you have never used one of these companies before, download their app and enter the matching referral code during the setup process to get a free ride or discount.  There is free wifi at the airport for you to access your apps without having a sim card

  • Ola – AG2HR2U
  • Uber – ubersydneyexpertue

I prefer Ola because I think they treat their drivers better, but there is not a lot of difference. Ola often have special airport arrival and departure deals. Rideshare is approximately 20% cheaper than taxis. To get an idea of  the cost, you can check this Uber price estimator or by downloading either app.

The budget traveller transport hack 

 

Warning  This is only for genuine frugal travellers! 

Sydney’s 400 Bus Bondi to Burwood via both airport terminals

Two public bus routes, the 400 and the 410, go via the airport. Either of these buses will get you to a train station on the city rail network. The preferred option is the eastbound bus, ask the driver to let you off at Mascot station and change to a city train. The bus will cost $3.80 from T1 or $2.40 from T2/3. The train will cost $4.00. Total travel time will be about 30 minutes from T1 or 15 minutes from T2/3.

From the international terminal, the westbound bus is slightly quicker. Get off at the 3rd stop, Rockdale and then join the train to the city.  Do not get off at the station before this (Banksia) as this station has limited service and does not have a lift. The bus will cost $3.80 from T1 or $2.40 from T2.  The train will cost $4.80. Travel time from T1 is approx. Thirty minutes or T2/3 50 minutes.

You can either get an Opal card or use your credit/debit card or even Apple pay or Google pay. Learn how the Opal system works on this comprehensive post. 

Airport Transfers.

These are great if you have to head into the northern suburbs or any of Sydney outer suburbs.  We use these for booking transfers sometimes and have had no problems with Manly Express for the Northern Beaches and Airport North Shuttle, which confusingly also goes west!  Both of these services list their pricing on their websites.

Pre-Booked transfers

Budget – Shared Shuttle
If you like the idea of arriving to a pre-arranged shuttle, then this service by Go Sydney Shuttle has a good reputation and is really affordable at less than $20 per person.  It’s a shared service, and they make 2-4 stops along the way depending on the number of passengers. They monitor your flight arrival information so will meet your flight even if there are delays.  At only $2-3 more than the train, it is a good option if your hotel is not near a train station or if you don’t fancy tackling an unfamiliar public transport system after a long flight.

Private Transfers

If you prefer a private transfer, you can book a premium transfer starting at $79 for two passengers. The uniformed driver will be waiting with your name card to take you directly to your hotel.  Larger vehicles are also available for groups. You can check the full range of options here.

But wait there’s more

  • An option I have not tried is the airport limo.
  • You can also hire a car; almost all the leading companies have desks at the arrivals halls.  Try the comparison site Drive now for your options.

Need ideas for budget hotels in Sydney?  I have also written a detailed guide to the different parts of Sydney to stay in and the pros and cons of each area. Also, don’t rule out airport hotels, some of them are great.

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How Long Do I Need To Connect At Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport?

Traveling to Australia, or from it, is a very long trip. Traveling is further complicated by transferring through Sydney’s Kingsford Smith Airport, which has three unconnected terminals that serve either domestic flights or international flights. How long does it take to transfer and connect in Sydney?

How long do you need to connect at Sydney Airport? Photo: Skatebiker via Wikimedia Commons.

The layout of the airport

Sydney’s Kingsford Smith Airport used to be an old paddock and horse racing track (hence why the area is was initially called Ascot and later renamed Mascot). History lesson aside, this means that the airport has slowly expanded over the years in a relatively ad-hoc pattern, with terminal buildings built where they would fit.

Advantages of this mean that the airport has always remained super-close to the city (Sydney’s central business district is only a 15-minute train ride from the arrival area). Still, it does mean that connecting through the various terminals is relatively awkward.

Infographic of Sydney Airport showing the terminals. Photo: Sydney Airport

Sydney has three main terminals.

  • Terminal one – International flights.
  • Terminal two – Domestic terminal for airlines such as Jetstar, REX, and Virgin Australia.
  • Terminal three – Domestic terminal exclusively for Qantas.

Terminal one is located to the south of the airport, while two and three are next to each other to the north. A runway separates them, and two motorways connect the terminals around the perimeter of the airport.

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How do you get between terminals?

There are many ways to travel between the three terminals. The most common transfer is between the international terminal (T1) to the domestic terminals (T2+T3), but we will cover the inter-terminal domestic connection first.

Transferring between the two domestic terminals (T2 and T3) is easy; a small walkway links them together. If you are arriving via the terminal airside and need to transfer, you will need to collect bags and proceed through security at the other terminal.

Connecting to the international terminal is a bit more complicated, but there are several options. There is a shuttle bus linking T1 with T2 and T3, respectively, but you will need to clear immigration and customs first before moving to the transfer. Qantas and Virgin Australia offer bus transfers, but you will need to have the right ticket with their airline (or partners) to board.

Landside, there is a free shuttle bus linking all three terminals that operates every thirty minutes (which may not be very practical) or the metro train that connects the two terminals (which is faster but costs more).

A runway splits Sydney airport. To the left is the domestic terminals, and to the bottom of the photo is the international terminal. Photo: Mathieumcguire via Wikimedia

How long does it take to connect in Sydney?

Domestic to domestic terminal will take approximately one hour. This involves disembarking from the aircraft, transferring to the other terminal, and clearing security. It is relatively painless.

International to domestic, or vise versa, will take longer. For international connections, you will need at least two hours to move between the two terminals.

For those arriving internationally and connecting to a domestic flight:

  • You will need to clear customs and immigration, which can take upwards of an hour if busy.
  • You will need to transfer on the airside bus, which can take ten minutes when it arrives.
  • If you choose to connect the ground side, you will need to take the free shuttle bus (up to 30 minutes) or the train (five minutes). Note that the train costs money, and a station access fee applies at both stations.
  • You can also take a taxi for around $10 US between the two terminals.
  • Or you can walk, but walking will be alongside a major road (to the north, the highway to the south is inaccessible for pedestrians) and will take you over an hour. But it does take you under a flight path for those keen plane watchers. This way is not really practical.

Sydney Airport has plenty of options to facilitate connecting flights, and shouldn’t be intimidating for newcomers. Be sure to leave at least two hours for international connections, and you will be able to connect between each terminal.

What do you think? Have you connected through Sydney Airport? Let us know in the comments.

Airlines at Airports in Sydney Area, NSW, Australia, AU

(Sydney, NSW, Australia)

Sydney Airport (SYD) is served by many domestic and international airlines, flying to and from Sydney, travelling to a range of worldwide destinations.

With three main terminals at SYD, airlines usually board from their designated area.

The following shows the principal airlines that operate throughout the terminal buildings of Sydney Airport and also relevant telephone numbers for the airlines. The T1 International Terminal has an information desk on Departures Level 2.

Terminal Information

Sydney Airport (SYD) Terminal Information has three large and busy terminals, each serving a number of major airlines.

Terminal 1

  • Aerolineas Argentinas
  • Air Canada
  • Air China
  • Air New Zealand
  • Air Niugini
  • Air Pacific
  • Air Vanuatu
  • AirAsia X
  • Aircalin
  • Asiana Airlines
  • British Airways
  • Cathay Pacific
  • China Airlines
  • China Eastern Airlines
  • China Southern Airlines
  • Delta Air Lines
  • Emirates
  • Etihad Airways
  • Garuda Indonesia
  • Hawaiian Airlines
  • Japan Airlines
  • Jetstar
  • Korean Air
  • LAN Airlines
  • Malaysia Airlines
  • Philippine Airlines
  • Qantas
  • Qantas (Jetconnect)
  • Scoot
  • Singapore Airlines
  • Thai Airways International
  • United Airlines
  • Vietnam Airlines
  • Virgin Atlantic Airways
  • Virgin Australia
  • Virgin Samoa (Virgin Australia)

Terminal 2

  • Aeropelican Air Services
  • Brindabella Airlines
  • Jetstar
  • Qantas (QantasLink)
  • Regional Express Airlines
  • Skytrans Airlines
  • Tiger Airways Australia
  • Virgin Australia
  • Virgin Australia (Skywest Airlines)

Terminal 3

  • Qantas
  • Qantas (QantasLink)

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Welcome back! As travel restrictions start to ease around the globe, we look forward to welcoming you back to our hotel. Things look a little different since we last saw you. We’ve introduced social distancing measures in our hotels and we’ve rolled out our global safety and hygiene program, Clean Touch to give you peace of mind when you stay.

Travelodge Hotel Sydney Airport is conveniently located 900 meters from the domestic terminal, offering everything a weary traveller could want including comfy beds, free WiFi, hearty breakfasts and a leisurely 11am check-out.

  • Sydney Domestic Airport Terminal – 2 minute drive
  • Sydney International Airport Terminal – 9 minute drive
  • Eastlakes Shopping Centre – 9 minute drive
  • Sydney CBD – 20 minute drive
  • Royal Randwick Racecourse – 16 minute drive

There’s plenty of space to stretch out and revive after your flight, both in the hotel’s 209 well appointed rooms and in inviting communal areas, and 24 hour room service along with late night bar and dining ensure you never miss a meal, regardless of what timezone you’re on.

Interconnecting rooms are available upon request, perfect for family and group stays. On-site parking also makes it an ideal choice for those travelling with their own vehicle and nearby Mascot station makes public transport a breeze.

Like other hotels near Sydney Airport, Travelodge sits just a couple of kilometres from the food and shopping hubs of Alexandria and Rosebery, which house some of the city’s favourite venues. Enjoy coffee at The Grounds of Alexandria, sample the goods at Bourke Street Bakery, peruse the weekend markets at The Cannery, and lift your sugar levels with a scoop of Messina’s famous ice-cream.

Head to nearby Mascot station to venture further afield. One of the regular city-bound trains will have you at Central Station in ten minutes and Circular Quay in 20. 

Travelodge Hotel Sydney Airport stands out from other Sydney Airport hotels for its refreshingly simple focus. By including all the things you really need and cutting down on those you don’t, this great new hotel allows you to save money without sacrificing comfort.

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How to get to Sydney airport

How to get between Sydney airport terminals

There are several ways to travel between terminals T1 and T2 / T3: there are several carriers at the Sydney airport. The T-Bus costs $ 5.5 each way per person, travel time is 10 minutes, the bus runs frequently, especially in the morning, and operates from 06:00 to 21:00.

You can get between the terminals and by taxi, the service will cost 17-22 dollars.

Airport Links Service – $ 5.40 one way per person, with travel time of just two minutes. Trains run frequently from 05.00 to 00.00.

How to get from Kingsford Smith Airport to Sydney by train

Airport Links trains run to Sydney city center: in 13 minutes and $ 16.2 they will take you to the city. There are stations in all terminals, which is very convenient. In T1 (international terminal) the station is located in the northern part, in the domestic terminal the railway station is located between T2 and T3 in the arrivals area.

How to get from Sydney airport to city

Every 20 minutes during the day, and every 30 minutes after 10.55 pm, State Transit Airport buses leave from Sydney Airport, which can be recognized by their bright green color with gold leaf. The ticket costs $ 7, the journey will take about an hour.

How much does it cost to get from Sydney airport to the city center by taxi

Depending on the time of day, the journey to Sydney city center takes 15-25 minutes and will cost $ 13-15.

You can also get to the city by renting a car if you take a car directly from Sydney airport: you need to go northeast along the M1 for about 11 km.

You can rent a car at Sydney Airport by calculating the cost of car rental. If you take care of booking in advance, you will not have to overpay on the spot for a more expensive option (profitable ones end quickly) or, conversely, lower the usual level of a car rental in Australia.

Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport Map

Sydney Airport Terminals

There are three passenger terminals at Sydney airport: international T1 (Kingsford Smith), separated from domestic T2 (Domestic Terminal) and T3 (Qantas Domestic Terminal) by an airstrip.Therefore, if you need to change trains between terminals, you should have a good amount of time.

Sydney Airport on the map (in Russian)

Sydney International Airport Services

Sydney Airport has all the services that passengers need. Several banks have ATMs in Terminals 1 and 2, currency exchange and multicurrency ATMs are also in T1 and T2.

At Sydney International Airport, car rental companies offer their services: Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, Redspot, Thrifty.

There are play areas for children: in Terminal 1 – between counters A and B, at the end of check-in counter J, as well as between gates 31 and 33, 58 and 59. Children will also enjoy the movies and TV shows near gate 33.

It is possible to leave luggage in the luggage storage at Sydney airport: the luggage is located in T1 opposite the Travel Concierge, open from 05.30 to 21.00; at T2 next to luggage belt 6, opening hours are the same.

If you need to charge your mobile phone or other gadget, this service is also available at Sydney International Airport in Terminal 1 (next to check-in desks B and F)

There is also an observation deck at Sydney Airport, which can be reached via the Terrace bar or via the stairs behind the B.

A prayer room has been organized for believers at Sydney International Airport, located in the controlled area of ​​Terminal 1 on the third floor.

You can freshen up after the flight in the free showers, only you need to take your own towel and soap with you. Showers can be found near check-in desks B and K, and near gates 24, 25, 31 and 51.

Free Wi-Fi is available throughout Sydney Airport Terminals T1 and T2.

The Sydney Airport Helpline is easily recognizable by the bright blue jackets.Information desks are located in Terminal 1 between check-in desks G and H, opposite check-in D, in the controlled area opposite SYD Airport Tax and Duty Free, and opposite gates A and B in the arrivals area. In Terminal 2, the information counter is located next to luggage belt 2.

Sydney Airport has a wide range of business lounges for both Virgin Australia, Qantas Club, New Zealand Koru Club, American Express and Priority Pass members.

The Wok on Air Lounge is open from 06:00 to 21:00 and serves fresh Asian cuisine in less than five minutes.It is located in the food court in the Departures Hall of Domestic Terminal 3.

The Bar Roma Business Lounge is also open from 06:00 to 21:00 and offers Italian cuisine and a wide range of wines and beers. The Lounge is located next to Gate 3 in Terminal 3 and serves domestic passengers only.

In Domestic Terminal 2, the Bistro 2020 Lounge is open from 06:00 to 21:00, serving Australian spirits and hot meals. It is located in the food court of the departure area.

The MoVida Spanish Business Lounge is open in Terminal 2 from 06:00 to 21:00. It is located after the security checkpoint next to Gate 32.

The REX Lounge is open on weekdays from 05:30 to 19:00, on Saturdays from 06:00 to 19:00, on Sundays from 08:00 to 19:00 and is located in the departure area next to gate No. 2. Two children under 12 years old per passenger can enter free of charge. Alcoholic drinks are available free of charge from 15:00 to 19:00.

The Peroni Bar Business Lounge in Terminal 1 is open from 06:00 to 21:00 and offers both traditional and unusual dishes.It is located next to Gate 56 at Pier C.

Another business lounge in Terminal 1 Mach 2 is also open from 06:00 to 21:00 and is located in the food court in front of the customs control area, next to the check-in counter H.

The Better Burger Lounge is open from 06:00 to 21:00 in Terminal 1 and serves a variety of burgers. It is located next to Gate 10 at Pier B.

Sydney Airport Online Scoreboard

An online scoreboard with up-to-date information on flights and the schedule of arrivals and departures of Sydney International Airport Kingsford Smith Airport can be viewed on the official website of Sydney Airport.

Nearby cities and hotels

Cities closest to Sydney airport

7 km on O’Riordan St northeast of Sydney International Airport is the city of Alexandia, 5 km west on the M1 and M5 – Arncliffe, 8 km on the M1 east – Kingsford, 3 km on the M1 and Botany Rd is the city of Mascot.

Nearest car parks: Sydney Airport

Parking is available both at the Sydney International Airport Terminal and at the domestic ones.Parking lots P1 and P2 are located next to Terminals 2 and 3 (within a five minute walk), convenient for short-term parking. For long-term parking, use car park P3, which is just 500 meters from T2 and T3. You can also leave your car for a day or more at the Blu Emu parking lot, where a free transfer is organized from Sydney Airport.

There is a multi-storey car park P7 located directly at the international terminal T1. An outdoor car park P9 is also nearby.

For cyclists, Sydney Airport has car parks at both ends of Terminal T1 and at Terminals 2 and 3.To find stands, you can contact the information service or use the map.

Hotels near Sydney Airport

Rydges Sydney is opposite Sydney Airport. It offers an Australian restaurant, fitness center, currency exchange, laundry services and a free shuttle to domestic T2 / T3 terminals. Each room has air conditioning, TV, minibar, safe, bathroom with hairdryer. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel.Double occupancy is $ 130 per night.

Stamford Plaza Sydney Airport is a 10-minute drive from Sydney Airport and 15 minutes from the city center. Guests can use the swimming pool, sauna, fitness center. Each soundproofed room has a TV, air conditioning, minibar and tea or coffee making facilities. The restaurant and bar serves pasta, pizza, steaks, a variety of beers and wines. A double room here costs $ 125 per night.

A more budget-friendly option is ibis budget – St Peters, which is also 10 minutes ‘drive from Sydney Airport and just 10 minutes’ walk from St Peters Railway Station.The hotel provides air-conditioned rooms with TVs, work desks and private bathrooms. Wi-Fi is available on site for a fee. Breakfast is served every morning at ibis budget – St Peters, and there are several restaurants within a 5-minute walk from the hotel. The price for a double room is $ 62.

Just five minutes from Sydney International Airport and 250 meters from Arncliff Railway Station, Airport Hotel Sydney offers air-conditioned rooms with TVs, free Wi-Fi and private bathrooms.Breakfast and dinner are served daily in the hotel restaurant. Guests can leave their luggage in the luggage room and use a shared computer and printer. The price of a double room per day is $ 70.

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Official information about Sydney Airport

Sydney International Airport is located in Australia (New South Wales region), 8 km south of Sydney, and is the largest in the country.Another name for Sydney airport is Kingsford Smith Airport.

IATA Code: SYD.

ICAO code: YSSY.

Sydney Airport Mailing Address: P.O. Box 63, Mascot, NSW 1460, Australia.

The Sydney Airport Information Line can be reached on +61 2 966 791 11.

Sydney Airport’s official website: www.sydneyairport.com.au.

Kingsford Smith Airport Airlines

List of airlines at Sydney airport

Sydney airport base airlines Aeropelican Air Services, Aircruising Australia, Alliance Airlines, Brindabella Airlines, Eastern Australia Airlines, Qantas, Regional Express, Virgin Australia.

Also operates flights of Aegean Airlines, Aerolineas Argentinas, AirAsia, Air Berlin, Air Canada, Air China, Air France, Air India, Air New Zealand, Alitalia, Alliance Airlines, American Airlines, Australian Air Express, British Airways, Cathay Pacific Airways , Cebu Pacific Air, China Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Delta Air Lines, EgyptAir, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Finnair, Iberia Airlines, Japan Airlines, Jetstar Airways, Korean Air, Lufthansa, Malaysia Airlines, Qatar Airways, SAS – Scandinavian Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Turkish Airlines and others

List of flights: where planes fly from Sydney airport

From Sydney, there are flights within Australia to Melbourne, Brisbane, Newcastle, Adelaide, Canberra, Ballina, Gold Coast, Armidale, and London. You can also fly to New Zealand’s Auckland, Christchurch, Wellington, Queenstown, Chinese Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Nanjing, Shenyang, Thai Bangkok, Phuket, Krabi, Koh Samui, Fiji, Singapore, Hong Kong and many other cities.

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Sydney International Airport, history, information, order services

Sydney International Airport is named after pioneer aviator Sir Charles Edward Kingsford-Smith (February 9, 1897 – November 8, 1935).In 1928, he gained worldwide fame after making the first trans-Pacific flight from the United States to Australia. Charles Kingsford-Smith also completed the first non-stop over the Australian mainland, the first flights between Australia and New Zealand, and the first eastward flight from Australia to the United States. The pilot also flew from Australia to London, setting a new record of 10.5 days.

The history of Sydney International Airport is as old as the continent of Australia itself. After all, Sydney Airport is located on the northern shore of Botany Bay, where the earliest explorers of Australia, Captain James Cook and botanist Joseph Banks, passed by what was then a “swamp”, also passed by Cook in 1770.

The first aircraft left Sydney airport (airport section) on April 18, 1911, piloted by New Zealand aviator Captain J.J. Hmond. Eight years later, in 1919, pilot enthusiast Nigel B. Love chose a site in Sydney’s Mascot District to build an aircraft manufacturing facility.So Sydney Airport, then called “Mascot Airfield”, was officially declared an airport in 1920 and was soon bought by the federal government as a national airport.

The Second World War necessitated the expansion of the airport and then new runways and a new passenger terminal began to be built.

As the demand for intercontinental flights grew, Sydney Airport was significantly expanded to continue to meet the demand for increased passenger traffic over time.

The arrival of new long-haul international airliners dictated the need to expand the main runway from north to south to Botany Bay in 1968. Four years later, in 1972, the runway was extended again to its current length of 3,962 meters. Finally, in 1994, a third runway was opened, increasing the airport’s capacity.

In connection with the 2000 Sydney Olympics Sydney Airport welcomed thousands of international visitors.This required the construction of additional buildings and a new connection with the city.

Sydney Airport was privatized in 2002 and since then $ 3.4 billion has been invested in capital projects such as terminal upgrades, car parks, including rental locations (see car rental for details) strip lighting, parking aircraft and security.

Sydney Airport is also working closely with the NSW government to improve access to Sydney airport from outlying areas of the city with an additional $ 500 million.

International Terminal T1 opens every day from 3:00 to 23:00. The customs office is open for processing passengers from 4 am daily. Sydney Airport Domestic Terminal T2 opens every day from 4:00 to 23:00

Sydney Airport has a government curfew from 10:00 pm to 6:00 am. Due to security regulations, the terminal is closed to passengers during curfew.

Sydney Airport is committed to reducing the impact of noise on the leisure of workers.She works closely with the community, the aviation industry and NSW and local governments to organize the necessary events.

Passengers departing from Sydney airport should, if possible book hotels in Sydney, and not spend the night at the airport, which is not encouraged. But the administration understands that there are times when passengers cannot get suitable accommodation due to a very early departure. Sydney Airport provides a seating area near the metro station at the International Terminal.This area can be used by those passengers who have a valid ticket for the next morning flight.

If you arrive at Sydney Airport, then we provide services to passengers for booking hotels in Sydney, meeting with a Russian-speaking representative of Ozexcurs.com and transfer to the hotel from Sydney airport or vice versa, to Sydney International Airport from hotel , as well as you can take car rental in Sydney from the starting point of the rental Sydney Airport.

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New Sydney Airport will open in 2026

Western Sydney International Airport is due to open in 2026.The shortlist of potential contractors for the new terminal includes three companies.

Western Sydney International Airport Project

Badgerys Creek, where the new airport will be located, is approximately 40 km west of Sydney. Excavators and construction equipment have been involved for some time to level this area. The new Western Sydney International Airport is due to start operating in late 2026.

Since the 1940s, there have been discussions about unloading Sydney’s main airport, Kingsford Smith International.However, plans to build a second airport in Australia’s largest city were approved only three years ago. Now, when the preparatory work is underway, the project has begun to take on real shape.

Construction starts next year

Western Sydney Airport, an already existing state-owned company, has selected three construction companies to apply for the construction of the main terminal. The decision on the choice of the contractor will be made in the middle of next year, and the start of construction is scheduled for the end of 2021.

In addition, it was decided who would design the terminal. The project was commissioned by an Australian-British consortium between London-based Zaha Hadid Architects and Sydney-based Cox Architecture. The initial concept shows what the West Sydney International Airport will be like.

From 10 to 82 million passengers annually

After opening, the new airport terminal will be able to receive about 10 million passengers per year. The aircraft will operate on a 3,700-meter long and 60-meter wide runway.

By 2050, the airport will be able to handle up to 37 million passengers a year thanks to the expansion of the terminal and an additional parallel runway. By 2063, the airport will handle up to 82 million passengers a year. The total construction cost is expected to be around US $ 3.9 billion.

Andrey Bochkarev

Sydney Airport

1.History.

(History)

The airport was founded in 1920 initially as Sydney Airport, but in 1953 it was renamed Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport in honor of one of the pioneers of Australian aviation.

The first runway was built in 1933 and gravel surface. In the 1960s, there was a need for the construction of a new building of the international terminal, the corresponding work was started in 1966 and completed on May 3, 1970, the official opening by Queen Elizabeth II.first Boeing 747 landing at Sydney airport on October 4, 1970, began “Jumbo Jet” Pan American Jumbo Jet, tail number N734PA.

In the 1970s, it was spent expanding and lengthening the North-South runway, making the group one of the longest runways in the Southern Hemisphere. The late 1960s have clear capacity limitations on two intersecting airport runways. management has repeatedly and over several decades faced with the problem of expanding the capacity of the runway, and ultimately it was decided to build a third runway was built parallel to the existing runway of the main North-South on the alluvial areas in the Botan- Bey.

After the completion of the third runway, the question of its feasibility remains open, as the volume of air traffic increased significantly in the volume of pollutant emissions and noise levels in the suburbs of Sydney. In the 1990s, the No Aircraft Noise Party was formed to promote dramatic reductions in aircraft noise and received widespread support from the Sydney suburbs near the airport. By consensus, the airport managed to get the newly elected government of John Howard to make several proposals:

  • Constant lane changes and jet takeoffs instead of concentrating these operations on the main podium.
  • Continued implementation of measures to reduce aircraft noise levels during takeoff.
  • When possible – use rates for landing in the water area in general and above the Botanical Bay especially.
  • Curfew savings Virtually no jet aircraft flying from 11:00 pm to 06:00 am local time.

In 2002 Sydney Airports Corporation Limited (Sydney Airports Society Corporation) airport management of Sydney Corporation, later renamed Sydney Airport Corporation Limited (Sydney Airport Society Corporation) management corporation Sydney airport was sold to the Australian government holding Southern Cross Airports Corporation (Southern Cross Airports Corporations) Holdings Ltd (Holdings Ltd).the controlling stake in which, in turn, belonged to the investment bank for reconstruction and development Macquarie Bank (Macquarie Bank).

The building of the international passenger terminal was expanded in 1992 and since then has been repeatedly reconstructed and redeveloped. One of these plans for the expansion of the airport is currently being implemented, is designed for twenty years from 2005 to 2025 and includes the construction of additional office high-rise buildings, the expansion of international and domestic passenger terminals and the construction of a mnogourovnego car park. all these plans of the investment bank Macquarie Bank (Macquarie Bank) are also a controversial issue, since they were carried out without the appropriate permits from the local government of Sydney.

90,000 Sydney International Airports

When going to Australia, you need to know that, most likely, you cannot avoid visiting Sydney airports. After all, Kingsford Smith – this is the name of the largest airport in the country – serves a huge number of passengers from all over the world.You can find a list of airports in Sydney on the Internet.

Actually, the major airports of Sydney are represented by Kingsford Smith – this is the main air gateway to Australia, receiving flights from all over the world. It is located 9 km south of Sydney city center and belongs to the Sydney Airport Corporation Limited. Kingsford Smith Airport, also representing Sydney International Airports, has three terminals. The first one is intended for servicing international flights, the other two – for domestic flights. Annually, 27 million people pass through its domestic terminals, and the number of foreign guests is 8 million passengers. In fact, Sydney Airport handles 45% of all Australia’s international flights.

The international terminal is located in the north-western sector of the station and is equipped with 25 bridges. He is also certified to receive Airbus A380s. There are several information desks on the territory of the terminal. Arrivals and Departures halls are located on different levels. Thus, the arrival hall, which is located on the ground floor, operates 12 baggage carousels.Terminal 2 is located in the northeastern sector of the station. It also has twelve bridges with remote airplane stands. All operations on departure and arrival of passengers are carried out here at the zero level, and at the first level, tickets are registered and baggage is given to passengers. Terminal 3 is also located in the northeast sector. It has 14 bridges. This terminal is designed to receive Airbus A330 and Boeing 747. There is also a large comfortable hall, many cafes and retail outlets.

Since the distance between the second and third terminals is short, it can be easily covered on foot. But the first terminal is at a greater distance from the other terminals. Communication between it and other terminals is possible only with the help of special transport. It is also not long to get to the city – 15-20 minutes. You can get to the city by taxi, bus or rail.

If you look at the Sydney airports on a map, you will have a more accurate idea of ​​your future trip.Railway stations are present in all terminals of the airport. Such are they, airports. In Sydney, you can take your time and try to drive in a different direction. The main thing is not to get lost.

90,000 Sydney Airport. Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport

1. History

The airport was founded in 1920 initially as Sydney Airport, but in 1953 it was renamed Sydney Kingsford-Smith International Airport in honor of one of the pioneers of Australian aviation.

The first runways were built in 1933 and were covered with gravel. In the 1960s, there was a need to build a new building for the international terminal, the corresponding work was started in 1966 and completed on May 3, 1970 with the official opening of the terminal by Queen Elizabeth II. The first Boeing 747 to land at Sydney Airport on October 4, 1970 was the Pan American Jumbo Jet, hull number N734PA.

In the 1970s, work was carried out to expand and lengthen the North-South runway, making the runway one of the longest runways in the southern hemisphere.In the late 1960s, the capacity limitations of the airport’s two intersecting runways became apparent. Management faced the challenge of expanding runway capacity on several occasions over several decades, and ultimately the decision was made to build a third runway, which was built parallel to the existing North-South main lane on reclaimed land near Botanic Bay.

After the completion of the construction of the third runway, the question of its feasibility remained open, since the increase in the volume of air traffic significantly increased the emissions of pollutants and the noise level in the suburban areas of Sydney.In the 1990s, the No Aircraft Noise Party was formed, advocating a dramatic reduction in aircraft noise and receiving widespread support from residents of Sydney’s suburban areas near the airport. By general agreement, the airport management made several proposals to the newly elected government of John Howard:

  • maintaining a “curfew” almost complete absence of jet flights from 23:00 to 06:00 local time;
  • permanently changing runways for jet approaches and takeoffs instead of concentrating these operations on the main runway;
  • when possible – use approach courses over water areas in general and over Botanical Bay in particular;
  • Continuation of measures to reduce aircraft noise levels during takeoff.

In 2002 Sydney Airports Corporation Limited Sydney Airport Corporation, later renamed Sydney Airport Corporation Limited Sydney Airport Corporation, was sold by the Australian government to Southern Cross Airports Corporation Holdings Ltd. , was owned by the investment bank for reconstruction and development Macquarie Bank.

The building of the International Passenger Terminal was enlarged in 1992 and has been reconstructed and redeveloped several times since then.One such airport expansion plan is currently underway, covering twenty years from 2005 to 2025, and includes the construction of an additional multi-storey office building, the expansion of the international and domestic passenger terminals and the construction of a multi-level parking lot. All these plans of the investment bank Macquarie Bank also cause a lot of controversy, since they are carried out without the necessary legal coordination with the local government of the Sydney suburb.

Sydney Cruise Port

Our 27 day cruise from San Francisco across the Pacific ended in Sydney. Our “Sea Princess” was set up at the White Bay pier. It’s not in the center. The landing took place in a clear and orderly manner. While they were waiting on the deck, a customs officer came up and stamped the declaration form. I asked him, if we have medicines with us, should we indicate this or not?

Of course you do! – he said and put a bold tick on our letterhead.Damn, we were hunted for almost half an hour at customs because of this tick, and almost alone from the entire liner! They took us to a small pen behind screens and let us examine all the luggage very strictly and with stern faces, as if we were some kind of criminals. Everything was accompanied by harsh interrogation – who are they, how much cash with you, what do you do in life. I tried to talk calmly and with a smile, but not even a muscle on their face flinched. They calmed down only when I said that Marik was the world champion and that we had our own gym.Everything! They immediately spread into a smile. Australia is a country that respects a healthy lifestyle, I realized that later.

In general, as far as customs in Australia is concerned, don’t try to take food, boutiques and fruits with you! You cannot bring any crafts from the islands made of natural materials, even souvenirs made from shells, magnets made of wood, masks, etc. The Australians are very fighting for the preservation of the ecology in their country and are not allowed any opportunities for the penetration of any unnecessary viruses and bacteria.As if all this cannot be done simply on your clothes? But it’s better not to run into fines – up to $ 10,000 and even 10 years in prison were terrifyingly mentioned on the declaration form.

Well, they let us go, and even apologized for the delay. We immediately took a taxi and headed to our hotel. Before the cruise, we chose an inexpensive budget option in the Woolloomooloo area – Mariners’ Court Hotel. Quite modest, but cozy, breakfast included, WI-FI for an additional 10 A $ per day. For two nights we paid 270 A $, at the exchange rate it was about $ 282.In the evening we bought sushi and other goodies at the department store. Conveniently, the room has a refrigerator, microwave oven and utensils.

We left our things, took a map of attractions at the reception and went for a walk around the beautiful city. We covered so many kilometers that day, but it was worth it! We managed to see a lot. But wear comfortable shoes if you want to get around everything on foot.

The hotel is close to both the center and the bay, which offers a beautiful view of the main attractions of Sydney – the Opera House and the Harbor Bridge.You just have to stroll through the beautiful Royal Botanic Gardens of Sydney.
This is what we wanted to see first of all. We go into the park, and some big birds flew overhead, I look and can’t believe my eyes – a cockatoo! And then we go out to the embankment – these are the symbols of Sydney! Hurray, we were here!

I was amazed and pleased just by the mass hobby for sports – everyone runs, regardless of age. The Royal Botanic Gardens are huge and absolutely free! Which, of course, is very pleasing.Here you can see an incredible variety of the rarest plant species on our planet (more than 7,500), some of which are on the verge of extinction.

Here I saw the Australian ibis for the first time. Such a huge bird is almost not afraid of people. It is impossible to get around everything on foot, for those who wish there is a train with trailers, where you can see the most secluded corners. Interesting natural landscape design, as someone said, a kind of painting on the canvas of nature. Each plant is signed, you can explore all the flora in the garden.So we walked around, admiring the views of beautiful nature, along the embankment and reached the Opera. Impressive, of course .. Still one of the most outstanding buildings of modern architecture. Dane Jorn Utzon received the highest award in the world of architecture – the Pritzker Prize for his project.

Interestingly, it was originally assumed that the construction of the theater would take about 4 years and cost the Australian government A $ 7 million, but the construction due to the interior decoration of the premises was delayed for 14 years and the estimate increased to A $ 102 million.

Then we walked around the building and saw a beautiful panorama of the center of Sydney. And here is the famous bridge, the second landmark of Sydney – Harbor Bridge.

What else was remembered in Australia – very arrogant birds! They constantly attack anyone who eats something! One has only to turn away, a flock of seagulls immediately swooped in, trying to snatch a sandwich.

We rounded Sydney Harbor and came out to a place called Circular Quay. This is where the final bus stops, a number of ferry piers, a train station and the central cruise terminal are located.The place is popular with tourists. There are many cafes, shops, it is nice to sit and admire the spring Sydney. A couple of times “natives-troubadours” met, emitting peculiar sounds, to the delight of tourists. Can be heard on the video.

We were lucky – a great guy worked in the info center at the bottom of the station, who even spoke Russian. He explained everything to us in detail, well done! In short, on the first day, we used his hint about the free regular bus N 555, which runs around Sydney and you can get to the main interesting places in a circle absolutely free.Stop not far on Alfred Street (literally around the corner of 100 meters). Bus hours are limited and depend on the day of the week, we were on Thursday – until 19:00, on Friday until about 15:30, on Saturday / Sunday. until 18:00. You can download the free bus route map here. The Sydney Transport website is here.

We changed the money on the advice of the same guy from the information bureau right there on St. Pitt in one of the banks. For $ 650, it turned out $ 595.

Our first stop was planned at Hyde Park with the beautiful Archibald fountain and the Cathedral of the Virgin Mary.In the evening there was a feast – a food festival! But by that time we were already so tired after our many hours and many kilometers of walking that we just walked by when we returned home.

Cathedral of Our Lady Assistant to Christians. I learned from the Internet that in 1930 he received the honorary status of a “minor basilica”, which means that in case of a visit to the country of the Pope, he can stay in this particular cathedral.

We didn’t climb the Sydney TV Tower, they took pity on time, which was not so much in stock.But several times passed by back and forth. After that, we took bus 555 (by the way, it runs every 10 minutes) to get to CHINATOWN. There we walked around the shops, went to a Chinese restaurant for a bite to eat and then walked along the streets towards our next destination – to the Darling Harbor amusement park. A very interesting place to visit, popular with both residents and visitors to Sydney. Lots of entertainment for every taste and for every age. Hotels, restaurants, cinemas, aquarium, Chinese garden, zoo, etc.e. Map of the park. We walked with great pleasure. Well, after this park we decided to head towards the hotel. On the way, we went to a department store and bought goodies for dinner.

The next day, after breakfast, we headed towards our free bus 555 to get to the train station, from where we planned to start for the Blue Mountains National Park.

Not far from our hotel was the Domaine Park, which houses another attraction of Sydney – the Art Gallery of New South Wales, which, like in New Zealand, can be visited absolutely free of charge.Well, why isn’t there enough time for everything? We went in for just a few minutes. Marik dragged me to the train as soon as possible, otherwise we would have been stuck in the museum for a long time. There are so many great works presented there! There are paintings by Rubens, Canaletto, Picasso, Rodin, Monet, Cezanne and other famous masters from the 16th century to the present day.

We got to the railway station quickly, went to the station, asked where you can buy a Pass for the train along with the bus. At the box office there is a train ticket for A $ 11.40 and an Explorer Bus on the Blue Mountains with unlimited stops and unlimited trips for A $ 38.In the city, by the way, we were offered the same tour for $ 145. Here is the website of the Explorer Bus, which offers excursions there.

The Blue Mountains are located 80 km west of Sydney. You need to go to Katoomba station for 2 hours. Upon arrival in Katoomba, you need to find the Explorer Bus office at the station, show them the Pass you bought at the station and they will exchange them for entrance tickets to the bus, and they will also give you a card with a timetable. Katoomba is a nice cozy town.

And here our bus came up.Very lucky with the guide! I immediately cheered everyone up. He asked who was from where, he was answered, who is from Germany, who is from Brazil, who is from China, well, we are from Latvia. When everyone was seated, he suddenly began to greet everyone in the native language of those countries who had come from where. I almost collapsed when he said in Latvian: Labdien, Janis!
The guide told us everything perfectly. In detail, with feeling and with great love for the places that he showed. Here is a man’s gift from God! These are rare, but there are, for example, in Australia.Then he still took pictures with us, because he said that we were the first tourists from distant Latvia in his practice.

Blue Mountains
Each stop has a number. The guide let us out on some, said that we could see there and in which direction we had to go on foot into the forest or to the observation decks. Then at the next stop we got on the next bus and drove to the next interesting destination. So we had two buses that changed each other, as they went all the time along the circle of the route.The map of interesting places can be downloaded here.

The most interesting stops for acquaintance with beautiful views and panoramas on the advice of our guide – from 10 to 11 on foot, 14, 17 and 18. The rest can be seen if you arrive early in the morning, because the park is huge! We had a time limit, because the last bus from stop number 18 to the station went at 4:40 pm and if we were late for it, we would have to look for fellow travelers in order to somehow leave the park.

Our first walking route from stop 10 to 11 went past a waterfall and a river, among ancient ferns, eucalyptus and other wild plants.

You can get off at another stop number 9 and for an additional 25 A $ ride the cable car to the next stop. We didn’t know about it and didn’t buy a ticket, so we walked all the time. Around some primitive, wild, as if completely untouched nature! I would not be surprised if a lost dinosaur came out to meet here.

There are many different paths around that lead to different places. The main thing is not to go astray, because you may not be able to catch the next bus and then time will be lost.The height is decent – if you look down from the abyss, you may feel dizzy. Our bus is already waiting for us, there is a new stop and new views ahead.

The next observation point is the most basic one – here a panorama of the “Three Sisters” opens. It was this place on the Blue Mountains that Queen Elizabeth of Great Britain visited during her visit in 1954.

And finally our last stop, this time, number 18, where there was a walking path to another mini-waterfall.

CV is an interesting place to visit.In general, I really love mountains and nature. In the afternoon, in the sun – a joyful place, a pleasant park for the whole family to walk, but it seemed to me that it gets a little mystical when it gets closer to evening.

After that, at stop N 18, the last bus picked us up at 16:40 and took us to the station. But you can get off not at the Katoomba station, but at the previous Leura station, it turns out closer to Sydney (see the map of the park, everything is clear there). Our train was at 17:26, but the schedule may change, so we need to clarify.In 2 hours we were already in Sydney. By that time, the free bus 555 no longer ran and we went from the station by metro to the “Kings cross” station 2 stops ($ 3.40 per person). At the same time, they walked through this supposedly hot area, but did not notice anything out of the ordinary. Bars, bars … maybe we were just too early there, around 20 pm. By the way, double-decker cars also run in the Sydney subway!

We simply didn’t have the strength to go on an evening trip around Sydney at night. We got home and couldn’t go anywhere.Spaaat, tomorrow a trip to one of the best zoos in the world!

On our last day in Sydney, we visited Taronga Zoo. In the morning after breakfast we handed over the room, agreed with the reception that the luggage would wait for us until 16:30, ordered a transfer to the airport for $ 14A per person and went to the zoo.

We took a proven route to our free bus 555, which just took us to the desired stop at Circular Quay, from where the ferry departs in the direction of the zoo. On the embankment near the ferry, they immediately bought Pass zoo , which includes not only tickets for the round-trip ferry to the zoo, but also the entrance tickets themselves, plus tickets for the Sky Walk cable car, so as not to climb the mountain to the entrance to the zoo on foot. and drive over it.This Pass zoo cost $ 51.5A per person. The ferry departs from Wharf 2; it takes only 12 minutes to get to the zoo by ferry. The weather is beautiful – the sun is hot, even hot.

We didn’t have time to look back, as we were already landing. We were met by zoo workers, who checked tickets and who did not have a Pass zoo with a pass to the Sky Walk cable car, were sent to the side of the bus. And we went up this road. There was no queue, everything was fast and clear. The views from the cable car are beautiful too.And below the zoo was visible. We looked at where who lives there, drove over the elephants.

All sorts of ancient dinosaurs are scattered throughout the zoo. I don’t know if they are always there or not. there was an advertisement that there was an exhibition of ancient reptiles. The zoo itself is of course huge, divided into different thematic sections. My most cherished dream was to see a live koala, so the first thing we do is run to them as soon as possible! They sit on twigs literally at arm’s length, so plush and terribly adorable! I would like to squeeze everyone, but not get it.And it is forbidden by law to touch these bears with your hands. You can only watch.

They have an option – a photo with a koala for an additional $ 20 in a separate pen. You can only stand next to it, but you cannot touch it. Now, if you could pick it up, then yes, but otherwise it is not interesting.

Have seen enough of different types of kangaroos! You can go to their aviary and walk with them to communicate, if they come up, of course. Lovely animals, a bit like rabbits.

Another funny little animal amused me – the echidna.Such a hilarious, such a businesslike rustle rustled, sniffed with her trunk, and went on with her important business.

Little monkeys live here in the trees directly overhead. And the big ones are sitting behind the glass. The zoo hosts several shows, we only went to see the fur seal show. To list all the animals we see for a long time, in reality there are a lot of them!

The zoo offers a wonderful view of Sydney Harbor with numerous sailboats.

I liked the zoo.I saw my favorite animals, saw koalas, talked to kangaroos. Of course, it is impossible to get around everything in 3-4 hours, you have to go from early morning until closing time, if you want to see everything. But this was enough for us, the impressions were very positive.

But it’s time for us to take the ferry and go to the hotel for our things. We also go down the cable car down to the ferry. Satisfied, we throw a farewell glance at our beloved city of Sydney …

After 12 minutes, already on the embankment, we boarded our familiar bus and arrived at our stop.Walking through the park near the Art Museum. We pick up things at the reception. We had to wait a bit before the minibus arrived to the airport. This time we were kindly offered to spend in the guest room with TV and billiards. We had a snack on the lane, had time to take a shower (there is a common one for guests on the floor) and change clothes for the flight.

We flew perfectly, without delays. There was a transplant in Abu Dhabi, legs stretched. Then a few hours later to Moscow and then to Riga. It’s good that there were transplants, I probably would not have been able to sit from Sydney to London without transplants for 25 hours. And that’s very normal, I’m not even tired.

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