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New South Wales Getting There
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Sydney is an international gateway to Australia, and international flights from New Zealand, Asia, Europe, Africa and the Americas all serve the city.

The major domestic airlines operating in New South Wales are: Rex – Regional Express, Eastern Australian, Qantas, Aeropelican Air Services, Air Link, Jetstar, Sunshine Express and Virgin Blue.

Approximate flight times
  It takes 9 hours and 20 minutes traveling from Sydney to Bangkok.
It takes 25 hours and 15 minutes traveling from Sydney toLondon.
It takes 13 hours and 30 minutes traveling from Sydney to Los Angeles .
It takes 21 hours and 30 minutes traveling from Sydney to New York .
It takes 23 hours and 5 minutes traveling from Sydney to Paris.
It takes 8 hours traveling from Sydney to Singapore.
International airports

Sydney (SYD) is Sydney’s international airport, it is 8 kilometres (5 miles) from the city centre, and the travel time is 10 minutes by rail link or 20 to 30 minutes by car. For more information.


Sydney is a chief international port, and cruise lines call from Europe, the Far East and the United States of America.

There are also many day and half day cruises from Sydney Harbour (Circular Quay), offering everything from sightseeing tours to nearby attractions such as wildlife and aboriginal communities, the Blue Mountains and the Hunter Valley wine region, to night time cabaret showboats.


There are through trains to all other State capitals in Sydney. The Great South Pacific connects Sydney to Cairns and Brisbane.

An internal system of railways runs throughout the State, connecting all the most significant towns, tourist resorts and running through to Canberra in the south. The two main rail operators are Cityrail and Countrylink. The main train interchanges are situated at Central Station and Town Hall.


Sydney is the central point of a network that connects every major city in Australia. Road distances from many places, however, are vast, and a journey on even the fastest coach to Darwin, on the northern coast, takes over 92 hours.

The State is well served with an brilliant road system, as required by the most heavily populated region of the country. Main highways are the Barrier Highway, running west to Adelaide, the Hume Highway running south to Melbourne and Canberra, the New England Highway running north to Brisbane, the Pacific Highway running along the coast to Brisbane (1 of Australia’s most popular touring routes), the Princess Highway running south along the coast to Melbourne, and the Mitchell Highway running northeast to Charleville and connecting with the routes to Mount Isa and Darwin in the north. The State is well served by regional bus lines and national coach operators.


Sydney’s broad electrified suburban rail network includes a city centre underground link, lightrail and a monorail link. The monorail runs in a loop, linking Darling Harbour and several tourist attractions.

Lightrail services run from Sydney Central through Chinatown, Darling Harbour and other sights to Star City and Wentworth Park. There are also bus and ferry services, there is an official website to find out additional information.

Weekly and other period passes are available, as well as multi journey tickets. The Sydney Explorer Bus stops at over 20 attractions on its route and visitors can join and leave it at any point.

Discount travel tickets

There are several saver passes for transportation to a range of tourist attractions. A special Sydney Pass, valid for 3, 5 or 7 days, offers unlimited travel on Sydney’s public transport including sightseeing tours, Sydney Ferries’ harbour cruises, Manly Ferry, JetCat and RiverCat services, the Sydney, Bondi and Bay Explorer buses and return travel to the airport. Prices start at A 100 for an adult 3 day pass.

Further passes include Sydney/Bondi Explorer Ticket, Sydney Bonus Ticket, See Sydney and Beyond Pass and Sydney YES ticket. For more information contact Tourism New South Wales (see Contacts section).

Meter operated taxis service all main towns and cities. Taxi ranks can be found at major hotels, transport terminals and shopping centres or they can be hailed in the street.
Useful travel links
Sydney Airport Information on Sydney airport.