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Sydney International Airport
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Located on the northern shoreline of Botany Bay, Sydney Airport is Australia’s premier gateway, handling 24.3 million passengers per year, arriving on flights from 53 international, domestic and regional airlines.

Qantas (telephone: (02) 9691 3636 or 131 313, Australia only) is the national airline.

Other major airlines include: Korean Air, Lauda Air, Singapore Airlines, China Airlines, Air New Zealand, Alitalia, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Air Canada, Malaysia Airlines, Emirates, Garuda, Japan Airlines, South African Airways, Thai Airways, United Airlines and Virgin Blue.

Approximate flight times to Sydney:

    It takes 20 hours and 10 minutes traveling from London.
  It takes 20 hours and 25 minutes traveling from New York.
  It takes 14 hours and 40 minutes traveling from Los Angeles.
  It takes 19 hours and 30 minutes traveling from Toronto.
 Address Sydney Airports Corporation Limited, PO Box 63, Mascot, NSW 1460, Australia .
 Location The airport is located 9 kilometres (6 miles) south of Sydney.
 Country code
Time Zone Greenwich Mean Time + 10 (GMT + 11 from the last Sunday in October to the last Sunday in March)
 Telephone (0) 2 9667 9111
 Fax (0 2 9667 9111
 Email webmaster@syd.com.au or via the airport’s website
 Website www.sydneyairport.com.au
Number of terminals


Driving directions

Most routes to Sydney airport are signposted, these signs indicate the most direct route to the airport. Please visit the airport’s website for detailed driving directions from specific areas in Sydney.

Transfer between terminals

An underground Airport Link connects the Domestic and International terminals. Kingsford Smith Transport buses operate recurrent services between the terminals. Travellers changing between domestic and international flights (either way) may be eligible for the Qantas Seamless Transfer (telephone: 13133) service.

Car parking

The airport has 3 car parks, The T1 International Terminal Car Park is situated on the Arrivals level of the T1 International Terminal. Domestic Multi Storey and Long Term car parks are also accessible. The Long Term Car Park can be accessed via Ross Smith Avenue from General Holmes Drive or Sir Reginald Ansett Drive, follow the signs to the car park located near the heliport, there are regular courtesy shuttles to the terminals. Valet parking is also available (telephone: (0)2 9667 6010).

Car rental

Europcar, Budget, Avis, Hertz, Red Spot and Thrifty are all represented. Offices are situated in the Domestic Multi Storey Car Park, between T2 Domestic Terminal and T3 Qantas Terminal.

Public Transport

An Airport Link rail service connects T1 International Terminal, T2 Domestic Terminal, T3 Qantas Terminal, central Sydney and the Sydney suburbs (telephone: (02) 8337 8417 or 131 500).

Airport Link stations are situated at all terminals. Trains run to the Sydney Town Hall (the journey time is 13 minutes). Tickets can be purchased online.


Each terminal has its own sheltered taxi rank, a taxi rank is located outside the mid point of the Arrivals hall in T1 International Terminal (the journey time to the city centre is 30 minutes).

Pre booked limousines are accessible with pick up and drop off directly outside each terminal.

The Kingsford Smith Transport Sydney Airporter hotel bus service (telephone: (0)2 9666 9988) operates services to all B & B's, hotels, and hostels in the Kings Cross, city centre and Darling areas.

Many shuttle bus companies provide a service between the airport and most regional areas and Sydney suburbs, these need to be booked in advance. The Tourism NSW Information Desk in T1 can provide information (see below). Many hotels will provide a transfer service for their guests.

Arrival and departure tax

Departure, security and baggage screening taxes amounting to A $120.33 are included in the price of your ticket.

Information and help desks

The Tourism NSW Information Desk is situated in the centre of the T1 International Terminal Arrivals level 1 and is open from 6.00 am to 11.00 pm, providing information and help with accommodation, tours and dining in Sydney.

Gold Ambassadors, who can provide information and answer queries on the airport, are stationed throughout the airport, opposite exit A and B in Arrivals and mainly near counters D and H on the Departures level.

Airport facilities

Money and communications

Bureaux de change are situated on the Arrivals level 1 of the T1 International Terminal. ATM's are located in all terminals and postal and photocopying facilities can be found at Australia Post Shop, which is situated in the centre of Departures level 2. Internet access terminals are located all over the terminal.

Eating and drinking

There are many cafés, restaurants and bars at the airport offering a wide variety of international and Australian cuisine.


There are over 150 retail and service outlets, including an Australian produce shop, beauty and hair salons, duty free, a wine store, international and Australian fashion stores, and a host of specialty stores.


Tempo Services (telephone: (02) 9667 0926) offers a left luggage service on Arrivals level 1 of T1 International Terminal, there is also a baggage storage facility on the Arrivals level of T2 Domestic Terminal.

Trolleys are available throughout the airport and there is a lost property office on level 3 of the T1 International Terminal (telephone: (0)2 9667 9583).

Other facilities

There is a medical centre in T1 International Terminal on the administration level 3, and also a pharmacy in the Departures area.

Free showers are accessible in both the Departures and Arrivals area of the T1 International Terminal. A prayer room is situated on level 3 of the T1 International Terminal.

There are child activity centres in T1 International Terminal and Kid’s Cinemas are situated after immigration, near Gate 33. Child sized toilets are installed in all female toilets, and baby changing rooms are situated at convenient locations throughout the terminals.

Conference and business facilities

Sydney Airport Executive Services (telephone: (02) 9667 6534) hires out a number of business and conference venues in both T1 International Terminal and T2 Domestic Terminal.

There are 2 meeting / function rooms (the Kingsford Smith Suite holds up to 400 delegates) and 2 V.I.P suites in T1, while T2 has meeting rooms, conference space and a function area catering for up to 1,000 people.

A catering service is also available and screens, overhead projectors, flipcharts and whiteboards come as standard, while AV equipment and sound systems are available on request.

There are 7 airline lounges in T1 and one in T2. Mobile phone hire is available from Vodafone Rental stores in T1 Arrivals.

Disabled facilities

Facilities for disabled passengers include toilets, showers, ramps and lowered telephones, telephones fitted with induction loops, text telephones, and drinking fountains.

Passengers with special needs should inform their airline at least 72 hours before departure. Wheelchairs are available from the Tourism New South Wales desk and disabled parking spaces are situated at the front of the T1 International Terminal, for valid badge holders.

Airport hotels

Nearby hotels include:

Airport Sydney International Inn

Address: 35 Levey Street, Arncliffe
Telephone: (02) 9556 1555)
This has meeting facilities.

Holiday Inn Sydney Airport

Address: Corner of Bourke Road and O’Riordan Street
Telephone: (02) 9330 0600)
This has meeting and banquet facilities

Ibis Hotel Sydney Airport

Address: 205-213 O’Riordan Street
Telephone: (02) 8339 8500)

Stamford Sydney Airport Hotel

Address: Corner of O’Riordan Street and Robey Street
Telephone: (02) 9317 2200)
This has a business centre, secretarial services and conference facilities.

The Tourism New South Wales Travel Centre can help arrange accommodation in Sydney.
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