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Airport Guide: Sydney Airport (SYD)

Sydney Airport’s first flight took off on 19 November 1919, as a recreational test-ride piloted by Nigel Love. The airport’s official opening flight took off on 9 January 1920 while regular commercial flights did not commence until 1924. As aircraft technology advanced and more and more people took to flying, the airport soon expanded its main north-south runway southwards to Botany Bay in 1968. In 1972, the runway was extended to its present length of 3,962m and a third runway was opened in 19941.

In 2017, a record 43.3 million passengers passed through Sydney Airport’s three terminals, an increase of 3.6% from the previous year2.

Timeline overview

Sydney Airport Stats:

Sydney Airport is our international gateway and an essential part of our transport network, connecting to more than 90 destinations around the world.

Sydney Airport was recently ranked as number 24 on the 2017 OAG Megahubs International Index with a Connectivity Index of 167.

Three terminals, two domestic (T2, T3) and one international (T1).

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How to get there:

Conveniently located only 8km from the CBD, Sydney Airport can be accessed by car, train or bus.

Car – 25 minutes in light traffic

Train – 13 minutes from the CBD

Bus – 45-60 minutes from the CBD

 

Airport transfers are also available for inter-terminal connections.

T-Bus: Sydney Airport’s complimentary inter-terminal shuttle bus, T-Bus, operates frequently throughout the day, 7 days a week, between 6.00am and 8.50pm. The travel time between each terminal is approximately 10 minutes.

Train: Airport Link is the fastest way to travel between terminals, taking only two minutes to transfer between the T1 International and T2/T3 Domestic terminals. The service costs $6.20 for a one-way ticket, and operates frequently between 5am and midnight, seven days a week. For information on ‘GatePass’, please refer to the AirportLink website.

Qantas: Passengers transferring between international and domestic Qantas (and their partner airlines) flights may be eligible for the Qantas Seamless Transfer Service. For more information and to confirm your eligibility, visit Qantas or phone 13 13 13.

Virgin Australia: Passengers transferring between international and domestic Virgin Australia (and their partner airlines) flights may be eligible for Virgin’s transfer service. For further information and to confirm your eligibility, please visit Virgin Australia or phone 13 67 89.

 

Major airlines:

Sydney Airport welcomes 55 airlines from around the globe. SYD’s major airline partners including: Qantas, Virgin Australia, Air New Zealand, Emirates, Singapore Airlines, Etihad Airways, Jetstar, TigerAir and REX.

Major Airlines

 

Airline lounges:

Passengers travelling in Business or First Class can relax pre-flight in their respective airline lounges, including Virgin Australia Lounge and Regional Express Lounge for domestic flights, or the Qantas Club Lounge, Air New Zealand Lounge, Emirates Lounge, Etihad Airways First and Business Class Lounge, Skyteam Lounge or Singapore Airlines’ Silver Kris Lounge for international flights. An Express Lounge is also available for American Express Card Members.

 

On-site hotels:

For passengers with overnight stopovers, or business travellers operating on tight schedules can avoid wasting time and feeling stressed by staying close by at one of SYD’s on-site hotels.

Hotels

Rydges Hotel Sydney Airport – 181 steps from the International Terminal

Mantra Hotel at Sydney Airport – 800m from T2 Domestic Terminal, 900m from T3 Domestic Terminal

ibis Hotel Sydney Airport – 1km from Domestic and International Terminals

 

Retail offering:

Shopping for some last-minute souvenirs or client gifts? Most shops at Sydney Airport are open between 6am and 10pm, providing ample time to shop between flights. Big brands including Hugo Boss, Burberry, R.M. Williams and Rolex can be found at T1 International, while domestic T2 and T3 passengers can browse Country Road, Mimco, Sportscraft, Witchery and Biijoux Collection.

 

Parking:

Whether you’re travelling internationally or domestically, for a short or long time, Sydney Airport has a variety of parking options for all types of travel.

International travel:

P7:

  • Easy access to Departures and Arrivals
  • 5 mins walk to the International Terminal T1
  • Multi-storey parking
  • Accessible parking spaces nearest to the Terminal

Guaranteed space:

  • Fastest and most convenient undercover self-park option
  • 3 mins walk to the International Terminal T1
  • Must print and display booking confirmation on dashboard
  • Only available online
  • One day minimum stay

Valet parking:

  • This Pronto Valet service is located on ground floor of the P7 multi-storey car park right next to T1 International.

 

Domestic travel:

P1 & P2:

  • Easy access to Departures and Arrivals
  • 5 mins walk to the Domestic Terminals T2 & T3

P3:

  • Ideal for longer domestic trips
  • 8 mins walk to the Domestic Terminals T2 & T3

Guaranteed space:

  • Fastest and most convenient undercover self-park option
  • 3 mins walk to the Domestic Terminals T2 & T3
  • Must print and display booking confirmation on dashboard
  • Only available online
  • One day minimum stay

Blu Emu

  • Budget options for Domestic Terminals only
  • 15 mins shuttle bus to Domestic Terminals T2 & T3

 

Booking your parking online in advance is the most cost-efficient option for travellers. For more information on Sydney Airport parking, click here.