Sydney Airport is Australia's busiest airport and the main gateway to Australia. It is located on the northern shores of Botany Bay in the suburb of Mascot.
More than 35 airlines fly in and out of Sydney Airport with daily flights linking Sydney to key destinations around the world. The international terminal (T1) handles all international flights. Check your ticket for your itinerary and flight numbers before travelling. Recommended check-in times are no later than two hours before your departure. Customs queues may delay your exit by up to half an hour. Check what you can and cannot bring into Australia on the Australia Border Force website and the COVID testing, vaccination and quarantine requirements here.
From domestic terminal 2 (T2), the largest domestic terminal, it is possible to fly from Sydney to many regional NSW airports, as well as to other Australian States. Airlines using this terminal include Rex, Jetstar, Virgin Australia, FlyPelican and Link Airways. Domestic terminal 3 (T3) handles Qantas and Qantaslink domestic flights.
Getting to and from Sydney airport
Sydney Airport is about 9 km from the city centre and easily accessible by train, bus or car.
Trains depart approximately every 10 minutes from stations in the airport’s domestic and international terminals. It takes 8 minutes to reach Central station and 17 minutes to reach Circular Quay from the domestic station. You can use an Opal Card (available to purchase at the station) or a contactless Amex, Visa or Mastercard, to pay for travel. A station access fee applies on top of the train fare. Find out more about Sydney Airport trains and fares.
Public buses depart from bus stops outside T1 and T3 (but not T2). Route 400 operates between Bondi Junction and Eastgardens via Sydney Airport and route 420 between Eastgardens to Burwood via Sydney Airport.
Sydney Airport shuttle
Shuttle bus and limousine services are available to and from the city. You can make reservations at information desks in the arrivals halls at T1 and T2 or online prior to your arrival.
Driving from the CBD to the airport takes about 25 minutes in light traffic. Short and long stay parking is available at both terminals and is generally cheaper if pre-booked. Valet and accessible parking is also available. There are various passenger pickup zones. For details, check out Sydney Airport’s website.
Taxi and ride share
Taxis are available from organised taxi ranks directly outside the terminals. Rideshare services including Uber and Ola pickup from the priority pick-up area.
Rental cars are available at all terminals from the following companies:
Avis Car Rental: 02 8374 2847
Budget Car Rentals: 02 9207 9165
Enterprise: 1300 035 807
Europcar: 02 9207 9400
Hertz Car Rental: 02 8337 7500
SIXT: 02 9582 1762
Thrifty Car Rentals: 02 9582 1762
Sydney Airport shopping and restaurants
Sydney airport has a variety of shops, restaurants and cafes. Baggage storage and currency exchange are available at all terminals and you will find Australia Post at T1 and T3. Find out more about shopping at Sydney Airport.
Sydney Airport Duty Free
Duty Free is available at T1 International airport after security. Allowances and limits apply.
The Australian Government's travel security website TravelSECURE, is an online resource which provides information on the security measures in place at Australian airports. Its purpose is to help travellers prepare for their journey and clear the security checks at the airport quickly and easily.