How to get to & get around Sydney

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How to get to and from Sydney by airline


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Sydney's major airport

Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport is Sydney's major airport for international and domestic air travel and is located only 10 kilometres from the city centre. (Refer to location map below). The airport has three terminals.

  • Terminal 1 is for international flights

  • Terminal 2 is the common-user domestic terminal for airlines including, Qantaslink, Jetstar, Virgin Australia, Tiger Airways, Regional Express and Aeropelican.

  • Terminal 3 is specifically for Qantas domestic flights.

To get to and from the airport there are several options

  • Train - Airport Link has very regular train services to the city and other parts of Sydney. Trains run approximately every 10 minutes and the journey into the city takes only 13 minutes. (Refer to the journey planner for timetable information).

  • Bus - Sydney Buses has a regular service between Bondi Junction and Burwood with stops at both T1 International and T3 Domestic Terminals. (Refer to the journey planner for timetable information).

  • Metropolitan and regional suburb bus transfers to the airport - There are many shuttle bus companies that provide shuttle bus services between the airport and most Sydney hotels, suburbs and regional areas. These buses generally need to be pre-booked. Check the Yellow Pages under "Bus and Coach Services" for the service to and from your area, or enquire at the information desks within the airport.

  • Taxi - There are plenty of taxis available at the airport. It will cost you roughly about $30 to $35 for a taxi ride to the city centre (depending on traffic).

How to transfer between International Terminal 1 to Domestic Terminals 2 & 3

  • T - Bus - This is a shuttle bus service between T1 International and T2 Domestic Terminals, which costs $5.50 (one way, per person). It is only a short walk between T2 and T3 Terminals.

  • Airport Link (train service) - Airport Link offers a $5.00 (one way, per person) transfer ticket for passengers transferring between T1 International and T2/T3 Domestic Terminals.

Which airlines operate to and from Sydney

 

International Airlines

There are many international airlines that fly to Sydney from various countries around the world. Refer to our Getting to Australia section for more information.

Domestic Airlines

  • Qantas (Phone 13 13 13) operate to Sydney from all major cities and many other places throughout Australia.

  • Virgin Australia (Phone 13 67 89) operate to Sydney from all major cities and many other places throughout Australia.

  • Jetstar (Phone 13 15 38) operate to Sydney from most major cities and many other places throughout Australia.

  • Tiger Airways (Phone 03 9999 2888) has flights to Sydney from Melbourne.

Regional Airlines

  • Regional Express (Phone 13 17 13) operates to many regional destinations in New South Wales from Sydney.

  • Aeropelican (Phone (02) 49 289 600 ) operates to several regional destinations in New South Wales.



Bus ServicesHow to get to and from Sydney by bus/coach services

Interstate and intrastate bus services arrive at the Sydney Coach Terminal, which is located on Eddy Avenue at Central Railway Station (Refer to location map below).

The main bus companies that provides bus service from Sydney to other parts of the country include:

  • Greyhound (phone 1300 473 946) is Australia's largest bus company and they provide regular scheduled bus services right throughout the country (with the exception of Tasmania). They do offer various travel passes for people wanting to do flexible travel around Australia.

  • Premier Motor Service (phone 13 34 10) provides regular scheduled bus services along the East Coast of Australia from Cairns to Melbourne. They do offer various travel passes for people wanting to do flexible travel on their network.

  • Firefly Express (phone 1300 730 740) provides regular scheduled bus services between Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne and Adelaide.

  • NSW TrainLink (phone 13 22 32) operate an extensive network of train and bus services throughout New South Wales.

  • Murray's (phone 13 22 51) operate regular bus services between Sydney and Canberra and Sydney and the south coast of New South Wales.



Train ServicesHow to get and from Sydney by train

Interstate and intrastate train services arrive at the Central Railway Station, which is located on Eddy Avenue. (Refer to location map below).

  • NSW TrainLink (phone 13 22 32) operate an extensive network of train and bus services throughout New South Wales. They also have train services to Brisbane, Melbourne and Canberra from Sydney and other destinations in New South Wales.

  • Great Southern Rail (phone 13 21 47) operates the Indian Pacific train service, which goes between Sydney, Adelaide and Perth. They do offer special backpacker fares on the Indian Pacific.



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Public TransportPublic transport

 

Train

Sydney has an extensive rail network that covers many parts of the city and surrounding regional areas.

 

Bus

Buses provide a larger network of travel with Government buses covering most of metropolitan Sydney and other local bus operators covering the outer suburbs.

 

Ferry

Sydney has a great ferry system. It is a lovely way to travel as you get to see some of the most beautiful waterways you are likely to see, including Sydney Harbour. The most popular service is the Manly Ferry, which takes you from one side of Sydney Harbour to the other providing stunning views along the way.

There are ferry services available from Circular Quay in the city centre to Manly, Darling Harbour, Mossman, Neutral Bay, Watson's Bay, Balmain, Taronga Zoo and up the Parramatta River to Parramatta.

 

Tram (Light Rail)

There are new modern tram services from Central Station to Darling Harbour, Star City and Sydney's Inner West.

 

Timetables

Use the journey planner below to plan your trip or get timetable information on Sydney's buses, trains, ferries and trams.

 

Fares & tickets

Fares are relatively inexpensive on all public transport services. You can save even more money by purchasing a travel pass if you plan on using the services regularly. You can buy travel passes that allow you to travel on most government train, bus and ferry services, or passes just specific to a particular mode of transport.

 

More information

For further information about public transport in Sydney, refer to the website or phone 131 500.



TaxisTaxis

There are many taxi companies in Sydney. It is not a very cheap method of transport, but is sometimes the most convenient.

There is a central number to call all taxi companies in Sydney. This is 131 008.

Alternatively you could hale one off the street or obtain one from a dedicated taxi stands at various locations throughout the city.



Water taxiWater taxis

You can travel from one location on Sydney Harbour to another by water taxi.

  • VIP Water Taxis, phone 0418 847 777

  • Water Taxis Combined, phone (02) 9555 8888

  • Yellow Water Taxis, phone 1300 138 840



CyclingCycling / bike hire

The city centre and some of the nearby suburbs have recently had new cycle paths built, making it safer for cyclist to travel around the inner city and city areas. For more information about this go to City of Sydney website.

Bike hire/rentals

To hire a bike check out:

  • Bonza Bikes - Phone (02) 9247 8800

  • Sydney By Bike - Phone 0449 691 114

  • Centennial Park Cycles - Phone (02) 9398 5027

  • Manly Bike Tours - Phone (02) 8005 7368

  • Bike Buffs - Phone 0414 960 332

Note

It is compulsory to wear a bike helmet when you ride a bike in Australia. You can be hit with a fine if you are caught not wearing it.