Sydney Airport Guide (SYD)

Airport info
Code: SYD
Sydney Airport, Mascot, New South Wales, 2020, Australia

Sydney Airport is located 8km (5 miles) south of central Sydney.

No. of terminals: 3 Dialling code: +61
+61 2 9667 6111
Sydney Airport map

Also known as Kingsford-Smith Airport, Sydney Airport is the main airport serving the Australian metropolis of Sydney and is among the world’s busiest. Our Sydney Airport guide includes contact information, as well as details on terminal facilities, transportation routes and nearby hotels.

Airport news

Sydney Airport’s Master Plan 2039 revolves around long-term, large-scale expansion and modernisation of the three current terminals to cope with the predicted 51% increase in passenger numbers over the planning period.


Information desks are located on the Arrivals and Departures level in Terminal 1. The desk is open from 0600 to 1800 and provides information and help with accommodation, tours and attractions in Sydney. Airport Ambassadors (identifiable by their bright blue jackets) can provide airport information; these volunteers are stationed at various points around Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 including the information desks.

Transfer between terminals

There are various options when travelling between Terminals 1 and 2. The 'T-Bus' shuttle service operates everyday between 0600 and 2050; taxi transfers cost A$17-22; and the Airport Link train (tel: +61 2 9669 1899; costs A$6; taxi transfers cost A$17-22; and the Airport Link train ( - which takes just two minutes - costs A$6.70 and operates between 0500-0000 everyday. Qantas and Virgin Australia offer their own transfer options for certain passengers. Terminal 3 is adjacent to Terminal 2.

Driving directions

Most routes to Sydney Airport are well signposted. From central Sydney, follow Elizabeth Street south and turn right onto Bourke Street. From here, take a slight left onto O’Riordan Street. This road leads directly to the airport. The total drive time from central Sydney to the airport is approximately 25 minutes, depending on traffic. More detailed driving instructions are available on the airport’s website.

Public Transport

Public transport rail

Rail: The Airport Link (tel: +61 2 8337 8417; rail service connects both the domestic and international terminals to Sydney Central Station (fare: A$17.40; journey time: 15 minutes) and city suburbs. Terminal 1 has its own railway station, while Terminals 2 and 3 share a station.

Public transport road

Bus: Sydney Buses (tel: +61 131 500) operates bus 400 from Burwood to Bondi Junction, calling at Terminals 1 and 3. The journey time to central Sydney is roughly 35 minutes. The bus stops are located on the Arrivals levels of these terminals. You will need an Opal transport card to use the Sydney Buses service.

Shuttle: Many shuttle bus companies provide a service between Sydney Airport and most city suburbs; these need to be booked in advance (see the airport website for full details). Many hotels can provide a transfer service for guests – most at an additional cost.

Taxi: Each terminal has its own taxi rank. Companies serving the airport include: Legion Cabs (tel: +61 131 451;, Premier Cabs (tel: +61 131 017; and St George Cabs (tel: +61 132 166; The journey time to the city centre is around 30 minutes, and the single fare starts at around A$45.

Terminal facilities


Full banking services are available from ANZ Bank in Terminal 1. Currency exchange facilities are located in Terminals 1 and 2. ATMs are located in all terminals.


Free Wi-Fi internet access is available throughout Sydney Airport’s Terminals 1 and 2 – internet kiosks are also located both pre- and post-security at these terminals. Postal and photocopying facilities can be found at Australia Post Office, located in the pre-security departures area of Terminal 1. Mobile telephone hire is available from Optus and Vodafone in the arrivals area of Terminal 1; an additional Vodafone outlet is located in Terminal 2.


There are many restaurants, cafés and bars at Sydney Airport offering a wide variety of international and Australian cuisine. Places to eat and drink include sushi specialists, Chinese eateries, Italian restaurants and licensed bars.


There is a wide variety of shops at Sydney Airport, ranging from souvenir retailers and designer outlets to wine merchants and speciality stores. Duty-free shopping is available in Terminal 1.


Smarte Carte operates luggage storage services in Terminals 1 and 2 (tel: +61 2 9667 0926). Lost property offices are located in Terminals 1 and 2 to assist with queries regarding luggage misplaced at the airport. Baggage trolleys are available throughout the airport.


Other facilities available at Sydney Airport include: a medical centre, located on the third floor of Terminal 1, pharmacies in the public and departure areas of the same terminal along with an additional pharmacy in Terminal 2, showers, a prayer room and several child play areas, all of which are located in Terminal 1. Children’s toilets are installed in all female toilets and baby-changing rooms are conveniently located throughout the terminals.

Airport facilities

Conference and business

Qantas ( offers a number of meeting rooms in Terminal 3, while Virgin ( offers similar services in its lounge in Terminal 2. The Kingsford Smith Suite in Terminal 1 (tel: +61 2 9667 9111) has space for up to 200 delegates (standing), with overhead projectors, screens, flipcharts and whiteboards, while AV equipment and sound systems are available on request. Several nearby hotels also offer extensive conference and meeting facilities.

There are seven airline lounges in Terminal 1 and one in Terminal 2. There are also two VIP lounges in Terminal 1.

Disabled facilities

Facilities for disabled passengers include ramps, adapted drinking fountains, showers and dedicated toilets. Lowered telephones, text telephones and telephones fitted with induction loops are also available. Wheelchairs are available upon request from your airline. Disabled parking spaces are located at the front of Terminal 1 for valid badge holders. Any passengers who may require additional assistance are advised to contact their airline before travelling.

Car parking

Sydney Airport has three car parks. The International Car Park is located opposite Terminal 1 and offers short- and long-term rates. The multistorey Domestic Terminal Car Park, which is directly linked to Terminals 2 and 3, provides short-stay options. The domestic long-term Blu Emu car park can be accessed via Ross Smith Avenue; regular courtesy shuttles connect this car park to the terminals. There is a designated pick-up area offering 10 minutes free parking at Terminal 2, while pre-bookable bays are available for those seeking to leave their vehicle temporarily to pick up or drop off passengers.

Car rental

Car hire companies represented at Sydney Airport include Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, Redspot and Thrifty. Desks for these operators are located on the Arrivals levels of Terminals 1 and 2.


There are two on-site hotels at Sydney Airport, with several others within a 3km (2 miles) radius. It should be noted that while many hotels provide shuttle services to and from the terminals, a fee is often charged.

Holiday Inn Sydney Airport

+61 2 9330 0600

The Holiday Inn Sydney Airport is a good mid-range option for those seeking easy access to the airport thanks to its shuttle bus service to/from the terminals and 'Park, Stay and Go' parking facility. Among the hotel’s on-site facilities are a 24-hour business centre, fitness room, restaurant and bar.

Corner of Bourke Road and O'Riordan Street, Mascot, 2020, New South Wales, Australia

Ibis Sydney Airport Hotel

+61 2 8339 8500

Ibis Sydney Airport Hotel is located just 1km (0.6 miles) from Sydney Airport’s Domestic Terminal and 3km (2 miles) from the International terminal. The hotel runs a shuttle bus service to each terminal (for a small fee). Other facilities include a restaurant and high-speed internet access.

205 O'Riordan Street, Mascot, 2020, New South Wales, Australia

Stamford Plaza Sydney Airport Hotel

+61 2 9317 2200

Boasting a rooftop swimming pool, sauna and gym facilities, Stamford Plaza Sydney Airport Hotel is located a short drive from Terminal 1, and is very close to Terminals 2 and 3. Business guests can make use of 11 function rooms, while on-site parking is also available.

Corner of O'Riordan Street & Robey Street, Mascot, 2020, New South Wales 2020, Australia

Rydges Sydney Airport Hotel

+61 2 9313 2500

The only hotel within a terminal at Sydney Airport, the Rydges is in the perfect position for access to the international terminal’s facilities and services. But it also has attractions of its own, such as a grill restaurant, meeting space and a sports bar.

Sydney Airport, 8 Arrivals Court, Mascot, 2020, New South Wales, Australia
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