Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport - SYD

Sydney, Australia (AU)

Getting around the airport

Three terminals

Sydney Airport (also known as Kingsford Smith Airport) lies 8km south of the city centre, beside Botany bay. It's the oldest commercial international airport in the world and is the primary hub for Qantas Airways. 

It has three terminals. Terminal 1 is separate from Terminals 2 and 3, which are right beside each other.

  • Terminal 1: Handles international flights through two concourses: B and C. Split into three levels: Arrivals on the ground floor, Departures on the first floor, and airline offices on the second floor. There is an observation deck on the roof. There are many shopping and eating options here, and eight airline lounges.
  • Terminal 2: Handles domestic flights from a range of airlines. There are lounges from Virgin Australia and Regional Express Airlines.
  • Terminal 3: Handles domestic flights from Qantas flights only. You'll find a large Qantas lounge here.

Paid-for shuttles between terminals

You can walk easily between terminals 2 and 3, but to go to and from Terminal 1, you'll need to take a shuttle. Unusually, you'll have to pay for this service - unless you’re flying with Qantas or Virgin. You have two options:

  • Airport Link Train: The fastest way. The journey only takes two minutes and there are frequent services from Mon-Sun, 05:00-00:00. Cost: 5.80 AUD.
  • T-Bus: The journey by bus takes 10 minutes, and runs frequently until 06:00 and then every half-hour until 21:00. Cost: AUD 5.50. 
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Getting into Sydney

Take the Airport Link Train

Sydney is not far from the airport, and the journey is quick and comfortable by train.


The Airport Link City Circle Line takes you to the centre of the city in just 13 minutes. Trains run approximately every 10 minutes from Mon-Fri, 04:23-23:23 and Sat-Sun, 04:54-23:54.

Tip: To avoid paying the AUD 13 airport station surcharge (Gatepass), take the 20- to 30-minute walk to Wolli Creek station (from Terminal 1) or Mascot station (from Terminals 2-3) to start your journey.

Cost: AUD 17.80 from International Terminal 1, AUD 17 from domestic Terminals 2-3
Buying tickets: Buy an Opal public transport top-up card in the station, or from Newslink, Relay or WHSmith shops in the airport - this covers buses, trains and ferries during your time in Sydney
Location: International Airport Station in Terminal 1, Arrivals level and Domestic Airport Station in Terminals 2-3, both on underground levels


A taxi from Sydney Airport to the city centre will take around 20 minutes.

Cost: AUD 45-55 to the city centre (plus AUD 4.10 toll when leaving the airport)
Location: Ranks outside Terminals 1 and 2

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Mobile Charging

At the Airport Chargebar

Chargebar has installed 26 custom charging kiosks at all major entry points throughout the airport. The kiosks have a number of different cables that allow you to charge your phone for free.

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Terminal 1

  • Etihad Airways First and Business Class Lounge, airside, near gate 51, next to the national geographic store
  • Qantas Airways International Business Lounge, airside, level 3, enter via escalators
  • The Emirates Lounge, airside, near gate 58
  • Air New Zealand International Lounge, airside, near gate 59

Terminal 2

  • Virgin Australia Lounge, airside, right of security
  • The Rex Lounge, airside, near gate 47

Terminal 3

  • Qantas Airways The Qantas Club, airside, departures level, gates 4 and 5
  • Qantas Airways Domestic Business Lounge, airside, departures level, opposite gates 4 and 5
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Tourist Refund Scheme

Save time with mobile app

If you are an overseas resident and have spent 300 AUD or more in a single store you are entitled to a refund on the GST. Save time in line by using the TRS mobile and web app. You will need your travel information, details of the goods you’re claiming the refund for, and how you prefer to receive the refund. The app will provide you with a QR code that must be presented with the original tax invoices and the goods (do not check them in).

The TRS Office is located on the Departures Level just after Customs within the main Heinemann Tax & Duty-Free store.

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