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Kingsford Smith Airport (SYD)

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Kingsford Smith Airport (SYD)
AddressSydney Airport, New South Wales 2020, Australia
Telephone(02) 9667 9111
Number of terminals3
Time zoneGMT +10 (Please note: daylight savings time may apply between certain dates - please check local sources)
LocationSydney Airport is located 9km (6 miles) south of central Sydney.
Airport codeSYD
Country dialling code61
Airport newsExpansion and improvement of Terminal 1 (international terminal) was completed in 2010. The next major project involves the building of two new multi-storey car parks. Late in 2011, plans were announced to reorganise the allocation of airlines into different terminals.
Transfer between terminalsThere are various options when travelling between Terminals 1 and 2. The 'T-Bus' shuttle service (tel: (02) 9669 1899; www.carbridge.com.au) costs AUD 5.50; taxi transfers cost AUD 8 to 12; while the Airport Link train (www.airportlink.com.au) takes two minutes at a cost of AUD 5. Terminal 3 is adjacent to Terminal 2.
Driving directionsMost routes to Sydney Airport are well signposted; these signs indicate the most direct route to the airport. From central Sydney, follow Freeway 1/Southern Cross Drive and turn off onto General Holmes Drive/Airport Drive – this road leads to the airport site. Travellers should visit the airport's website for detailed driving directions from other areas of Sydney.
Car rentalCar 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 all terminals.
Public transport and taxisBus: Sydney Buses (tel: 131 500; www.sydneybuses.info) operates bus 400 from Burwood to Bondi Junction, calling at Terminals 1 and 3. The journey time to central Sydney is about 30 minutes and the fare AUD 12). The bus stops are located on the arrivals level of each of these terminals.
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 more details). Many hotels provide a transfer service for their guests.
Taxi: each terminal has its own taxi rank. Companies include Taxis Combined Services (tel: 133 300; www.taxiscombined.com.au), Silver Service Fleet (tel: 133 100; www.silverservice.com.au ), Legion Cabs (tel: 131 451; www.legioncabs.com.au), Premier Cabs (tel: 131 017; www.premiercabs.com.au) and St George Cabs (tel: 132 166; www.stgeorgecabs.com.au). The journey time to the city centre is around 30 minutes, and the fare is around AUD 50, depending on traffic.
Rail: an Airport Link (tel: (02) 8337 8417; www.airportlink.com.au) rail service connects the three terminals to Sydney Central Station (journey time: 29 minutes; fare: AUD 15.40) and city suburbs. Terminal 1 has its own railway station, while Terminals 2 and 3 share a station.
Car parkingSydney Airport has three car parks. The International Car Park is located opposite Terminal 1 and offers both short and long-term rates. The multi-storey Domestic At Terminal Car Park, which is directly linked to Terminals 2 and 3, provides short-stay options. The Domestic Long-Term Car Park can be accessed via Ross Smith Avenue from General Holmes Drive or Sir Reginald Ansett Drive; regular courtesy shuttles connect this car park to the terminals. Valet parking is also available.
Information and help desksThe Tourism NSW information desk is located on arrivals level 1 in Terminal 1. The desk is open 06:00 to 23:00 and provides information and help with accommodation, tours and attractions in Sydney. Gold Ambassadors can provide airport information; these volunteers are stationed at help desks in the arrivals and departures areas of Terminal 1 and the arrivals area of Terminal 2.
Airport FacilitiesMoney and communications: bureaux de change and ATMs are located in all terminals. Postal and photocopying facilities can be found at Australia Post Shop, located in the centre of Departures level 2. A post office is located in the International Terminal. Internet terminals are located throughout Sydney Airport. Wireless internet access is also available. Mobile telephone hire is available from Vodafone Rental stores in T1 Arrivals. 
Eating and drinking:
there are many restaurants, cafés and bars at Sydney Airport offering a wide variety of international and Australian cuisine.
Shopping: there are over 150 retail and service outlets, including duty-free, beauty and hair salons, a wine store, an Australian produce shop, international and Australian fashion stores, and a host of speciality stores. For more information on shopping at Sydney Airport, visit www.sydneyairportshopping.com.au.
Luggage: Smarte Carte operates a baggage storage service located at the northern end of the Arrivals level of T1 International Terminal; there is also a baggage storage facility on the Arrivals level of T2 Domestic Terminal. Trolleys are available troughout Sydney Airport. Inquiries about lost items should be made to the property office on level 3 of the T1 International Terminal (tel: (02) 9667 9583).
Other facilities: there is a medical centre in T1 International Terminal on the administration level 3. There is also a pharmacy in the Departures area. Free showers are available in both the Departures and Arrivals area of the T1 International Terminal. A prayer room is located on level 3 of the T1 International Terminal. There are child activity centres in T1 International Terminal and Kids' Cinemas are located after immigration, near Gate 33. Child-sized toilets are installed in all female toilets and baby changing rooms are conveniently located throughout the terminals.
Conference and business facilitiesQantas (tel: (02) 9952 9608; www.qantas.com.au) hires out a number of meeting rooms, with capacity for up to 22 people, in Terminal 3. There are further meeting/function rooms in Terminals 1 and 2. Terminal 2 also has a function area catering for up to 1,000 people. Overhead projectors, screens, flipcharts and whiteboards come as standard, while AV equipment and sound systems are available on request. There are seven airline lounges in Terminal 1 and one in Terminal 2. Several nearby hotels also offer conference and meeting facilities.
Disabled facilitiesFacilities for disabled passengers include ramps, adapted drinking fountains, showers and toilets. Lowered telephones, text telephones and telephones fitted with induction loops are also available. Passengers with special requirements should advise their airline at least 72 hours before departure. Wheelchairs are available from the Tourism NSW desk. Disabled parking spaces are located at the front of Terminal 1, for valid badge holders.
Airport hotelsThere are no on-site hotels at Sydney Airport, but several are located 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. Our Sydney Airport guide offers the following accommodation options:

Holiday Inn Sydney Airport
The Holiday Inn Sydney Airport runs a shuttle bus service to and from the airport. Hotel facilities include a 24-hour business centre, fitness room, an on-site restaurant and bar, and a 'Park, Stay and Go' parking facility.
Mascot Corner of Bourke Street and O'Riordan Street
New South Wales 2020
Tel: (02) 9330 0600
Web: www.holidayinn.com

Ibis Hotel Sydney Airport
Ibis Hotel Sydney Airport is located just 3km (2 miles) from Sydney Airport's international terminal, and is a short walk from the domestic terminals. The hotel runs a shuttle bus service to each terminal (for a small fee). Other facilities include a restaurant and high-speed internet access.
Mascot 205 O'Riordan Street
New South Wales 2020
Tel: (02) 8339 8500
Web: www.ibishotel.com

Stamford Plaza Sydney Airport Hotel
Stamford Plaza Sydney Airport Hotel is located a short drive from Terminal 1, and is very close to Terminals 2 and 3 at Sydney Airport. The hotel has a rooftop swimming pool, sauna and gym facilities, and 11 function rooms. On-site parking is also available.
Mascot Corner of O'Riordan & Robey Streets
New South Wales 2020
Tel: (02) 9317 2200
Web: www.stamford.com.au
Full airport nameSydney Airport
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