Kingsford Smith Airport (SYD)

Airports Worldwide
Kingsford Smith Airport (SYD)
AddressSydney Airport, New South Wales 2020, Australia
Telephone(02) 9667 9111
Number of terminals3
Time zoneGMT Australian Eastern Standard Time: GMT/UTC +10 (GMT/UTC +11 from October 4 to April 5, 2014)
MapSydney Airport
LocationSydney Airport is located 9 km (6 miles) south of central Sydney.
Airport codeSYD
Airport newsThe expansion of Terminal 2 is ongoing, with improvements to the food court area taking place during 2013. A 20-year master plan, released in 2013, includes plans to reorganize terminal operations into two integrated complexes, as well as improvements to the airport road network and additional parking facilities.
Transfer between terminalsThere are various options for traveling between Terminals 1 and 2. The T-Bus shuttle service (tel: (02) 9669 1899; costs AU$5.50, taxi transfers cost AU$8–$12, and the Airport Link train (tel: (02) 8337 8417; takes two minutes at a cost of AU$5. Qantas and Virgin Australia offer their own transfer options for some passengers. Terminal 3 is adjacent to Terminal 2.
Driving directionsMost routes to Sydney Airport are well marked with signs that indicate the most direct route to the airport. From central Sydney, follow Freeway 1/Southern Cross Drive and turn onto General Holmes Drive/Airport Drive, which leads to the airport. Travelers should visit the airport's website for detailed driving directions from other areas of Sydney.
Car rentalCar rental agencies 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.
Public transport and taxisBus: Sydney Buses (tel: 131 500; operates bus 400 from Burwood to Bondi Junction, stopping at Terminals 1 and 3. The travel time to central Sydney is about 30 minutes and the fare is AU$12.30. The bus stops are located on the arrivals levels 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 full details). Many hotels provide a paid transfer service for their guests.
Taxi: Each terminal has its own taxi rank. Taxi companies serving the airport include Taxis Combined Services (tel: 133 300;, Silver Service Fleet (tel: 133 100;, Legion Cabs (tel: 131 271;, Premier Cabs (tel: 131 017;, and St George Cabs (tel: 132 166; The travel time to the city center is about 30 minutes, and round-trip fares start at around AU$50.
Rail: The Airport Link (tel: (02) 8337 8417; rail service connects the three terminals to Sydney Central Station (travel time: 29 minutes; fare: AU$15.90) and city suburbs. Terminal 1 has its own railway station; Terminals 2 and 3 share a station.
Car parkingSydney Airport has three parking lots. The International Car Park is located opposite Terminal 1 and offers short- and long-term rates. The multistory Domestic At-Terminal Car Park, which is directly linked to Terminals 2 and 3, provides short-term options. The domestic long-term Blu Emu parking lot can be accessed via Ross Smith Avenue from General Holmes Drive or Sir Reginald Ansett Drive; regular courtesy shuttles connect this lot to the terminals. There is a designated pick-up area offering 10 minutes free parking at Terminal 2; bays may be reserved ahead for those seeking to leave their vehicles to pick up or drop off passengers.
Information and help desksThe Tourism NSW information desk is located on arrivals level 1 in Terminal 1. The desk is open from 06: 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 in the arrivals area of Terminal 2.
Airport FacilitiesMoney: 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.
Communications: Postal and photocopying facilities can be found at Australia Post Office, located in the pre-security departures area of Terminal 1. Free Wi-Fi Internet access is available in Terminals 1 and 2; Internet kiosks are also located both pre- and post-security at these terminals. Mobile telephone rentals are available from Optus and Vodafone in the arrivals area of Terminal 1; an additional Vodafone outlet is located in Terminal 2.
Food: 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.
Shopping: There are more than 150 shops at Sydney Airport, ranging from souvenir retailers and designer outlets to wine merchants and specialty stores. Duty-free shopping is available in Terminal 1.
Luggage: Smartecarte operates luggage storage services in Terminals 1 and 2. Inquiries about lost items should be made to Sydney Airport Corporation Lost Property in Terminal 1 (tel: (02) 9667 9111) or Terminals 2 and 3 (tel: (02) 9352 7450). Baggage trolleys are available throughout the airport.
Other facilities: There is a medical center on the third floor of Terminal 1 and pharmacies in the public and departure areas of the same terminal; an additional pharmacy can be found pre-security in Terminal 2. Free showers, a prayer room, and a child activity center are also located in Terminal 1. Children’s 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; offers a number of meeting rooms in Terminal 3, and Virgin (tel: (02) 9352 7667; offers similar services in its lounge in Terminal 2. The Kingsford Smith Suite in Terminal 1 (tel: (02) 8889 3760) has space for up to 200 attendees. Overhead projectors, screens, flipcharts, and whiteboards come as standard, and AV equipment and sound systems are available on request. Several nearby hotels also offer 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 facilitiesFacilities for disabled passengers include ramps, adapted drinking fountains, showers, and dedicated toilets. Lower-height telephones, text telephones, and telephones fitted with induction loops are also available. Wheelchairs are available from the Tourism NSW desk. Passengers with special requirements should advise their airline at least 72 hours before departure. Parking spaces for disabled visitors are located at the front of Terminal 1 for valid badge holders.
Airport hotelsThere are two hotels at Sydney Airport, with several others within a 3-km (2-mile) 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
With its shuttle bus service to/from the terminals and a Park, Stay and Go parking facility, the Holiday Inn Sydney Airport is a good mid-range option for those seeking easy access to the airport. Among the hotel's on-site facilities are a 24-hour business center, fitness room, restaurant, and bar.
Mascot, Corner of Bourke Street and O'Riordan Street
New South Wales 2020, Australia
Tel: (02) 9330 0600.

Ibis Hotel Sydney Airport
Ibis Hotel Sydney Airport is located just 3 km (2 miles) from Sydney Airport's international terminal, and 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, Australia
Tel: (02) 8339 8500.

Stamford Plaza Sydney Airport Hotel
Boasting a rooftop swimming pool, sauna, and gym facilities, Stamford Plaza Sydney Airport Hotel is located a short drive from Terminal 1, and very close to Terminals 2 and 3. Business guests can make use of 11 function rooms, and on-site parking is available.
Mascot, Corner of O'Riordan & Robey Streets
New South Wales 2020, Australia
Tel: (02) 9317 2200.

Novotel Sydney Brighton Beach
This imposing resort is five minutes by road from Sydney Airport and, as its name suggests, has a beachside location. As well as an outdoor pool, spa, and fitness center, there are a range of meeting rooms and dining options.
Brighton-le-Sands, Corner of Grand Parade and Princess Street
New South Wales 2216, Australia
Tel: (02) 9556 5111.

Airport Hotel Sydney
One of the more economical options near Sydney Airport, this three-star property offers a shuttle service to the airport (for a small fee); bus 400 can also transport passengers from the terminals to the hotel. A restaurant serving Italian fare is available on-site.
Arncliffe, 185 Princes Highway, Corner of Forest Road
New South Wales 2205, Australia
Tel: (02) 9567 8910.

Formule 1 Sydney Airport Hotel
A comfortable budget option on the airport grounds, the Formule 1 is a short walk from the domestic terminal; a shuttle transports guests to Terminals 2 and 3 for a fee. Paid on-site parking is available for use by guests, as is Wi-Fi service.
Mascot, 5 Ross Smith Avenue
New South Wales 2020, Australia
Tel: (02) 8339 1840.

Rydges Sydney Airport Hotel
The only hotel within Sydney Airport, the Rydges is in the perfect position for access to the international terminal's facilities and services. But it has attractions of its own, such as a grill restaurant, meeting space, and a sports bar.
Sydney International Airport, 8 Arrivals Court
New South Wales, Australia
Tel: (02) 9313 2500.
Full airport nameSydney Airport
State or provinceAustralia
Copyright © Columbus Travel Media Ltd 2014