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Sydney Airport
Sydney Airport (Kingsford Smith) is only nine kilometres from the centre of Sydney. International and domestic terminals are on opposite sides of the airport. The Sydney international airport terminal is one building and the Sydney domestic airport is spread over a number of buildings and used by Virgin Blue, Qantas, Rex and Jetstar.

Sydney airport
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If arriving from an overseas location you will have to pass through quarantine as well as customs. This is a very strict process and nearly all bags are X rayed and many searched.

Trained dogs will run around all the bags by the luggage carousel and you may be asked questions even before you reach the customs desk. Do not be alarmed, quarantine is a very serious issue in Australia and every step is taken. It is simple do not bring any food of any description into Australia. If you have by mistake brought something in there are bins to dispose of food items as you come off the plane.

To attempt to smuggle food or flowers or other items on the list into the country is a very serious offence with heavy fines or imprisonment.


Sydney Airport Transfers
Make it easy for yourself and prebook an airport transfer direct from Sydney Airport to your Sydney Hotel.


Sydney Airport Arrival Transfer    
  Travel from Sydney International or Domestic Airport to your Sydney hotel. Transfer operates 7 days a week, 365 days a year for your convenience and call in at major hotels and backpackers in downtown Sydney and surrounding suburbs. Simply submit a booking online and the transfer will be confirmed instantly. You will be provided with a travel voucher to present to the driver upon arrival. It's easy.  
Sydney Airport Departure Transfer    
  Travel from your Sydney Hotel to the Sydney International or Domestic Airport. Transfer operates 7 days a week, 365 days a year for your convenience and pick up from all major hotels and backpackers in Sydney and surrounding suburbs. Simply submit a booking online and the transfer will be confirmed instantly. You will be provided with a travel voucher to present to the driver upon arrival. It's easy.


Using the train to reach Sydney
Although ordinary CityRail trains serve the two stations, one for the International Terminal and one for the Domestic Terminal, in fact the line is privately owned and operated. The fare for using this convenient mode of transport to the city centre (including King's Cross) is reasonable. The journey takes about ten minutes to Central Station and about eighteen minutes to King's Cross. If one uses a weekly or daily ticket to enter or exit at one of the airport stations, one is charged a supplement. The stations are located in the Domestic and International terminals, just follow the “Trains” signs and if you have luggage use the lifts that go on to the platform. The city stations are all very close to all the main hotel areas.


Use Central station for:
Chinatown, Paddy's Market, Sydney Entertainment Centre and change here for suburban stations and light rail. The following Sydney hotels: Capital Square Hotel; Carlton Crest; Country Comfort Hotel; Furama Central; Holiday Inn Darling Harbour; Ibis Darling Harbour; Mercure Harbourside Apartments; Mercure Hotel; Novotel Darling Harbour; Pacific International Apartments and YHA Central.


Use Museum station for:
Oxford Street, Hyde Park South, Australian Museum and the following hotels: Avillion Hotel Sydney; Central Park Hotel; Clarion Suites Southern Cross; Towers Hotel; Hyde Park Inn; Hyde Park Plaza; Ibis World Square; Marriot Hotel; Meriton; Park Regis Hotel; Southern Cross Hotel.


Use St James station for:
Pitt Street Mall, Macquarie Street, Hyde Park North and for the following hotels: Sheraton on the Park, Travelodge; Merchant Court Hotel and Castlereagh Inn.


Use Circular Quay station for:
Sydney Opera House, The Rocks, Ferry terminal, Royal Botanic Gardens and the following hotels: Harbour Rocks Hotel; Hotel Intercontinental; Observatory Hotel; Park Hyatt; Four Seasons Hotel; Quay Grand; Renaissance Hotel; The Wentworth Hotel.


Use Wynyard station for:
Australia Square, King Street Wharf and Sydney Aquarium and the following hotels All Seasons Premier Menzies, Corus Hotel, Grace Hotel, Radisson Plaza, and the Westin Hotel.


Use Town Hall station for:
Darling Harbour, Sydney Town Hall and the following hotels Four Points Sheraton, Medina on Kent, Novotel Century, Parkroyal Darling Harbour, Sydney Hilton and Novotel Century.


Using the bus to reach Sydney
Sydney public buses are not good from Sydney Airport. The only bus that operates is route 400 that runs north-east to Bondi Junction and in the other direction beyond the airport north-west to Burwood, passing several railway stations on the way.

There are a number of airport shuttle buses that offer good value hotel drops. These are best prebooked for your flight and they will transport you direct to your hotel.


Arriving into Sydney CBD by Train
Long-distance trains arrive at Central Station which is close to the main hotel areas. For out of town Countrylink trains call 13 2232. CityRail extends as far south as Goulburn and Nowra, west to the Blue Mountains and north to Newcastle and Scone. Countrylink goes around New South Wales and offers some interstate services. The very long distance trains are run by the Great Southern Railway and they operate the Indian Pacific to Perth and the Ghan to Darwin.


Arriving into Sydney CBD by bus
Conveniently, the long-distance bus terminal is downstairs in Central Station. Services operated by Greyhound, Premier, Murray's and Firefly all arrive here, some at the front of the building and some at the side.


Sydney Airport flight information
Click below for the up to date flight arrival information:
Sydney airport international flight arrivals
Sydney airport domestic flight arrivals





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