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How to get to Sydney

Sydney – the state capital of New South Wales and the most populous city in Australia – is located on Australia's east coast.

The city surrounds Port Jackson with the Tasman Sea to the east, and extends about 70km (43.5mi) towards the Blue Mountains to the west, the Hawkesbury River to the north and the Woronora Plateau to the south.

The most convenient route to Sydney is by air to Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport (SYD), known locally as Mascot Airport, Kingsford Smith Airport or Sydney Airport, located about 14km (8mi) south of Sydney city centre.


Flight time to Sydney Airport (SYD)

The following are the most convenient flights to Sydney Airport (SYD).

Within Australia: Qantas, Virgin Australia, Jetstar and Scoot Tigerair operate frequent daily direct flights to Sydney.

Adelaide to Sydney is 1 hrs 50 min, direct flight
Brisbane to Sydney is 1 hr 35 min, direct flight
Canberra to Sydney is 55 min, direct flight
Darwin to Sydney is 4 hrs 15 min, direct flight
Melbourne to Sydney is 1 hrs 25 min, direct flight
Perth to Sydney is 4 hrs 5 min, direct flight


From the United States: American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, Qantas, Air New Zealand and Virgin Australia offer the most convenient daily scheduled flights to Sydney.

Atlanta to Sydney is 20 hrs 30 min, with connecting flightˆ
Boston to Sydney is 22 hrs 25 min, with connecting flightˆ
Chicago to Sydney is 20 hrs 20 min, with connecting flightˆ
Dallas-Fort Worth to Sydney is 17 hrs, direct flight
New York to Sydney is 22 hrs 15 min, with connecting flightˆ
Los Angeles to Sydney is 14 hrs 45 min, direct flight
San Francisco to Sydney is 14 hrs 40 min, direct flight


From Canada: Air Canada, Westjet, Qantas, United Airlines and Virgin Australia offer the most convenient daily scheduled flights to Sydney.

Toronto to Sydney is 20 hrs 55 min, with connecting flightˆ
Montreal to Sydney is 22 hrs 5 min, with connecting flightˆ
Vancouver to Sydney is 15 hrs 10 min, direct flight


From New Zealand: Air New Zealand, Qantas and Virgin Australia offer the most convenient daily flights to Sydney.

Auckland to Sydney is 3 hrs 40 min, direct flight


From Singapore: Singapore Airlines, British Airways, Qantas and Scoot Tigerair operate the most convenient daily flights to Sydney.

Singapore to Sydney is 7 hrs 35 min, direct flight


From United Kingdom: Emirates, British Airways, Singapore Airlines and Qantas offer the most convenient daily flights to Sydney.

London to Sydney is 21 hrs 40 min, with connecting flightˆ
Manchester to Sydney is 22 hrs 20 min, with connecting flightˆ


From France: Emirates, Air France, Etihad, Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific and Qantas offer the most convenient daily flights to Sydney.

Paris to Sydney is 21 hrs 50 min, with connecting flightˆ

(ˆincludes layover time.)


Flying in

Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport (SYD) is located about 14km (8mi) south of Sydney city centre, in the suburb of Mascot.

The airport is accessible via the Airport Link underground rail line, taking 11 minutes to the city centre, every 5 minutes.

Note: The trains that service the airport are regular suburban trains and do not have special provisions for luggage, do not operate express to the airport and may have seats occupied by commuters before the trains arrive at the airport depending on time of day.


Entry requirements to Australia

UK, USA and Canadian nationals must have a passport valid for intended period of stay. A visa is required, except for those with Electronic Travel Authority (ETA). New Zealand citizens are granted a Special Category Visa on arrival.


Getting around Sydney

See the sights by walking or hiring a bicycle. Sydney also provides an extensive network of public transport, including suburban rail, light rail, buses and ferries. Taxis and hire cars are available.

Numerous ferries service Sydney Harbour and the Parramatta River. Sydney Ferries operates from Circular Quay Ferry Terminal, a major transport hub in Sydney's central business district, with popular routes, including the beachside suburb of Manly as well as sightseeing cruises.


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Latest update: How to get to Sydney: 5 August, 2019


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