Arriving by Air

Sydney Airport is the busiest in Australia, with over 36 million passengers passing through each year. Located just 8km from the central business district (CBD), the Airport is remarkably accessible. Read more about SYD here.

There are 3 separate terminals:


  • T1: All international flights
  • T2: Domestic flights (Virgin Australia, Jetstar, Tiger, REX, Aeropelican, QantasLink)
  • T3: Domestic flights (Qantas) 
For transport options into the city, see Sydney: Airport Transfers. Quarantine and Immigration procedures at Sydney Airport can be strict and time consuming. Familiarise yourself with the rules before you arrive.



T2 and T3 are right next to each other, so you can walk between them with ease.

On the other hand, T1 is some distance away (4km by road) to the west.  Whilst it is physically possible to walk between T1 and T2/T3, it is highly discouraged as the route takes you along extremely busy road with narrow footpaths.

Your options are therefore:


  • T-Bus ($5.50 but complimentary with certain airlines). See here.
  • AirportLink ($5.20). See here.
  • Sydney Buses route 400 ($2.10). Every 20mins from stops outside T1 and T3.
  • Taxi ($8-12)
  • Qantas/Virgin Australia Seamless Transfer (complimentary if travelling with those airlines)


For more information, see the Sydney Airport website.

Arriving by Train

Sydney Terminal (Central Station) is the main departure point for interstate and intercity trains, and is located at the southern end of Sydney CBD. From here, you can catch a bus or train to almost any suburb in Sydney. For more information, see the Central Precinct Interchange Map.

To get to city accommodation, the City Circle line will take you to 5 stations located around the CBD. You can also catch one of the main buses running north along George St (west of Central Station) or Elizabeth St (to the east). Alternatively, the Eastern Suburbs Line will take you to Martin Place and Kings Cross. 

Arriving by Car 

Sydney and its greater metropolitan area are serviced by a network of motorways and 'metroads'. Unfortunately, only visitors coming from the south-west will enjoy motorway conditions right into the city; motorways from the north, south and west end at the outskirts of the city.

Many key routes in Sydney are electronic-only tollways. Be sure to purchase an electronic tag or pass when you arrive.

Parking in Sydney CBD is extremely expensive. Check parking charges with your hotel before you arrive. Public transport in inner-Sydney is quite good; carefully consider whether you should bring a car at all. 

Arriving by Ship

Sydney has two main cruise terminals:

Overseas Passenger Terminal
Closest transport interchange: Circular Quay (buses, trains and ferries)

White Bay Cruise Terminal

Access is via taxi, private vehicle or Cruise line transfers to and from Sydney Airport
Short term parking is available but long-term parking is not permitted

The closest public transport is the 441/442 bus stop at the intersection of Mansfield and Mullens Sts - 1.3km walking distance. Alternatively it is a 1.6km walk along Roberts St from the closest bus stop Victoria Rd - offering much more frequent services. It is a 2.5km walk from the closest ferry service, at Balmain East ferry wharf. 

The terminal is 6km from the CBD (Circular Quay) and 17km from Sydney Airport.

Taxis are readily available from both locations when ships are in port. 

For details about cruise ship arrivals in Sydney Harbour, please click on this link: Cruise Ship Schedule.

Transport within Sydney

Sydney's public transport network is a mix of buses, trains, ferries, light rail and monorail. See Transport in and around Sydney.

For all timetables and a journey planner, see 131500.COM.AU or call 131 500.