Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport

Traveling to and from Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport

On this page, you will find the information you need to easily make your way through Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport to your destination.

Guide to Australia’s Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport

Arrival and departure terminal maps and other information for navigating Australia’s Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport.

Arrival Terminal

Arrival map of Sydney airport
Immigration
  • Eligible nationals (including Japanese nationals) who have e-passports are able to use SmartGate, which is an automated passport control. However, passengers under the age of 16 need to proceed to passport control.
  • For more information, please visit the Australian Border Force website.
  • For details around visas, please visit the Special Guidance section of this page.
Customs

Customers with goods to declare should submit a Customs Declaration forms.

Departure Terminal

Departure map of Sydney airport
Airport Map Information

Get details on the airport lounge.

Check-In
Priority Lane for Immigration and Security

Some travelers for eligible for the Express Path, located at the left side of Immigration.

Eligible Travelers

  • Business Class
  • Diamond Service Members
  • Platinum Service Members
  • Super Flyers Members
  • Star Alliance Gold Members

Please present your passport and information card which you will receive at check-in counter.

Transit

Transit to International Flights

Passengers transiting from ANA to other airlines:

  • If you have your boarding pass of your connecting flight, please proceed to the boarding gate after pass through the security check in the transit area.
  • If you do not have your boarding pass of your connecting flight, please complete check-in at the connecting counter or proceed to the boarding gate.
Transit to Domestic flights

Passengers transiting from ANA to Virgin Australia:

  • You are required to collect your bags and clear Customs and Quarantine at Sydney. Turn left immediately after Quarantine and proceed to Virgin Australia Domestic Transfer Desk, where you will check in your bags.
    • You will receive a complimentary transfer pass for the bus to Domestic Terminal.

Passengers transiting from ANA to Qantas flights:

  • You are required to collect your bags and clear Customs and Quarantine. Turn right after entering arrival hall and proceed to Qantas Domestic check-in counter.
    • Qantas domestic transfer bus will bring you to the Domestic Terminal.

Passengers transiting from ANA to other airlines:

  • You are required to collect your bags and clear Customs and Quarantine.
    • Please move to domestic terminal by bus and proceed to check-in.
Transit from International Flights to ANA
  • Please proceed to the boarding gate after passing through the security checkpoint within the transit area. If you do not have your boarding pass for your ANA flight, please complete check-in at the boarding gate.
Transit from Australia Domestic Flights

Passengers transiting from Virgin Australia flights to ANA:

  • When you check-in at a domestic port with a connection via Sydney, your bags will be checked through to your final destination.
    • You will receive a “Virgin transfer wallet,” which contains a map of the transfer port and a bus pass to use in Sydney. Upon arriving in Sydney, make your way to the Transfer Lounge at Gate 46 where the transfer bus will take you to the International Terminal. Please proceed directly to Customs and Immigration.

Passengers transiting from Qantas flights to ANA:

  • You can use the Qantas transfer bus when your bags are checked through to your final destination. Upon arriving in Sydney, make your way to the Transfer Lounge at Gate 15 where the transfer bus will take you to the International Terminal.
    • Please proceed to the ANA check in counter on the departure level to complete check-in.

Passengers transiting from other airlines to ANA:

  • You are required to collect your luggage at the Sydney domestic terminal.
    • Please proceed to the international terminal by bus and complete check-in at the ANA check-in counter on the departure level.

Sydney Airport (SYD) to Sydney City

Airport Shuttle Bus

Numerous companies including Redy2GO, Sydneny Airporter (AirBus Sydney), KST Airport Bus, etc. offer airport shuttle bus services stopping at hotels in central Sydney. Tickets for Redy2GO can be purchased at the arrival lounge after arriving at the airport. Other buses require reservations made in advance. The shuttle service may not be running as there are currently fewer flights due to COVID-19.

  • Platform: There are airport shuttle bus stops in front of each arrival lobby in the international terminal (T1) and domestic terminals (T2, T3). (The location of the stop varies with the operating company.) The buses generally leave about every half hour, but may run only when there are enough riders in the early morning or late at night.
  • Time required: About 20 to 80 min. (varies greatly depending on the hotel as it goes around to all the hotels).
  • Fare: To hotels in the center of Sydney, A$16 to 22 for adults, A$11 to 12 for children. Discount for round-trip.
  • Operating hours: Some companies only run from about 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., while others run from early morning to late at night.

Train

You can use the Airport Link Sydney train that runs through the city.
As a rule You must buy an Opal Card that is a chargeable smart card for all streets using Sydney city center public transportation at the ticket machine in the Sydney Airport or each train station.
If you have a contactless AMEX, VISA, or Mastercard, you can pay with that instead of your Opal Card. If you have absolutely no plan to use public transportation while in Sydney, you can get Opal single tickets for one-time use, although they are comparatively expensive.
Airport Link is this train goes through the "Airport International" international terminal station and "Airport Domestic" domestic terminal station, and enters a loop line that moves around the center of Sydney in a horseshoe shape (counterclockwise).
It goes to the city center via Sydney Central station, Museum station, St James station, Circular Quay station, Wynyard station, and Town Hall station and then loops back to Sydney Central station. If you have a lot of luggage and need a taxi to pick you up, it is best to go to Sydney Central station, Circular Quay station, or Wynyard station.

  • Time required: From the international terminal station it is 12 min. to Sydney Central station, 21 min. to Circular Quay station, and 23 min. to Wynyard station.
  • Fare: From the international terminal station to Sydney Central station: A$17.39 to A$19.35 (Opal single ticket A$20.47) for adults, A$14.44 to A$15.42 (Opal single ticket A$15.98) for children. / From the domestic terminal station to Sydney Central station: A$17.39 to A$18.48 (Opal single ticket A$19.37) for adults, A$14.44 to A$14.98 for children (Opal single ticket A$15.38 ).
  • Operating hours: Weekdays: International terminal station: first train at 4:22, last train at 0:57 (3 to 8 services per hour) / Weekends: International terminal station: first train at 4:42, last train at 0:27 (3 to 8 services per hour).

Taxi

  • Platform: There are taxi stops outside each arrival lobby in the international terminal (T1) and domestic terminals (T2).
  • Time required: About 20 to 30 min.
  • Fare: About A$60 to 80 to reach the center of Sydney.
  • Operating hours: 24 hours

Uber

  • Platform: Using Uber is now possible at Sydney Airport. Use the app to call an Uber after arrival, and board outside the arrivals hall of either the international terminal (T1) or the domestic terminal (T2).
  • Time required: About 20 to 30 min.
  • Fare: About A$45 to 75 to reach the center of Sydney

Instructions for Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport

Australian Visas

All visitors to Australia require a visa or authority to enter the country. However, some visitors who will only be in Australia for short-term tourism or business purposes may apply for an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) via the ETA System (ETAS). For more visa-related details, please go here.

ETA Applications