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Flying into Beautiful Sydney

Sydney is a major global city with an awe-inspiring harbor; incredible dining, shopping, nightlife; and enough activities to entertain even the fussiest travelers. It is no wonder Sydney is considered one of the greatest cities in the world.
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Millions of visitors are drawn to Sydney’s beautiful beaches and cosmopolitan lifestyle. With the abundance of information available about Sydney all over the Internet, many get overwhelmed when planning their vacation in the Harbour City. If you are one of them, this article will give you an overview of travel information, tips, and advice you need to plan your arrival into Sydney.

What is the best way to fly into Sydney?

Sydney’s Kingsford Smith International Airport is the main gateway into Australia and is serviced by more than 35 airlines, offering flights from all corners of the world. Direct flights from main cities in Asia and North America arrive daily. Flights to Europe often connect through Dubai or cities in Asia. Expect to pay AUD$400-600 for direct flights to Sydney from Asia, AUD$700-800 for one-stop flights from Europe, AUD$800 from Vancouver, and more than AUD$1,000 from the United States.

Domestic flights arrive in Sydney from all major capital cities through Qantas and Virgin as well as low-cost carriers Tigerair and Jetstar. Last-minute domestic flights to Sydney are easy to find, although the prices are often inflated. Book in advance to take advantage of the cheapest flights. Expect to pay as low as AUD$50 for one-way flights from Adelaide, AUD$60 from the Sunshine Coast, and around AUD$50 from Melbourne.

How do I get to and from the airport?

The best way of getting to and from the Sydney Airport is by using the public transport system. The airport is connected to the city via the T2 Airport Train Line, which makes the journey to and from the city center quick and easy (only 15 minutes). There are also a number of bus services available, namely #400 that runs between Bondi Junction and Burwood and stops at both the international and domestic terminals.

Shuttle bus and limousine services are available but must be arranged ahead of time. Taxis are another popular way of getting to and from the Sydney Airport. Each terminal has its own taxi stand with airport employees on-hand to help with arrivals and departures.

Where is the best place to stay?

Those stopping in Sydney for a quick layover have a number of great airport hotels to choose from, including the Mercure Sydney International Airport, ibis Sydney Airport, and Rydges Sydney Airport Hotel.

There are many accommodation options available in Sydney CBD (Central Business District), ranging from high-end luxury hotels to cheap backpacker hostels. For luxury five-star accommodation with the best views, consider staying in Darling Harbour. If you would rather spend your time on the beach than in the city, Bondi and Manly are the best areas for you.

How do I get around Sydney?

Sydney's public transportation system is well-developed, which makes using the train, bus, ferry, and light rail to get around the city a breeze. Type in your destination and starting location into Google Maps to find the best and fastest route using busses, trains, or ferries.

To make getting around Sydney even easier, consider purchasing an Opal Card, Sydney’s newly implemented public transportation payment card. The Opal Card requires you to tap on when boarding the bus or train and tap off at the end of your journey, charging the trip fee to your Opal Card account. You can buy Opal Cards at all 7-Eleven stores and news agents across Sydney.

Uber is becoming an increasingly popular transportation option around the city and is often a cheaper alternative to taxis. You can download the app, sign up for an Uber account, and have each ride billed directly to your PayPal or credit card account.

Are there any other travel tips?

When flying out of Sydney Airport or connecting to another flight, pay close attention to what terminal you are flying out of, as the Sydney Airport has three terminals. The domestic and international buildings are 4 kilometers apart, requiring a transfer via Airline Shuttle (available only to Qantas and Virgin customers), train (AUD$5.40), or bus (AUD$3.50). Travelers can transfer between Terminals 2 and 3 on foot.

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