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A Complete Guide to Sydney Airport
Australias largest city is well served by one of the busiest airports in the country.Aside from being an internationally renowned airport, Sydney Airport boasts an array of entertainment, dining, shops and medical facilities. Private airline lounges, business centres, parking areas and conference rooms are at a standard that surpasses many other airports.Customer satisfaction is guaranteed with attentive, helpful staff on hand to ensure your visit to this busy airport is a pleasurable one.If you are planning a trip into Sydney Airport then take a look at the following guide. Hopefully you will find useful information to help navigate around the airport.
All major domestic and international carriers are served by Sydney Airports three terminals.
The International terminal (T1) provides the gateway to and from the rest of the world, with most of the best known airlines providing direct flights in and out of Sydney. Passengers using T1 will undergo immigration verification, in addition to standard security vetting.
There should be no need for concern, providing you have the relevant visa entry requirements. The immigration officers will be able to confirm this when running your passport through their computer systems.
T2 and T3 Qantas serve as the domestic terminals. Whether you are an international traveller or an Australian national it is important to know that a security check-up once you arrive at either terminal.
Current Sydney legislation doesn’t allow flights to operate into or out of the airport between 11pm and 5:30am.
Both of the domestic terminals start to close down immediately after the last flight lands. While T1 also closes at 11pm there is a small transit area available, with passengers being able to stay there for a while.
In the unlikely event of missing the last train (11:45pm) service to Sydney CBD it is advisable to book into one of the many nearby hotels.
Be aware that if you decide to stay locally then it is likely that you will be approached in person by at least one of the many hostel managers. This practice occurs as they are looking to save money on advertising and try to gain customers directly from the airport areas. Unless you have a very restricted budget it is preferable to decline these offers, as the accommodation nearly always tends to be average at best.
The Gold Ambassador Desk
Sydney Airport boasts a team of Golden Ambassadors, ready to help travellers find everything that they need. These “ambassadors” are easy to find as they are always seen wearing bright yellow jackets.
It should be noted that while their main task is to provide an improved visitor experience the ambassadors will stop short of showing people around the airport itself.
Arriving at the airport in good time will provide ample opportunity to grab a quick bite to eat.
Thankfully Sydney Airport has sufficient choice to be able to cover virtually any appetite. Numerous bistros including casual dining and family restaurants that can provide anything from delicious snacks to fine dining.
Shopping and Facilities
Modern airports have a reputation of providing some of the best facilities for their travellers and in this respect Sydney Airport doesn’t fail to deliver.
As you might expect there are numerous duty and tax free stores to buy gifts and essentials from. Whether you are looking to buy a family member some Dior Perfume or an Omega timepiece, or you want to buy yourself the latest gadget from Apple then Syd Airport Tax and Duty is just about perfect.
All major high street brands are taken care of in a plethora of shops and retail outlets allowing you to buy just about anything you want.
Without doubt one of the best ways to get out of the busy airport and to your destination is by using our airport transfer service which can be arranged for individual travellers or groups of up to 70 people.
Whether you are on business or returning home from a vacation any concerns around luggage, comfort and safety will be taken care of by Transport Network Australia.
Other Options for Transportation to Sydney
There are plenty of other options availalbe for individual or group travel
- Taxi – A taxi into Sydney can be a great option providing you have less than 4 people in your group. Of course, you will also need to consider luggage provision in this if you choose and executive type vehicle as these tend to have smaller luggage areas.
- Local bus – There are a number of stops outside all three of the terminals. Tickets tend to offer value for money; however as with taxis, luggage space can be at a premium.
- Shuttle bus – These are best when organised ahead of time and will take you in comfort to your hotel or other onward destination.
- Train – Although this can work out to be a little more expensive than the other methods above, getting right into Sydney CBD is likely to be more convenient. Rail stations are connected to the airline terminals which allows for pedestrian access via lifts and subways.