Sydney Airport, SYD Airport or Kingsford Smith Airport located towards south eastern Sydney suburb of Mascot. It is one of the oldest as well as busiest airports in the world with around 44 Million passengers traveling annually. So, it’s better to be prepared at your end before travelling to Sydney Airport.
In this blog we will briefly explain the Sydney Airport, which will definitely help you during your travel.
The first thing to know is the number of terminals in the airport. Simply there are three terminals. One is the international named as terminal 1 or T1 which is open from 3 am till 11 pm and two domestic terminals named as terminal 2 and terminal 3 which are open from 4 am till 11 pm. Domestic flights like Virgin, Jet star, Rex Qantas (flight numberQF1600 and above) operate from Terminal 2 while flight numbers from QF0400-1599 operate from Terminal 3.
There is a flight curfew after the terminals are closed so flights that are delayed are diverted to other airports.
Wondering, How to get to one terminal from the other?
For connecting passengers, some airlines like Qantas and Virgin offer free transfers facilities between terminals.
Qantas Seamless Transfer
If you are transferring in either direction between a Qantas domestic service (QF400 - QF1599) or a Qantas international service (QF001 - QF399), as well as their partner airlines, you may be eligible to use the Qantas Seamless Transfer Service. For more information and to confirm your eligibility, visit Qantas or phone 13 13 13.
Virgin Australia Seamless Transfer
If you are transferring between Virgin Australia and one of Virgin’s international partner airlines - or vice versa - you may be eligible to use Virgin’s transfer service. For further information and to confirm your eligibility, please visit Virgin Australia or phone 13 67 89.
You can also opt for a free shuttle bus in which journey takes around 15 minutes and is available from 6 am until 8:30 pm.
The T-Bus is Sydney Airport’s complimentary shuttle bus service between the T1 International and T2/T3 Domestic terminals. The service operates frequently throughout the day, 7 days a week, between 6.00am and 8.50pm. The journey takes approximately 10 minutes.
Bus stops are located on the Arrivals level outside each terminal.
A taxi journey between T1 International and the T2/T3 domestic terminals will take up to 10 minutes, depending on the time of day. The approximate cost for this journey is $17.00 - $22.00 (one way, per taxi).
Airport Link offers a $6.70 (one way, per person) single transfer ticket for passengers travelling between the T1 International and T2/T3 Domestic terminals. However, pricing does vary if the traveler is using an Opal Card. The journey takes only two minutes and there are frequent services between 5am and midnight, seven days a week.
Or you better be prepared with a pre-booked reservation with Mt Syd Shuttle where we will be waiting for you at your specified point at your specified time and you will be dropped at your location/terminal without any hassle.
Is there any waiting area for passengers with next morning flights?
Well this is awkward. They do have a small waiting area near the International train station where you may rest but there are no benches and heating systems. So you better be prepared for the uncomfortable rest. If this does not sound like a good idea you may opt for hotels within 1 km around the terminals so that you can catch your flight early in the morning.
How much time do you need to provide yourself before your flight?
It is always better to be prepared for your flights. For domestic outbound flights, recommended time is 2 hours before flights and 3 hours for international flights. But you must always be prepared for the traffic delays. Mt Syd shuttle always recommends the best time for you so that you get to the airport on time to catch your flight. Book with us to make your airport transfer comfortable and hassle free with one of the best airport shuttle service companies. Cheap and reliable airport transport service, on time pickup and a wonderful ride, all you get with Mt Syd Shuttle.
How to get to the city from the Sydney Airport?
You might probably want to know about how to get to the cities if you are travelling for the first time or even if you keep travelling for work its always better to have your shuttle booked beforehand so that you won’t have to wait for the train or the bus or any taxi. Booking with Mt Syd Shuttle gives you many benefits, first, we will be there waiting for you to drop you home after your long and tiring flight. Second, we have a predetermined fare which does not surge up with the traffic and also includes a free waiting charge for up to an hour. Third, our drivers are professional and courteous and will help you with your luggage. And in case, you succeed to inform us on time about your delay or flight cancellation we have a full refund guaranteed.
However, you will also find trains, buses and taxis but trains are really crowded on most times and taxis are often expensive while buses will make you wait for quite a long time.
What facilities does Sydney Airport have for the travelers?
FREE INTERNET ACCESS:
Although the waiting area does not meet up your standard, the Internet speed and connection at the Sydney airport won’t disappoint you.
It is very necessary to be in touch with the closed ones after travelling to a foreign country. Don’t worry; you can purchase SIM cards at the International Terminals arrivals hall. The Data packages they offer may vary than those found in the city.
One can find a lot of charging points in all the terminals. But you never know you will get enough time to charge your phone at the airport so if you are flying outside make sure you charge your battery full.
Baggage Storage area:
You will find the baggage storage in the southern end of Terminal 1 and is open until 9:30pm.
Some toilet blocks in Terminal 1 have shower stalls but without soap and towels. But you can purchase basic toiletries at the southern end of the departures hall.
No one can predict what will happen then next moment. You may feel unwell or uneasy after you have travelled in a long flight but not to worry , you will find medical assistance in Terminal 1 that is open from 8am to 5pm. If you don’t find the medical centre you will obviously get the basic medical products from the pharmacies.
Getting along the waiting time:
Sydney Airport is not as fancy as other airports around the world but it offers basic shops and restaurants. You can use the free internet services or just walk around the terminals if the wait time is relatively less. But in cases of longer waiting hours you might want to book a hotel to rest or can get along the nearby location in the city. Find out how to explore Sydney within a day with the guide to Sydney in 5 hours.
Some other facilities available at the Terminal 1 to make your journey more interesting are:
Information desks, International Student Welcome Desk (Open until 9pm), Lost Property, Lounges, Medical Travel Companions, Meeting and conference rooms, Meeting point, Plane spotting, Post Office (open until 8 pm), Prayer room, Smoking areas, Toilets, Tourist Refund Scheme (TRS), Travelling with children, Travelling with pets, Travel agency, VIP Rooms, Water fountains (Open until 9:30pm).
Domestic Terminals have ATM lounges too.