About the terminal (T1)
Welcoming over 43 million passengers annually, Sydney Airport is Australia’s busiest, and the International Terminal (T1) is the major gateway for international visitors to Australia. More than 45 airlines fly into Sydney Airport, which offers multilingual wayfinding, an automated check-in option and bag drop facilities for a seamless check-in experience.
What facilities are at Sydney International Airport?
Within the International Terminal (T1) at Sydney Airport, you’ll find a wide range of services and facilities including restaurants, luxury fashion boutiques – as well as all the essentials.
Check-in at T1 International is located on the Departures level, directly inside from the passenger drop off zone. When departing from Sydney International Terminal (T1) you can check in at a traditional counter or at one of the self-check kiosks.
If you’re departing Sydney Airport, it’s a good idea to check the baggage allowances with your airline before you fly. At Sydney Airport’s International Terminal (T1), there are several services that departing passengers may find useful. If you’d like to have your baggage wrapped with recyclable clear plastic for additional safety, you can do that at points near Check-in D and Check-in H.
If you have oversize baggage, these items must be dropped off at the oversized baggage services located near Check-in counters A and K. Passengers arriving at Sydney International Terminal can usually collect oversized baggage at carousels 6 or 14.
Sydney International Airport also offers an alternative to excess baggage fees, with special excess baggage services and baggage storage options.
Is there a currency exchange?
There are multiple Global Exchange currency exchange desks on both levels 1 and 2 of Sydney International Airport, which offer a range of tailored currency exchange products and services. Another easy option is pre-purchasing your foreign currency, traveller cheques and more at Travel Money Oz to collect before you head to the airport.
What are the other services and facilities?
- Free and unlimited Wi-Fi
- Internet kiosks
- Charging stations for electronic devices
- Free showers
- Water stations
- Parenting rooms
- Prayer room
- Australia Post Office Shop open 6am-8pm daily
- Airport Ambassadors
- Lost property
- Luggage trolleys
- Tourist refund scheme
- Sydney Airport medical centre
Transport and terminal transfers
What’s the best way to get to and from Sydney Airport?
There are a number of ways to travel to and from Sydney International Airport (T1). Check out the options and find the way that works for you.
Car: Located just 8km from the CBD, Sydney Airport can be reached by car in around 25 minutes when traffic is light. Make sure you leave plenty of time for your journey if you’re travelling in either the morning or late afternoon peak times.
Sydney Airport parking: You can park at Sydney International Terminal (T1) in the multi-storey car park (P7), which is just a 5-minute walk to the International Terminal. There are a variety of booking options such as Express Pick-Up, Guaranteed Space and Valet Parking which can be arranged directly online.
Taxi: At Sydney Airport, the only place that taxi drivers are permitted to pick up passengers is at one of the designated taxi ranks. T1 has Taxi Ranks A and B as well as Taxi Rank C for maxi taxis. These areas both have an undercover waiting area for passengers. Sydney International Terminal (T1) also has a separate waiting area for pre-booked taxis.
Kerbside supervisors are on hand to help you with a seamless transition from the taxi waiting area into a taxi, and can also help you with special requests such as ordering a taxi with a baby capsule or wheelchair access. Customers who require accessible taxis are advised to pre-book where possible.
Some one-way fare estimates provided by Sydney Airport are below, and include the $4.60 airport toll payable by all passengers taking a taxi from any of Sydney Airport’s taxi ranks, as well as any bridge or road tolls included in the journey. (These estimates are for non-peak traffic times.)
Airport to Sydney City, $45-$55
North Sydney $55 - $65
Parramatta $100 - $120
Cronulla $75 - $85
Rideshare: Uber and other rideshare pick up services are available from Sydney Airport (both terminals). Simply send the request after you’ve exited the terminal, and follow the green signs to the Priority Pick-up zone where you can wait for your driver.
Train: Sydney’s Airport Train is called AirportLink and offers a fast and convenient way to travel from the International Terminal and Domestic Terminals to the city and the suburbs. Trains run approximately every ten minutes, with the journey taking less than 15 minutes. To use AirportLink, you’ll need to purchase an Opal Card from the station or WHSmith, which you can then use on the rail network anywhere from the Blue Mountains to Bondi. As a general guide, an AirportLink ticket from Sydney Airport to Kings Cross or any of the city stations, one-way, is around $19 for an adult and $15 for a child, with children under the age of 4 travelling free.
Door-to-door transfer: Sydney International Airport welcomes a number of bus and limousine transfer services that provide transport between the airport and most Sydney suburbs and regional areas. Talk to your Flight Centre Travel Expert for more information.
Bus: Sydney Buses operate Route 400 between Bondi Junction and Burwood, which stops at both the T1 International Terminal and T3 Domestic Terminals. Clearly marked bus stops are outside the terminals, on the Arrivals level. For travel, you’ll need to purchase an Opal Card from the train station or WHSmith.
Rental car: You’ll find all the well-known car rental companies located at the arrivals level at T1 International terminal.
How do I transfer between terminals?
If you’re transferring between a domestic or international service with either Qantas or Virgin, you may be eligible for the Seamless Transfer service from your designated airline.
Alternatively, AirportLink enables you to hop between T1 International and T2/T3 Domestic terminals. It’s a 2-minute journey, with frequent services between 5am and midnight, 7 days a week, and costs only $6.40 per person, one way.
A complimentary transfer is also available, via the T-Bus shuttle. The service operates frequently and takes about 10 minutes. T-Bus stops are located on the Arrivals level outside the terminal.