Arrival Information

Sydney International Airport is Australia’s international aviation gateway and domestic airport with an average 90,000 passenger movements each day.

The airport accounts for half of Australia’s international passengers, services over 40 international airlines and handled 33 million passenger movements in 2008, including 10.4 million international passenger movements.

There are three terminals at Sydney Airport – T1, T2 and T3 – whose operating hours are 0400-2300 daily

T1 International Terminal
International passengers, international airlines and Qantas (QF) flights 001 - 399 depart and arrive from T1 International Terminal.

T2 Domestic Terminal
The T2 Domestic Terminal services a number of domestic and regional airlines including;

  • Tiger
  • Jetstar
  • Virgin Blue
  • Regional Express
  • Aeropelican
  • Air Link
  • Qantas flights QF1600 and above. 

T3 Domestic Terminal
Services Qantas domestic flights QF 400- 1599

Terminal Transfer

Although linked by runways and aprons, Sydney Airport's Domestic and International terminal buildings are located separately.
There are several options available for transfer between T1 International and T2/T3 Domestic Terminals, depending on your flight details and time allowance.

Approximate costs of transfer options are listed below.

T -Bus   
T - Bus is a shuttle bus service between T1 International and T2 Domestic Terminals which costs $5.50 (one way, per person). It is only a short walk between T2 and T3 Terminals. The journey takes up to 10 mins and operates frequently in the morning peak period, then half hourly until 8pm. The bus stops are on arrivals levels, at T1 Bus Bay 21 near McDonalds, and at T2 Bus Bay 3 near baggage carousel 6. For more detailed information contact Carbridge directly on (+61 2) 9700 8844 or go to

A taxi journey between T1 International and T2/T3 Domestic Terminals will take up to 10 mins depending on the time of day. The approximate cost for this journey is $8.00 - $12.00 (one way, per taxi)

Airport Link offers a $5.00 (one way, per person) transfer ticket for passengers transferring between T1 International and T2/T3 Domestic Terminals. The journey takes only 2 minutes and there are frequent services between 5am and midnight, 7 days a week. For more information visit

Qantas Seamless Transfer   
If you are transferring between a Qantas Domestic Flight (QF400 - QF1599) and a Qantas International Flight (QF001 - QF399) in either direction, you may be eligible to use the Qantas Seamless Transfer Service. For more information and to confirm your eligibility visit or phone 13 13 13.

Virgin Blue Seamless Transfer   
If you are transferring between Virgin Blue and Pacific Blue, Polynesian Blue or one of Virgin's interline or codeshare partner airlines - or vice versa - you may be eligible to use their Seamless Transfer Service.  For further information and to confirm your eligibility, please visit or phone 13 67 89.

T2 Domestic to T3 Qantas Domestic
T2 and T3 are a short walk apart with clearly marked signage to assist in your transfer between these terminals.

For further information, visit

When you arrive at an Australian international airport

Everyone who arrives at an Australian international airport must present their travel documents and Incoming Passenger Card (IPC) to officers in immigration clearance.

Travellers who are not Australian citizens also need to obtain a valid visa or authority to enter Australia. This must be obtained before travelling to Australia. Special provisions apply to most New Zealand citizens, and to people eligible to transit Australia without a visa.

Click here for information on the Arrival at an Australian Airport.

Travel documents required for all other travellers

All travellers other than Australian and New Zealand citizens need to present the following documents to officers in immigration clearance:

  • a valid passport or other acceptable travel document
  • a valid visa or authority to enter Australia (including electronic visas)
  • a completed and signed Incoming Passenger Card including health and character declaration.

Anyone who arrives without a valid travel document, visa or authority to enter Australia, may be refused entry to Australia or delayed until their identity and claims to enter Australia have been confirmed.

Click here for information on travel documents required to enter Australia.

International Event Coordinator Network (IECN) Service

The IECN provides free advice and guidance on visa requirements. The network facilitates visa application processing of international travellers invited or registered to speak at, perform in, compete in, or attend an event in Australia.

Click here for information on visas for event organisers and participants.

Declaration of Prohibited and Restricted Goods

When arriving at an Australian international airport everyone must complete an Incoming Passenger Card and declare any restricted or prohibited goods. The Australian Customs and Border Protection Service provides a guide for international travellers – visit Customs or call +61 1300 363 263.

Yellow fever vaccination is the only mandatory health requirement for entering Australia and is only required in some circumstances. A fact sheet on yellow fever is available from the Department of Health and Aging which lists affected countries 

Visit the Department of Health & Ageing

To and From the Airport

Sydney International Airport is approximately 9km from the CBD and major hotels and easily accesible by all modes of transport including car, train, taxi and bus.

All three terminals, can be easily found by following signs to the airport - usually displayed by a simple aeroplane symbol. Most major routes will feature the symbol at decision points.

Transport Info – – has information regarding public transport options, including a trip planner function that will provide you with detailed information on how to get there.

Sydney Airport is also accessible by cycleway and there are pedestrian links to nearby centres (Mascot Station Precinct/Qantas Offices) including hotels.


Each terminal has its own under cover taxi rank with supervisors on hand in peak hours to ensure a smooth flow of taxis for travellers.

Kerbside supervisors can also organise taxis with baby capsules, wheelchair access, 5 seaters, station wagons for lots of baggage, and maxi taxis for groups.

Here are some approximate return fares you can expect to pay to and from Sydney Airport. Remember passengers pay for any bridge or road tolls on top of the fare (these fares are in Australian dollars and are based on non-peak traffic conditions):

Return fare to Sydney Airport:

  • Sydney City $50
  • North Sydney $65
  • Manly $103
  • Parramatta $165
  • Liverpool $114
  • Cronulla $89

A $3.00 airport toll is payable by all passengers taking a taxi from any of Sydney Airport's taxi ranks.
Contacts have been provided below if you would prefer to pre-book your taxi.

Taxis Combined Services
Phone: 133 300

Silver Service Fleet
Phone:  133 100

RSL Ex-Servicesmen's Cabs & Co-Op Members Ltd
Phone: +61 2 9581 1111
Cabcharge Bookings: 131 581

Legion Cabs
Phone: 131 451
Cabcharge Bookings: 131 271

Premier Cabs
Phone: 13 10 17

St George Cabs
Phone: 132 166

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