Sydney Airport Travel Guide

Australia's busiest airport, Sydney Airport is ideal for visitors just passing through and is formally known as the Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport. Main access is via General Holmes Drive which passes under the runway becoming Grand Parade. Running along the beach, Brighton-Le-Sands, Monterey and Dolls Point, the airport is just 10-15 minutes from the CBD via car or train.

Located on Botany Bay's western shore, Brighton-Le-Sands is virtually opposite the water of La Perouse. Just south of the airport, Brighton is home to luxury accommodation, a stunning beach, swimming baths and a number of restaurants.

The airport offers access from the underground Airport Link rail line with stations located at both the domestic and international terminals. Although part of the Cityrail network, the stations are privately owned and operated by the Airport Link group. Single and return day tickets range from $15.40 to $25.80 inclusive of the airport station surcharge.

Shuttle buses are also available to and from the city and hotels to the airport. Tickets are available from your hotel or the Terminal 3 information desk. Tickets bought at the desk cost $15 however a cheaper and more convenient option is available to book online, only costing $12.

Regular buses also operate within this area on the Route 400 Burwood to Bondi Junction Railway Station. Stopping at the international and domestic terminals, these buses connect the eastern suburbs, Inner West and St George to the airport. Private shuttle buses are also available from the Central Coast, Blue Mountains and Sutherland Shire.

Located in a dense urban area, the Sydney Airport enjoys connecting roads in all directions. Motorways such as the M1 Southern Cross Drive is the fastest option into the city however the M5 South Western Motorway and East Freeway will take you to the south western suburbs.

A ring road connects Airport Dive, General Holmes Drive, Qantas Drive, Marsh Street and the M5 East Freeway. As well as providing access to the aircraft viewing area, General Holmes Drive features three taxiways and a tunnel under the main north-south runway. Within the airport's bounds, the Ross Smith Avenue part ring road connects the domestic terminal with the general aviation area, heliport, control tower, car rental storage yards, long term car park, hotel and retail precinct.