South Pacific : Australia : Sydney : SYD


Not the best place

by diegosoria (December, 2013)

Reason for Stay: Early flight departure
Where: Landside
Pros: Somehow I could stay there overnight, it was the objective.
Cons: Small crowded main lobby. Insifficient benches. Cold.

At the very beginning I was sleeping at the domestic terminal (I had an early flight departure to Melbourne next day) but it closes at midnight so I went to the international terminal (by bus). When I arrived to the international terminal, there were no available benches so I slept on the floor. There are just a few benches and there is no carpet, there is a small area with rubber floor close to the restrooms. It is not a comfortable place to rest at all, it is cold and crowded. There is a quiet hall in front of the lifts, I slept there on the floor. The security staff allow you to be there just if you show your passport, if you are taking a domestic flight as me, don't forget to carry it with you. The cleaning staff is friendly, they just do their job.

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Not as bad as everyone thinks

by cello_2006 (October, 2013)

Reason for Stay: No Money
Where: Landside
Pros: Stay inside, Quiet,
Cons: Hard Seats, Small Area to rest

The Airport is not as bad as everyone thinks. Yes, u have to sleep in a special area downstairs, which is not very big. But the Seats don't have armrest, so u can use the whole bench to sleep. U have to stay there from 10pm till 4am. Security is just there to check passprts, that's it. I had a sleeping bag and slept on the floor, it was very comfi and the noise started at 4 because the gate to the trainstation is right next to the area. But had a good sleep, so I can't understand the negative comments on the airport. Still better then Cainrs, where u really get kicked out

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Crap, but hope is only a short walk away

by olij86 (January, 2013)

Reason for Stay: Too cheap for a hotel room
Where: Landside
Pros: Mcdonalds
Cons: The Airport

So arrived back in Sydney after a month away to catch a connecting domestic flight. Having read the other reviews I wasn't particularly keen on the option of being gradually herded into small section to sleep on the floor. But nonetheless I needed somewhere to settle down for the night so I started off by trying to find this spot, but no luck. Instead I took a brief walk down to the Mascot Mcdonalds (around 10 minutes), just follow the road out from the area in front of the international terminal. So yes it's Mcdonalds, pretty comfy chairs, free wifi, refillable drinks for free once uve bought one, clean toilets and staff pretty friendly. Certainly preferable to the tales I've heard from those who stay at the airport overnight.

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Not so bad :)

by Aneki (September, 2013)

Reason for Stay: Early flight departure
Where: Landside
Pros: Free Wi-fi, showers
Cons: Sleeping on the floor, no carpet, people passing by

After reading the reviews for this airport I was a bit scared, but... well, you sleep on the floor. If you're ok with that then there isn't any major issue, nothing different from many other airports: lights, noise, etc. You have free wi-fi and if you go upstairs before/after curfew you can also take a warm shower! I slept on my sleeping bag, couldn't be bothered taking out my camping mattress, and it was fine. A sleeping mask (you get those on the plane sometimes) and an mp3 player will guarantee a decent night's sleep. It might get a bit chilly, but really nothing too bad. The chairs have fixed armrests and that part of the waiting area gets crowded, so try going towards the toilets and turn right in the corridor with the blue pavement: no people and less traffic until the end of the curfew. There are vending machines, although I d continued >>

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Does not live up to Australia's name

by worldtraveller328 (June, 2012)

Reason for Stay: Checking in and had to wait
Where: Landside and Airside
Pros: Friendly staff, clean bathrooms, clear signs
Cons: Crowded, noisy, too cold*, long walking distances

Landed in Sydney for a holiday. First things first, this airport does not lie up to Australia's name. AU is an affluent and beautiful country. This airport resembles maybe a little better than Vietnam. But, it does have friendly staff, very clean and modern bathrooms which look attractive enough to sleep in and clear and helpful signs that directed me throughout the airport clearly and safely. On the minus, it is crowded (though not as bad as JFK), being a hub of Qantas, the air-conditoining was too cold (I actually like it but i'm sure most of you guys won't)and long walking time between the gates, airside and arrival hall. Overall, a high 3 starer but far from 5 star. Would recommend if you are not too concerned about comfort but if you are, might as well sleep at your house ;).

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