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Sydney Airport Guide

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In this section you will find traveller airport reviews as well as our Sydney Airport Guide with info on WiFi, lounges, facilities and services....and yes, even the names of some airport hotels in case you decide that sleeping in the airport is not for you!

It's unbelievable and embarrassing for Australia that there is a charge to transfer between the domestic and international terminals. - a traveller

Airport Overview

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, we are here to give you the low-down on what travellers have reported to us during their time at Sydney Airport.

What to Expect

  • Sydney Airport is made up of 3 terminals: the domestic terminals (T2 and T3) are connected to the international terminal (T1) by a train that costs around 5.50 AUD per person.
  • Sydney is a large, spacious airport. Immigration lines can be chaotic and take a long time.
  • Amenities are average, and considered by many to be "disappointing" considering Sydney's hub status.
  • Bring ear plugs or noise cancelling headphones and a blanket!
  • WiFi is free and unlimited. See more WiFi information below.

Where to Sleep

  • Most benches have armrests, and the marble floor is cold for sleeping.
  • In the international terminal, the “Waiting Area” is the designated area for airport sleepers spending the night. Located near the train station entrance (Landside), the area is poorly equipped with few chairs, power outlets, and one vending machine. Dress warm and make sure you have a blanket, as it gets very cold here at night!
  • Some travellers reported security checking this sleeping area at night for valid passports and plane tickets.
  • The domestic terminal closes at night, so sleeping there isn’t possible.
  • For uninterrupted sleep, this is a hotel located across from the International Terminal. See Airport Hotels below for more info.

Good to Know

  • Showers are free, but bring your soap and towel. See Showers below.
  • Economy class passengers can find comfort in one of many airport lounges with the purchase of a lounge pass or membership. See Airport Lounges below for locations and rates.

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Sydney Airport Information

In this guide we may refer to locations as "landside" and "airside". Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.

Airport Lounges

Pay-per-use, Single Visit Passes & Lounge Memberships

Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there are lounges that you can enter by paying at the door, purchasing a lounge passor through a lounge membership program. Visit the individual lounge page for more details (ie. facilities, hours, pass and membership information):

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Airport WiFi / Internet

Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the airport, connect to the “-FREE SYD WiFi-” network.

If you are not travelling with a mobile device, free internet kiosks are available throughout Terminal 1 (Departures level, airside - near Gate 24, 31 and 53), at Everywhere Internet in Terminal 2 (departure level towards gates 31 - 41 ) and Terminal 2 Arrivals level, near baggage Carousel 1.

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Airport Hotels