Traveling to Australia

If you’re visiting from overseas, quarantine-free travel is available for travellers and proof of vaccination is no longer required, visit Home Affairs to ensure you meet the criteria. The easiest and quickest way to get to Sydney is by plane. Airlines from all over the world service Sydney Airport, and there are multiple flights each day from major hubs across the world. The CBD is just a few kilometres north of the airport, and there are plenty of ways of getting there quickly and affordably.

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Entering Australia

No matter what country you are coming from, to enter Australia, you must have a valid visa. You can easily apply for a tourist visa via Home Affairs, and we recommend you do so at least a month in advance, just in case the approval process is delayed.

Upon your arrival

Once you’ve landed, you’ll need to present your Incoming Passenger Card (which you should be given on the flight) and hold a suitable visa. After you’ve cleared immigration, it’s time to grab your bags and hit the city!

Whether you prefer to save some cash and hop on a train or splash out for that chauffeur service, Sydney Airport has a whole host of options to get you straight to the heart of the city. We can’t wait to welcome you!


Probably the quickest option, Sydney CBD is just a 13 minute journey from the airport. Trains run approximately every 10 minutes and depart from the northern end of the terminal, near the Arrivals hall. To use this service, you can purchase an Opal card or tap on with your contactless card. Head to the travel planner below for precise routes and fares.

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Taxi & Rideshare Services

Whether you take a traditional taxi or request a ride from your preferred rideshare service, Sydney CBD is just a 20-30 minute journey from the airport and will cost you approximately $40-60. Head to your terminal’s designated taxi rank or arrange for your driver to pick you up from the Priority Pick-up zone if using a rideshare service.

Teenagers looking out of a shuttle window. One is taking a photo


Convenient, efficient and affordable, shuttle services are a great alternative to a taxi. Wherever you’re heading, you should be able to find a shuttle that will drop you off! Take a look at the link below for some route and fare options.

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Sydney Buses operate timetabled services that stop at both the T1 International and T3 Domestic terminals. You’ll find clearly marked bus stops on the Arrivals level outside each of these terminals. – just be sure to purchase an Opal card at the airport before you hop on!

About Sydney

Sydney, celebrated for its stunning landscapes and cosmopolitan allure, seamlessly blends urban charm with natural wonders, creating a treasure trove for exploration.

The iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge not only provides breathtaking city views but also offers an exhilarating BridgeClimb experience, allowing adventurers to scale its arches for panoramic vistas. The world-renowned Sydney Opera House, a UNESCO World Heritage site, boasts a fascinating yacht-inspired design. With over 100 picturesque beaches, including the famous Bondi and Manly, Sydney invites visitors to embrace the quintessential Australian beach culture. The city’s culinary scene is a diverse delight, featuring vibrant food markets and restaurants.

From captivating street art in neighborhoods like Newtown to the intriguing Taronga Zoo, Sydney promises travelers a unique destination filled with enriching experiences.

Aerial photograph of Sydney from Balmoral Bay facing toward the CBD
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About Sydney

We know our sunny shores can be a bit of a journey to get to, but we promise it’ll all be worth it once you’re here! If you’re looking to learn more about the city this page is for you! Learn about the city, climate, and more

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Sydney Highlights

With gorgeous beaches, buzzing streets, delicious food and happy people, we’re sure you’re going to fall in love with Sydney. Take a look at our recommendations of things to do while you’re in our harbour city.

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Australia Highlights

While there’s plenty to do in and around Sydney, there’s a whole country out there to be explored: from the sparkling waters and pristine coastline surrounding this mega-island, to the legendary and endless outback.

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Where to Stay

Sydney is a sprawling city of countless neighbourhoods, each with their own personality. Here are some of the best areas to stay and celebrate Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.

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Sydney Day Trips

Sydney is a city built for day trips. The coastline is dotted with natural wonders and charming seaside communities, while if you venture further inland you’ll discover sleepy towns and rugged bushland as far as the eye can see.

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Getting Around Sydney

Public transport is used across Australia by locals and visitors alike, and Sydney is no exception. We give you the low-down on how to navigate from buses to Ferries and everything in between.