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Everything you need to know about flying in and out of Sydney.

Sydney Kingsford Smith is one of Australia’s busiest international and domestic airports, offering direct flights to dozens of destinations around the country.

This quick guide will give you all the information you need about ground transportation options and airlines that fly into and out of the Sydney airport.

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Direct flights to Sydney from US

There are a few different airports around the US where you can fly direct to Sydney.

CityAirlinesFlight duration
DallasQantas17-18 hours
HonoluluJetstar, Hawaiian Airlines, Virgin Australia, Qantas10 hours
Los AngelesAmerican Airlines, Delta, Qantas, United, Virgin Australia14-15 hours
San Fransisco American Airlines, Qantas, United14-15 hours

What happens when I get to Sydney airport

When you arrive to Sydney, give yourself ample time to get through the airport. You’ll need to have three documents to pass through immigration and customs: your passport, visa and Incoming Passenger Card.

The next thing you’ll want to do in the airport is use a travel-friendly debit card to make a withdrawal at an ATM so you have aussie cash to start your trip.

Tips for flying to Sydney

Heading to the land down under is going to be a long haul no matter where you’re flying from in the US. But, there are some hacks that can make your life easier — and most of all more comfortable — when flying to Sydney. Here are a few tips:

  • Get comfortable. It’s alright if you want to wear your pajamas on a trip this long. To enhance your seat, it’s advisable to bring along a small travel pillow and blanket to get as cozy as possible.
  • Entertainment. Load your smartphone or tablet up with music, podcasts, movies or TV shows to help pass the time — you might even want to spring the extra cash for WiFi. Getting lost in a book is another way to make time fall off the clock.
  • Be prepared. Have a plan for your flight so that you’re not completely zonked when you arrive in a different timezone. If you’re someone who is restless on flights, consider a sleep aid.
  • Food and drink. Bring along some snacks and a large water bottle to keep you nourished and hydrated. If you’re bringing fruit and you don’t get a chance to eat it, leave it on the plane or throw it out when you arrive to Sydney.
  • Stretch. Get up, walk around and stretch out your limbs to ensure you don’t stiffen up too much.
  • Upgrade. Always ask when checking in to your flight if there are better seats available and for what price. It also doesn’t hurt to put on your biggest smile and ask the employees at the gate if it’s possible for an upgrade.

Sydney flight FAQs

  • Who flies to Sydney? Delta, United, American Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, Qantas, Jetstar, and Virgin Australia.
  • What are the closest airports to Sydney? Sydney Kingsford Smith is Sydney’s international and domestic airport.
  • What airport transfer options are available? The Airport Link Railway Line gets you to the city in approximately 20 minutes for about $14 while the airport shuttle bus services can provide door-to-door transfers from $11.50 one way. Car rental desks are available at all terminals. Alternatively, Uber can drop you off at the private passenger drop-off but is not available from the regular taxi pool. A taxi into the city center costs $19-$23 and you can find one at designated taxi pools outside the terminals.

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