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Australia is open to international travelers

Australia reopened its borders on February 21, 2022. In July, the last travel restrictions have been lifted — overseas arrivals no longer have to prove they have been vaccinated. A negative pre-departure test is no longer required. However, masks are still mandatory on planes flying to Australia.

Most passport holders need the right visa to come to Australia.



Arriving in Sydney

  • If you are flying to Sydney from abroad, you will most likely land at one of its biggest international airportsits main international airportSydney Kingsford Smith Airport SYD (also known as Mascot Airport). It is the largest and busiest airport operating in Australia and is also the oldest commercial airport in the world. The airport comprises three terminals: Terminal 1 for all international flights, Terminal 2 for domestic flights (Virgin, Jetstar, Rex and Qantas with flight numbers QF1600 up), and Terminal 3 for Qantas flights (flight numbers QF0400-1599). Both Terminal 2 and Terminal 3 are in close proximity to one another, and a complimentary shuttle bus service, T-Bus, runs between Terminal 1 and T2 and T3. Additionally, if you are transferring between domestic or international flights with either Qantas or Virgin, you may be eligible for the Seamless Transfer service from your designated airline.

    There are multiple transport options to choose from when arriving at Sydney Airport, including trains, buses, shuttles, and taxis. The airport is only 8km from the Central Business District (CBD), making it relatively close to the city compared to other major airports. A short, 25-minute taxi ride to the CBD will cost about 45-55 AUD.

    If you prefer ridesharing options to taxis, you can request an Uber, Ola, Didi or Bolt from all terminals within Sydney Airport. Simply send the request after exiting the terminal and follow the green signs to the Priority Pick-up zone where you can wait for your driver. There is free WiFi at the airport for you to access your apps without having a sim card.

    Plans are now in place to construct a second airport to serve Sydney’s ever-growing population - Western Sydney AirportWSA is currently under construction and is set to open in 2026. The airport will be located in Badgerys Creek, around 50km from the Sydney CBD
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    These are also the best (and the cheapest) airports to fly into Sydney. As they are used by many airlines serving the same routes, the competition for passengers is fierce – with decreased airfare as a result.
  • Once in Sydney, take advantage of frequent intercity flights operated by domestic airlines such as Qantas, Virgin Australia, Jetstar, Rex Airlines, and Bonza. Those in-country carriers typically offer lower fares, operate from smaller airports located closer to city centers (you save on ground transportation), and provide flexible schedules – with a wide range of departure times.
  • Planning to explore the region? Popular destinations near Sydney can be easily reached with regional low-cost carriers (LCCs) by the likes of AirAsia, Bamboo Airways, Batik Air, Cebu Pacific, Jetstar, Scoot, VietJet Air, Avianca, and WestJet. If you have a layover in Sydney and plan to fly only a short distance to one of its neighboring countries, these budget airlines are an excellent way to save money. However, the “no-frills” carrier may not provide free checked baggage allowance, complimentary food, in-flight entertainment systems, and fast customer support. You may not even get to choose your seats, unless you pay extra.

Airports of Sydney

Best airports to fly into Sydney: Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport (SYD)
Sydney has one international airport – Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport SYD located 8 km (5 miles) south of the Sydney central business district, in the suburb of Mascot (hence the colloquial name Mascot Airport), next to Botany Bay. It takes about 25 minutes to drive from the airport to the city center in light traffic.
Things to know before flying to Sydney
Airlines flying to SydneyAir Canada, Air China, Air Europa, Air France, Air India, Air New Zealand, Air Niugini, Air Tahiti Nui, Air Vanuatu, AirAsia X, Aircalin, Alaska Airlines, ANA, Alliance Airlines, American Airlines, Asiana Airlines, Austrian Airlines, Avianca, Bamboo Airways, Batik Air, British Airways, Cambodia Angkor Air, Cathay Pacific, Cebu Pacific, China Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Delta Air Lines, El Al Israel Airlines, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Fiji Airways, Finnair, Garuda Indonesia, Hawaiian Airlines, Iberia, Japan Airlines, Jetstar Airways, KLM, Korean Air, LATAM, Link Airways, Lufthansa, Malaysia Airlines, Philippine Airlines, Qantas, Qatar Airways, Rex, SAS, Singapore Airlines, Srilankan Airlines, SWISS, T'Way Air, Thai Airways, Turkish Airlines, United Airlines, VietJet Air, Vietnam Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, Virgin Australia, WestJet, Xiamen Airlines
Australian airlinesQantas, Jetstar Airways, Virgin Australia (international routes)
Rex Airlines, Airnorth, Alliance Airlines, Bonza, Skippers Aviation, Maroomba Airlines, Eastern Air Services (domestic routes)
Airports in SydneySydney Kingsford Smith Airport (SYD) (AKA Mascot Airport)
Western Sydney Airport (WSA) (under construction)
Regular price (roundtrip)✈ € 900 — € 1,200 (from Europe)
✈ $ 1,100 — $ 1,600 (from USA)
Flight hacks 40% — 80% off regular fare
Airline discountsDiscounted airline tickets to Sydney (student/family/seniors/military)

Low-cost flights from Sydney

Stay ahead of the game. Fly to popular destinations at a fraction of the regular fare.

The cheapest time to fly to Sydney

The cheapest time to fly to Sydney is during the winter months of June to August. This is the low season in Sydney with fewer tourist crowds, as the colder temperatures keep most travelers away. Due to decreased demand for flights, airlines offer significant discounts and promotions on airfares. Flying to Sydney between June and August can save you at least 20% compared to the high season.

To get decent weather conditions and still avoid crowds of tourists and high airfares, book your flight for the shoulder seasons: September and November (spring) and between February and April (autumn). It is just before people start traveling for their holidays.

Remember that since Sydney is located in the Southern Hemisphere – seasons are the opposite of those in the Northern Hemisphere.

Prearrange your Australian tourist visa

Most travelers flying to Sydney from overseas are required to obtain an Australian visa. It needs to be arranged in advance unless you are a citizen of New Zealand (who can obtain a visa on arrival).

The type of tourist visa to apply for would depend on your passport and the length of your intended stay:

  • Electronic Travel Authority (ETA). Available to citizens of certain countries. Allows multiple visits to Australia, each visit can last up to 3 months within a 1-year period. There is an application service charge of A$20.
  • eVisitor. Free visa available for passport holders from most European countries. Allows multiple visits to Australia, each visit can last up to 3 months within a 1-year period.
  • Visitor Visa. Open to all nationalities. When applying you may be granted a stay of 3, 6 or 12 months. Cost: A$150.
  • Transit Visa. Free visa that will let you transit through Australia for up to 72 hours.

You can apply online, or on paper, by visiting an Australian embassy. Even if most applications are resolved in a few weeks, it is recommended to submit your application at least 2 months before your flight to Sydney.

The 80-hour rule for Qantas seat selection

Did you know that Qantas reserves certain desirable seats for their elite frequent flyers? These “good” seats are usually at the front of the plane and you may not see them as available during the booking process (they are usually greyed out).

The good news, there is a simple solution to gain access to those seats as the restrictions are lifted precisely 80 hours before the departure. So, if you want to snap up the best seat on your flight to Sydney, log in to Qantas Manage Booking 80 hours before departure, check for previously unavailable seats, and change your seat selection.

Virgin Australia has an unofficial rule similar to Qantas – where any seats previously reserved for frequent flyers are released to all passengers 48 hours before departure (when online check-in opens).

Extra checked bag for an infant

Flying to Sydney with children? Virgin Australia aims to become the first choice for family travelers. It has the most generous policy regarding infant luggage allowances – a 23kg checked bag, and 3 infant items are allowed, free of charge.

This policy applies to the airline’s domestic and international short-haul and long-haul flights.

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Flights to Sydney from United States and Canada

  • There are no direct flights from the US or Canada to Sydney. However, most major hubs in Asia have non-stop flights to Sydney, as do some larger airports in the Middle East – your journey will have at least one stop. Direct flights to Sydney SYD are just 10 hours long if you are departing from Honolulu HNL. The popular route from West Coast (Los Angeles LAX, San Francisco SFO, Vancouver YVR) to Sydney SYD takes around 16 hours. When opting for a non-stop flight, American travelers can only choose from a limited range of flight operators: Air Canada, American Airlines, Qantas, Virgin Australia, United Airlines, and Hawaiian Airlines.
  • Sydney is well-served via one-stop flights from North America. Flights to Sydney with one layover depart from most major North American airports, including Atlanta ATL, Dallas DFW, Denver DEN, Chicago ORD, Los Angeles LAX, Las Vegas DFW, Miami MIA, Seattle SEA, Houston IAH, New York JFK, and San Francisco SFO in the United States and Toronto YYZ, Vancouver YVR, Calgary LAS, and Montreal YUL in Canada.
  • The best airlines to fly to Sydney from the US and Canada are: Air Canada, ANA, Emirates, Cathay Pacific, Delta Air Lines, Japan Airlines, Korean Air, Singapore Airlines, and Qantas. They are top full-service carriers, offering exceptional customer service, in-flight comfort, a generous checked baggage allowance, and reliable customer support channels – all included in the ticket price.

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Use regional airports to visit Central Australia

There are no major airports that service Australia’s epic heartland. So, if you wish to visit, you’ll have to take a domestic flight to a regional airport.

Alice Springs Airport ASP is the best choice for the never-ending desert landscapes of Red Centre, Ayers Rock Airport AYG is the gateway for Uluru, and Mount Isa Airport ISA is serving western Queensland.

Avoid Australia’s public holidays

Prices skyrocket during holidays in Australia – adjust your travel dates to avoid expensive tickets. Airlines start to raise their flight prices to Sydney for the Australian summer – December to February – when travelers from across the country and around the world flock to the city for the end-of-year holidays.

Hotel and apartment rates also soar during the Australian school vacations: April (Easter school holidays), July (Winter school holidays), September/October and December (Summer school holidays).

If you plan to visit Sydney during these popular holidays, book your flight at least 2-3 months before departure to avoid high fares.

Long waiting times when calling the helpline?

Social media is usually a faster way to reach the airline when a problem arises. Use Twitter or Facebook Messenger to contact the airline customer service and get a response and solution within minutes (see detailed guides for Qantas, Virgin, and Jetstar).

When it comes to Twitter there’s one more trick to get in touch with the airline faster: mention the airline in a tweet about your issue (add “@airline_handle”, for example: “@Qantasairways”). The social media team will often notice it immediately, ask you for a direct message, and respond privately.

Qantas Explorer Pass: discounted domestic fares in Australia

Are you planning to visit more destinations after arriving in Sydney? The Qantas Explorer Pass can be an excellent way to save some money. With this pass, you can book multiple domestic flights in Australia or New Zealand at discounted rates – great for hopping between some of the region’s most iconic cities, beaches, and landscapes.

The Qantas Explorer Pass allows travelers to create their personalized itinerary with multiple stopovers, choosing from over 30 destinations, including major cities such as Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane, as well as Auckland, Christchurch, and Wellington. However, the pass is only available for domestic flights within Australia or New Zealand – you can’t use it to fly internationally between the two countries.

To access the Qantas Explorer Pass, you must be traveling from overseas to Australia or New Zealand with Qantas. Use the airline website to book your international flight to Sydney, and choose the multi-city option to get access to Explorer Pas cheaper fares.

Qantas Customer Support via SMS

Qantas recently introduced a convenient SMS service as a part of its customer support. SMS-es appear to be replied to much quicker than calls, live chat messages, e-mails, or even social media DMs.

To text Qantas via SMS, use 0477 QANTAS or 0477 726 827. The SMS service is available to customers within Australia only.

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Flights to Sydney from UK, Germany, France, Netherlands and other countries in Europe

  • There are no direct flights from Europe to Sydney — you’ll need to get a connecting flight from elsewhere in the Middle East or in Asia. There is only a handful of direct flights from Europe to Sydney, all of them operated by Qantas and departing from London Heathrow LHR or Rome FCO (more than 22 hours long flights).
  • Airlines that frequently fly from the UK, Germany, France, and other European countries to Sydney include ANA, British Airways, Etihad Airways, Emirates, Finnair, Lufthansa, Malaysia AirlinesQatar Airways, Singapore Airlines, SWISS, Qantas, Thai Airways, and United Airlines,.
  • Consider departure airports in neighboring countries to increase your chance of spotting the best deal. Especially look for large airports that serve as hubs for multiple airlines. For example, if you live in Western Europe, check air tickets to Sydney from Amsterdam, Frankfurt, London, Madrid, Paris, and Rome. Leverage frequent promotions from European budget carriers like RyanAir, EasyJet, and Eurowings to reach a major hub; from there, take a cheaper long-haul flight to your final destination, potentially saving hundreds of euros.
  • These major European airports are excellent departure points for trips to Sydney: London LHR and Manchester MAN in the United Kingdom, Frankfurt FRA and Munich MUC in Germany, Paris CDG and Nice NCE in France, Amsterdam AMS in the Netherlands, Madrid MAD and Barcelona BCN in Spain, Rome FCO and Milano MXP in Italy, Brussels BRU in Belgium, Copenhagen OSL in Denmark, Oslo OSL in Norway, Stockholm ARN in Sweden, Zurich ZRH in Switzerland, Lisbon LIS in Portugal, Vienna VIE in Austria, Warsaw WAW in Poland, Prague PRG in the Czech Republic, and Dublin DUB in Ireland.

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Last-minute flights to Sydney. The real cost of convenience.

Last-minute flights are often touted as a great way to save money, but the reality is far from it. Booking last-minute flights to Sydney almost always never works out. The convenience of being able to book a flight on the fly is a dangerous game of chance, and you will most likely end up paying significantly higher than booking in advance.

Last-minute flight cost spike
Late booking penalty: The flight prices rise as departure draws near. Last-minute flights are almost always more expensive than booking in advance.

The common perception may be that airlines decrease ticket prices to fill empty seats as the departure date approaches. However, the truth is that airfares depend on demand. Based on years of research and current customer data, the airlines know what people are willing to pay for specific flights and dates. They are also well aware that people are willing to pay a premium for flights they need to take immediately. To make the most money, the airline will sell its cheapest fares first and then increase the prices right before the flight to take advantage of business travelers and others who are willing to pay the premium price for late booking.

Occasionally, airlines can put some seats on sale to fill the remaining seats, but these are for unusual times and unpopular places. Popular destinations and dates around peak travel times tend to sell out quickly.

Planning ahead is key to securing a good deal on your flight. Last-minute flight deals are hard to come by, so as soon as you have a tentative travel timeline, book your flight. The earlier you book, the more likely you are to save money. If you are looking for a good deal, the best time to book your flight to Sydney is 2-8 months before the takeoff.

Looking for the best deals for Sydney? Check different departure airports.

Airlines often have varying prices for flights to Sydney from different airports – even if they are in close proximity to one another. So don’t limit yourself to just your nearest airport. The neighboring cities may have lower-priced flights that include a layover at Sydney, or may even have direct flights that are more budget-friendly.

For example, if you’re looking to fly from Paris to Sydney, it may be worth checking prices for flights departing from London, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, or Rome. Yes, you may have to fly a few hundred kilometers to these hubs, but domestic low-cost airlines like EasyJet, RyanAir, or WizzAir will happily take you there for less than €100.

Book flights from many departure airports
By entering more than one departure city in the flight search engine (at the top of this page), you can quickly find the airport with the cheapest flights to your destination

The same goes for long-haul flights to Sydney from anywhere in the world. By broadening your search to include neighboring airports, you may discover lower-priced options that can save you hundreds of euros!

Domestic flights from Sydney

Most domestic routes in Australia are operated by local carriers. When traveling to popular tourist destinations such as Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Gold Coast, Adelaide, Cairns, Darwin, and Canberra from Mascot Airport, you’ll likely fly with one of these domestic airlines: Qantas, Virgin Australia, Jetstar, Rex Airlines, and Bonza.

This is often the best transportation method, providing speed, convenience, and cost-effectiveness. Local airlines often offer multiple daily flights to key destinations, providing flexibility in scheduling and competitive pricing. They also serve smaller regional airports, enabling access to a wider range of Australian destinations.

“Hot seats” on long-haul flights

Those days seat selection is considered an optional, extra paid service – seats with extra legroom (front and exit rows) are usually priced higher. However, if you’re about to take a long-haul flight to Sydney, those “hot seats” are worth considering – expect to pay $50-$100, which is much less than upgrading to Premium Economy.

If you want to choose your seats, do this early (ideally during the booking) for a more extensive selection of available options.

Booking hot seats (preffered seats with extra legroom) on plane
Choosing a hot seat during the flight booking process is usually worth it. For a reasonable price, you will get more room to stretch your legs, as well as a wider seat pitch.

Booking group flights to Sydney

Flights are cheaper when purchased in bulk rather than as individual tickets. Booking group flights to Sydney can be a cost-effective option for a school trip, family reunion, or corporate group traveling to a conference.

To qualify for the special group rate, the group must usually have at least 10 passengers. Discounts depend on the airline, group size, and travel dates, and typically range from 5% to 20% off the regular airfare.

Airlines and flight search websites typically limit automatic group bookings to 10 passengers. This limit reflects the complexity of managing larger groups, which require personalized service and more time to coordinate. To get the price quote for your group, you’ll need to contact the airline or a travel agent directly.

If you’re open to different airlines or want more personalized service, a travel agent may be a better choice. Travel agents may have access to discounted group rates to Sydney and can help with logistics and scheduling.

Flights to Sydney from Bali, Bangkok, Delhi, Dubai, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Singapore, Seoul, Tokyo, and other major hubs in Asia

  • Asia is probably the best continent for short-haul and mid-haul flying. The sheer scale of this most populous region on Earth is reflected in the type of aircraft operating many shorter routes: intra-Asia flyers benefit from comfortable, wide-bodied aircraft by the likes of Boeing 777, 787 or Airbus A350, A330, and A380. When booking your flight to Sydney look for these bigger planes as they will almost always give you the best experience in every cabin, including better seat pitches, higher ceilings, and larger overhead bin space.
  • Asia is also home to most of the world’s best airlines. There are only ten airlines that received the prestigious 5-star mark of quality from Skytrax, and all of them are from Asia: ANA, Asiana Airlines, Cathay Pacific, EVA Air, Garuda Indonesia, Japan Airlines, Korean Air, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines. Choosing one of these airlines for your trip to Sydney will guarantee a pleasant journey – delicious meals served during the flight, great in-flight entertainment, and above-average airline customer service.
  • Asia is extremely well served by low-cost regional airlines. If you are visiting Australia and want to see several other countries on a tight budget, they often have great sales with rock-bottom prices, while still offering a relatively comfortable flight experience. Among the best Asian budget airlines you can book without hesitation are AirAsiaCebu Pacific, Citilink, FlyDubai, Indigo, Jetstar Airways, Scoot, SpiceJet, and VietJet Air. The cons? Being no-frills airlines they may not provide free baggage allowance, inflight meals, or onboard entertainment. The departure times may also be quite inconvenient as they try to save money by flying at off-peak hours.
  • Most major Asian airports have convenient and frequent flights to Sydney — including Changi (Singapore), Dubai (UAE), Hong Kong (China), Incheon (Seoul, South Korea), Indira Gandhi (New Delhi, India), KLIA (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia), Narita (Tokyo, Japan), Denpasar (Bali, Indonesia), Soekarno–Hatta (Jakarta, Indonesia), Ninoy Aquino (Manila, Philippines), Suvarnabhumi (Bangkok, Thailand), Taoyuan (Taipei, Taiwan), and others.

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Proof of onward travel – a simple hack

Travelers who go on long trips often don’t have a set itinerary and fly on one-way tickets. The problem? For many APAC countries, proof of onward travel is a legal requirement. If you arrive at the airport without an onward ticket (from Australia to another country), you’ll either be forced to buy one online or forbidden from boarding the plane altogether.

The cheapest solution? Renting an onward ticket! Use the websites such as OneWayFly or OnwardTicket to get a flight reservation for a limited amount of time (usually 2 to 14 days). They work by actually booking you on a real flight out of Australia and giving you a confirmable flight reservation with a PNR (Passenger Name Record) under your name. After the time limit, your spot on the flight is automatically canceled. Such “temporary tickets” tend to cost anywhere from $10 to $20.

Confirmed flight ticket reservation
Proof of onward travel: confirmed flight ticket reservation (source: OnwardTicket)

Fly now, pay later

Book Now Pay Later (BNPL) plans for flights have become a popular trend in the travel industry, allowing travelers to book flights and pay in installments. Among the airlines that offer this option are American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Emirates, Qatar Airways, Qantas, Turkish Airlines, and United Airlines. They partner with external financial companies to offer their loan services on the checkout page.

The BNPL plans come with varying terms and fees. Some may be interest-free but have fees for late-payments and require forced autoplay on your bank account, while others may have high annual percentage rates (up to 30-40% APR).

When considering BNPL financing for your flight to Sydney, it’s crucial to carefully evaluate the pros and cons, and thoroughly review the terms and conditions.