Airport location, terminals and transportation
Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport in Australia is located 8 km south of Sydney city centre, in the suburb of Mascot. It is the primary aviation hub of the capital of Australia. The passenger traffic of the airport amounts to roughly 42.5 million people per year. The first flights took place at the airport in 1919. In 1923, the airfield became public property. A year later the airport started handling the first regular flights. The airport was named in honour of pioneering Australian aviator Sir Charles Kingsford Smith in 1936.
The airport encompasses three rather long runways and three passenger terminals. The Freight Terminal of the airport has several functions, as it is used for parking purposes, when parking bays are full. A free shuttle bus runs between Terminals T1 and T2/T3.
The airport is accessible via rail lines. The railway station is positioned on the lower level of the International Terminal. The Domestic Airport railway station is placed under the car park between Terminal 2 and Terminal 3. There is a train fare. What is more, Sydney trains do not have special provisions for passengers with luggage. Transit route 400 passes via both the International (T1) and Domestic (T3) Terminals. In addition, the airport has motorway connections to all directions. Taxi services are also available. The taxi stands are based near all the terminals. All the terminals of the airport are situated within walking distance of the nearby districts of the city. You can take advantage of a shuttle service or book a limousine (the reservation counter is found inside the Arrivals area of T1 International).
Rental offices, how to find them, where to return car
If you wish to rent a car, you may use the services of several large vehicle hire companies operating at Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport. These are Avis, Hertz, Europcar, Budget, Redspot, and Thrifty. The car rental facilities are set at the arrival level of Terminal 1 (International), next to the baggage claim area. The arrival level is on the first floor of the terminal. The clients receive their leased cars on the first floor of multi-storey car park P7, opposite the International Terminal.
The passengers arriving at Terminals 2 and 3, should proceed from the Arrivals area to the car rental facilities, following the signs.
A preliminary reservation can be made with the help of the forms on the website of SYD. When receiving a vehicle, you will be required to present the printed voucher form with the request, your driver's license, your passport and your bank card.
Long-term and short-term parking, hotels nearby
Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport disposes of various types of car parks. These are the Domestic Short Term, Domestic Remote Long Term, International Short Term and International Long Term car parks. Parking in Express Pick-up zone opposite Terminal 1 is free for up to 15 minutes (P3). Moreover, you are allowed to park for up to an hour for free in Blu Emu Car Park. The parking garages in front of the terminals provide valet parking services.
A hotel, that offers valet parking services (P7) as well, is nestled beside Terminal 1 (International). Another two hotels for the passengers of the airport, which are the Mantra and the IBIS, are set between Terminal 2 and Terminal 3.