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SQflyergirl
3rd January 2008, 05:27 PM
This is the SYDNEY Kingsford Smith Airport Guide
With thanks to contributors (as of now):
kpc, UMD,simong

ARRIVING

Customs and Immigration formalities. Do I need to fill out any forms? How do I get through quicker?
Regardless of your nationality you will need to fill out an arrival card which incorporates quarantine declaration.

Depending on the time of the day you arrive, quarantine can be very busy. Pax of incoming flights from Asia will be thoroughly vetted regardless of whether they present items for declaration due to the tendency of such pax to be in possession of items forbidden by quarantine laws like wooden articles or dried foods and then unknowingly failing to declare them. To avoid lengthy queues and unnecessary delay, simply buy something simple to declare (if you have nothing to declare) before you board your flight to Sydney - a chocolate bar usually does the trick and you'd be let through without having random customs people rummaging through your bags.

UPDATE:

Since 1NOV07, MEL, SYD and BNE have been conducting a 6-month Arrival Express Path trial for premium passengers. The Arrival Express Path will allow Suites, First Class, Business Class and *G passengers to clear CIQ via an express lane.

This new facility is offered as an extension to the Express Path on departure. Currently the only other airline offering such a service at these airports is QF, and I'm not sure if there are plans to extend it to other airlines.

Note: to use the Express Path on arrival, you must have nothing to declare. In other words, if you are eligible for this service, please disregard all previous recommendations to declare chocolate bars or Kris Chili Sauce on arrival. You must also have no more than TWO pieces of checked baggage.

Luggage reclaim : Do priority tags work? Is it quick or slow?
Luggage reclaim does have a tendency to take an age relative to Changi, but otherwise comparatively efficient. Priority tags do work very well.

Duty Free Shops – Costs for typical items
There is a duty free shop on arrival just before passport control, operated by SYD Airport Tax and Duty Free. Prices for typical items per this website (http://www.syddutyfree.com/default.aspx).

Transport to Town tips – what’s the best way?
Taxi - taxi ranks are plentiful, and taxis are freely available. Typical fares to the CBD will run about 30+ AUD, to elsewhere <Help needed here for typical prices to other destinations>

Train - All 3 terminals in Sydney have access to Airport - East Hills train line which serves the airport with the city (Redfern, Central, Town Hall, Wynyard, Circular Quay, St. James, and Museum) and the Southwest suburbs all the way to Campbelltown and Macarthur.

Access to the train station at the International T1 (International Station) is at the end of North Concourse past McDonald's close to the Qantas Domestic Transfer area. There is a lift that will go down to the train platform.

At JetStar / Virgin Blue Domestic T2, there are sets of escalators that go down to the platform (Domestic Station) located close to Virgin Blue baggage claim area.

At Qantas Domestic T3, there are sets of escalators that go down to the platform (the same Domestic Station as T2) on the east side of the arrival / baggage claim hall.

Are there any left luggage services? Where and how much?
See here for prices and other info (http://www.sydneyairport.com.au/SACL/Terminal+Information/T1+International+Terminal/Baggage/default.htm)


Are there airport hotels? Are they airside? Are they within the compound?

There is no transit hotel inside the terminal. The 2 closest hotel to the airport complex are the Stamford Hotel and the Mercure Hotel. If any outgoing planes hit the 11 o'clock curfew and cannot fly out, airline will usually room stranded passengers at these 2 hotels. Most of the time, I believe it is the Stamford.

SQflyergirl
3rd January 2008, 05:28 PM
DEPARTING

Best way to get back to the airport from town. How much will it cost?
Taxi - The fare will set you back approximately AUD30+ from the CBD.
Train - See section in "arriving" above

Which terminal? Who flies out from where?
Terminal 1 – International Terminal
Terminal 2 – Virgin Blue domestic terminal
Terminal 3 – Qantas Domestic QF400 and up

Who has lounges here, and which one can I use?

INTERNATIONAL
Once airside, look for the signs that say 'Airline lounges.' They're all located around the same area so it won't be that hard to locate the respective lounges.
JL and UA are down one level from Departures near gate 63
QF, SQ and NZ are up one level from Departures

There is an established Silver Kris Lounge here for all SQ pax and *Gs, with both Business and First class sections. The SKL is open 3 hours before the departure of each of the 3 SQ dailies. SKL has shower facilities inside the lounge.

UA operates an RCC here

NZ has one of their new style lounges at SYD. It is a *G lounge. NZ *G lounge has shower facilities inside the lounge

There is also a Qantas Club which functions as the main oneworld business lounge. If flying oneworld in First or holding oneworld emerald status, you are entitled to use the new Marc Newson-designed Qantas First lounge featuring restaurant dining, spa treatment and concierge service.

MH also operates a Golden Lounge at SYD it is located down one level near transfer counter (two levels below SKL)

DOMESTIC
Both Qantas and Virgin Blue operate their own domestic lounges at SYD.

I’ve got access to more than one lounge, which one’s the best?

*Gs should try getting into the NZ lounge. Access really depends on the lounge bouncer you speak to but certainly not impossible - just frustrating.

For oneworld sapphire and emerald pax, the Qantas lounges are pretty much the only lounges in SYD.

What sort of food is available in the concourse areas?
There are some fast food outlets, including Hungry Jacks (or Burger King for the rest of the world), and a food court landside at the international terminal. There are also various cafes and a Krispy Kreme.
<Help needed in domestic terminals <Help needed here>

Any immigration forms on departure?
Yes. You will be required to fill out a green departure card regardless of your nationality. This is available from most check in desks, if not - there are usually stacks of them near passport control.

How much time should I allow to get airside?
You are advised to budget approximately 15-20 minutes to clear both passport control and security. The queues at passport control can be pretty long during peak hours, however the slow trickling of people clearing passport control means you'd usually get through security in a jiffy. In general, the departure boards are pretty spot on in telling you what to do, either 'relax', 'proceed to passport control', 'proceed to gate', or 'final call.'

If flying F, J or holding high tier FF status, you will receive a card at check in which entitles you to access Express Lane, a dedicated fast track service through immigration and security.

Any airport tax to be paid on departure?
No.

Is there free internet around somewhere?
There are internet kiosks located throughout the airport.
<Is this also applicable in SYD? <Help needed here>

Any food or shopping that I shouldn’t miss before my flight?
No, the best food is outside the airport. Duty free prices are rather average - but more savings to be made on liquor outside the airport at any Dan Murphy's. LAG restrictions do apply so plan accordingly.

How strict are they with hand luggage here?
Not very. 2 pieces seems to be the norm regardless of class or carrier

Security – Laptops out? Shoes off? Tips? Any No-Liquid restrictions?
Laptops must be taken out. Jackets and shoes can be left on, unless you repeatedly trigger the metal detector. You might also be randomly selected for an explosives' detection test.

Restrictions on liquids, aerosols and gels that can be taken through the security screening point exist for international departures.

You might be selected for a random bomb check post-security. The security staff seem to only select travellers who establish eye contact with them..... But if you do get selected, the check consists mainly of swabs of your body and belongings. Certainly not as vigourous or personal as the checks in FRA. I can sense that certain sections of SQTalk are disappointed.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Department of Transport and Regional Services
All containers with drinks, creams, perfumes, sprays, gels, toothpaste and similar substances will have to be carried in a re-sealable transparent plastic bag, no larger than one litre, and be inspected separately at the airport screening point.

Each container should not have a capacity greater than 100 millilitres and all containers should fit comfortably in the re-sealable plastic bag. Exceptions will be made for passengers with medical conditions and quantities of baby food required for the flight. However, these items may be subject to additional security checks. Passengers can still take on board items purchased after the screening point, including duty free.

Please click here (http://www.dotars.gov.au/transport/security/aviation/LAG.aspx) for more information.

Can I smoke in this airport? Where?
This is an entirely smoke-free airport. The smoking room near gate 59 closed in 2007.

Anything I should avoid?
Nothing of note

SQflyergirl
3rd January 2008, 05:29 PM
CONNECTING

Are the international terminals and domestic terminals in the same building? How do I get around?
The terminals are not in the same building. If you're connecting from one international flight to another international flight - simply stay airside, and proceed up the elevator to the departure concourse (it'd be clearly marked 'transit').

Regardless of which airline you choose to connect to for your domestic flight - you will need to clear CIQ and recheck your bags for all international to domestic connections.

QF /DJ Domestic Transfer is located at the North Concourse of T1 past McDonald's.

Virgin Blue Domestic Transfer is located at the South Concourse of T1 - where SQ and most of the *A airlines + EK, KE and MH use. Passengers need to exit the arrival concourse and turn left towards the end of the concourse for this.

Complimentary bus transfer - If arriving on a domestic QF flight, and transferring to a same day international flight (any airline) you are eligible to use the complimentary bus transfer. This departs from gate 1 at the QF domestic terminal, and drops you landside in international between the QF/OW wing and "others" wing. All that is required is either your luggage receipts or onward BP. Also applies in reverse.


<Help needed with writing the QF seamless transfer/DJ bus and train>


For pax connecting to an international flight, your bag should in all likelihood be checked through to your final destination if you're flying QF. Less likely so if flying DJ, JQ or REX (exceptions apply - contact your airline for more info). You will then need to go landside, up the elevator and proceed to the international terminal for your onward flight.

For pax connecting to another domestic flight, you'll be checked through to your final destination if you're flying QF. If you're making a DJ to REX (or vv) connection, your bags will be checked through to the final destination but you still need to collect your onward boarding pass from the relevant check in counters. However if you have to connect from a DJ or JQ flight to a QF flight or another DJ or JQ flight, you will have to recheck everything all over again at the respective terminals.

Other general tips


Overnighting at this airport:
Is it possible? Do the terminals close?
Unfortunately overnighting is not possible as the terminals are closed between 2400 and 0400.

Spotting at airport: <Is this also applicable in SYD? <Help needed here>



General commentary on this airport:
Help needed here


If in doubt - please refer to the Airport's website (http://www.sydneyairport.com.au/).

SQflyergirl
7th January 2008, 03:30 PM
Surely we have some Sydneysiders who'd be able to help out? :D

UMD
7th January 2008, 07:07 PM
Surely we have some Sydneysiders who'd be able to help out? :D

All 3 terminals in Sydney have access to Airport - East Hills train line which serves the airport with the city (Redfern, Central, Town Hall, Wynyard, Circular Quay, St. James, and Museum) and the Southwest suburbs all the way to Campbelltown and Macarthur.

Access to the train station at the International T1 (International Station) is at the end of North Concourse past McDonald's close to the Qantas Domestic Transfer area. There is a lift that will go down to the train platform.

At JetStar / Virgin Blue Domestic T2, there are sets of escalators that go down to the platform (Domestic Station) located close to Virgin Blue baggage claim area.

At Qantas Domestic T3, there are sets of escalators that go down to the platform (the same Domestic Station as T2) on the east side of the arrival / baggage claim hall.

UMD
7th January 2008, 07:21 PM
Additional points to add:

SKL has shower facilities inside the lounge. I am not sure about the ANZ lounge since I only visited there twice and did not pay any visit to the washroom area.

There is no transit hotel inside the terminal. The 2 closest hotel to the airport complex are the Stamford Hotel and the Mercure Hotel. If any outgoing planes hit the 11 o'clock curfew and cannot fly out, airline will usually room stranded passengers at these 2 hotels. Most of the time, I believe it is the Stamford.

Virgin Blue Domestic Transfer is located at the South Concourse of T1 - where SQ and most of the *A airlines + EK, KE and MH use. Passengers need to exit the arrival concourse and turn left towards the end of the concourse for this.

QF /DJ Domestic Transfer is located at the North Concourse of T1 past McDonald's.

In Australia, all luggage need to be picked up and cleared customs at the point of entry. Thus the domestic transfers are all located post-custom clearance.

SQ LPP
8th January 2008, 09:22 AM
SKL has shower facilities inside the lounge. I am not sure about the ANZ lounge since I only visited there twice and did not pay any visit to the washroom area.
I think I have taken a shower there at NZ Lounge. :wink: :smile:

SQflyergirl
8th January 2008, 09:24 AM
Thanks guys. Keep it coming! I'll edit it along the way :)

SQflyergirl
8th January 2008, 09:30 AM
UMD's and SQ LPP's contributions incorporated!

Where help is still needed - I've highlighted this in red.

SQ LPP
8th January 2008, 09:51 AM
I have been back to SYD for a very long time since ... But I recalled that there is a left luggage service. But can't pin point exactly where after exit customs to the right towards the train station to the city.

UMD
8th January 2008, 05:33 PM
I have been back to SYD for a very long time since ... But I recalled that there is a left luggage service. But can't pin point exactly where after exit customs to the right towards the train station to the city.

Yes, I believe there is one near to McDonald's. I know there are sets of coin operated lockers around that area as well. I will confirm next week when I am at the airport again.

As for free internet, I know for sure there is one sponsored by Optus with 3 or 4 monitors in the arrival hall close to the the meeting point. This is however on the land side. I will check if there is any on the airside or on the land side of the departure hall.

Additional note to add for Departure section:

- Trolley in the Departure hall will cost A$4 and it is non-refundable.

SQflyergirl
8th January 2008, 05:37 PM
I will confirm next week when I am at the airport again.

Many thanks! :)

kpc
9th January 2008, 06:28 AM
http://www.sydneyairport.com.au/SACL/Terminal+Information/T1+International+Terminal/Baggage/default.htm
Baggage Storage
If you need to store any items at the airport, Smarte Carte operate a baggage storage service located at the northern end of the arrivals level.Prices are in the link. The website above also has alot of info about Syd airport:smile:

SQflyergirl
9th January 2008, 02:40 PM
KPC's contribution added. Thanks very much KPC!

simong
10th January 2008, 09:12 AM
sorry I will get stuck into this when I am back home next week....

SQflyergirl
10th January 2008, 09:16 AM
sorry I will get stuck into this when I am back home next week....

no worries :) - it's an ever changing document, any contribution at any time is welcome :)

simong
14th January 2008, 03:20 PM
OK heres some thoughts...

Arrival Express Path-I think we really need to get some confirmation from SQ on who they really deem eligible given my recent experience. Also NZ offer it as well as SQ and QF.

IMHO the train is only worth it if you are travelling alone, once you get up to two passengers travelling to the CBD any cost savings are negligable compared to the hassle, past two and the taxi is defo cheaper.

Return train is 21.60AUD exceeingly highly (mostly because you are paying an airport access fee) for this you dont even get a dedicated airport train. You will get on a standard commuter train with no luggage storage etc and may not even get a seat at peak times.

Taxi to Bondi aprox 40AUD, I will work on some other prices, guess Manly, Coogee, North Sydney, Chatswood, Parramatta could be relavant

yes there are free internet things in SYD INT.

as far as spotting goes probably woth linking to this site http://www.16right.com/

Will keep thinking...

kpc
14th January 2008, 06:15 PM
Some random comments:

1. Agree that if there's more than 1 passenger, it is often cheaper to catch a taxi. At peak hours, however, it may be quicker to catch the train to the city but as it is a commuter train, it will be difficult if you have large suitcases. See this map for more info about train stops in the city and city hotels:- http://www.cityrail.nsw.gov.au/fares/city_to_airport_map.pdf

2. Taxi fare to Chatswood is around $60-65; $45-50 to Nth Sydney (note you will pay a total of $10 in tolls on top of meter fare ($2.50 airport tax, $4.50 Eastern Distributor toll and $3 Syd harbour / tunnell toll). No tip required in Australia:thumbsup:

3. To save time getting through immigration at Sydney A, B arrivals pier (QF, CX, BA etc arrive here), pretend or actually buy something at the arrival duty free shop, walk through the check out lane, and you will get into a much shorter Q:thumbsup:; C, D arrivals pier is the other arrival area at Sydney (SQ, MH etc), there is no such short cut here.

4. Even if you have nothing to declare and get shunted into the green lane, your bags will still be xrayed...and they seem to be very good at picking up food material esp. if you have not declared it. If in any doubt, DECLARE and the worst thing is that they will confiscate the food item etc with a nice smile; don't declare food and get caught, you will face the full wrath of customs / quarantine!

5. You are allowed to bring in AUD$900 worth of duty free goods into Australia (excluding alcohol); if you have more than this amount, if you have used the item, even if only for 1-2 days, and have declared it, you will get a 20% discount for it being a "used" item(s); so you can bring in for eg. a new $1125 electronic item and declare it, and as you have used it, you will get a 20% discount, bringing it to $900 in value, and therefore don't have to pay any duty. You only get this discount if you declare the item!!. If you are over the $900 limit, you will pay duty on the whole amount, not just the amount over $900:mad:

6. Please have a look at the Tourist Refund Scheme to claim back the GST(10%) paid on goods bought in Australia when you leave Australia. For further info, see here: http://www.sydneyairport.com.au/SACL/Terminal+Information/Tourist+Refund+Scheme/default.htm

7. The following link lists ways to transfer between the domestic and international terminal: http://www.sydneyairport.com.au/SACL/To+and+From+Airport/Terminal+Transfer/Default.htm
If there is a long queue for the transfer bus, consider taking the train for AUD$5 (please note that on occasional weekends only, the train does not run due to track upgrading / maintenance - see link below (Airport & East Hills Line) for when this might occur): http://www.cityrail.nsw.gov.au/trackwork/trackwork.jsp

Airport Link offers a $5.00 (one way, per person) transfer ticket for passengers transferring between T1 International and T2/T3 Domestic Terminals. The journey takes only 2 minutes and there are frequent services. For more information visit www.airportlink.com.au

8. If possible, avoid arriving at Syd International (T1) beteen 6-9am, as this is Sydney airport at its absolute busiest. At non peak times, I have taken less than 15 minutes to get from plane to taxi (including reclaiming bags and buying duty free!!).

SQflyergirl
14th January 2008, 07:55 PM
Will incorporate these soon! :) thanks :)

v1rotate
13th March 2008, 10:19 PM
A couple of extra points:

For transport Sydney-wide, there's also a shuttle bus option. These typically cost $20-30 to CBD hotels, and should be booked in advance to ensure availability.

Internet kiosks - Yes that is correct for SYD. Free Internet kiosks on both the landside and airside parts of the International Terminal.

Spotting - This page has a good guide, plus sample photos for each location: link (http://www.spotterswiki.com/index.php?title=Sydney_Airport_(SYD/YSSY))

UMD
4th June 2008, 02:17 AM
This airport is going through an A$ 500 million upgrade at the moment. The parking ramp is almost ready with connecting bridge straight to the departure level of the main terminal building.

Work inside the terminal has now started. The entire section of shops just before the entrance to gate 53 - 60 have been removed.

UMD
4th June 2008, 02:20 AM
Both CX and SQ give Express Path to outgoing and incoming premium pax for Sydney. This has been consistent for the last several trips.

Kiwi
4th June 2008, 05:34 AM
Some comments.

Express immigration

QF, NZ, SQ and CX all offer the express immigration cards to first, business and top tier elite members arriving and departing from SYD international terminal. Exact criteria varies slightly - eg for NZ they give to NZ*E (gold elite) in economy but not NZ*G or other *G in economy.

LA definitely does not participate. I haven't flown BA or EK into/out of SYD lately to know if they do or not.

There are some rumours the trial will soon be closed and not extended, but I have also heard conflicting rumours.

To use the express x-ray line on arrival your arrival card MUST be marked correctly by the immigration officer, or stamped with the rectangular green stamp by a roving officer in the baggage claim area. I once had to wait a considerable time for my card to be checked out as it did not have the correct mark. You also must have no ticked for all the questions, and in the case of the food question they mean anything edible (ie even lozenges count).

Kiwi
4th June 2008, 05:37 AM
Transport

The train is expensive because to the airport surcharge. If you have not much luggage, the weather is nice and you can spare the time, you can save most of the fare by walking to either Wolli Creek station (southwest of airport) or Mascot station (north of airport).

Note the return train fare is only for same day return :(


Terminals

T1 also has domestic legs of international flights (eg QF flights numbered 1-399)
T2 has Virgin Blue, Rex, jetstar and Qantas Link flights (QF flights numbered 1600 and above)
T3 is only Qantas mainline domestic (QF flights numbered 400-1599)

The airside transfer bus connects T3 and T1. To get to/from this service and T2 you have to go landside again and reclear security :(

Kiwi
4th June 2008, 05:44 AM
Lounges

UA RCC is now closed. Pax use NZ lounge instead.
QF has domestic lounges in both T2 and T3.

International departure

You are directed through a duty free shop after security. However there are ways to bypass it - on the OW wing there are stairs to the mezzanine level on the right hand side, and on the *A/other wing there is a passage around the duty free store (signposted as gates 50-52 IIRC but it does open out into the terminal).

Internet

SYD finally added free internet kiosks in the QF wing of the international terminal, by gate 24 IIRC. However there is only 3 or 4. AFAIK all other internet outside the airline lounges is pay for. I don't think there is any free internet outside the airline lounges in the domestic terminals.

Security

The explosives test is not random but rather continuous screening, thus mostly avoidable.

jjpb3
4th June 2008, 05:47 AM
Transport

The train is expensive because to the airport surcharge. If you have not much luggage, the weather is nice and you can spare the time, you can save most of the fare by walking to either Wolli Creek station (southwest of airport) or Mascot station (north of airport).
How long is that walk, Kiwi? Does the train get you into the center of the city?

Kiwi
4th June 2008, 05:54 AM
Connections

Int->int, follow signs for international transit. If you arrive on OW and depart on *A/other, or vice versa, then you need to change piers. You can do this on the departure level OR the arrival level.

QF dom->int, airside transfer bus departs from T3. You can pick up departure cards at the transfer desk in domestic terminal to fill them in while you wait or en route. Bus arrives just before the OW immigration desks. If you don't have onward BP you must go right to the check in area. If flying QF internationally and eligible for express card ask for it at the transfer desk. Bus leaves approx every 20-30 minutes. Note jetstar domestic flights do not transfer checked bags thus ineligible to use this bus.

Other dom->QF/OW int, can also use the airside transfer bus as long as any checked bags are through tagged.

Landside bus is available for non-QF/OW int->QF dom early morning. Due to congestion on the airside bus these pax now must take the free landside bus.

Other int->dom, either take the bus $5 or train $12.80 - both at the far right hand end of the terminal (from where exit customs).

Kiwi
4th June 2008, 05:56 AM
How long is that walk, Kiwi? Does the train get you into the center of the city?

Mascot is less than half a dozen blocks from domestic, slightly further from international. It is on the airport line thus central is just a couple of stops further along. Wolli Creek is slightly further and probably not convenient unless you are heading to/from the south coast.

KeithMEL
4th June 2008, 06:20 AM
The train is expensive because to the airport surcharge. If you have not much luggage, the weather is nice and you can spare the time, you can save most of the fare by walking to either Wolli Creek station (southwest of airport) or Mascot station (north of airport).


And as I discovered a few days ago, tis faster to walk to Mascot and train into the city (I was going to St James) than to take the mini bus especially if arriving at peak hour. The bus goes via O'Riordan St instead of the freeway which can be quite a detour.

willio773
17th July 2008, 07:24 PM
Spotting at airport: <Is this also applicable in SYD? <Help needed here>

Ok...found some on
http://www.gate52.com/anzas/ (click on Sydney and Viewing Areas)
http://www.spotterswiki.com/index.php?title=Sydney_Airport_(SYD/YSSY)#Official_Spotting_Locations

SQTalker
18th July 2008, 09:35 AM
Spotting at airport:<Is this also applicable in SYD? <Help needed here>

There are another web sites that I would highly recommend:

http://www.16right.com/

http://www.16right.com/YSSY/Airport%20Map.htm

http://www.16right.com/YSSY/Images/Sydnet%20Airport%20Google.jpg

http://www.crc.id.au/xplane/charts/Sydney%20%28YSSY%29.pdf

Nick C
25th July 2008, 04:38 PM
For the express pass, don't produce it if you see no queues at immigration. Save it for another time. Most likely, there will be a few customs agents around the carousal to clear you. :smile:

Kiwi
27th July 2008, 07:07 AM
That's what I do too. Also means if I'm travelling with someone who does not get given an express card I have spares I can give them to come through with me.

ashsta77
9th November 2009, 03:09 PM
Hi,
I posted this question on another forum but was wondering if some members would be able to assist us all here.
The Sydney Airport Terminal 1 Renovations now seem to be progressing well but the official website seems a bit slow in updating things such as:

-Terminal 1 maps showing newly opened retail outlets.
-Actual photos showing the progress of the work.

I wonder if members would be able to post pics here of the terminal shwowing some of these things to other members.
I'm not travelling until December 19th and will update somethings soon after I arrive in North America.

Being a 'non-lounger', I'm keen to find out the new food options post-security.

I look forward to your contributions.
:smile:

Gunnar Smithsen
9th November 2009, 05:35 PM
Hi,
Being a 'non-lounger', I'm keen to find out the new food options post-security.

I look forward to your contributions.
:smile:

At the moment via Pier C the food options are still the same as they have been for the last year. There doesn't appear to be any new food places going in, just more shopping...

Hopefully this construction thing gets completed soon. Getting a little tired of the trek from Pier B to Pier C and having to negotiate the nu(is)ance duty free stores enroute...

ashsta77
16th December 2009, 06:49 PM
Have many food outlets in or around the new forum opened this month or late November?

9V-JKL
14th September 2010, 12:23 PM
Do note that if you're travelling with an infant under 12months, you will need to get a taxi with child seats else they will not take you. And the wait can be quite a while....

Andy Simpson
18th November 2010, 12:03 AM
Speaking back in March 2009 the Cheapest way to get into the City is to take the local bus, Number 400 towards Burwood, Do not get on the number 400 service heading to Bondi. this can be boarded outside International arrivals just head to your right once outside this will be a 2 minute walk . Ask for a single to Banksia Station, From memory it was $1.80. Alight there and get the train into Sydney on the Illawarra (blue) Line, again from memory aprrox $3.50. As for smoking you can smoke outside at the cafe below the observation deck situated at the far left end of the airport near the Qantas check in. I forget the name of it, people were smokimg on the Observation deck also, There is a lift or staircase to get up there with pretty good views across Runway 16R with the City skyline to your left hand side. Hope this helps.

Andy Simpson
18th November 2010, 12:12 AM
Yes, I believe there is one near to McDonald's. I know there are sets of coin operated lockers around that area as well. I will confirm next week when I am at the airport again.

As for free internet, I know for sure there is one sponsored by Optus with 3 or 4 monitors in the arrival hall close to the the meeting point. This is however on the land side. I will check if there is any on the airside or on the land side of the departure hall.

Additional note to add for Departure section:

- Trolley in the Departure hall will cost A$4 and it is non-refundable.

Take it back out and re-sell it to another passenger, That is what I did:smile:

Andy Simpson
18th November 2010, 12:19 AM
How long is that walk, Kiwi? Does the train get you into the center of the city?

Walking to Wolli Creek is 15mins or so, Illawara blue line train straight into the City, Circular Quay etc.

kpc
18th November 2010, 06:48 PM
Walking to Wolli Creek is 15mins or so, Illawara blue line train straight into the City, Circular Quay etc.For the geographically challenged, a map from the international terminal (T1) to Wolli Creek train station:
http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path/Sydney-International-Airport-to-Wolli-Creek-Railway-Station

From the domestic terminal (T2, T3) to Mascot train station:
http://maps.google.com.au/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=mascot+station&daddr=sydney+domestic+airport&geocode=&hl=en&mra=ls&dirflg=w&sll=-33.931262,151.178552&sspn=0.030907,0.027981&ie=UTF8&ll=-33.927943,151.18417&spn=0.015454,0.01399&z=16

diecastdrool
12th May 2011, 03:07 PM
I cant believe that SYD International Terminal does NOT have any lounge associated with Priority Pass member!!! SQTalkers - make sure u eat well before u fly out next time if Priority Pass is the only access you have to airport lounges! Very disappointed with...dont know the airport or PP :mad:

Gunnar Smithsen
13th May 2011, 03:57 PM
and shock horror MEL is the only airport in Australia that has an affiliated airside lounge :5eek:...

TBH, Priority Pass isn't widely recognised or marketed in Australia and personally, I'd never heard of it until I started to travel to Asia a number of years ago...

Does that make me ignorant? I doubt it - a number of QF plats that I know haven't heard of it and my father also a QF plat / AA Exec Plat thought that it was MH's FFP so go figure :redface:

BigTop
20th December 2012, 05:32 PM
Can my checked bags be tagged all the way to AKL from ICN? Flying OZ and NZ with a 2 hr connection so it'll be tight if i need to recheck in.

Thanks!

Gunnar Smithsen
20th December 2012, 08:20 PM
"should" be no problem, you'd only need to "re-check" if you had a domestic connection..

Bags can be tagged all the way through...

SuperJonJon
4th April 2013, 07:15 PM
Quick and urgent question, I arrive tomorrow morning at 6am in Sydney and was wondering where i can go for a quick shower before heading to town for the meeting. Is there any lounge or hotel that I can use?