Cheapest time to fly to Sydney
The best time to visit Sydney is from September to November and March to May, when the weather is mild. Flights to Sydney are also reasonably priced during these shoulder seasons. The warmest weather in peak season lasts from mid-December to February. Temperatures and prices are at their lowest from May to August, as this is winter in Australia
– so it's a good time to search for last-minute flights to Sydney. If you're flexible on dates, view return flights month-by-month with Netflights to find the best deals.
Best time to book your flight to Sydney
The best time to find cheap flights to Sydney in 2019 / 2020 is from April to May or October to December. Avoid travelling on Fridays or Mondays if you can. To travel at peak times, start looking for Sydney flights around eight weeks before your departure date. Nevertheless, be on the lookout for last-minute flights all year on Netflights. For nature lovers and adventurers, the best time for outdoor sports and activities in Sydney is between December and February.
Flying to Sydney Airport (SYD)
Sydney Airport is located five miles south of Sydney’s city centre in the suburb of Mascot. Although it's the busiest airport in Australia, there are no direct flights to Sydney from the UK because it's simply too far. There are, however, many flights available that only have one stopover. We've compared the latest deals on return flights from airlines like British Airways
, Cathay Pacific
and Singapore Airlines
. These airlines all stopover somewhere in the Middle East or Southeast Asia, then continue on to Sydney. Alternatively, you could go on one of the longest flights in the world, when you fly to Sydney via Perth with Qantas
. In terms of UK airports, London airports have the most daily flights to Sydney, but flights are also available from other large international airports like Manchester
Getting around Sydney Airport
There are three passenger terminals in Sydney Airport (SYD). Terminal 1 is reserved for international flights to Sydney and is divided into three layers for arrivals, departures and airline offices. The other terminals serve domestic flights. The T-Bus connects the terminals and takes 10 minutes. It runs from 6am to 8:50pm, although trips are more frequent during the peak morning travel time. Pick up the T-bus from Bus Bay 1 in Terminal 1 and on the first roadway of Terminal 2 and Terminal 3.
Getting to the city from the airport
The train from Sydney Airport (SYD) to the city centre takes just 13 minutes. Called the Airport Link, the service runs every 10 minutes. To ride, you will need an Opal Card, which can be purchased at the stations, Relay or WH Smith. Opal cards are also needed to use public buses and trams. Bus 400 connects to Bondi Junction and Burwood from the airport’s Terminal 1. Private shuttle transfers can be organised through Redy2Go at their counter in the arrivals halls of terminals 1 and 2. Car hire companies can also be found in Terminal 1.
Why visit Sydney?
Known as one of the world’s most fun and gorgeous metropolises, Sydney is one good-looking, good-time city. Offering a seductive mix of year-round sunshine, beaches and bush, an ambitious and multicultural foodie scene and modern, vibrant streets, it’s great for travellers who like to get active and explore. Visitors to Sydney flock to see its famous opera house from afar, to peer inside or to even catch a show. The Sydney Harbour National Park includes deserted coves and wild beaches, ancient rock art and cute towns.
Head to the Rocks district around Harbour Bridge to explore Sydney’s convict past and some of its oldest streets. Don’t miss the bustling Rocks Market or the Museum of Contemporary Art, where some of the country’s best up-and-coming artists exhibit. For the quintessential feel-good Sydney experience, hop on a bus to Bondi Beach, where you can surf and swim, or relax at a seafront bar with ocean views.
Don't forget before you fly
British travellers need a visa to enter Australia. Two kinds of electronic visas are available for British citizens. The eVisitor visa is issued directly from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection for free. The Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) visa can be issued from your travel agent or airline for a small fee. Upon arriving in Australia, you'll also be asked to show that you have proof of a return or onward flight.