Summer (December to February) is the most popular time to book flights to Sydney as the city is buzzing at this time of year. New Year’s Eve, the Sydney Festival, Australia Day and the Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras are just some of the events that entice visitors to this vibrant city during January and February. Book your cheap flights to Sydney well in advance if you’re planning to visit during this period.
Once festival season is over things quieten down in autumn (March to May) and with lots of cheap flights to Sydney available at this time you can enjoy the cooler weather conditions for sightseeing. Temperatures are still mild and pleasant in winter (June to August). September can be rainy but is the one of the cheapest times to visit so check spring flight sales.
For the greatest savings, book your flight tickets well in advance at any time of year. If you plan to travel during mid April to late June you can often grab some great cheap flight deals. Flexibility around the day you travel can also work to your advantage, with midweek departures on a Tuesday or Wednesday being less expensive. Peak periods to note are Friday afternoons, Sunday mornings and Monday mornings; school holidays and the lead up Christmas are also times when there are fewer cheap flights to Sydney. Although it can be a lottery depending on wind conditions and approach path, try for a seat on the left side of the plane if you want to catch views of the bridge and Sydney skyline.
Flights from Melbourne to Sydney – 1 hr 23 mins
Flights from Adelaide to Sydney – 1 hr 57 mins
Flights from Perth to Sydney – 4 hrs 36 mins
Flights from London to Sydney – 22 hours 50 mins
To see flight times to Sydney from other Australian cities, select a departure point from the options below.
There are four main airlines operating direct flights to Sydney; Qantas, Jetstar, Virgin Australia and Tiger Airways. Depending on your departure point, for the cheapest flights consider Tiger Airways, Jetstar and Virgin Australia. These airlines operate in conjunction with each other so, an outbound flight may be with Tiger Airways and a return flight with Jetstar..
Domestic flights to Sydney will land at Kingsford Smith Airport Terminal 2 or Terminal 3 (if flying Qantas). For onward international flights there are several options for transferring to Terminal 1 including: shuttle bus service, train and taxi. Some airlines also offer transfer services. The fastest and most convenient way to reach the city from the Domestic Terminals is to catch the Airport Rail Link which runs every 10 minutes from the Domestic Airport Station; journey time is around 15 minutes. Suburban connections to other parts of Sydney branch off from Central Station. Alternatively taxis and public buses are located outside the arrivals hall, and you can also pre-book a shuttle bus.