Cheap Flights to Sydney

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When is the best time to fly to Sydney?

Peak season:

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.

Off Season:

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.

When is the best time to book a flight to Sydney?

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.

How long is the flight to Sydney?

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.

Which airlines operate flights to Sydney?

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..

How to get from the airport to the city centre?

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.

Sydney insider information

  • Lots of tourist activities in Sydney are all about the views such as climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge.  Check out these 5 things you must know before climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
  • Around 100 beaches are speckled around the Sydney harbour and along the coast, which makes for a perfect beach weekend. Don’t forget the beaches such as Bondi, Manly, Coogee, Balmoral, Tamarama and Palm. Before you go, read this guide on everything you need to know about Sydney beach culture.
  • Familiarise yourself with this Sydney airport guide before your flights to help prepare you for your Sydney arrivals.
  • Sydney is always compared to Melbourne and for many holiday makers it's a tough decision to book flights to Sydney or to Melbourne. Discover for yourself which city is better Sydney or Melbourne by visiting both.
  • If you want to experience Sydney like a local, make sure to read about its hidden gems, places for shopping, eating or grabbing a drink. And don’t miss out on the 9 hidden bars and restaurants in Sydney only locals know about!
  • Sydney has a reputation for being hard on the wallet, but it’s a great place to holiday, and if you’re on a budget there are still plenty of ways to fill your days (and nights). Here are our top picks for things to do in Sydney that won’t cost more than $50.

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Large bottle of water
$ 1.99
One-way ticket (local transport)
$ 3.99
1 km taxi journey
$ 2.18
Taxi - fixed fee
$ 3.59
Petrol (1 litre)
$ 1.34
$ 3.89
Cheap meal
$ 14.96
3 course meal for 2
$ 79.78
How much does a beer cost in Sydney?
Bottle of beer (imported beer)
$ 5
Imported beer (0.33 litre)
$ 8
Bottle of local beer (0.5 litre)
$ 5
Local draught beer (0.5 litre)
$ 8

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