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Sydney, Australia Event Planning

Key Highlights

Hotels 403
Total Sleeping Rooms 42,921
Committable Sleeping Rooms* 892
Committable Meeting Rooms* 100
Convention Center Space 375,060 Sq. Mtr.
Largest Exhibit Space 350,000 Sq. Mtr.
Largest Ballroom 190,000 Sq. Mtr.
Average Hotel Room Rate AUD $317
Average Daily Meal Cost AUD $204
Average Weekly Car Rental AUD $237
*Maximum for a single hotel

Sydney, Australia Airport Information

Sydney Airport (SYD)

Approximate taxi fare: $46 AUD

Sydney Airport, also known as Mascot Airport and Kingsford Smith Airport, is a continually-operating commercial airport located about 8km south of Sydney’s central business district. Forty-one airlines make more than 700 direct international flights to Sydney Airport every week from Asia, Europe and the Americas. Just an 11-hour flight from half the world’s population, Sydney is Australia’s most accessible city. The airport also has loads of dining and shopping options to choose from, including popular brands such as WHSmith, Pandora, L'Occitane, Michael Kors, Gloria Jean's Coffee, and Nando’s. Sydney Airport can be reached by car, train, and bus. Train stations that are part of the Airport Link train service are located at both the International and Domestic terminals. Buses stop at the Arrivals level outside both the International (T1) and Domestic (T3) terminals to pick up and drop passengers.

Sydney, Australia Public Transportation

And once you’ve landed, Sydney’s city centre is only 8km (5 miles) away via your choice of taxi, train, airport shuttle bus, or private transfer, whichever you prefer. But the vast array of choices doesn’t stop there – there’s a range of accommodation, from the city to the coast and hinterlands to choose from. You’ll feel at home the minute you step off the plane.

Sydney Trains

The Sydney Trains network provides rail services throughout the Sydney central business district and metropolitan area. The rail network has a total of 178 stations, which includes four Airport Line stations. Intercity services from central Sydney are run by the new NSW TrainLink, which also operates Regional services to destinations around New South Wales, Brisbane, Canberra, and Melbourne. Every rail line leads directly or indirectly to a rail loop around the central business district, named the City Circle. Most trains do not run between midnight and 4:00 am. A special NightRide bus service is available during these hours on most Sydney suburban lines.

Sydney Transit Bus Service

State Transit operates services seven days a week across the Sydney Metropolitan area. The comprehensive bus network extends to most suburbs with frequent and numerous routes servicing all the major downtown areas. The Sydney Transit Bus Service, along with the Express and Limited Stop services, operates during peak hours and in peak periods. The Metrobuses run seven days a week, with a 10-minute frequency during peak periods.

Sydney Ferries

Sydney's iconic ferry service offers an enjoyable way to get around the harbour. All Sydney Ferries are accessible to people using essential mobility aids, but several older-style wharves have steps that prevent access. Ferries generally operate between 6:00 am and midnight, although ferries servicing tourist attractions are open for shorter hours.

Rental Cars

Rental car providers Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, Thrifty, and Redspot have set up their desks in arrivals level at both terminals of Sydney Airport.


In Sydney, travelers have a range of taxi services to choose from. Travellers should note that tolls and other charges that apply to their journey will be added to their fare. Only the return toll will be added for Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Harbour Tunnel journeys.

Distance To...

Distance Estimated Driving Time Estimated Min. Flying Time Estimated Flight Cost
Gosford, NSW 75 km 1 hr 9 min n/a N/A
Wollongong, NSW 85 km 1 hr 25 min n/a N/A
Katoomba, NSW 102 km 1 hr 49 min n/a N/A
Newcastle, NSW 164 km 2 hr 2 min 3 hr 45 min AUD $242+
Canberra, ACT 287 km 3 hr 37 min 55 min AUD $115+
Melbourne, VIC 873 km 8 hrs 28 min 1 hr 30 min AUD $191+
Brisbane, QLD 926 km 9 hrs 44 min 1 hr 25 min AUD $98+
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