Whether you should book flights to Sydney or not is an easy decision we can help you with: you should go for it! It has everything you could want from a big city break, as well as pretty much everything you could want from a beach break too! Sunshine, a variety of cultures, more attractions than you could hope to fit in and the stunning coast on your doorstep all combine to make flights to Sydney one of the most sought-after trips. Yes, the flight time to Sydney is long, but we can tell you it's definitely worth it.
If you need us to tempt you further before you venture on and search for your Sydney flight deal, then how about a sneak peek at some of the attractions? Sydney Harbour is the iconic symbol of the city, and you're sure to spend plenty of time here, perhaps even crossing the waters on a ferry to Manly. Sydney Aquarium is world-renowned and white sails of the Opera House are one of the world's most recognisable sights, whilst a Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb will showcase all the sights as well as test your mettle!
To get the best value in 2014 or 2015 then avoid Anzac Day, but you may want to consider seeing the Sydney Festival in January!
A flight to Sydney from the UK will take no less than about 20 hours, and can often take in excess of 30 hours. There are no direct flights into Sydney Airport from the UK so expect at least one stopover along the way - some routes have two stopovers but this often won't make the flight cheaper, just longer! So make sure you check your itinerary carefully and use our flight search to be sure of the best prices. Stopovers are usually in Hong Kong, Singapore, or Dubai if you're flying east across Asia. Flying west via the USA is also an option.
You can fly to Sydney from over 30 locations all over the UK with most airlines offering a flight to Kingsford Smith Airport in the south of the city. Plenty of tickets are up for grabs a long time in advance, which can mean great deals if you're quick, or you might be able to pick up a cheap last-minute deal if you can be flexible on your holiday dates.
All flights from the UK to Sydney land into Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport which is about 6 miles south of the city centre. There are a variety of methods available for onward travel, although we don't advise the cycle route - tricky with luggage AND dangerous after a long haul flight to Sydney! Here are your safer options:
Shuttles: Shuttle buses are usually provided by the larger Sydney hotels but if there is a group of you it's a great idea to arrange a shuttle bus so that you can all travel onwards easily together. There are even limousine shuttles available if you're travelling for a special occasion - definitely a good way to arrive in style!
Buses: There is also a local bus service that runs between the airport and the city, including stops in Bondi and Burwood. Remember that there might not be that much space for luggage, and check the timetable here if you're arriving late at night or early in the morning.
Trains: Airport Link trains offer a fast way of getting into the city, with a journey time of only 13 minutes. Trains run every 10 minutes too, so there's no need to panic about missing one! There are also connections to the suburban rail network, so if you're staying outside the city centre you'll still be able to reach your destination by rail.
Car hire: This is definitely worth considering if you're planning on visiting the wider area around Sydney. Bear in mind that you will have to drive it after you've travelled for around 24 hours already, so make sure that you will be up to it - and have a nap in the car park if you need to!
Taxis: If you think you just want to get to your hotel and crash out, then a taxi isn't the cheapest option but it's certainly the fastest way to get there. Look for the ranks outside arrivals. There is a bridge toll along the way that you will also have to pay, so make sure that you have some small bills before you get in!
Sydney city centre has a comprehensive public transport system including buses, trains, trams and ferries, as well as a monorail. The ticketing can be confusing as each mode of transport operates differently so be sure you know what you're after. Further out of the centre the public transport is much less frequent, and late at night you may find that a taxi is the only option. If you hire a car in Sydney it's easy to drive around the city outside of rush hours, but parking is costly and note many of the roads have a toll charge.
Internal flights to all the state capitals leave regularly from the domestic terminal of the airport, which is the fastest way to see more of Australia. If you'd rather use ground transport, coach travel is generally cheaper and more frequent, with plenty of destinations to choose from, although it's best to book in advance. Trains run to various destinations but train speeds are not fast and the journey time is often comparable with driving. Roads are generally good if you choose to go it alone, but the distances are vast so be prepared for long journeys or agree to share with someone.
Sydney has fairly mild weather with summers reaching about 26°C and winters averaging about 10°C, although the nights can get close to zero. The height of the summer is in January whilst June to August are the coldest months. Rainfall is spread fairly evenly throughout the year with around 12 rainy days per month each month - so you're likely to get a mix of sunshine and showers whenever you go.
Summer is the peak time for holidays to Sydney which can see busy crowds both at the attractions and at the beaches, and is especially popular with us Brits who are more than happy to leave the winter behind. To get the best of the weather whilst taking advantage of cheap flights and accommodation, spring and autumn are ideal. If you prefer the colder weather then escaping the UK summer for the temperature Sydney is a great idea, the sights will be emptier, and you can take advantage of the snowfall in the nearby Snowy Mountains too.
Australian Dollars; A$. Banks tend to offer the best exchange rate but only the larger branches offer the service. ATMs are a great way of getting a good rate and cash at short notice, just watch out for hidden bank charges.
There is no official language of Australia, but English is spoken throughout.
Use +61 for Australia followed by 2 for Sydney numbers (the same code also goes for Canberra too).
Visitors from the UK need a valid passport and an electronic visa to visit Sydney. The visa can be filled out online for no fee or obtained from your travel agent or airline for a fee of A$20.
Australia visa website
Sydney boasts all the usual big city attractions, with fantastic places to eat, a wealth of museums, lively bars, gorgeous parks and more shops than you could ever need. But it also has something a little extra. It's not every day you get to visit a city with such stunning beaches, and Manly and Bondi beaches lead the way. Bondi in particular is known for its amazing surfing! You must also check out the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Darling Harbour and The Rocks. Why not stay a little longer and head out into the Blue Mountains with your cheap car hire ?
Sydney Harbour Bridge is one of the most iconic in the world
The Rocks is one of the most interesting areas to explore
Sydney Zoo has a great view - and not just if you're a giraffe!
It's not all about Bondi Beach, there are many more too, like Ocean Beach
Despite its modern reputation, there are still old bits of Sydney too
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