Located in the south eastern suburb of Mascot, Sydney Airport or Kingsford Smith Airport as it is sometimes known, is approximately 8 kilometres from the CBD, is the major airport servicing Sydney, and one of the oldest and continually operating airports in the world.
It consistently ranks in the top 30 busiest airports on the globe and flies to over 45 domestic locations in Australia and many more internationally. There are long and short term parking options available.
The airport is accessible via the Airport Link, an underground rail line that connects with Central Station in the city. Taxi Cabs, Airport Shuttles and private cars are all also easily available to and from the airport.
Like most international airports, Sydney has a variety of shopping opportunities both retail and duty free. The world’s first lonely planet book store is located in Sydney’s airport and is a great place to find that last minute gift idea or guide.
Another first in Sydney’s airport is Australia’s one and only Victoria’s Secret store. Other shops within Sydney airport worth mentioning are Oroton, Pandora and Ralph Lauren.
There are a range of bars and cafes throughout Sydney airport offering travellers everything from coffee to cognac but as with most airports it is considerably overpriced.
Although it’s close to the CBD of Sydney and most major attractions, tourists and professionals choosing to stay at an airport hotel have a wide range of accommodation options to choose from.
There are a variety of airport hotels minutes away from both domestic and international terminals and most of these are priced mid range to high range with the more expensive hotels probably suited to professionals and business people. Backpacking or budget options tend not to be located so close to the airport but can be found in the surrounding suburbs of Mascot and Botany Bay.