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Sydney Kingsford Smith (SYD) is one of Australia's busiest international and domestic airports, offering direct flights to dozens of destinations around the country.
If you're seeking adventure in the harbourside city, we have the latest deals and information on how to fly to Sydney as cheaply as possible.
Latest deals for flights to Sydney
Australia-wide flights from $41 each way
Available on flights from August - September 2021 to Sydney, Hobart, Launceston, Darwin, Adelaide, Perth, Alice Springs, Sunshine Coast, Brisbane and more. Sample fare is Adelaide-Melbourne with Jetstar.
Available on select flight dates from July 2021 - March 2022. Sample fare is Melbourne-Sydney with Jetstar. Destinations include Melbourne, Adelaide, Gold Coast, Launceston, Newcastle, Ballina, Brisbane and more.
Jetstar sale: Australia-wide flights from $32 each way
Available on flights from April - September 2021 to Launceston, Gold Coast, Hobart, Adelaide, Whitsundays, Townsville, Hamilton Island, Darwin, Uluru and more. Sample fare is Melbourne-Adelaide. T&Cs apply.
Available on flights from 13 July 2021 - 31 March 2022 to Melbourne, Launceston, Gold Coast, Canberra, Darwin, Townsville, Sunshine Coast, Newcastle, Hobart, Adelaide, Brisbane and more. Sample fare is Ballina-Sydney. T&Cs apply.
Available on select flight until 30 September 2021 with Qantas, Virgin Australia, Jetstar and Rex. Destinations include Gold Coast, Sydney, Darwin, Launceston, Broome, Sydney, Perth and more. Sample fare is Melbourne-Launceston. T&Cs apply.
Jetstar has the cheapest fares; other airlines are typically more expensive but Sydney features heavily in flight sales from Virgin Australia.
When is the cheapest time to fly to Sydney?
The late-autumn and winter months from May through August are when you're most likely to find the cheapest flights to Sydney, according to data from sites like Cheapflights, Kayak and Skyscanner.
While this may be the coldest time of the year, there's still plenty to do in the city including checking out big events like Vivid Sydney.
The priciest time to go tends to be during peak holiday times from November through January. Prices tend to come down again after Australia Day and the school holidays have finished.
Cheapest months to fly:
May to August
Priciest months to fly:
November to January
When's the best time to book Christmas flights to Sydney?
When it comes to booking domestic flights it pays to book in advance. You can save up to 11% if flying from Adelaide when you book four months in advance. From Perth you should book five months in advance to save 11% though you can still grab a bargain in September. From Brisbane, book five months ahead of time to save 7%. Lastly, flights from Melbourne to Sydney are best to book six months in advance, saving you up to 12%.
Avoid travelling a couple of days before Christmas and the week of New Year's as this is when prices skyrocket. Generally, prices are the best for travel in the first week of December but you'll also score a great deal on 19 and 20 of December from Melbourne. Head home on 5 January for the best price after New Year's.
For Adelaide, aim to depart the second week of December and return the second week of January to take advantage of the best deals.
Perth has cheap prices scattered throughout December with the first week having the lowest departing prices. It's best to return on 1 January or in late January to avoid the highest prices.
Brisbane has consistently low prices through the first and second weeks of December for departures. Return flights are higher but still budget-friendly the last week of December.
How long does it take to fly to Sydney?
Adelaide: 1 hour 50 minutes direct
Alice Springs: 3 hours 10 minutes direct
Brisbane: 1 hour 35 minutes direct
Cairns: 2 hours 50 minutes direct
Canberra: 55 minutes direct
Darwin: 4 hours 15 minutes direct
Hobart: 1 hour, 50 minutes direct
Melbourne: 1 hour 25 minutes direct
Perth: 4 hours 10 minutes direct
Which airlines fly direct to Sydney?
Jetstar: Adelaide, Ballina, Brisbane, Cairns, Canberra, Darwin, Gold Coast, Hamilton Island, Hervey Bay, Hobart, Launceston, Melbourne, Newcastle, Perth, Proserpine, Sunshine Coast, Townsville and Yulara
Qantas and QantasLink: Adelaide, Albury, Alice Springs, Armidale, Ballina, Bendigo, Brisbane, Broome, Cairns, Canberra, Coffs Habour, Cooma, Darwin, Dubbo, Gold Coast, Griffith, Hamilton Island, Hobart, Launceston, Lord Howe Island, Melbourne, Merimbula, Mildura, Moree, Norfolk Island, Orange, Perth, Port Macquarie, Sunshine Coast, Tamworth, Townsville, Wagga Wagga and Yulara
Rex Airlines: Albury, Armidale, Ballina, Bathurst, Canberra, Cooma, Gold Coast, Griffith, Lismore, Melbourne, Moruya, Narrandera, Orange, Parkes, Port Macquarie and Wagga Wagga
We've checked the minimum points requirements to fly from 7 major Australian airports to Sydney with Qantas and Virgin.
Want to earn a free flight to Sydney?
Points required for a return Qantas flight
Points required for a return Virgin flight
Points required for a return Virgin flight
*These points were calculated in June 2020 and are subject to change and increases based on demand on your preferred travel dates.
Want to earn a free flight to Sydney?
These frequent flyer credit card offers can give you more than enough bonus points for a complimentary flight (minus applicable taxes) to Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport (SYD) from major cities across Australia.
NAB Qantas Rewards Signature Card
Up to 110,000 bonus Qantas Points Discounted $295 first year annual fee
Offer may be withdrawn at any time
Eligibility criteria, terms and conditions, fees and charges apply
How far in advance should I book my flights to Sydney?
Pricing data from KAYAK suggests that you book your flights to Sydney at least 4 weeks in advance of your departure date to score a below-average price.
Where is the airport in Sydney?
Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport is located just 20 minutes' drive or train from Sydney CBD.
The Airport Link Railway Line gets you to the city for around $18, while the airport shuttle bus services like Viator and Jayride can provide door-to-door transfers from $15 one way.
If you're travelling with more than 1 person, skip the train – a shuttle bus or rideshare may save you money.
Car rental desks are available at all terminals. Alternatively, Uber can drop you off/pick you up at the private passenger drop-off but is not available from regular taxi ranks. A taxi into the city centre costs $25-$30 and you can find one at designated taxi ranks outside the terminals.
This should be followed by a map including the airport (airplane icon) and the CBD, along with any other major points if applicable for the destination.
Stephanie Yip is the travel editor at Finder and has been writing about travel and lifestyle for over a decade. She has written for Travel Weekly, Escape, Showpo, The Nibbler and Hostelworld. She was also the editor of kids magazine DMAG. Stephanie has a Bachelor of Communications from the University of Technology Sydney and has visited 55 countries (and counting).
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