Arriving in Sydney

        The two domestic terminals can be accessed by foot if you need to switch between them, though you will need transportation between domestic and international. Depending on your airline you may be able to access free shuttle services between T1 and T2/3. Otherwise, the T-bus is a free service that runs between the two terminals every 10-20 minutes (depending on traffic). Trains, taxis and rideshare are also an option for a fee and can easily be accessed from all terminals.

        You can access the Sydney airport and terminals maps before you travel or on the go.

        Getting into the City

        Although the airport is a mere 8km south of the city centre, traffic and tolls can add extra time and expense to some modes of transport. The great news is that there are plenty of options available to get in and out of the city.

        Taxi and Rideshare

        After getting off a flight, taxi’s and rideshare are a great option, with minimal wait times and the opportunity to catch up on emails, make calls, or have a break while on route to your destination. Supervised taxi ranks are conveniently located out the front of each terminal and offer a smooth flow of taxi’s for all travellers. If rideshare is preferred, you can meet your driver at the priority pick up located outside the terminal. A trip to the CBD will cost you anywhere between $45 and $60 and take around 25 minutes in light traffic. In heavy traffic (peak hour or accidents) you may need to factor in a 40 minute drive.


        The Airport Link service offers a fast and convenient way to reach all major transport hubs in the city or outer suburbs. The train runs every 10 minutes and is signposted in all terminals. You can purchase a one-off ticket for $18.70 one-way that comprises of a $14.30 Gate Pass (access fee) and $4.40 for the rail trip. If you’re travelling with one of Sydney’s Opal cards, you’ll have the standard card fee for travel and the $14.30 Gate Pass to access the airport.

        Car Hire

        With all reputable brands onsite at both terminals, car hire couldn’t be easier and is a convenient option if you are travelling around the greater Sydney area. Follow the rental car signs in the arrivals hall to find the right place. Your dedicated travel manager will be happy to talk through our SMARTdrive options for car hire.  

        Getting around Sydney

        Maps of Sydney

        With a reputation for being difficult to navigate and a CBD that resembles a spaghetti bowl rather than your typical grid system, Sydney on foot can be a little intimidating. Though walking is a great way to explore the inner city, and thanks to one-way streets, can often be the quickest way to get to a nearby meeting. Make sure you download the Corporate Traveller mobile app which features a range of local maps, weather and city safe information on your destination.

        Sydney’s Public Transport

        If walking isn’t your thing, the great news is that Sydney has an extensive public transport network. You can access it easily with the tap on/tap off payment through an Opal Card. Opal cards can be purchased and topped up online, at the airport, at transport stations, convenience stores and other retailers located around the city. Visit the Opal website to buy an opal card online, or view a list of retailers.


        An excellent transport option for getting around the CBD, while also servicing airport transfers or trips to Sydney suburbs and beyond city limits. Trains run frequently and up until midnight, so if staying out later, the NightRide bus services are your best bet and stop at or near railway stations.


        Ferries are a quick way to get to and from some key Sydney locations with stunning views along the way. With less traffic to worry about, they can be more reliable for running on time. Make sure you’re prepared and check the timetable though, as some routes may not run frequently.

        Light Rail

        The latest addition to the Sydney public transport network, the light rail (similar to Melbourne’s trams) services the CBD, south-east out to Randwick and Kingsford, and inner west areas to Dulwich Hill. These services also stop at popular locations including Paddy’s Market, Pyrmont, The Star, Convention Centre and Chinatown.

        Get one step ahead and map out your journey quickly and easily with the Transport NSW Trip Planner.

        Best Sydney Hotels for Business

        Intercontinental Sydney

        With sweeping views across Circular Quay, the Botanic Gardens and down the harbour towards Watson’s Bay; you will pinch yourself when you wake up each morning. Luxury is a given here with the Intercontinental Sydney paying homage to its old-world charm, located in the beautifully restored Treasury Building of 1851. A premier conference and function venue for the city, there are plenty of options to eat, sleep and work in comfort.

        Are you a customer of SMARTStay?  Please speak to your Travel Manager to find out how we can help you access great accommodation rates.

        Sydney Co-working Spaces

        Travelling to Sydney for work and need a small office space? A co-working space can be a great way to establish a home base and network with like-minded people. With no shortage of co-working offices in some great locations, here are a few to check out.


        With two central locations (William St, Darlinghurst and Hyde Park); Hub has established a vibrant and ever-growing community, with premium workspace and flexible membership options including daily and monthly passes. They also have spaces in Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide, so they’re an excellent option for those who travel the country often.

        Desk Space

        If flexible memberships are what you’re after, then Desk Space will have a package to suit you. The first co-working space in Sydney, they now have 210 members with success stories such as Airbnb, Deliveroo and Quandoo starting their Australian operations at Desk Space. It is also centrally located on William Street with cheap parking nearby.

        Work Inc

        Looking to be inspired by your surroundings? Located in the foundations of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, you’ll find this boutique co-working space – Work Inc. You’ll be looking for any excuse to host clients with a café on site and a range of meeting rooms which are available to all members at no additional charge.

        Best Sydney Restaurants and Bars for Business

        Quay, The Rocks

        After a three-month-long renovation, one of Australia’s most iconic restaurants has reopened. At Quay, The Rocks not only has the interior had a complete redesign but so has the menu, now featuring a mid-week six-course degustation. If that doesn’t impress you, the view of the Opera House will.

        Bulletin Place

        Although small in size, Bulletin Place makes up everywhere else! This 45-seat space has become one of Australia’s most awarded bars – ever. Recognised globally for its creative cocktails, Bulletin Place’s menu changes daily and is written on butchers’ paper behind the bar. Feeling spontaneous? Order the ‘Bartenders Choice’ and brace yourself for a pleasant surprise.

        Barzaari, Chippendale

        Need to cater for a group? You can’t go wrong with share plates and eastern Mediterranean flavours. Recently opened on Kensington St to rave reviews, Bazaari offers set menus to cater for all budgets.

        Escape the Rat Race

        Darling Harbour

        Located between Barangaroo and Pyrmont is a jewel in Sydney’s crown, it is easy to lose track of time here with the SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, National Maritime Museum, Powerhouse Museum, Chinese Garden of Friendship and Madame Tussauds. If travelling from Circular Quay, this trip will also take you under the Harbour Bridge.

        Cockatoo Island

        Situated in the middle of Sydney Harbour, you will find the world heritage listed Cockatoo Island. A location steeped in history, it dates all the way to the first settlement and has played a significant role in the establishment of Sydney. If you wish to stay longer, a range of accommodation is available. A visitor centre and tours are also onsite.

        Fun fact: It’s also a favourite for televisions series, including Australian Ninja Warrior, MasterChef and The Biggest Loser being shot on location here.

        Surf the waves, not the internet

        Bronte Beach & Baths

        A little further down the coast, you’ll find another iconic spot, Bronte beach and baths. Home to one of Sydney’s stunning ocean baths, you can go for a relaxing swim with amazing views without the worry of venturing out into the waves. With a 50-metre pool ideal for lap swimming and a smaller pool for children, you can swim knowing you’ll be watched by qualified lifeguards. Visit this iconic ‘Instagrammable’ spot for beautiful memories.

        Plan for success

        Whether you’re a new business traveller to Sydney, or just looking for something new to do when you are in town – preparation is key to an enjoyable and successful business trip. Need help planning your trip?  Contact your dedicated travel manager today.