Sydney Airport Guide to Sydney Airport - SYD

Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport – Terminal 1

Sidney Airport Terminal 1 serves international flights and some domestic flights as well.

It is located in the northwest sector of the Airport. 

It was opened on 1970 in replacement of the old Overseas Passenger Terminal, which later was converted into Terminal 3, having done several improving and expansion works since today. 

Redevelopment works were done in the recently past years (2010), increasing by this way the total terminal surface to an extra 254,000 square metres. On 2015, further renovation works began, which comprised a reconfiguration of the outbound and inbound duty-free zones and the installation of the Australian Border Force Smart Gates for immigration.

Terminal 1 has 25 boarding gates served by aerobridges. 

Transport between terminals

You can get from domestic to international terminals within a short ride (no longer than 7 minutes). Even though, there are available several means of transport to make it easy to transfer between them.

Terminal 2 and 3 are at a short distance walk, while Terminal 1 is slightly far from them. 

To transfer between International Terminal to Domestic Terminals, there are the following means of transport available:

- Airport Link Train: Transfer between T1, T2 and T3. Opening hours: 05:00 am to 00:00 am, every 2 minutes. Fare is $5.00.

- T-Bus: Shuttle buses between T1 and T2. The ride takes 10 minutes. Fare is $5.50. 

- P-Bus: Transfer to T2, T3 and to the long-term parking. 

- Taxi: Transfer between T1, T2 and T3. Total ride time is 10 minutes. Fare is between $8.00 and $12.00. 

Domestic airlines transfers:

- Qantas Seamless Transfer: Between Qantas and International flights.

- Virgin Blue Seamless Transfer: Between Virgin Blue & Pacific Blue, Polynesian Blue and Virgin Australia flights. 


Sydney Airport Terminal 1 facilities are divided by 3 levels and two concourses (B and C):

- 1st floor: Departures Hall: You can find eastern check-in counters H, J and K, and western counters F to A. Customs & security check to all departure gates. 

Services and amenities available in this level: ATMs, showers, internet kiosks, parents room, information counter and oversize baggage. 

- 2nd floor: Arrivals Hall: There is an elevator from the first floor which lead to the Medical Centre and to the lost property desk. International Transit Desk is also located in this level. 

Also Virgin Blue Seamless Transfer & Qantas Seamless Transfer buses are located outside Arrivals Hall.

- 3rd floor: Airlines offices, including Qantas First Class and Business Class lounges, are located in this level. 

Amenities and services such as restaurants, cafés and retail stores, are available before and after Customs. Other services throughout the Terminal 1: Duty-free shops, information desk, post office, currency exchange office, pharmacy, lost property, etc.

Concourse B has 8-37 gates and Concourse C has 50-63 gates.


The following local and domestic airlines operates in Sydney Airport Terminal 1:

- Air Canada
- Air China
- Air India
- Air New Zealand
- Air Niugini
- Air Vanuatu
- AirAsia X
- Aircalin
- All Nippon Airways
- American Airlines
- Asiana Airlines
- Beijing Capital Airlines
- British Airways
- Cathay Pacific
- Cebu Pacific
- China Airlines
- China Eastern Airlines
- China Southern Airlines
- Delta Air Lines
- Emirates
- Etihad Airways
- Fiji Airways
- Garuda Indonesia
- Hainan Airlines
- Hawaiian Airlines
- Japan Airlines
- Korean Air
- LATAM Chile
- Malaysia Airlines
- Philippine Airlines
- Qantas
- Qatar Airways
- Scoot
- Sichuan Airlines
- Singapore Airlines
- Thai Airways
- United Airlines
- Vietnam Airlines
- Virgin Samoa
- XiamenAir


The services offered in Terminal 1 are:

- Airlines lounges
- oversize baggage
- Information desk
- Shops & food outlets
- Free Wi-Fi connection
- Internet kiosk
- Luggage claim
- Wheel-chair accessible toilets, travellators and lifts
- Wheel-chair renting service
- Parents room
- Pharmacy
- Telephones
- ATMs
- Toilets
- Showers
- Duty-free shops
- post office
- currency exchange office
- pharmacy
- lost property
- public telephones
- Tourism information
- Medical Centre
- Baggage storage
- Prayer rooms


There is an observation deck on the rooftop, on the top level of the terminal. You should take a look at it, the views are splendid!