The travel hub of Australia: Sydney. Where you can spend endless days at the beach experience the lively food scene or take a day trip to the endless exotic locations within Australia. We’ve done all the travel hacking to help you find the cheapest (and perhaps shortest!) flight to Sydney.
Cheapest time to go: Early September
Most Expensive: July and August
When to fly: Fly out on a Monday, return on a Wednesday
Best time to buy: On a Wednesday, 5 weeks in advance
Cheapest Airfare to Sydney are always found on: SkyScanner
Best Airlines: Air New Zealand, Cathay Pacific, and Air Canada have the lowest fares.
Am I getting a good deal? Good deals for this route are priced below $1,274.
Hostel Prices: Dorm for $27-35 USD/person.
Cheapest Hostel Site: Hostel World (no booking fees!)
2-3 star hotel prices: $130-200 USD/night using Hotels.com.
METRO: Suburban trains operated by Sydney Trains depart frequently from Domestic and International rail stations, which are connected to the airline terminals via lifts and pedestrian subways. A single ticket to the city is $15.90-$16.70 (day-return ticket $31.80-$33.40). Passengers for the city centre should take a train from Platform 1.
TAXIS: To the city centre should cost approximately $40 (including tolls), and more to other Sydney destinations (The Rocks $40-45, North Sydney $45, Manly $50, Parramatta $80-100 etc.) You can expect to pay a $3.80 airport taxi levy and a $5.50 Eastern Distributor toll on top of the metered fare. If you are arriving on a Friday evening, you may face a long queue for taxis.
Shuttle Bus: The shuttle bus will drive passengers to the city and deliver them to the door of their hotel. You can buy a ticket for a shuttle bus to your hotel from the information desk at T1 or T3 for $18. The cheaper option is to book online in advance, which will be around $12.
Food & Drinks:
Fast Food Meal: $10 USD/person
Meal at an inexpensive restaurant: $20 USD/person
Mid-range 3 course meal: $90 USD/ person
Beer: $8.00 USD each
Cocktail: $10-12 each
Groceries for the week: $50-80 USD per week