VLDB 2022: Airport Guide

Sydney Airport (SYD)

Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport (IATA: SYD, ICAO: YSSY), colloquially Mascot Airport or Sydney Airport, is the primary international airport serving Sydney, Australia.


Sydney Airport is located 8 km southwest of Sydney city, at the northern side of Botany Bay, and a one-way trip between the city and the airport is circa 30 minutes. Sydney Airport is the home airport and main hub of Qantas and Virgin Australia. It is the major international hub to Australia and is served by many international airlines such as Air Canada, Air China, Air India, Air New Zealand, American Airlines, British Airways, China Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, Delta, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Japan Airlines, Korean Air, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways, and United Airlines.

There are three separate terminals at Sydney Airport - one international terminal (T1) and two domestic terminals (T2 & T3); arrivals are on the ground floor; departures are on the top floor. Terminal maps can be found on the Sydney Airport website; this website provides also a lot of additional useful arrival information.

Public Transportation

The AirportLink train connects the airport terminals and the Sydney city. Trains run every 10 to 20 minutes, and a ticket costs about 16.00 AUD.

The Airlink service goes to Sydney Central station; the further travel then depends on where you booked your accomodation. If you stay at the Novotel Sydney Hotel on Darling Harbour, you can take the L1 Dulwich Hill Light Rail that travels between Central Station and Dulwich Hill in the Inner West and has a number of stops in Darling Harbour. Please check the Transport NSW website for details.

Sydney uses a smartcard ticketing system, called Opal Card, that is used to pay for travel on public transport in Sydney and surrounding regions, including all buses, trains, light rail, metro and ferries. You can also use contactless payments as an alternative to an Adult Opal card. Please see Opal card information page of Transport for NSW for details.


Taxis can be found directly outside in front of all terminals - simply follow the signs to the nearest ranks. You can pay with credit card. Prices vary by destination and traffic.
Estimated taxi fare: 45 - 55 AUD (one way).

Shared Shuttle Bus

If you’re looking for a shuttle transfer, limousine, accommodation, tours and attractions please visit the Redy2go website below. Redy2Go desks can also be found at the arrivals hall of our T1 and T2 terminals. If you’re looking for bus and limousine transfer services that provide transport between the airport and most Sydney suburbs and regional areas, you can find a range of providers via Mozio.


For rideshare services, such as Uber, Didi, Ola or Shebah, please install the corresponding App and arrange with your driver to meet you at the airport's priority pick-up area.

Rental Cars

Sydney Airport has several car rental companies located at the arrivals level at T1 International and T2/T3 Domestic terminals. Rental car providers include Avis, Hertz, Europcar, Budget, Thrifty and Enterprise.

Note that parking in Sydney may be expensive (i.e. 59 AUD for a 24-hour pass at the Novotel Sydney hotel), and a car is not needed during the conference.