Sydney effortlessly combines the hustle and bustle of a buzzing metropolis with the mellow pace of sun-drenched beaches and the beauty of a picturesque harbour area, with its unique Opera House and arched bridge sweeping southwards into the high-rise Central Business District. The good news for Irish travellers is that cheap flights to Sydney International Airport are available if you plan early enough, and from this hub – which holds the accolade of being the oldest international commercial airport in the world – sandy shores, iconic cityscapes and spectacular sunsets are just a stone’s throw to the north.
Cheap flights to Sydney tend to coincide with the start of the northern hemisphere’s summertime – you can pick up the most economical fares from mid-April until late June. Bear in mind that Australia is approaching winter around then, so those looking for blue skies might be better flying from November to January, when Sydney really heats up; the city’s epic New Year celebrations also make this period extra special. Booking well in advance and travelling midweek if possible will reward you with the most savings, as will being flexible with when you fly.
A range of airlines operate indirect flights from Dublin to Sydney, including Aer Lingus, Emirates, Etihad and KLM. Expect at least 2 stopovers and a change of airlines on the way, either in London’s Heathrow Airport or further along at Abu Dhabi or Dubai International Airports, and again at Kuala Lumpur or Singapore airports. Similar routes are also available from Shannon and Cork. The 17,000-km journey promises to take a full day at least, coming in at the 24-hour mark in total from takeoff to landing.
If you’re heading into the heart of the city, Sydney airport’s train service will speed you into the centre in just 13 minutes. The Airport Link train leaves six times an hour from about 5 a.m. to midnight, and costs AU$17 one way, making it a convenient and budget-friendly choice. If your destination is the Bondi Beach area, you can switch trains in the direction of Bondi Junction, then catch the A1 or A3 bus. The route 400 bus will also take you from the airport to Bondi Junction if you want to skip the first station change. Alternatively, taxis charge roughly AU$50 to spin you into town, while many seaside hotels offer free transfers.
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