don81603
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Connecting In SYD. Is It Really That Bad?

Wed Mar 22, 2006 9:36 am

I've heard it said many times that transferring from the international to domestic terminals (and vice versa) in SYD is a nightmare. Can anyone elaborate as to why it's such a pain in the buns? I have to transfer there twice later this year and I'd like to know what to expect. Is it really that bad, or is it being blown out of proportion?

I did a pretty detailed search and didn't find anything.
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RE: Connecting In SYD. Is It Really That Bad?

Wed Mar 22, 2006 3:08 pm

No its not that bad, trust me ive done it when i was 12 by myself and ive done it by myself several times since. If your travelling with qantas you just go to the domestic transfer area and you get on the bus and go over to the domestic terminal and you go through security before you get on the bus, so you dont have to go through that in the domestic terminal. If your travelling with Virgin blue or jetstar im not sure how bad that is but Qantas transfers are easy and not as bad as some people say.
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RE: Connecting In SYD. Is It Really That Bad?

Wed Mar 22, 2006 6:52 pm

If your connecting T2 (Domestic) <> International you catch the train. The Domestic Station is located underground in between T2 and T3 and the International station is located under the International Terminal. trains run every 15 mins with extra services during peak times and costs $4.50 each way, the train is landside. I haven't personally connected from International <> Domestic at Sydney before, but last year I visited the Skydeck which is located at the international terminal but my flight was a domestic flight so I used the train to go to the international terminal and back and I didn't find it particularly difficult.



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don81603
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RE: Connecting In SYD. Is It Really That Bad?

Wed Mar 22, 2006 7:06 pm

I'm arriving on UA at the international terminal, and transfering to Qantas in the domestic terminal.
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RE: Connecting In SYD. Is It Really That Bad?

Wed Mar 22, 2006 8:12 pm

Quoting Don81603 (Reply 3):
I'm arriving on UA at the international terminal, and transfering to Qantas in the domestic terminal.

What are the procedures with the luggage ?
a) in this case (probably no interline-agreement between UA and QF ?!
b) when connecting QF int´l to QF domestic ?
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RE: Connecting In SYD. Is It Really That Bad?

Wed Mar 22, 2006 9:17 pm

Quoting HT (Reply 4):
What are the procedures with the luggage ?
a) in this case (probably no interline-agreement between UA and QF ?!
b) when connecting QF int´l to QF domestic ?
-HT

a) To my knowledge QF and United does not have an interline agreement as such. However QF has tagged my luggage, on 2 separate occasions, SYD-JNB-JFK-SFO and SYD-JNB-IAD-ORD. I just had to get my United boarding passes at JFK and IAD.

b) From international to Australian domestic flights numbered QF400 and above:
- Proceed through immigration, collect your bags and clear customs.
- Follow the transfer signs to the Qantas Transfer Lounge and relodge your baggage.
- Take the terminal transfer bus. Buses operate every 10-20 min from 06h00 to 21h40.
- Flights numbered between QF400-QF1599 depart from T3. On arrival at T3, proceed to the departure gate.
- Flights numbered QF1600 and above, depart from T2. On arrival at T3, follow the signs to T2.
- On arrival at T2, proceed through security to the departure gate.

From international to international flights and domestic flights numbered QF1-399.
- There is no need to clear customs and immigration.
- Follow the transfer signs in the international terminal and proceed through security to the upper level.
- If you do not have a boarding pass for your onward flight, proceed to the transfer desk, located before Gate 24.


Personally I have transferred from a QF international flight to a domestic flight. It is really easy and you should have nothing to worry about.


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RE: Connecting In SYD. Is It Really That Bad?

Wed Mar 22, 2006 11:22 pm

Quoting SA7700 (Reply 5):

Thanks for the extensive info !
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RE: Connecting In SYD. Is It Really That Bad?

Thu Mar 23, 2006 12:17 am

Quoting HT (Reply 4):
Quoting Don81603 (Reply 3):
I'm arriving on UA at the international terminal, and transfering to Qantas in the domestic terminal.

What are the procedures with the luggage ?

as SAA 7700 said you collect your luggage and go through quarantine and then you take your luggage to the tranfer desk.
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RE: Connecting In SYD. Is It Really That Bad?

Tue Mar 28, 2006 6:41 am

Thanks, SAA 7700! Much Appreciated!
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RE: Connecting In SYD. Is It Really That Bad?

Tue Mar 28, 2006 11:09 pm

I flew from LHR to Hobart a few years ago and it was fine. About 10 minutes after I deplaned the BA747, I was checked onto my flight to Hobart and waiting in the (deserted) lounge. Not the most asthetically pleasing transfer ever - seem to recall the transfer desk was located in some sort of makeshift portacabin type structure - but the service was very fast and efficient. Maybe I was just lucky with gates and stuff that time.
 
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RE: Connecting In SYD. Is It Really That Bad?

Wed Mar 29, 2006 1:09 pm

Today (29/03/06), there was a letter to the editor in our daily national newspaper "Australian Financial Review" http://afr.com/articles/2006/03/29/1143441180449.html which absolutely slams Sydney airport's handling of transit passengers. It seems that things have got worse over recent weeks. I did the transfer on outbound from Australia in February, i.e. MEL-SYD, before boarding SYD-AKL-SCL-EZE and it wasn't too bad, but I did not have to go through customs and my baggage was checked through from MEL to EZE. At least transfers are via a bus inside the airport. However, as a rule I always try to avoid SYD if I can.

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