Booking an award seat from Sydney to San Francisco on Qantas meant that I also needed a positioning flight from my home town to Sydney. Though the positioning flight I took was also on Qantas, it wasn’t on the same reservation which meant I needed to check in seperately for the flights and that my luggage wouldn’t be checked through to my final destination.
If you have booked your international flight on one reservation, ie. Brisbane (BNE) – Sydney (SYD) – San Francisco (SFO), you will check in and receive your boarding passes for both flights in Brisbane and not see your luggage until you arrive in San Francisco.
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The Sydney T-Bus Service
The T-Bus runs between Terminal 2 (T2) and Terminal 1 (T1) only. Domestic flights into Sydney Airport arrive at either Terminal 2 (T2) or Terminal 3 (T3).
- Virgin Australia;
- Qantas (Flight # QF1600 and above).
- Qantas (Flight # QF0400 – QF1599).
If you arrive into T3, like I did, you will need to exit baggage claim, turn right and follow the path to T2.
Once outside Terminal 2, walk across the road and look for the T-Bus station on your right. There is a machine where you purchase your ticket for $6.00 using either cash or card.
Once the bus arrives, show your ticket to the driver, put your luggage into the dedicated spaces and sit back and relax as the fun part of your journey begins.
Alternative transportation between T2/T3 and T1
If the Sydney T-Bus doesn’t work for you, there are some other options available. It’s not easy to walk between the domestic and international terminals but you can catch the train or a taxi instead.
The Sydney AirportLink train system runs from the centre of Sydney out to the Domestic and International terminals. The train journey takes only 2 minutes and costs $6.00 or between $4.00 – $6.00 if you have an Opal Card.
A taxi will take about 10 minutes and $22.00 per car to get between the domestic and international terminals. Although this may be your best bet if you don’t feel like waiting around for a train or the t-bus, you will likely encounter a grumpy driver who was hoping to get a $60.00 fare into the city instead.
Bottom line of the Sydney T-Bus service between the Domestic (T2/T3) and International terminals (T1)
The T-Bus service is affordable and easy to use. I would use it again over the train service as it has a dedicated section on board for luggage, so you don’t need to worry about fitting your suitcases into normal commuter trains.
Have you had to use the AirportLink train or T-Bus services before? What was your experience like?