Arriving

BY PLANE Sydney International Airport is 8km (5 miles) from the city center. The international and domestic terminals are separate but linked by free shuttle buses. In both terminals, you'll find luggage carts, wheelchairs, a post office (open Mon-Fri 9am-5pm), mailboxes, currency exchange, duty-free shops (including one before you go through Customs on arrival, selling alcohol and perfumes), restaurants, bars, stores, showers, luggage lockers and a Baggage Held Service for larger items, ATMs, and tourist information desks. You can hire mobile phones from the international terminal. There is also a Sydney Visitors Centre Bookings desk (& 02/9667 6050) offering cheap deals on hotels (see "Deciding Where to Stay" later in this chapter), as well as offering car rental, phone cards, and maps and brochures. You can also buy the SydneyPass (see section 2 "Getting Around") and Airport Express tickets here (see below). The airport is efficient, has extremely strict quarantine procedures—you must declare all food—and is completely nonsmoking. On arrival, pick up a copy of Sydney The Official Guide from the rack just before passport control. It has tear-out discount tickets for some major Sydney attractions in it. Luggage trolleys are free in the arrival terminals, but cost A$2 (US$1.30) outside the departure terminal. GETTING INTO TOWN The Sydney Airport Train Link connects the international and domestic airports to the city stations of Central, Museum, St. James, Circular Quay, Wynyard, and Town Hall. You'll need to change trains for other Sydney stations. Unfortunately, the line has no dedicated luggage areas and, as it's on a scheduled route into the city from the suburbs, it gets very crowded during rush hours (approximately 7-9am and 4-6:30pm). If you have lots of luggage and you're traveling into the city at these times, it's probably best to take an airport bus (see below) or a taxi. Otherwise walk to the end of the platform where there should be more room onboard. There are elevators at the Airport Train Link stations and some at the city train stations (but the crowds and lack of staff and signs mean you'll probably end up lugging it all up loads

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