Sydney travel guide

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You're Going to Love Sydney

With 4,63 million inhabitants, Sydney is the most populous city in Australia. It is the most popular tourist destination in the country. We recommend you stay at least 8 days in order to fully appreciate everything Sydney has to offer.

Where to Eat in Sydney

Sydney CBD is the neighbourhood with the most restaurants in Sydney. These include popular favourites such as HACO (21 Alberta St), Papa Gede’s Bar (348 Kent St) and Kobo (4 Loftus Ln). If you’re looking for affordable options, Cafe Sydney (31 Alfred St) and Mjølner Sydney (267 Cleveland Street) are great picks. For delicious green meals, Elements Bar and Grill Pyrmont (3 Harris St) and Yulli's (417 Crown Street) are recommended spots to get vegetarian or vegan food in Sydney.

When to visit Sydney

Sydney in May
Estimated hotel price
£132
1 night at 3-star hotel
Sydney in May
Estimated hotel price
£132
1 night at 3-star hotel

Looking for warm weather? Then head to Sydney in January, when the average temperature is 22 °C, and the highest can go up to 26 °C. The coldest month, on the other hand, is July, when it can get as cold as 6 °C, with an average temperature of 11 °C. You’re likely to see more rain in March, when precipitation is around 130 mm. In contrast, September is usually the driest month of the year in Sydney, with an average rainfall of 50 mm.

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How to Get to Sydney

Plane

When flying to Sydney, you’ll arrive at Sydney Airport (SYD), which is located 7 km from the city centre. The shortest flight to Sydney from the United Kingdom departs from London and takes around 25h 40m.

Train

The train station in Sydney is called Sydney Sydney Central Station, and is located 0.6 km from the city centre.

Car

Another option to get to Sydney is to pick up a car hire from Newcastle, which is about 118 km from Sydney. You’ll find branches of Sixt and East Coast Car Rentals, among others, in Newcastle.

Bus

Greyhound Australia operates bus routes to Sydney. From Canberra, the bus ride to Sydney takes 338 km and will cost you around £55. From Melbourne, the ticket costs about £137 for a journey of 1159 km. The most popular bus station is Sydney Strathfield, located 12 km from the city centre of Sydney. Sydney Blacktown is also a commonly used station, and is 30 km from the city centre.

Plane

When flying to Sydney, you’ll arrive at Sydney Airport (SYD), which is located 7 km from the city centre. The shortest flight to Sydney from the United Kingdom departs from London and takes around 25h 40m.

Train

The train station in Sydney is called Sydney Sydney Central Station, and is located 0.6 km from the city centre.

Car

Another option to get to Sydney is to pick up a car hire from Newcastle, which is about 118 km from Sydney. You’ll find branches of Sixt and East Coast Car Rentals, among others, in Newcastle.

Bus

Greyhound Australia operates bus routes to Sydney. From Canberra, the bus ride to Sydney takes 338 km and will cost you around £55. From Melbourne, the ticket costs about £137 for a journey of 1159 km. The most popular bus station is Sydney Strathfield, located 12 km from the city centre of Sydney. Sydney Blacktown is also a commonly used station, and is 30 km from the city centre.

Airlines serving Sydney

Lufthansa
Good (4,689 reviews)
KLM
Good (839 reviews)
SWISS
Good (962 reviews)
British Airways
Good (4,674 reviews)
Delta
Good (4,557 reviews)
Turkish Airlines
Good (2,236 reviews)
Austrian Airlines
Good (481 reviews)
Iberia
Good (1,603 reviews)
Air France
Good (982 reviews)
Emirates
Excellent (2,114 reviews)
United Airlines
Good (4,990 reviews)
Qatar Airways
Good (2,405 reviews)
Air Canada
Good (6,064 reviews)
Finnair
Good (840 reviews)
Singapore Airlines
Excellent (933 reviews)
Scandinavian Airlines
Good (792 reviews)
Alaska Airlines
Excellent (5,805 reviews)
Etihad Airways
Good (839 reviews)
Ethiopian Air
Good (413 reviews)
Cathay Pacific
Good (536 reviews)
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Where to stay in Sydney

From 5-star hotels such as the The Star Grand Hotel and Residences Sydney to great affordable options like the Mariners Court Hotel, Sydney offers a range of accommodations for every taste. Average rates range from around £78 per night for a double room in a 3-star hotel to £155 and up for a 5-star experience. If you’re on a budget, well-reviewed accommodations include Kingsgrove Hotel and Jolly Swagman Backpackers Hostel Sydney. There are also lots of holiday rental options in Sydney, with prices from £42 to £501 per night. Sydney CBD is the neighbourhood with the highest amount of rentals to choose from. On average, holiday rentals in Sydney are about 20% cheaper than a hotel room in the city.

The Rocks - In Sydney’s most popular neighbourhood to stay, recommended hotels include Park Hyatt Sydney, Shangri-La Sydney and Harbour Rocks Hotel.

Sydney CBD - Here you’ll find travellers’ favourites such as The Sebel Sydney Martin Place, Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour and Fraser Suites Sydney. The average nightly price for a double room in Sydney CBD is £14.

Haymarket - The Capitol Hotel Sydney, Holiday Inn Darling Harbour and Meriton Suites Campbell Street, Sydney have some of the best reviews among hotels in this area. A 3-star room in Haymarket will cost you about £20 per night.

The Rocks - In Sydney’s most popular neighbourhood to stay, recommended hotels include Park Hyatt Sydney, Shangri-La Sydney and Harbour Rocks Hotel.
Sydney CBD - Here you’ll find travellers’ favourites such as The Sebel Sydney Martin Place, Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour and Fraser Suites Sydney. The average nightly price for a double room in Sydney CBD is £14.
Haymarket - The Capitol Hotel Sydney, Holiday Inn Darling Harbour and Meriton Suites Campbell Street, Sydney have some of the best reviews among hotels in this area. A 3-star room in Haymarket will cost you about £20 per night.
Most popular hotel in Sydney by neighbourhood

Where to stay in popular areas of Sydney

Most booked hotels in Sydney

Four Seasons Hotel Sydney
5 stars
Excellent (9.1, Excellent reviews)
£179+
Radisson Blu Hotel Sydney
5 stars
Excellent (8.9, Excellent reviews)
£149+
Meriton Suites Coward Street, Mascot
5 stars
Excellent (9, Excellent reviews)
£84+
Meriton Suites Kent Street, Sydney
5 stars
Excellent (8.5, Excellent reviews)
£115+
Pullman Sydney Airport
5 stars
Excellent (8.4, Excellent reviews)
£96+
Manly Pacific Sydney MGallery Collection
4 stars
Excellent (8.4, Excellent reviews)
£132+

Hiring a car in Sydney

Hiring a car in Sydney costs £31 per day, on average, or £250 if you want to hire it for 8 days. Budget, Thrifty and Ace Rental Cars are the agencies with the best reviews in the city. The most popular location to hire a car in Sydney is the East Coast Car Rentals branch at Level 3, Park on King, 336-338 King Street, Mascot, which is 6 km from the city centre.

It’s generally cheaper to hire your vehicle outside the airport: locations in the city are around 3% cheaper than airport locations in Sydney.

Expect to pay £0.90 per litre in Sydney (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your car hire, filling up the tank will cost between £10.78 and £14.37. The most frequently booked car type in Sydney is Intermediate (Nissan X-Trail or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Economy car hire (Nissan Tiida or similar) is, on average, 77% cheaper than other car hire types in the city.

Hiring a car in Sydney costs £31 per day, on average, or £250 if you want to hire it for 8 days. Budget, Thrifty and Ace Rental Cars are the agencies with the best reviews in the city. The most popular location to hire a car in Sydney is the East Coast Car Rentals branch at Level 3, Park on King, 336-338 King Street, Mascot, which is 6 km from the city centre.

It’s generally cheaper to hire your vehicle outside the airport: locations in the city are around 3% cheaper than airport locations in Sydney.

Expect to pay £0.90 per litre in Sydney (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your car hire, filling up the tank will cost between £10.78 and £14.37. The most frequently booked car type in Sydney is Intermediate (Nissan X-Trail or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Economy car hire (Nissan Tiida or similar) is, on average, 77% cheaper than other car hire types in the city.