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Transportation in Australia

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Getting there by Air

Main international airports are:

Sydney (SYD) - located 8km (5 miles) south of the city. Transportation to and from the airport by coaches, hotel shuttles, trains (to Sydney Central Station), buses and taxis. Airport facilities include: duty-free shop, bank, foreign exchange office, tourist information, car rental.

Adelaide (ADL) - located 6km (4 miles) west of the city. Transportation to and from the airport by coaches, buses and taxis. Airport facilities include: duty-free shop, bank, foreign exchange office, tourist information, car rental.

Melbourne (MEL) - located 25km (16 miles) northwest of the city. Transportation to and from the airport by shuttle buses (Skybus) or taxis. Airport facilities include: duty-free shop, bank, foreign exchange office, tourist information, car rental.

Brisbane (BNE) - located 13km (8 miles) northeast of the city. Transportation to and from the airport by coaches, train (to Roma Street) or taxis. Airport facilities include: duty-free shop, bank, foreign exchange office, tourist information, car rental.

Approximate flight times to Sydney are: 20 hours from London, 22 hours and 30 minutes from New York, 14 hours 30 minutes from Los Angeles.

Getting around by Air

Domestic air travel is very common in Australia, mostly due to the vast distances between major cities and towns. There are four major airlines operating domestic flights and their offering competitive prices depending on the destination, time, season etc.: Qantas, Virgin Blue, Jetstar and Tiger Airways.

Getting around by Car

Traffic drives on the left in Australia.

The quality of the road network in populated areas in very good. Driving in the outback is more difficult, as some roads become (almost) flooded by seasonal rains. Also, be prepared for driving long distances between even the smallest towns.

Car rental is available almost everywhere in Australia (excluding some smaller towns), with many international companies: Avis, Hertz, Budget, Europcar, Thrifty. Restrictions of driving in Tasmania, Western Australia and the Northern Territory usually apply when renting a car. Minimum age to rent a car is 21.


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