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Airports in Australia

Adelaide Airport (ADL)

Overview

Adelaide Airport is one of the busiest in Australia and has won several awards, both in Australia and internationally.

With a range of shops and restaurants and state-of-the-art facilities, Adelaide Airport gets rave reviews from passengers, who arrive on flights from around Australia, as well as international destinations in Asia and the Pacific like Singapore, Hong Kong, and Bali. The airport seems to be continually under improvement but construction and expansion is seldom disruptive for travellers.

Location

The airport is situated four miles (6km) west of Adelaide.

Getting to the city

A public bus service called JetBus picks up passengers from the bus stop on the left side of the plaza as one exits the terminal. A number of door-to-door shuttle buses are also available at this bus stop.

Time

GMT +9.5 (GMT +10.5 from first Sunday in October to first Sunday in April).

Contacts

Tel: +61 (0)8 8308 9211.

see full airport guide


Brisbane Airport (BNE)

Overview

Brisbane International Airport (BNE) is the only airport serving the Australian city of Brisbane, which is itself a key gateway to Australia's famed Gold Coast. The sprawling airport is laid out in a line that stretches several miles from the Domestic Terminal to the Airport Village complex, with all terminal buildings connected by shuttle and rail services. Although the airport is enormous and very busy (especially between November and February), officials have tried to make it a fun and comfortable place to transit through. If you've got time on your hands, hop on the free courtesy bus to Airport Village - a recreation, dining and retail complex located a few miles from the airport. The Village includes restaurants, beauty salons, department stores, and a high-tech Airport Experience Centre - meaning that you'll have plenty to occupy yourself with while waiting to board your flight.

Location

The airport is situated eight miles (13km) northeast of Brisbane.

Getting to the city

The Airtrain Rail Link departs every 15 minutes to and from the Brisbane Central Business District between around 5.15am and 10pm, taking about 20 minutes. There is also a direct link to the Gold Coast. Taxis, limousines and airport buses are also available from both terminals.

Time

GMT +10.

Contacts

Tel: +61 (0)7 3406 3000.

see full airport guide


Cairns International Airport (CNS)

Overview

The primary airport for Northern Queensland, the recently-expanded Cairns International Airport has a reputation as an efficient gateway for flights from destinations in Asia and the Pacific Ocean islands.

Located 4.3 miles (7km) outside of Cairns, the airport has two passenger terminals handling a combined 3.5 million passengers per year. Many of these are tourists coming to explore the wonders of the Queensland coast, including the world-famous Great Barrier Reef and the 110-million-year-old Daintree Rainforest.

Cairns International is small, and passengers will not find luxury amenities like hair salons and massage parlours, however there are hot showers available. Restaurant and shopping options are also very limited.

Location

The airport is situated five miles (8km) north of Cairns.

Getting to the city

There is an airport shuttle bus service to hotels and the city centre and taxi ranks are located directly outside the arrival halls. Most major hotels operate courtesy bus services to and from the airport.

Time

GMT +10.

Contacts

Tel: +61 (0)7 4080 6703.

see full airport guide


Canberra International Airport (CBR)

Location

The airport is situated five miles (8km) east of Canberra.

Getting to the city

There is an Airliner shuttle bus service during the week to the city centre, which departs hourly from outside the main doors of the central terminal building. Taxis are available at all times to the city centre. Limousines are also available.

Time

GMT +10 (GMT +11 from last Sunday in August to last Saturday in March).

Contacts

Tel: +61 (0)2 6275 2222/2236.

see full airport guide


Darwin International Airport (DRW)

Location

The airport is situated eight miles (13km) northeast of Darwin's city centre.

Getting to the city

There is an airport shuttle bus which meets all flights, and taxis are available. Public transport to and from the airport is limited, but a public bus operates to bus stops near the airport.

Time

GMT +9.5.

Contacts

Tel: +61 (0)8 8920 1811.

see full airport guide


Hobart International Airport (HBA)

Location

The airport is situated 11 miles (17km) east of Hobart.

Getting to the city

The Airporter shuttle bus service meets flights for transport to the city centre. Taxis and limousines are also available.

Time

GMT +10 (GMT +11 from first Sunday in October to last Saturday in March).

Contacts

Tel: +61 (0)3 6216 1600.

see full airport guide


Melbourne-Tullamarine Airport (MEL)

Overview

Locally referred to as simply Melbourne Airport, Melbourne-Tullamarine Airport is among the busiest in Australia, processing nearly 30 million passengers each year.

Serving the greater Melbourne area of Victoria, Melbourne-Tullamarine Airport has fairly basic facilities for such a busy hub. There are a few shops and restaurants, and extra amenities like shower facilities and a golf course to keep passengers entertained on layovers. The airport is well-run and efficient, but queues are not uncommon at Australia's notoriously strict customs points.

Flights to Melbourne-Tullamarine Airport come in from destinations across Asia and Oceania, as well as a few other destinations, including Sydney, Hong Kong, Seoul, Shanghai, Bali, Honolulu, Mauritius, Phuket, Beijing and Abu Dhabi.

Location

The airport is located 16 miles (25km) north of Melbourne's city centre.

Getting to the city

Numerous public bus routes access the airport, but the most convenient transport option is the SkyBus, an express bus service between the airport and the city centre, operating 24 hours a day, every day of the year, and departing the airport every 10 minutes. An adult SkyBus single journey fare is A$19. Taxis, airport shuttles and rental cars are also available.

Time

GMT +10 (GMT +11 from first Sunday in October to first Sunday in April).

Contacts

Tel: +61 (0)3 9297 1600.

see full airport guide


Kingsford Smith (Sydney) Airport (SYD)

Overview

Sydney Airport, which is sometimes known as Kingsford-Smith Airport, is efficient and clean, well-connected to both Sydney and the rest of the world. It is one of the oldest continuously running airports in the world and handles well over 30 million passengers annually.

The airport has three passenger terminals, divided into the two Domestic terminals (T2 and T3) and the International terminal (T1). Each terminal hosts a range of restaurants and shopping facilities as well as many other amenities designed to ensure a world-class experience for all passengers.

Location

The airport is situated about four miles (7km) south of Sydney.

Getting to the city

The Airport Rail Link is the fastest and most convenient way to reach the city centre and the suburbs. Trains run every 10 minutes and the journey to the centre takes 13 minutes, from where connections can be made for all suburban services. There are two railway stations at the airport: one is located directly below Terminal 1, and the other between Terminal 2 and Terminal 3. Public bus 400 runs between the airport and Bondi Junction. Shuttle bus companies provide direct transport to and from the airport and must be pre-booked; hotel buses are also available.

Time

GMT +11 (GMT +10 from the first Sunday in April to the first Sunday in October).

Contacts

Tel: +61 (0)2 9667 9111.

see full airport guide


Perth International Airport (PER)

Overview

Nestled on the outskirts of Perth in Western Australia, Perth Airport has a decent range of passenger facilities and amenities. The domestic terminals are slightly closer to central Perth, and the international terminal a few miles further out of town.

The airport is modestly sized, and has been criticised for being slightly run-down. In recent years, Perth Airport has seen an increase in passenger flow, so if you're flying at peak times, expect queues and plan accordingly.

Location

The airport is located seven miles (12km) from Perth's city centre.

Getting to the city

Bus 40 runs daily from Terminals 3 and 4 to the Elizabeth Quay Bus Station via the Great Eastern Highway. The journey takes approximately 55 minutes. Bus 380 runs daily from Terminals 1 and 2 to Perth city centre via Elizabeth Quay Bus Station, Belmont Forum Shopping Centre and Victoria Park Transfer Station.

Time

GMT +8.

Contacts

Tel: +61 (0)8 9478 8888.

see full airport guide


Melbourne International Airport (MLB)

Location

The airport is located 1.5 miles (2.4km) northwest of downtown Melbourne.

Getting to the city

A Space Coast Area Transit (SCAT) stop is located outside the main terminal. SCAT buses provide transport throughout Brevard County via Route 24, operating from 7am to 7:45pm; a one-way fare is $1.25. Melbourne's Greyhound Lines bus terminal offers daily service to major Florida destinations and beyond. A few local hotels offer courtesy transfers with advance bookings.

Time

GMT -5 (GMT -4 from March to November).

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Adelaide Airport Taxis: the taxi fares above are intended as a guideline only.

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