There are lots of reasons to take cheap flights to Sydney at any time of year but summer is peak tourist season when Sydney’s beach culture comes into its own. Iconic stretches such as Bondi, Manly, Coogee, Bronte and Cronulla, are just some of the beachside suburbs to visit; there are more than 30 beaches within half an hour of the city. For nightlife, the lively buzz of Darling Harbour attracts people of all ages, and the balmy evenings make for pleasant wining and dining. Sydney has a temperate and sunny climate and temperatures generally reach the high 20s, though it can reach the high 30s. Adequate sun protection is a must, especially at the beach. Sydney has lots of summer festivals, carnivals and competitions which can bump up the prices of flight tickets. One of the most popular is the Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras in February/March, one of Sydney’s biggest international events. New Year’s Eve is also a huge crowd-puller, book your flights to Sydney and accommodation well in advance if you plan on visiting at this time. Other busy periods include: October school holidays, Christmas holidays and Easter holidays.
Sydney cools off in winter (June to August) but temperatures rarely drop below 7C. This can be an ideal time to visit with less tourists and cheap flights to Sydney up for grabs. Take a jacket and umbrella to ward off any rain showers.
With its warm summers and not-too-cold winters you can book a flight to Sydney all year round and take advantage of what the city offers for each season. Summers are the busiest time but can be extremely hot, humid and rainy. Autumn, excepting March which is the rainiest month, and spring are a pleasant times to look for cheap flights to Sydney with clear, warm days and mild nights.
Flights from Auckland to Sydney – 3 hrs 35 mins
Flights from Wellington to Sydney – 3 hrs 40 mins
Flights from Christchurch to Sydney – 3 hrs 30 mins
Flights from Dunedin to Sydney – 6 hrs 35 mins
Air New Zealand, Qantas, Jetstar, Virgin Australia are the airlines that operate the most regular flights to Sydney from New Zealand. You could also check out Emirates, China Airlines, Etihad and China Southern.
Sydney International Airport (SYD) is located 8km south of the city centre. Rail stations are located in the international and domestic terminals. Trains run every ten minutes and take 13 minutes to the centre, from where connections can be made for all suburban services. Each terminal has its own taxi rank and supervisors at peak times ensure a smooth flow for arriving passengers. There’s a $2 airport surcharge for taking a taxi from any of the airport taxi ranks. Public bus 400 runs between the airport and Bondi Junction. Private shuttle buses run to and from the airport and must be pre-booked; hotel buses are also available.