Flights to Sydney

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Student flights from the USA to Sydney

Sydney really is a hub of activity for travelers. It’s got spectacular beaches, iconic landmarks such as the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge and great food and drink options too! So whether you’re heading to Australia to work for a year, embarking on a semester abroad, or just ready for a vacation, we have a bunch of flights for you to choose from.

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What are the main Sydney airports, and how do I get from them to central Sydney?

There is only one airport in Sydney and it’s super easy to get there from central Sydney. Sydney (Kingsford Smith) Airport is only 5 miles south of the city center and there are tons of transport options to choose from.

Sydney (Kingsford Smith) Airport (SYD): Departing from or arriving at Sydney Airport is really easy and, as mentioned, there are a lot of transport options to use. The Airport Link train is your best option, as it only takes 13 minutes to get into the city centre, with stops in Sydney’s outer suburbs along the way too. The train ticket costs about $19 AUD. But you may also choose to take the bus, grab a taxi or rent a car.

How to fly from the USA to Sydney

Thankfully, flying from the US to Sydney is getting easier and easier! Despite the long distance, there are some direct flights from places like LA, San Francisco, Dallas, Houston and Honolulu. Qantas is even testing long-haul direct flights all the way from New York (although the flight time clocks in at over 19 hours!) If you’re flying from somewhere else, there’s plenty of options for you too, you’ll just have a connection. And with such long flights, sometimes it’s nice to have a layover to stretch your legs.

Our most popular airlines to fly from the US to Sydney are Virgin Australia, Qantas and Air New Zealand, along with American-based airlines like United and American.

Cheap flights to Sydney
from Los Angeles (LAX)

Average flight duration

14 hours and 55 minutes

Number of daily flights

38 direct flights per week

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from San Francisco (SFO)

Average flight duration

14 hours and 35 minutes

Number of daily flights

11 direct flights per week.

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from New York (NYC)

Average flight duration

22 hours, 10 minutes

Number of daily flights

No direct flights, but flights to connecting destinations depart daily.

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from Chicago (ORD)

Average flight duration

21 hours+

Number of daily flights

No direct flights, but flights to connecting destinations depart daily.

When is the best time to fly to Sydney?

Sydney is a fantastic destination to visit all year long. The biggest thing to keep in mind is that the seasons in Australia are reversed from those in the US. So while you’re pulling out your thermals for winter, they’re getting their swimsuits ready for summer Down Under. Higher demand (and prices) tend to fall between December and March, since that’s summer in Sydney. If you’re looking to save a little more on your flight, you may be best traveling in spring or fall. Whenever you go, be sure to book your flight well in advance.

When is the cheapest time to book a flight to Sydney from the US?

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Why do American students love visiting Sydney?

The culture in Sydney is pretty much as you might imagine: lively and laid back. It’s an exciting city to study in and has a lot of things to see and do. Plus it’s the perfect stepping stone into exploring other parts of Australia on a longer trip too.

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Sydney universities and campuses

If you’re traveling to Sydney to study you’re in good company. Also, in other great news, there are a lot of study abroad programs open to American students. Study at the University of Sydney, which is ranked as the third best university in Australia, or even UNSW which scored the title of fifth top university in the whole of Australia. Or check in with your home university to see what Australian study abroad programs might be available to you.

sydney lifestyle and culture

Sydney lifestyle and culture

The lifestyle and culture in Sydney is super laid back. Locals typically spend evenings and weekends with friends hiking, surfing at the beach or grabbing a bite to eat. Australian humour is pretty similar to that what you might be familiar with as British humor: a lot of dry humour and sarcasm, so be prepared! Locals however are very friendly, and will be happy to offer directions or suggest a favorite place to eat if you strike up a conversation.

visit sydney on a student budget

Exploring Sydney on a student budget

Sydney has a reputation for being an expensive city to visit, but there are ways to experience the city on a budget. Complete the famous Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk and enjoy the many beaches in between. Or grab food at the Carriageworks Farmers Market, the Grounds of Alexandria or Paddy’s Night Food Markets. And when it comes to iconic landmarks, head to the Circular Quay for places like the Sydney Opera House or Harbour Bridge.

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