About Sydney Airport Domestic Terminal (SYD)

Address: Keith Smith Ave, Sydney Nsw (1), 2020, Nsw, Ns

Australia’s Sydney Airport Domestic Terminal (SYD), consists of Terminal 2 and 3, and is the largest domestic terminal complex situated in Mascot, New South Wales. The domestic terminal can be found six miles (9 km) south of the city center, about a 30-minute drive from the CBD if you rent a car. The airport has all the facilities you need for your holiday, including foreign exchange services and car rental in the arrivals hall, making it an easy gateway into one of Australia’s largest cities.

  Getting around

Sydney Airport Domestic Terminal (SYD) is one of three terminals in the Sydney airport complex, located away from the international airport terminal which is a 15 minute shuttle bus ride away.

Situated roughly 11 miles (18 km) from the Sydney Opera House, eight miles (13 km) from Darling Harbour, and eight miles (13 km) from the Royal Botanic Garden, the airport is well suited for exploring Sydney by rental car. If you’re looking to travel further afield, the domestic airport is 416 miles (669 km) from Tweed Gold Coast, 444 miles (714 km) from Melbourne, and 454 miles (730 km) from Brisbane in New South Wales, Australia.

While the roads leading in and out of Sydney Airport Domestic Terminal (SYD) are well maintained, they tend to be very busy during rush hour. The traffic can be bad in the mornings and evenings, so allow plenty of time to get to the airport and return your hire car before your flight.

  Choosing your car

Car hire desks are available in the arrivals hall inside the domestic terminal building at Sydney Airport Domestic Terminal (SYD). You will find many of the big airport car rental name brands here, such as Avis, Hertz, Budget, Thrifty, Redspot, and Europcar.

Whether you’re looking for an economical car for zipping around Sydney’s popular attractions or a spacious family car for getting more bums on seats, you’ll find all you need and more with the choice of Sydney airport car rental companies available here.

Take your pick from a wide range of manual and automatic transmission vehicles on offer, from a compact Kia or SUV, to a flashy BMW convertible.

  Tips and advice for renting a car at Sydney Airport Domestic Terminal


Australia drives on the left-hand side of the road. All Sydney Airport Domestic Terminal (SYD) car rental companies will have right-hand drive vehicles.


Sydney uses a tram system so watch out for them on the roads. If you come across one, note that the tram always has right of way.


Using mobile phones while driving is strictly prohibited, unless it’s in a mounted mobile phone holder on the dashboard. Even then you may only use it to make or receive a call. Using your phone for anything else including texting is illegal.


Foreigners can rent a car in Australia with a valid driver’s license from their own country, provided it’s displayed in English. If it’s written in another language, you will need to have an International Driver’s Permit (IDP).


Sydney has electronic tolling so it’s recommended that visitors obtain an E-toll Pass. This is usually provided by the rental car company — but do check as tolls use electronic tags and number plate recognition. Toll roads include the M2, M4, M5 and M7 to name a few. Check your route before you leave to avoid any unnecessary surprises.