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Designated smoking areas are very limited at Sydney Airport
NSW legislation states it is an offence to smoke within four metres of a pedestrian entrance or exit of a public building. NSW Health Inspectors are responsible for enforcement and can issue $550 fines to people who do not comply with the law.
Sydney Airport has created smoke-free areas at our Arrivals and Departures entrance and exit areas at T1 and T2, clearly marked with signage.
To accommodate smokers, Sydney Airport also provides dedicated smoking areas at both terminals. If you are a smoker, we ask that you please ensure you use the designated smoking areas provided and do not smoke in the marked smoke-free areas.
Smoking is only permitted on the outdoor deck at Terrace Bar on the Departures level, before Customs.
Smoking is not permitted inside the terminal or after Customs.
There are no smoking areas for passengers transiting through T1.
Smoking is not permitted inside the terminal.
NSW Government regulations prohibit smoking within four metres of a pedestrian entry to a building, such as an airport terminal.
To accommodate those who wish to smoke, we have provided dedicated smoking areas outside both terminals and ask smokers to consider the comfort of others and use these facilities. Signage indicating the location of these areas has been installed.
T1 (International) Arrivals - Smoking Areas
T1 (International) Departures - Smoking Areas
T2 (Domestic) Arrivals - Smoking Areas
T2 (Domestic) Departures - Smoking Areas
There are shower facilities located near Gate 24 after Customs on Departures level.
Please note there is no facility to rent towels.
It may be possible to leave Sydney Airport and return for a connecting flight, depending on your circumstances. However, it is your responsibility to ensure you meet all potential requirements in order to board your connecting flight. These include but are not limited to:
As a traveller in transit, you are advised to defer any purchase of duty free items until after you pass through security screening and into the departures area. There are restrictions in place for taking Liquids, aerosols and gels (LAGs) into the departures area.
You can purchase duty free items at the SYD Airport Tax and Duty Free stores and other shops on the departures level.
If you are not sure which departure gate your flight leaves from, use the flight information display screens located throughout the terminal to confirm your departure gate.
Once you know your departure gate, use the directional signage inside the terminal to help direct you to your gate. You can also use our interactive map to help find the location of your departure gate.
Specific opening and closing times for different outlets vary slightly, however the standard trading times for most retail stores at both International Terminal (T1) and Domestic Terminal (T2) are 6am to 10pm daily.
Visit our Relax page for opening times of specific retailers
There are Airport Guardian Pharmacies at both International Terminal (T1) and Domestic Terminal (T2). For more information about the Airport Guardian Pharmacies and view their locations please visit out Airport Guardian Pharmacy page.
There are several airline lounges located at International Terminal (T1) and Domestic Terminal (T2) that service passengers and also some passengers of partner airlines. For specific information on Lounges and eligibility requirements, please contact your Airlines.
International Terminal (T1)
After Customs on airside Departures Mezzanine level via escalators
The Qantas Club - Qantas Airways
Qantas First Lounge - Qantas Airways
After Customs on airside Departures level near gates 50 - 63, via lift or escalators
Air New Zealand Lounge - Air New Zealand
Silver Kris Lounge - Singapore Airlines
Emirates Lounge - Emirates Airlines
Domestic Terminal (T2)
The Qantas Club - Qantas Airways
The Lounge - Virgin Australia
The Rex Lounge - Rex Airlines
You need to check the duty free allowances for all destination countries that you are travelling to with the duty free purchased items, as duty free allowances vary depending on where you are going.
To purchase duty free items and check the duty free allowances for your destinations visit one of our SYD Airport Tax and Duty Free Stores.
For your safety, there are rules which restrict the amount of liquids, aerosols and gels (LAGs) on flights into and out of Australia. These rules also apply when transiting on international flights within Australia.
The rules help protect you from the threat of liquid explosives. For further information on the restrictions visit the Travel Secure website.
Use the flight information display screens in the check-in area on the departures level to identify the check-in counters for your flight. The check-in counters are positioned in sequential order from A to K.
Use the directional signage inside the terminal to help find your check-in counter area. You can also visit our Map page to help you locate your check-in counter.
You can also find out your check-in counter before you arrive at the airport by entering your flight details in the free Sydney Airport app for iPhone and Android.
There is a large range of eating and drinking options located after Customs at T1, including cafes, bars and casual dining options.
If you have sufficient time before your flight departs, there is a food court and other cafes and bars in the main shopping area located before Customs which also offer an extensive range of eating and drinking options to choose from.
To view the range and location of eating and drinking options at Sydney Airport, please visit our Eating and Drinking page.
Please note that the liquids, aerosols and gels (LAGs) restrictions for carry on baggage applies through security screening at T1 and this may also apply for specific flights to security-heightened destinations.