Sydney to Brisbane flight information

Looking for a more sub-tropical take on a city break? Ditch the high speed of Sydney and immerse yourself in Brisbane, with its amazing cultural institutions, its winding river and all that al fresco dining. Jetstar operate around 4 or 5 Sydney to Brisbane flights a day, so if you’re feeling spontaneous, you can grab a flight and be in Brisbane in just over 90 minutes!

Quick flight facts

Origin Sydney (SYD)
Destination Brisbane (BNE)
Flight time 1 hour and 35mins
Distance 754 km

What makes Brisbane such a great destination?

Brisbane knows a thing or two about the good life – it’s got gorgeous Moreton Bay and North Stradbroke Island on its doorstep, for starters. It’s also got the Southbank Parklands, a massive park with an artificial beach, green spaces, bars and the soaring Wheel of Brisbane bang in the middle of it. GOMA is a major tourist drawcard for its local and international big-ticket art exhibitions, while Fortitude Valley is an alluring, bohemian pocket of restaurants and live venues.

A view of the Manly Marina with boats docked
A view of the Manly Marina with boats docked

Airport information for Sydney to Brisbane flights

Departing from Sydney Airport (SYD)

Sydney Airport is pretty central - just 8 km from the Sydney CBD and about a 25 minute drive in light traffic. Most Jetstar flights depart from Terminal 2. You can get to the airport by taxi, rideshare, shuttle, public bus or train (Airport Link) which runs every 10 minutes and takes just 13 minutes from the CBD. You need an Opal card to use the Airport Link. Enjoy a relaxing start to your trip by remembering to bring the correct ID and check in with plenty of time.


Arriving at Brisbane Airport (BNE)

Brisbane Airport is located 12 kms from the CBD. The quickest and easiest way into the CBD is by Airtrain – about a 20-minute journey. There are also door-to-door shuttle buses and transfers to multiple locations in Brisbane, the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast. There are plenty of taxis, car rentals and ride shares available, plus one public bus that links up to the Brisbane public transport network.

Sydney to Brisbane FAQs

What is the distance between Sydney and Brisbane?

It’s 915kms between the two cities – Australia is not small, is it?

How long does a flight from Sydney to Brisbane take?

A flight from Sydney to Brisbane is an easy 1 hour and 35 minutes – long enough for a quick disco nap and a couple of episodes of Parks and Rec.

What time do I need to be at the airport if I have checked in online for a Sydney to Brisbane flight?

If you’ve got bags to check in, you just need to put your bags at the bag drop before check-in closes (30 mins before departure) and allow enough time to get to your gate (Jetstar typically departs from Terminal 2). Gates close 15 mins before departure, but no point leaving it to the last minute so get there with extra time so you can get on board all relaxed.

How early do I have to be at the airport for a Sydney to Brisbane flight?

Earlier is always better. If you’re on a domestic flight, check in closes 30 minutes before departure, so allow enough time to check in, drop your bags off, have a coffee and get to your gate. If you’re flying to Sydney but on a domestic flight departing from an international terminal, you have to get there way earlier – check in and bag drop opens three hours before departure and closes an hour before.

What's the best way to travel from Sydney to Brisbane?

It’s more than 10 hours’ drive, so why not cut to the chase and just fly up? Go on, treat yourself.

An artificial beach set on the banks of the Brisbane River
A local icon, the Streets Beach in South Bank, Brisbane.

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What's the weather like in Brisbane compared to Sydney?

If you want to dial up the sun on Sydney, head to Brisbane for its practically year-round subtropical climate, which can make Sydney feel almost crisp in comparison. Temperatures are generally higher across the board compared to Sydney, although summers can be much more humid (humidity peaks in February) and prone to heavy rainfall and thunderstorms. Winters in Brisbane are mild and easy – more like a Sydney autumn than an actual winter.

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