Gold Coast to Sydney flight information

There are around nine direct Gold Coast to Sydney flights a day with Jetstar. We also operate Brisbane to Sydney flights.

Quick flight facts

Origin Gold Coast
Destination Sydney
Flight time 1 hour and 20mins
Distance 678 km

What makes Sydney such a great destination?

Australia's biggest city is popular for a reason! While beaches may not be the main draw-card if you’re coming in from the Gold Coast (although Bondi is still pretty irresistible), Sydney still has a whole host of attractions to explore. You can shop up a storm in the Pitt St Mall, soak up the art (and the harbour views) at the Museum of Contemporary Art, go wild with the animals at the famous Taronga Zoo.

Wander the historic area of the Rocks, get a feel for Sydney fabulousness by ordering cocktails with a view at the celebrated Icebergs, or get the wind in your hair by hopping on a ferry – it’s one quick and budget-friendly way to get a great view of this beautiful city and its landmarks.

Three Taronga Zoo giraffes with Sydney CBD in the background.
Three Giraffes of Taronga Zoo enjoying a feed.

Airport information for Gold Coast to Sydney flights

Departing from Gold Coast Airport (OOL)

Gold Coast Airport is roughly a half-an-hour drive from Surfers Paradise. If you’re driving, there is ample long-term parking that is only a minute’s walk from the terminals. You can also reach the airport by taxi, rideshare, Skybus or train and connecting bus. There is only one main terminal at Gold Coast Airport and all flights leave from that terminal; however, some domestic flights are considered international so ensure you are familiar with the check in times. Make sure you carry ID with you, regardless of if you’re flying domestic or international.

Arriving at Sydney Airport (SYD)

There are three terminals at Sydney Airport, and most Jetstar flights arrive and depart from Terminal 2. Sydney Airport is very central – it’s only 8kms from the city centre and takes around 25 minutes to get to the CBD but traffic and roadworks can cause delays getting into town. There’s a range of transport options from the airport, including taxi, hiring a car, ride share, shuttle, public bus and the Airport Link train service that runs every 10 minutes and takes around 13 minutes to reach the city. There is a station at Terminal 2.

Gold Coast to Sydney FAQs

What is the distance between Gold Coast and Sydney?

It’s roughly 843kms from the Gold Coast down to Sydney – that’s 9.5 hours behind the wheel. That’s a lotta podcasts…

How long does a flight from Gold Coast to Sydney take?

A flight from Gold Coast to Sydney is a breezy 90 minutes. Just don’t get confused by the interstate time change. We’ve all been caught out with that one.

What time do I need to be at the airport if I have checked in online for a Gold Coast to Sydney 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 for domestic flights). Your holiday starts here, so why not get there earlier and have an al fresco drink after you’ve checked in then, all relaxed, make your way to your gate with some easy time to spare. For domestic flights, we recommend getting to the gate at least 30 minutes before departure.

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

Earlier is always better – why stress yourself with rushing? 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 the Gold Coast to Sydney?

Call us biased but we reckon you should fly. Come on – 90 minutes on a flight or more than 9 hours in a car? We know which one we’d choose…

Bondi Icebergs pool in Sydney at dusk
Watch the sun set from the famous Bondi Icebergs pool in Sydney

Flying from somewhere else?

Find cheap flights to Sydney from other cities. 

What's the weather like in Sydney compared to Gold Coast?

Sydney’s weather is pretty easy-going – summers are sunny, warm and beach-perfect, while the winters are mild and manageable. Compared to the Gold Coast, Sydney’s seasons are a bit more distinct. Summer can get humid, while autumn is much more crisp and dry, with pleasant, mid-range temperatures. June is the wettest month of the year, and July is the coldest, with an average of 13°C (55°F) – not exactly frosty, but certainly a lot cooler than Gold Coast! Temperatures bounce back up in spring. In general, Sydney’s sun rises later and sets later than on the Gold Coast too.

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