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Travel time from Auckland to Sydney



Auckland to Sydney airports and flights

How long does it really take to fly from Auckland to Sydney? Here's a sample itinerary for a commercial flight plan. If you want to know the total travel time to reach Sydney, you need to include time at the airports. Eventually, you'll be able to customize this itinerary to select other nearby airports and choose your preferred airline.


Tuesday, 2:32 pm:  start in Auckland
drive for about 33 minutes
most airlines recommend you get to the airport at least 60 minutes before your flight, so arrive by 3:30 pm at the latest

3:05 pm:  Auckland International (AKL)
if you need to check luggage, make sure you do it at least 30-60 minutes before departure, or in this case, by 4:00 pm

3:20 pm:  get your boarding pass and go through TSA security
allow enough time for long security lines during busy travel seasons or holidays, and prepare for the wait time

3:50 pm:  arrive at the gate
once you're ready to board, you can get something to eat in the airport or just relax near the gate

4:05 pm:  prepare for boarding
check your boarding pass for your group number or listen to the gate agent as they announce boarding, some airlines require you to be in the boarding area 10-15 minutes before departure or risk losing your seat

4:20 pm:  board Jetstar Airways Pty Limited flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

4:30 pm:  this is your scheduled departure time
but remember flights can be delayed, so take that into account
it takes the plane an average of 15 minutes to taxi to the runway

4:45 pm:  wheels up! take-off from AKL
fly for about 3 hours in the air

5:56 pm (local time):  Sydney International (SYD)
Sydney is 2 hours behind Auckland
so the time in Auckland is actually 7:56 pm
taxi on the runway for an average of 15 minutes to the gate

6:11 pm (local time):  arrive at the gate at SYD
deboard the plane, and claim any baggage
if you're renting a car, check if you need to take a shuttle to car rental agency, otherwise you can ride in a cab, limo, or Uber for about 15 minutes to your destination

6:26 pm (local time):  arrive in Sydney

Total travel time: 6 hours




Flying non-stop from Auckland to Sydney

How far is Sydney from Auckland? Here's the quick answer if you have a private jet and you can fly in the fastest possible straight line.

Flight distance: 1,342 miles or 2159 km

Flight time: 3 hours, 11 minutes

Compare this to a whole day of commercial travel with the airports and waiting in line for security, which ends up taking a total of 5 hours, 54 minutes.

Flying private is roughly 2x faster, and saves you about 3 hours in your total travel time.

Because of the curvature of the Earth, the shortest distance is actually the "great circle" distance, or "as the crow flies" which is calculated using an iterative Vincenty formula. For a long distance, this appears as a curve on the map, and this is often the route that commercial airlines will take so it's a good estimate of the frequent flyer miles you'll accumulate as well.

This is a medium length flight, so unless you have a nice private jet, you might be booking a commercial flight. In that case, your travel time would really need to include how many minutes to get to your local airport, wait for security, board and taxi on the runway, land at the other airport, and get to your destination. The flight itinerary at the top of the page takes into account all these factors to get a more accurate estimate of your actual flight time.




Airlines that fly to Sydney

We picked Jetstar Airways Pty Limited for your main flight, but there are other airlines that you should check if you're looking for the cheapest flight, or you need a different schedule. Check the websites of these airlines:

  1. Jetstar Airways Pty Limited (JQ)
  2. China Eastern Airlines (MU)
  3. Emirates (EK)
  4. Air New Zealand (NZ)
  5. Qantas Airways Ltd. (QF)
  6. American Airlines Inc. (AA)
  7. China Airlines Ltd. (CI)
  8. Air Tahiti Nui (TN)




Plan a trip to Sydney

Trippy has a ton of information that can help you plan your trip to Sydney, Australia. Start by reading the Trippy page on where to stay in Sydney. If you're looking for a place to stay, you might want to check out Park Hyatt Sydney. A great place to eat might be Cafe Sydney. Trippy members can suggest things to do in Sydney like Sydney Opera House. Check out some of the questions people have asked about Sydney like Should I rent a car in Sydney or is the transit good enough to get around? Click the button below to explore Sydney in detail.






What about the return flight?

The distance is the same either way if you're flying a straight line. But for a real trip, there can be plenty of differences so go ahead and check the reverse flight itinerary to fly from Sydney to Auckland, or go to the main page to calculate other flight times.

If you happen to know Auckland, don't forget to help other travelers and answer some questions about Auckland!






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At a Glance
without making any stops
flight distance is 1,342 miles
flight time of 3 hours, 11 minutes
Sydney is 2 hours behind Auckland
80 Auckland travel answers
159 Sydney travel answers

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Sydney Airports
  1. Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport



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