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Old May 29, 22, 8:30 pm
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Mwenenzi
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As some other posts, getting on a T1 to T2/T3 bus at peak times can be/will be an issue.
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Originally Posted by UA_Flyer View Post
I did SFO-SYD-MEL last week on UA/VA single ticket.
Immigration at SYD was a breeze, but luggage took awhile. Once clearning custom before exit door, there is a door on the left that connects you to the VA transfer desk. Look out for the sign.

Transfer, rechecking the bag (single luggage tag issued by UA), and issuing the boarding pass took less than 5 min.
The longest wait is the bus from T3 to T1. There were mutiple flights arriving during early morning, so the line was long, I got onto the third bus after I got into the waitling line. The buses were crowded and luggages were stored on the seats and between seats, so made it hard to get out of bus if you were stuck in the back. The buses were packed because many passengers were desparate to get to their connecting fights.

Once I was in the VA lounge, nice flat white and full breakfast made me forgetting the unpleasant bus ride quickly.
It would be a much pleasant experience if the inter-terminal bus transfer can be improved.

I budged 3 hours for the transit, and glad I did not take the VA agent's offer to get on an earlier flight (an hour earlier), I needed the extra time for waiting for the bus, and clear security at the domestic terminal. A 40-min relaxing visit in the VA lounge with great coffee is a nice break after a long 15-hour flight. It would be even nicer if the showers were working at the VA lounge.
From Domestic to international connection time in SYD - only 70 mins??
Originally Posted by lachlans View Post
From T3 to T1 is about the same as pre CV19. QF bus leaves from QF T3 gate 15. Going the other way T1 to T3 is different (now seamless lite)
If your ADL flight is about on time should be OK. An earlier flight would lessen the risk
Thanks. Have not done this transfer since the before times, so good to know it has not changed. I did the reverse a few weeks ago (international to domestic) and missed my connection despite an on time arrival.
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