Skip Navigation

4 Hour Connection in Sydney

Travel Forums Australia / New Zealand & The Pacific 4 Hour Connection in Sydney

1. Posted by Jess872 (Budding Member 2 posts) 40w Star this if you like it!

Hey all, I'm currently in Adelaide for a month and I'll be leaving on the fourth. I'm extremely nervous about having a four hour connection in Sydney airport to get back home to the states. I did come through that airport coming to Australia, but a part of me thinks it was just luck that I didn't get lost.

This is my first international trip and my first trip on planes. I have bad anxiety and I'm hoping someone can alleviate my fears a little. Will I have plenty of time to get to my gate? I think it took me around two hours to get through customs, find my luggage, check my luggage, and get to the Qantas terminal. I'm trying to comfort myself with that but any information or advice would be greatly appreciated.

Like - when I check my luggage at Adelaide airport, will it meet me at my final destination or will I have to recheck it. I'm assuming not...I hope so. I will be arriving at the Qantas domestic terminal, won't I? That means I'll have to transfer to the international terminal - advice on getting there? Will I be able to check in at the Qantas domestic terminal if I arrive there since my international flight is Qantas? Thank you!

Here's my itinerary if it helps.
6am - 8:20am
American Airlines Flight 7312
Operated by Qantas Airways

4h 10m layover in Sydney

12:30pm - 1:00pm
Qantas Airways Flight 7

7h 15m layover in Dallas

8:15pm - 11:19pm
American Airlines Flight 5843
Operated by Mesa Airlines as American Eagle

Also I have to reference numbers one though Qantas and one through American Airlines. I also booked through Priceline.

2. Posted by Peter (Admin 6257 posts) 40w Star this if you like it!

4 hours is plenty of time. Your biggest problem will be boredom.

You may or may not be checking your luggage all the way through. But even if you weren't there is still plenty of time. And at least that gives you something to do in those 4 hours ;)

[ Edit: Edited on 17-May-2017, at 17:38 by Peter ]

3. Posted by Jess872 (Budding Member 2 posts) 40w Star this if you like it!

I hope that's my biggest problem! I guess the reason why I'm worried is Sydney looks like a very busy airport. It looked more busy than DFW - at least in the international terminal when I arrived at Sydney. I had a 10 hour layover that time so I wasn't worried.

[ Edit: Edited on 17-May-2017, at 18:36 by Jess872 ]

4. Posted by hasbeen (Travel Guru 1260 posts) 40w Star this if you like it!

These might be helpful = Quantas or Sydney Airport


5. Posted by Peter (Admin 6257 posts) 40w Star this if you like it!

It's definitely a busy airport, but there is pretty clear signage around the place. If you're concerned about the new surroundings, then maybe checking some of the airport info like Steve has suggested is a good idea. You'll hopefully have a pretty good idea of where everything is which should make it less stressful.

6. Posted by Sander (Moderator 5164 posts) 40w Star this if you like it!

Since all your flights are operated by the same alliance, and you presumably booked it all on a single ticket, your luggage will almost certainly be checked through. If you have any worries about it, ask when checking in in Adelaide, but even in the extremely unlikely case that you'd have to recheck in Sydney, those four hours would still be more than plenty of time. Sydney airport is very well signposted, so just take it all one step at a time, and you'll be just fine.

Upon arrival in Dallas, you'll go through immigration. After that, you'll probably have to pick up your luggage, go with it through customs, and drop it off on the next conveyor belt. No need to go with it to checkin again, but this whole procedure can be confusing if you're not expecting it. Don't be too hasty there, but look around. (They'll probably also announce the way this works during your flight, probably an hour or two before arrival.)

It's been a long time since I was at Dallas airport, but I remember it having two (or three?) terminal buildings, with a funky automated train running between them.

Posts 7 & 8 were removed by moderators