The 12th International Semantic Web Conference
and the 1st Australasian Semantic Web Conference
21-25 October 2013, Sydney, Australia

Travel Information

International Access

Sydney is easily accessible to all delegates with 40 passenger airlines operating scheduled services to Sydney International Airport and over 500 flights arriving per week. To the Asia Pacific region alone, Sydney has 260 departures weekly, making Sydney a highly accessible location for Asian delegates.

Delegates from Asia, Europe, Africa, North America and South America can fly direct to Sydney. Flying from Los Angeles takes half as much time to reach Sydney as Capetown, and approximately the same time as it takes to fly to Hong Kong or Rome. Major international airlines operate direct or one stop services from major hub cities including Bangkok, Singapore, London, Los Angeles, New York, Johannesburg and Santiago.

Sydney Airport

Sydney’s city centre is only 8 kilometres (5 miles) from the Sydney Airport, making it one of the closest airports to the city compared to other international cities. The Sydney Convention & Exihibition Centre is approximately 16 kilometres from the airport. This means that travel time for delegates is kept to a minimum, as is the cost of transferring delegates from the airport to hotels. 


The cost of a taxi fare is approximately AUD30-AUD50. Delegates can also take a direct rail link from the airport to the city centre in 13 minutes. Trains depart every ten minutes, or 15minutes off-peak and cost approximately AUD13 (USD12/EUR9).

Taxi ranks are located at each airport terminal. To make a pick up booking, contact Taxis Combined Services or phone 133 300.

Airport Link

The Airport Link train is a fast and convenient way to reach the Sydney CBD from the airport with trains running approximately every 10 minutes for a 13 minute journey into the city. There are train stations located at both the International and Domestic terminals. It costs approximately AUD15.00 for a single fare.

For further information, including ticket prices, please visit the Airport Link website

Local Transport

Sydney has an extensive, easy to use, public transport system, which includes harbour ferries, jet-powered catamarans, a monorail and city and suburban rail and bus systems. Private services are also available and include chauffeured limousines, rental cars, taxis and water taxis. There is a wide range of easy-to-use ticket options which make travelling around the city cost effective and efficient.

Sydney Light Rail

Linking the hub of Central Station, Darling Harbour and Sydney’s Inner Western Suburbs, the Light Rail is a green network providing comfortable, convenient and efficient transportation. Light Rail convention passes are available from as little as AUD5 per delegate per day for 1 to 7 days and longer if required. The passes allow delegates to enjoy unlimited transport on Light Rail to and from hotels, meetings and events.

Sydney Ferries

Sydney’s ferries enables delegates to experience an array of Sydney’s attractions and hidden treasures scattered along Sydney Harbour’s foreshores. Sydney’s ferries can also transfer delegates from Circular Quay or harbour-side locations to Darling Harbour in under 15 minutes.

Sydney Trains and Buses

Sydney has an extensive bus network, providing efficient, cost effective and easy access in and around the city. The network also includes a number of dedicated tourist services, as well as a free CBD shuttle service between Central Station and Circular Quay. Sydney’s railway network covers the entire metropolitan district. The New South Wales rail network is one of the world’s most complex. The 10 kilometre/6 mile underground Southern Railway links the airport to the city in 13 minutes.

Sydney Transport Pass

Delegates can make the most of their visit to Sydney with a value-packed, all inclusive sightseeing package that combines the best of Sydney’s harbour, city, bay and beach highlights. Sydney Pass 3, 5 and 7 day tickets include unlimited travel on the Sydney and Bondi Explorer buses, AirportLink train transfers and Harbour sights cruises.