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sydney FAQs

1. What is the best way to travel to Sydney?
The quickest way to reach Sydney is to catch a flight to Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport. This is the busiest airport in Australia and is well connected to all major cities across the globe. If you’re already in Australia and want to visit Sydney, you can choose between bus, train or drive down yourself (make sure you procure an International Driver’s License if that is your intention).

2. What is the time difference between Sydney and Australia?
Sydney, Australia is around 4 hours and 30 minutes ahead of India.

3. Is Sydney a safe destination?
Sydney is, in general, a very safe city (Australia’s crime rate is overall quite low). There is little risk of pickpocketing, mugging, scams, natural disasters. The city is also safe for women travellers. However, be cautious, when you’re alone, in a remote area or during late hours.

4. What are a few popular places in Sydney?
Sydney is stuffed to bursting with iconic tourist spots. The iconic Sydney Opera House is a representative symbol for Australia. Other than the opera house, you can also visit the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Bondi Beach, Darling Harbour, the Royal Botanic Garden, Queen Victoria Building, the Sydney Tower Eye and more.

5. What are the liquor laws in Sydney?
The legal age, in Australia, is 18 years and the city of Sydney is no exception. 

6. What is the currency of Sydney?
Sydney uses the Australian Dollar (which is the national currency). You can buy Australian Dollars from Thomas Cook, either in the form of cash or Thomas Cook’s forex cards. Although credit cards are widely accepted everywhere, it’s a good idea to carry a prepaid forex card from Thomas Cook, as they are safe, secure and reloadable if you run out of money. Furthermore, Thomas Cook is a globally trusted travel partner, so you’ll be in good hands.

7. Will I get Wi-Fi connectivity? Can I buy a local sim card in Sydney?
Free Wi-Fi connectivity is a bit difficult to get in Sydney, however there are many independent cafes which offer free Wi-Fi internet. Fast food joints like McDonalds, KFC and Oporto also offer Wi-Fi and you can also connect to free Wi-Fi at the biggest shopping centres in the city. Interestingly, some of Sydney’s beaches also enable you to be connected, allowing you to surf the net as effectively as you surf on the waves. These include Bondi Beach, Bronte Beach, Manly Beach and Dee Why. For your Australian sim card, look at providers like Telstra, Optus or Vodafone.

8. What is the food like in Sydney? Can I get Indian Food? What about vegetarian options?
Sydney is a global feast of flavours. Areas like China Town, Korea Town and the Spanish Quarter provide the cuisines of the countries they are named after. For vegetarian food, the area of Newtown, will allow you to sample vegetarian food from multiple cuisines. For Indian food, visit restaurants like The Spice Room, Indu, Malabar, Aki’s, Masala Theory and more. 

9. Are there any laws to know in Sydney?
Driving laws, liquor laws, and road safety laws are strictly enforced in Sydney and will result in strict penalties if they are violated. Take note of the smoke-free zones in the city, and do not light up a cigarette in these areas. If you are swimming at one of the beaches, make sure to swim between the flags in the water - these denote the safety zones and if you do run into any trouble, you can be spotted and rescued easily. 

10. What are the transport options in Sydney?
You can easily make your way through Sydney, thanks to an excellent public transport system. Sydney has a well-connected rail network, which will take you all around the city. If you’re in the Northern or Eastern suburbs the bus will prove extremely effective. The Sydney light rail is excellent for taking you to all the popular tourist spots and you can catch any of the ferries if you need to cross the water. If you prefer to travel in private, then Uber and Ola are both easily available. 

11. Is tipping an accepted practice in Sydney?
Tipping is not a general practice in Sydney and is not expected. It is, however, appreciated. Do ask before you offer a tip. When you are taking a taxi, you are expected to round up the fare to the next dollar.

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