Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer
Member since 14 Sep 2018
Total posts 9
Not sure if this is the place to post, but I am travelling SYD-BNE-NRT with three kids in January. Flying Qantas, originally with 3 hours between domestic & International flights, but Qantas have brought forward BNE-NRT by 30 mins and cancelled my 6.30 flight SYD-BNE so I now only have 1h50 between flights. I'm on one ticket, so can apparently check through from Syd Domestic, but I'm still worried about transit time, especially if domestic flight is delayed. Do you think I should I be considering overnight in BNE and remove concern about transfer? Thanks
Member since 24 Dec 2013
Total posts 111
You'll be fine. I had a 1hr 40min domestic to international connection last week. I still had enough time to queue up at the TRS counter and eat something at the lounge.
Member since 09 May 2013
Total posts 346
I think Qantas has their own bus (unless they use sky bus), both are approximately on 15-20mins cycle. The trip is 4-5 mins. If you have no bags, immigration and security is incredibly fast in BNE (with smart gates). You have'nt mentioned if it is 6:30am or 6:30pm. Mornings can be quite busy at security, but 1hr 50m is still adequate. 6:30pm should be straight forward.
Etihad - Etihad Guest
Member since 06 Apr 2012
Total posts 82
The bright orange coloured Terminal Transfer bus runs every 10 minutes in front of the Qantas domestic terminal at that time of morning. Trip time between the domestic and international terminals is about 10 minutes. (It's a free service). So, you should be fine if the inbound flight is on-time. I would recommend though once you hop off the bus that you do head straight down to Customs as the queue to process passengers at that time of morning can be quite long - especially since they introduced the full body scanners. Here's details (and a nice picture) of the bus in question. Make sure to check with the driver that it's headed straight to the International Terminal when you hop on: https://bne.com.au/passenger/to-and-from/terminal-transfers
Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards
Member since 12 Nov 2017
Total posts 42
I have had to do this in the past and had a 1:30 gap, but it was tight as security was so slow (in spite of the priority lane). Had no time in the lounge and had to board immediately. My least favourite airport in Australia... to change between Domestic and International.
Member since 02 Sep 2018
Total posts 352
Buses tend to be a bit of a wait to transfer between Domestic and International. If the bus has just departed, then it would be faster to walk. Either way, security customs are all pretty efficient. Through checking should help with this as well.
Member since 23 Oct 2013
Total posts 767
Member since 07 Dec 2015
Total posts 56
All things being equal, no problems. Security will be the only variable. That's a busier time of the morning and I've had varying experiences at that time. The Smart Gates make the Customs process so much quicker now.
Delta Air Lines - SkyMiles
Member since 16 Oct 2017
Total posts 165
If there happened to be problems with the bus service you can also catch the train, though it doesn't operate as often.
Member since 09 Feb 2015
Total posts 66
You should not have too many issues. It would be worth phoning Qantas and asking them to put you on an earlier flight to Brisbane if one is available (6:00am). If available there should not be any costs for changing this as they have cancelled your original flight. Good luck
Member since 15 Feb 2018
Total posts 151
If it is all on the one ticket, you won’t have any problems. As already stated, the orange T Buses do the transfers between the domestic and international terminals. Very frequent at quick.
Earliest QF that day is 07.00, which we are on. There's an 06.05 deathstar, but wouldn't risk that!
Thanks everyone. We'll risk the transfer, and thanks for the express pass idea - I'll chase that up when we check in.
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