Cheap Flights to Australia
Your search to find cheap flights to Australia has been made easy with our booking form on this page. Travellers should remember that the route from the United Kingdom to Australia is just about the longest flight they will ever take. Usually this 10,500 mile long flight will include around 24 hours flying time with a stopover in the Middle East or Asia to refuel. The sheer length of the flight and the necessary stopover make it an expensive operation for airlines and cause tickets to be expensive for passengers, so expect to pay around £700 or more.
Things to consider when booking a cheap flight to Australia
- Be flexible with your flight dates and times and try to avoid the peak times such as the week before Christmas or other holiday periods. Try and avoid times when there is a major sporting event on Down Under then prices can go sky high. Also, if you can be flexible, try flying out on a mid-weekday rather than a weekend.
- Generally if you book early you will score a cheaper ticket. However, from time to time, cheap last minute flights to Australia do become available.
- You're choice of exit airport in the UK and destination airport in Australia can also affect the price considerably. Not all the cheapest flights to Australia from the UK fly from London Heathrow - be flexible to allow exiting the UK from a different airport such as Gatwick or Manchester. The majority of all flights to Australia fly to Sydney, the nations busiest airport, and also Melbourne and Brisbane. Flights to Perth from London are available with some airlines for a slightly reduced price due to the shorter distance. However, be aware that Australia is a massive country and west coast Perth is a 5 hour flight from Sydney on the east coast. As an alternative, cheap flights to Darwin are also available which can result in cheaper prices similar to Perth - again, be aware of the distance and costs from getting from Darwin to your next destination within Australia.
- The advertised price you see in the newspapers don't usually include all the extra costs - so it'll be £550 plus taxes, surcharges and fees. Once the taxes etc are added the total cost can be more like £660. A price like this represents good value if you are flying with one of the more reputable airlines such as British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Emirates, Qantas and Virgin etc. The likes of China Eastern advertise significantly lower prices but their services are less well reputed.
- Also, if you have the money at your disposal, pay for your flight on a debit card and not by credit card, thereby avoiding the 2.5% credit card fee that most booking agencies will charge.
- Your choice of airline will determine your stopover city. We love the idea of stopover in Asia en-route to Australia. You don't have to if time doesn't permit, but you can arrange a stopover for a day's sightseeing, a week sunbathing or longer in destinations such as Singapore, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Osaka, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta or even the tropical island of Bali in Indonesia.
- The more stopovers you have en-route the more taxes, surcharges and fees you will pay. For example, a cheap flight to Australia that flies London - Frankfurt - Bangkok - Jakarta - Sydney, may start off with the cheapest price but by the time all the taxes and fees are added, it may be comparable in cost to a flight that goes London - Singapore - Sydney. Bare in mind, your total travel time will also be longer.
- Arrive early at check in and you might snag a more comfortable seat with more leg room! You never know, you can sometimes be (and it is rare) upgraded to economy premium or even business. Other times flights get overbooked and as a result you may get bumped onto the flight with an upgrade.
- And of course if you have been collecting points on your frequent flyer card then this would be the perfect occasion to cash them in for a super cheap flight or upgrade to business or first class.
Your search to find cheap flights to Australia has been made easy with our booking form above on this page. We hope that you have found this information useful and will help you to get a cheap flights to Australia. Australian Airport Guide always welcome feedback which you can give on the blog. We also encourage you to sign up to our newsletter, delivered to your inbox which contains news and information on flights and airports in Australia.