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Getting to Australia

Nov 9, 2010

From Europe and United Kingdom

Due to the distance involved, flights from Europe will make a refuelling stop enroute to Australia.  Primary transit points include Singapore, Abu Dhabi, Dubai or Hong Kong.  Other connecting points include Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Seoul, Hanoi or Tokyo while holiday routings may include stopovers with direct inbound service to Australia from Phuket or Bali.

Major full-service airlines serving Australia from Europe through or from these transit points include Qantas, V-Australia, Singapore Air, British Airways, Emirates, Etihad, Cathay Pacific, and Virgin Atlantic.  Others with service to Australia from Europe include Asiana, Japan Airlines, Malaysia, Air France and Air Austral.  Budget carriers connecting from stopover gateways include Jetstar, Tiger Airways, and Asia Airways.

Arrival cities in Australia include Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Brisbane Darwin and Cairns.  In Adelaide, Melbourne and Darwin, the international arrivals hall is co-located in the same terminal building with domestic departures, whereas Sydney, Perth and Brisbane have the international and domestic terminals in separate buildings with frequent ground transit between the two.

While the number of potential combinations of routings from Europe to Australia is substantial, perhaps the most popular would include flying Qantas from London via Dubai to Sydney, or Emirates from many European airports connecting in Dubai and onward to Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane or Perth. Likewise Etihad from across Europe to Australia via Abu Dhabi and with connecting service on their own aircraft or via partner Virgin Australia, British Airways via Bangkok or Singapore to Sydney or Melbourne, or Singapore Air from ten major European cities via Singapore to all of Australia’s capitol cities.

Depending on your starting location, your preferred airline international alliance partners (such as OneWorld or StarAlliance) and whether you are seeking minimal travel time or will be making a holiday stop enroute, there will be a wide array of combinations of carriers and routings that will make the trip to Australia an enjoyable journey.  Travel time from London to Sydney is typically around 22 hours, and many airlines offer attractive package plans for a one-night stopover in their main transit hub city.

From Europe and United Kingdom
Due to the distance involved, flights from Europe will make a refuelling stop enroute to Australia.  Primary transit points include Singapore, Abu Dhabi, Dubai or Hong Kong.   More »

From North America
Flights from the United States and Canada to Australia are non-stop from the west coast of North America to the east coast of Australia.  While the most frequent services operate between Los Angeles and Sydney...   More »

From Asia
Non-stop services to Australia originate in Tokyo, Osaka, Seoul, Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Taipei, Saigon, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta and Singapore.  Flying times are typically from 6 to 10 hours. More »

From South America
LAN, Aerolineas Argentinas and Qantas are the primary carriers across the southern Pacific Ocean, while Air New Zealand offers an alternative with a connection in Auckland. More »

From the South Pacific
Travel from the island nations of the South Pacific to Australia is easily accomplished with frequent non-stop departures from Manila, Nadi, Papeete, Port Moresby, the Cook Islands and many more. More »

From New Zealand
Crossing the Tasman Sea is a 2-3 hour hop, with services from most major New Zealand cities direct to a range of Australian cities including Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide. The expansion from two to four carriers has meant substantial new routings and lower prices. More »

From Africa
Travel from the countries in the middle and south of Africa to Australia generally means a transfer at Johannesburg airport and a non-stop flight to Perth, Melbourne or Sydney. More »

From the Middle East
With the advent of both Dubai and Abu Dhabi as major east-west transit hubs, frequent service to much of Australia is offered from these two cities on Emirates and Etihad airlines respectively. More »

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