Once you have decided to come to Australia, the next step is probably booking your plane ticket. Keep in mind that flight prices vary a lot depending on the period of your departure (it is more expensive during school holidays for example) and when you make the booking. Knowing certain tips & tricks will enable you to save a bit of money on your plane ticket to Australia!
Flight duration Europe – Australia
The duration of your flight from Europe to Australia varies according to the number of stopovers and the time spent at each stopover. The minimum flight time will be around 22 hours with only one stop. It can go up to 40 hours if you stop several times.
How much do flights tickets to Australia cost?
As already mentioned, ticket prices to Australia vary greatly depending on when you book. You can pay as little as 600 Euros for a one way ticket if you book well in advance and the departure date is not during the school holidays. If you want to fly in the peak season (December & January – remember that Australia is in the southern hemisphere, so this is the summer period in Australia) or if you book just before the departure, your plane ticket might cost as much as 1.300 Euros. For a return ticket expect to pay at least 900 Euros. Obviously the rates also depend on the choice of the airline company (budget or not).
Cheap plane tickets to Australia
There are a few techniques that can help you to get cheaper tickets to Australia.
In general, the best fares are available right after the flight has been published. This means approximately 300 days before the trip. If you go for this option, you will be required to get a changeable return ticket (i.e. an ‘open ticket’) because your return trip will not be available yet. The additional benefit is that choosing an open end ticket gives you more flexibility for your return.
For good prices it is important to be flexible on your dates and itinerary (a detour can save you a lot of money). Also, prices are generally lower on weekdays than on weekends.
The best time to buy your plane ticket
When to book your plane ticket to Australia
If you use a flight comparison website (e.g. Skyscanner, Google Flights, etc.), you should know that prices vary according to several criteria. Keep these tips in mind: fly in the off-season, Wednesday or Thursday, preferably at night, late night or during the early morning (between 2 and 4 am).
Where to buy your plane ticket
Via a Travel Agency
Local travel agencies sometimes offer good flight deals. So feel free to compare any quote you found online with them. But most of the time, people book through a travel agent to get extra service, such as flexible flights, hotel packages etc.
Via a flight comparison website
The second option for comparing prices is through an (online) flight comparison website. Their search engines scan different flights available from all airlines in order to provide you with the best offer. Be careful though. Not all flight comparison websites really offer you the best rates. For instance, Expedia belong to the ones that are generally more expensive.
Tip: Flight comparison websites record your search results. Do your research in ‘private browsing’ or empty your history and remove your cookies before making your booking.