Airfare to Darwin, Australia
Darwin is Australia’s sun-worshipping capital – quite a feat in a country basking in sun. Thanks to its proximity to the equator – and not much else – Darwin deserves this honor fair and square. Travelers come to this city of 110,000 to relax in the sun and to use as a launching pad for travelers into the outback.
Airfare to Darwin will be the cheapest on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursday. Mondays are popular with business travellers and weekends are key dates for holidaymakers wanting the longest trips possible – avoid these dates.
Also consider flights into Brisbane or Broome, Australia. To get between the cities, you can grab a spot on a train, bus or flight. Look for cheap flights on no frills airlines. Jetstar Airways and Virgin Blue fly to Darwin. Although it will take longer to reach your destination, a bus or train could save you enough cash to make it worth your while.
Another possible money-saving tip is to look for flights that go through Sydney or Melbourne, Australia, or another major gateway city instead of flying direct. Because there are more flights – and competition – from these cities on low budget airlines, you can save some cash over flying non-stop to your destination. It is very common to layover in one of these main cities.
Finally, consider traveling on a lesser-known carrier. Qantas is the national airline. However, Tiger Airways, Airnorth and other airlines also stop in Darwin.
The most expensive air tickets to Darwin are found during peak holiday travel times, such as the New Year. Also be aware of national events or festivals, which can also cause ticket prices to rise.
Summary of Money Saving Tips:
- Fly mid-week
- Book your holiday during the off-peak season
- Consider flying into Brisbane or Broome, Australia and traveling overland to Darwin via train or bus
- Look for flights that go through large cities, with many flights
- Check out carriers besides the national airline – they may undercut the monopolistic competition
For more information on Darwin, check out BootsnAll’s Darwin Travel Guide.