Airfare to Sydney, Australia
Australia’s largest city – but not its capital – Sydney evokes images. Most recently, they are of the 2000 Olympic Games, with the Sydney Opera House and Harbor Bridge rising in the background. Tourists can party with the beautiful people at Darling Harbor, shop in the CBD, or relax on a ferry to Manly Beach. Whatever you’re looking for, Sydney has a little bit of everything.
Airfare to Sydney 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 Melbourne. 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 Sydney. 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, Air Canada, Gulf Air, Air New Zealand and other airlines also stop in Sydney.
The most expensive air tickets to Sydney 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 Melbourne and traveling overland to Sydney 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 Sydney, check out BootsnAll’s Sydney Travel Guide.