We Visit Our Son And His Family In Sydney Every Year. We Prefer To Break The Long Flight For A Few Days Somewhere En Route But Have Visited All The Usual Stop-Over Cities Like Hong Kong, Singapore And Dubai. Is There Anywhere Else We Could Try?
There are no direct, non-stop flights from the UK to Sydney so you always have to connect somewhere along the way. Many travellers use this as a chance to explore a new destination and it needn’t cost you more on the flight price – the local airlines will often encourage you to stay over and spend money in their country.
The big hubs for flights to Australia have traditionally been Hong Kong and Singapore, and more recently Dubai. But there are lots of other interesting options.
One I would recommend is South Korea. Korean Air have flights from London to Sydney via the capital Seoul for around £1,000 in January 2017. Incheon Airport is an hour from the city by train or limousine bus. And you’ll find an exciting, safe city that combines modern architecture with traditional design. There is plenty to see on a two or three day stopover.
Accommodation in Seoul is plentiful, comfortable and relatively cheap, and there’s great food in fashionable districts like Gangnam. It’s all easy to get around by the cheap, efficient underground, which has signs in English.
If you’re a bit more adventurous, some of the cheapest flights available are on the Chinese carriers. One option would be to fly Air China via Beijing, who are offering return flights for £650 in January 2017. But beware, if you intend to stop over in China for more than 72 hours, you’ll need to arrange a visa before you travel. Short stay transit visas, for less than this time, have restrictive conditions that mean you have to remain within the city’s region.
Alternatively, you could try travelling ‘the other way round.’ Air Canada have flights to Sydney via the beautiful city of Vancouver on the west coast. It’s not the cheapest route, at around £1,400 return in January 2017. And you’ll also be flying on one of the longest flights in the world – Vancouver to Sydney takes over 15 hours!