Flying to Sydney isn’t always cheap, but Australia’s largest city provides all the cultural and natural offerings one could hope for in a major metropolis. Home to 4.76 million people, Sydney appeals to just about anyone because of its large natural harbors, highlighted by bays, rivers, inlets and beaches, matched by its famous Sydney Opera House and plethora of artsy festivals. Take the Sydney Festival for example. It is filled with both indoor and free outdoor performances during the month of January. Big Day Out, a traveling rock-music fest that originated in Sydney, is another one for visitors to check out. For those travelers looking for a "down under" exploration, here are five tips on ways to find cheap flights to Sydney and make your trip one that won’t break the bank.
The flight to Sydney isn’t short, so planning 15 days in advance is ideal for those trying to prepare for the long journey south. Plus, travelers that book at least 15 days in advance can also save up to $300. It’s a win-win in terms of planning ahead and saving some serious dough that could be better used towards a ticket for one of the city’s best views from the Sydney Tower Eye Observation Deck.
A trip to all the way to Sydney isn’t exactly a an ideal weekend-getaway trip, but leaving on a Friday can save travelers up to $43. Plus, visitors will be able to start their vacation off right with the city’s weekend festivities. That can include anything from farmers markets to live theater performances. For those interested in opera, tickets to see a performance by Opera Australia, the third busiest opera company in the world, are available at the city’s famous Opera House and $43 can go a long way towards the price of one.
Travelers can save up to $114 by returning on a Monday — a perfect day to return after a long week in Australia. Plus, staying for the full weekend allows visitors to catch as many of the city’s favorite cricket, football or rugby games as they can.
One of the best ways to celebrate the weekend is by buying a ticket to a far-off destination. If that destination is Sydney, you could also save up to $34 by booking a flight on a Friday. Then, you have the whole weekend to prepare for your travels. Make sure to pack some snorkeling gear. Like the Great Barrier Reef to the north, Sydney’s waters offer some excellent spots to see colorful sponge life, turtles and Sydney’s Weedy Sea Dragon.
Sydney’s summer is in the months of December through February, with temperatures in the high 70s. However, most visitors prefer to travel to Sydney in the autumn, March through May, because the average daytime temperatures are less hot and humid. Plus, travelers can save up to $250 more if they book in April compared to any other month.
The surfboard’s waxed, the sandals are packed and the sun cream is waiting to go, now all that’s left to do is grab that cheap flight to Australia, where Bondi and the big Opera House await. A great place to start looking is Hopper’s When to Fly and Buy Reports, which sources data from millions of searches for flights into Sydney every day, offering up-to-date statistics that show the best dates to book, prime departure days and the cheapest overall fares on the route.