Aviation

What are the cheapest and most expensive flights from Australia?

Kayak has analysed flights from Sydney and Melbourne to the rest of the world to reveal the best and worst value flights based on cost per kilometre.

The results, dare we say it, may shock you.

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Apparently, shorter flights aren’t always the most cost-effective, with Sydney flyers likely to pay a whopping +339 per cent more per kilometre when travelling to Queenstown versus flying to Bangkok.

Interestingly, Sydney travellers pay significantly more per kilometre to fly to Auckland and Christchurch than those from Melbourne, seeing a difference of +44 per cent and +23 per cent respectively.

The hop on hop off tram on New Regent Street.

The 10 least cost-effective flight routes from Sydney (cost per kilometre)

Ranking Destination Cost per kilometre
1 Queenstown 16.89¢
2 Wellington 13.29¢
3 Auckland 12.52¢
4 Christchurch 10.61¢
5 Bogota 9.77¢
6 Seoul 8.77¢
7 Nadi 8.55¢
8 Vancouver 8.39¢
9 Denpasar, Bali 7.71¢
10 Tokyo 7.69¢

 

Aussie fave, Bali,  appears in the least cost-effective flight route lists for both Sydney and Melbourne, but that probably won’t stop half the country from migrating there during every unseasonably cold school holiday period.

Woman standing on Tegallalang rice field in Bali, Indonesia with her hands up

The 10 least cost-effective flight routes from Melbourne (cost per kilometre)

Ranking Destination Cost per kilometre
1 Queenstown 12.20¢
2 Wellington 10.54¢
3 Auckland 8.69¢
4 Christchurch 8.64¢
5 Seoul 7.97¢
6 Denpasar, Bali 7.78¢
7 Vancouver 7.08¢
8 New York 6.97¢
9 Tokyo 6.67¢
10 Osaka 6.50¢

 

Much to the delight of Melbourne travellers that are partial to a Euro-trip or two, Athens, Rome, Amsterdam and Berlin all appear on their most cost-effective flight route list.Erechtheion temple, Athens.

The 10 most cost-effective flight routes from Melbourne (cost per kilometre)

Ranking Destination Cost per kilometre
1 Manila 3.13¢
2 Hanoi 3.58¢
3 Bangkok 3.89¢
4 Athens 3.93¢
5 Rome 4.03¢
6 Milan 4.83¢
7 Honolulu 4.85¢
8 Delhi 5.25¢
9 Amsterdam 5.29¢
10 Berlin 5.40¢

 

Manila tops the list for money-conscious Melbourne travellers (3.13¢ per kilometre), whilst Bangkok is the most cost-effective escape for savvy Sydneysiders (3.85¢ per kilometre).

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The 10 most cost-effective flight routes from Sydney (cost per kilometre)

Ranking Destination Cost per kilometre
1 Bangkok 3.85¢
2 Delhi 4.85¢
3 Los Angeles 4.89¢
4 Singapore 4.91¢
5 Ho Chi Minh City 4.99¢
6 Mumbai 5.02¢
7 New York 5.07¢
8 Hong Kong 5.09¢
9 Manila 5.21¢
10 Colombo 5.29¢

SEE WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

  • Mark T

    Queenstown the leas cost-effective from Sydney and Frankton the 5th most cost-effective from Sydney.
    Aren’t they one and the same? Some errors here?

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