Perth Flights

Thanks to our shared cultural ties with Australia, Perth is the ideal holiday destination for globetrotting Brits looking to enjoy a couple of weeks in the sun without veering too far outside their comfort zone. It's warm, home to some of the best beaches in the southern hemisphere, and the locals are friendly and welcoming to boot.

There's just one catch - as with any trip to the Australia, getting there involves taking a long and potentially expensive flight, something many of us may regard as an inconvenience too far given our shared experience of low cost air travel to and from continental Europe.

Luckily, long haul travel isn't quite as daunting as it sounds.

How long does it take?

The bad news is that going from the UK to Australia is one of the longest flights you can possibly take. Even in optimal conditions you'll be in the air for about 16 to 17 hours. Needless to say, this is one trip nervous fliers or severe claustrophobics should probably avoid taking.

Will there be a stopover?

The short answer is that it's up to you.

Until a couple of years ago heading to Australia or New Zealand was traditionally a two-legged trip which involved stopping somewhere in southeast Asia - generally in Malaysia, Dubai or Singapore - where you'd have a few hours to kill in the airport before wearily climbing into a connecting flight.

In 2019, some airlines will now take you to the other side of the world in a single flight. That's right - a full, uninterrupted 17 hours in a flight cabin, potentially alongside screaming kids, with nothing to eat besides inordinately priced airline food.

It sounds terrible, but providing you can sleep for a good half of it isn't so bad. At the least, it's something to consider if you want to avoid a stopover.

Which airlines fly to Perth?

Perhaps one day the likes of Ryanair and easyJet will consider expanding their reach beyond the Mediterranean. Until then, however, anyone looking to fly to Australia is going to have to do so via the supposed premium airline carriers.

At the moment, one of the best offerings comes courtesy of Qantas, an Australian airline which last year began operating nonstop flights from Heathrow to Perth and back again. Economy seats are available "from" £862, while business class costs upwards of £3000.

For something a little cheaper, consider taking an indirect flights with the likes of Emirates, Etihad or Cathay Pacific, whose rates are closer to the £600 mark. Sure, this involves spending a couple of hours at an airport - but hey: it's an opportunity to stretch your legs (and save a few quid in the process).

Touching down

You might think that reaching your destination is the chance to relax after a 17 hour slug, but don't forget that Perth Airport is one of the busiest in all of Australia. That means that getting through security and customs can be a bit of a chore at peak travel times.

The airport is set to be equipped with a rail link in the near future, but in the meantime, unless your hosts are kind of enough to pick you up at the other side, you'll have to make do with a shuttle bus service to take you into the city.

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