With Austravel, you can tailor make your stopover to include a whole host of exciting experiences. From the hustle and bustle of a Far Eastern city, to the deserts of the Arabian Gulf or bright lights of California, the choice is yours.
But, before you pick your ideal stopover, here are a few of the common questions we receive about stopovers:
What is a stopover on a flight?
A stopover is a 'stop' in a city en route to your final destination. Flights to Australia with a stopover usually involve an overnight stay or two. It is a great way to break up your long journey Down Under. Plus, it gives you the chance to adjust to the change in time zones and experience another amazing destination. Think of it as a mini-adventure on top of your Australia or New Zealand holiday.
What's the difference between a stopover and a layover?
As mentioned above, a stopover refers to staying longer than 24 hours in a city, giving you a break from flying. It enables you to leave the airport and explore your stopover destination. A layover is a shorter connection period between two places. It can sometimes be as short as 90 minutes or as long as 23 hours, but usually involves waiting around at the airport.
Can I leave the airport on a connecting flight?
If you have a very long layover between two connecting flights, it is possible to leave the airport. You'll need a visa (country dependent) and also have to go through customs and immigration. Your checked luggage is automatically transferred to your next flight, so be sure to have everything you need for your trip in your hand luggage. But most importantly, give yourself enough time to get back to the airport and to go through customs again for your onward flight.
Where can I stop on the way to Australia?
There are an array of destinations for you to choose from for your stopover, and largely it will depend on what airline you choose, and where their main airport hub is. For instance, if you fly with Cathay Pacific, you will likely go via the vibrant city of Hong Kong. If you fly with Emirates, you will stopover in the glamourous city of Dubai. You can also pick your stopover destination from the experiences they provide, from immersing in the multicultural metropolis of Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, to exploring bustling markets in Abu Dhabi and Qatar, or to relaxing on beaches in Thailand and L.A..
Not sure where you'd like to stopover? See below for our most popular stopover destinations, along with top attractions and available tours.
For more information or to discuss our range of stopovers for your Australasia holiday, contact one of our expert Travel Designers on 0800 988 4676. They'll be more than happy to share their own experiences and knowledge of these fantastic cities to help you pick your perfect stopover.