Flight time from Australia:
- You can now fly direct from Perth to London with Qantas.
- Flights from other Australian cities are done in two legs, usually connecting in Asia or the Middle East.
- The route is serviced by many airlines, including Qantas, British Airways, Virgin, Singapore Airlines, KLM, Garuda Indonesia, China Southern and Philippine Airlines.
- Most international flights arrive at London Heathrow or London Gatwick, both these airports are quite a long way from central London. It's worth looking around for a flight that gets you closest to where you're staying, as the cost of a taxi could outweigh the money you save on a cheaper flight.
Most Australians won't need a visa to enter the UK or Ireland as a tourist (read more about visa rules), but depending on when you arrive you may experience long queues at immigration,
especially at Heathrow. You may be quizzed about the purpose of your visit, or you may simply be waved through.
If you're flying via the UAE, Singapore, Brunei or any other country with strict drug laws, be sure to check that any medication you're carrying (such as
strong painkillers, cold and flu tablets and ADHD medication) aren't illegal. In rare cases, airline passengers have been jailed when caught with
medications that were classed as narcotics. If you're concerned, check with your airline or with the embassy of the country you'll be transiting through.
Air Passenger Duty
is included in the cost of flights to and from the UK (excluding long-haul flights departing from airports in Northern Ireland). It is calculated by flight distance. There is no duty on flights in and out of Ireland.
Should you book directly with the airline or through a comparison site? See our tips on booking cheap flights.