Getting from Bangkok to Sydney
Sydney is the largest, oldest and most cosmopolite city in Australia. It is home to the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge, two of the most recognized structures in the world. The city is filled with interesting things to do, no matter when you plan to travel.
Thanks to Bangkok being such an important travel hub in Asia, many travelers mix the exotic continent with a hop over to Australia, so the Bangkok to Sydney route is quite popular for traveling in this part of the world.
Traveling by train from Bangkok to Singapore and then flying to Sydney will save some money, but probably not enough to worth the trouble of spending 48 hours taking three trains. Otherwise, you can fly from Bangkok to Sydney (via Guangzhou, China) for US$435 one way.
Flights from Bangkok (airport code: BKK) to Sydney
Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport (SYD) is the largest and busiest airport in Australia, the gateway into the continent. It is the only airport serving Sydney and a major hub for Qantas. It is also secondary hub for Virgin Australia and JetStar Airways.
In late November 2011, expect to pay from US$632 one way for a nonstop flight on Emirates (flight time 9 h 15 min) or US$435 one way for a connecting flight (via Guangzhou, China) on China Southern.
If you want to be in Sydney for the winter holidays, expect to pay from US$650 one way for a non stop flight on Emirates or US$435 one way for a connecting flight on China Southern.
On JetStar, connecting flights (via Melbourne) start at 18925 Baht (US$615) one way in late November and 15200 Baht (US$494) one way for flying before the winter holidays (but with two stops in Singapore and Melbourne).
Trains and flights from Bangkok to Sydney
Another option is to travel by train from Bangkok to Singapore and then fly to Sydney.
Getting from Bangkok to Singapore by train involves the following steps:
- Bangkok to Butterworth : less than 24 hours, US$34 for a 2nd class seat
- Butterworth Kuala Lumpur: about 6 hours by day (8 hours by night), US$10 for a 2nd class seat
- Kuala Lumpur to Singapore: about 6 hours by day (8 hours by night), US$10 for a 2nd class seat
Total travel time: 48 hours
Total cost: US$54 (1665 Baht)
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Singapore is served by Changi Airport (SIN), an important hub in the area and a hub for Jetstar Asia Airways, Silkair, Singapore Airlines, Tiger Airways, Qantas and Valuair.
Flights from Singapore to Sydney are operated by: British Airways, Qantas and Singapore Airlines.
In late November 2011, expect to pay from US$567 one way for a non stop flight on Qantas (flight time 7 h 40 min) and US$352 one way for a connecting flight (via Kuala Lumpur) on Malaysia Airlines (flight time 10 h 10 min).
If you plan to fly for the winter holidays, expect to pay from US$567 one way for a non stop flight on British Airways and US$352 one way for a connecting flight (via Kuala Lumpur) on Malaysia Airlines.