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5 Best Stop Overs to Europe

Stopovers from Australia to Europe can really make your trip. A stopover is a great way of breaking up your holiday and it always feels great to get off a plane. Here is a Skyscanner Australia guide to the best stopovers to London from Australia, and the best stopovers from Europe to Australia, in order of preference.

Looking for stopovers to London from Australia? Or the best stopover flight to Europe? It’s easy to compare cheap stopover flights using Skyscanner Australiabut it’s a good idea to give some real thought to where you want to break your journey, especially if you want to hack your itinerary by staying several days in a stopover location.

But what are the best stopover destinations on the way to Europe? Well, we’ve done the groundwork for you. Check out this guide to five of the best.

Why should you stop over when flying to Europe?

The best way to fly to Europe from Australia is to include a stopover. While it allows you to break your flight, it also means you can experience new places for no extra cost.

Sometimes you might also find that you can get cheaper flights if you break your journey with a stopover. Oh, and a stopover flight can also help when it comes to jet lag, as your body slowly adjusts to changing time zones.   

1. Stopovers in Bangkok, Thailand

One of the best stopovers to London and the rest of Europe is Thailand’s capital, Bangkok.

Thai Airways, Qantas, and Emirates allow you to stop over in Bangkok on flights to Europe from Sydney and other Australian cities.

But, if you do a ‘multi city’ search on the Skyscanner Australia website, you’ll find that you can travel between Australia and Europe, via Bangkok, on other airlines (and combinations of airlines) too.

One day in Bangkok might find you at the Maeklong Railway Market, staring at unusual fruits and vegetables set in stalls that run up close to a working railway line. You are so close to the giant engine as it trundles past that you can brush the dust off the side of it with your nose.

One of the best things about Bangkok, of course, is the food. A Midnight Food Tour by Tuk Tuk is an exciting option, which allows you to taste some of Bangkok’s best dishes in between zipping around in the back of a three-wheeled motorised scooter.

Hotels are relatively cheap. It’s also fairly easy to get around. But, monsoon storms can cause lengthy hold ups. 

Try and stay near the river. Our favourite family stopover hotel is the Anantara Riverside, because of its large lagoon pool.

A good centrally-based hotel for a stopover in Bangkok is the Hansar Bangkok.

Return stopover flights from Sydney to London, via Bangkok, from: $1,272
Accommodation from: $70
Price of a beer: $2.75
Cost of activities: Midnight Food Tour by Tuk Tuk, $85

2. Stopovers in Hong Kong

Stopover flights from Australia to Europe can also take in Hong Kong. Airlines like British Airways, Qantas and Cathay Pacific offer multi stop flights if you want to fly to Europe with a stopover.

Like Bangkok, there are lots of things to do in Hong Kong, and you can fill a few days up very easily. It’s an easy walking city with a modern edge mixing with traditional medicine shops and sultry marketplaces.

Take the very steep funicular tram to The Peak for wonderful views of the city. Meanwhile, the city parks and outlying islands offer getaways from the crowds.

Hotels are quite pricey. The Royal Plaza Hotel is a good stopover hotel in a terrific area of Hong Kong. It’s close to ‘Goldfish Street’, the Bird Market and the Flower Market. Again, it’s good for families and has a rooftop pool.

Return stopover flights from Sydney to London, via Hong Kong, from: $1,245
Accommodation (4 star) from: $158
Price of a beer: $7.30
Cost of activities: Hong Kong Disneyland, $110

3. Stopovers in Singapore

If you are considering stopovers to Europe with Singapore Airlines, or stopovers to London with Qantas, then Singapore is a good option.

If shopping is your thing then you can’t go wrong in downtown Singapore. The food is wonderful too, with Indian, Chinese and Chinese/Malay Nyonya food hitting the mark. We also recommend a visit to Singapore Zoo.

If you want something a little more relaxed than a city hotel, stay at Sentosa Island. It’s a pleasure-land complete with beaches, an adventure park, Universal Studios Singapore, a cable car, good restaurants and so much more.

If you’re travelling with kids then stopover hotels on Sentosa Island are highly recommended, if a bit pricy these days. The Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa is very family friendly and has a wonderful pool.

Return stopover flights from Sydney to London, via Singapore, from: $1,192
Accommodation (4 star) from: $191
Price of a beer: $8.50
Cost of activities: Universal Studios Singapore, $77

4. Stop overs in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

If you are searching for stopovers to London or the rest of Europe then why not consider Malaysia? You can fly from Sydney to Europe with stopovers each way with Malaysia Airlines, for example.

The capital city, Kuala Lumpur, is affectionately known as KL. It’s traffic-clogged, but fabulous if you enjoy Malaysian food and like tall buildings like the famous Petronas Twin Towers.

The Kuala Lumpur Bird Park is supposedly the largest free-flight aviary in the world (though the one in Hong Kong is pretty large too), and several food tours and cooking schools cater to tourists.

The Hilton Kuala Lumpur is renowned for its amazing pool, which is a must in the heat of Malaysia’s capital.

Return stopover flights from Sydney to London, via Kuala Lumpur, from: $1,453
Accommodation (4 star) from: $65
Price of a beer: $4.50
Cost of activities: Petronas Twin Towers Observation Deck, $27

5. Stop overs in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates

Qantas dropped Dubai for stopovers to Europe in March 2018. Instead, it reverted to using Singapore as the transit hub for its Sydney to London A380 services.

You can still book stopover flights to London via Dubai with Emirates though.

In Dubai expect water parks, expensive shopping centres, impressive buildings, an in-door ski slope, an aquarium and a good spice market.

Almost nothing comes cheap in this city, so be warned. The Burj Al Arab is touted as a ‘7-star’ hotel, while the Suba Hotel is a much less expensive alternative.

Return stopover flights from Sydney to London, via Dubai, from: $1,282
Accommodation (4 star) from: $130
Price of a beer: $11.60
Cost of activities: Dubai Desert Safari, $31

Image credit: Dan Heap/flickr

Some of the best stopover flights to Europe

Airline Stopover city Flight
Singapore Airlines Singapore Sydney to London
Malaysia Airlines Kuala Lumpur Melbourne to Barcelona
Emirates Dubai Sydney to Amsterdam
Thai Airways Bangkok Brisbane to Frankfurt
Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Perth to Paris

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