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Save money: Learn how to book multi city flights with Skyscanner

We know that travel is especially difficult right now. But alongside the latest COVID-19 travel advice and updates, we want to continue to inspire you with new travel content so that when the world opens its doors again, you'll be ready.

Travel has seen some major changes recently, but your dream destinations will still be there once it’s time to travel safely again. If you’ve been hankering for a big trip once this is all over, we’ve put together a guide on how to plan an epic trip with our multi-city flights feature. 

So in the future, whether you’re taking advantage of your layover, or simply want to see as much of the world as you can, Skyscanner Australia’s multi city flights search is the way to go.

Please note: Rules and restrictions around international and domestic travel can change without notice. Stay updated on the latest travel advice through the Australia Government website.

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What are multi city flights?

Multi city flights, also known as multi stop flights, are when you add a few flights to different cities on the way to your final destination. This is a great way to see more cities, because it’s often cheaper to book multiple stopovers on the same ticket. 

Read more: How to see two cities for the price of one

How do multi city flights work?

Multi city flights work by taking advantage of major airline hubs that you have to fly through anyway. Meaning, you can turn what would have been an annoying 5 hour layover into a week-long stopover at no extra cost.

Read more: The 5 best stop overs to Europe

Couple books multi-city flights

What are some popular multi city flights and itineraries?

  • Brisbane –> Singapore –> London –> Singapore –> Sydney
  • Brisbane –> Vancouver –> Toronto –> Vancouver –> Brisbane
  • Sydney –> Los Angeles –> New York City –> Los Angeles –> Sydney
  • Sydney –> Auckland –> Lima –> Auckland –> Sydney
  • Melbourne –> Tokyo –> Beijing –> Shanghai –> Melbourne
  • Melbourne –> Singapore –> London –> Paris –> Singapore –> Sydney
  • Perth –> Johannesburg –> London –> Johannesburg –> Perth
  • Perth –> Dubai –> Paris –> London –> Dubai –> Perth
  • Sydney –> Singapore –> Bali –> Singapore –> Sydney

For these these routes, you can see an extra city either on your way to or on your way back your target destination.

Skyscanner has a useful search feature specifically for finding multi city flights. This is an easy-to-use tool that allows you to pop in multiple destinations in a variety of different combinations until you find the one that suits you. 

At the moment we know that flexibility and safety is really important when booking flights at home or abroad, so we’ve added a host of new filters. You can select to search for flexible tickets only, search for airlines with excellent COVID-19 safety ratings, and even select flights that offset their carbon emissions.

We’ll also search for the cheapest deals on all of your flights, so you can cherry pick the price and destination combo that fits your budget. 

To help you figure out an itinerary that works for you, we’ve thrown together a 4-step guide to show you exactly how to use our multi city flights search.

Can I see an example of a multi city itinerary?

Of course! For this example, we’ll fly from Brisbane to London and then to Sydney. However, we’ll show you how you can add couple of cheeky layovers in the shopping and dining mecca of Singapore on the way there and back.

Step 1

Kick off your multi-stop flights search by going to Skyscanner Australia’s homepage. Select the “Multi-city” option in the search function.

multi city flights search bar

Step 2

Pop in the cities you’d like to go to, as well as the dates you’d like to travel. Be sure to carry down your arrival airport (“To”) to the departure (“From”) section if you’re only travelling by air. You also don’t have to focus on one region of the world, the world is your oyster. Feel free to add up to six flights to your multi flights search.

multi city flights search bar with example of multi city flight route

Step 3

At the bottom of the search panel, choose the number of people travelling and select what cabin class you’d like to travel in.

search engine passenger filter

Step 4

You’re ready to search! Click the green “Search flights” button. Then, browse through results for the multi city flights. On the left hand side of your search, you’ll see various filter options. For instance, you can filter your flights by their “COVID-19 safety rating“, find “flexible tickets“, and choose “greener flights“.

multy city flights filters

Tips on how to book multi city flights

  1. Add popular travel hubs to your multi city flights search. This often brings the price down because of the number of daily flights available.
  2. Pop in destinations that are close to one another (e.g. London to Paris or Brisbane to Cairns), as these shorter distances offer lots of routes at competitive prices.  
  3. Utilise typical layovers for your multi stop flights from Australia. For instance, if you’re travelling to Paris, fly via Istanbul or Dubai. If you’re flying to China or Japan, fly via Bali or Singapore.
  4. And lastly, be flexible! Try a number of different dates, you’ll be surprised what a change in the calendar can do to the price tag. 

Tips on how to book hotels in multiple destinations

When you are able to book a multi-city holiday, you’re going to need to plan where to stay too. Whatever shape the new normal takes, our hotel search engine can take a lot of the hassle out of finding and booking hotels for any future trip. You can search for hotels that offer free cancellation, and what their cleanliness rating is like, so you can book with total peace of mind.

hotel search engine for multi city hotel stays

Discover where you can go

Keen to know when and where you can travel? Find out whose borders are open with our interactive global map. You can also sign up to receive email updates when your dream destinations reopen.

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Stay flexible

Right now, it’s more important than ever to be flexible when it comes to making travel plans. We’ve made sure all our search features, for flights, hotels and car hire allow you to find flexible arrangements.

If you want more advice about how to travel right now, check out Skyscanner’s guide to flexible travel: flight tickets, hotels, and car hire.

The best part about multi stop flights is that when we’re all able to travel freely again, you can have an adventure without spinning it out over a year to save money. Planning for future travel is never a bad idea, and we can help you get started.

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