I've been looking at different options of getting to Aus from the UK. I'm not in any real rush to get there and trying to avoid sitting on a plane for 12 hours at a time. The usual routes which airlines are offering are going via Singapor or Dubai which are about half way.
If anyone has any other suggestions would love to hear them
Which ever way you go your going to have a long haul flight...
If you go via Asia its over 12hours to get there and then 10 or so more onto Oz. If you go the other way via USA its another long haul flight.
You would need to fly via Eastern Europe and then on to Asia and down to Oz to cut flying times but in the long run your spending alot more time travelling since you will 6hour flights plus airport times and some airports you can flyinto in Eastern Europe but you cant get a flight onwards so really your just going to have to have 2 long haul flights.
Sorry Jamie but that is the situation with all long distance flights. You come come by ship but that is far too expensive and takes a long time. If I were you I would aim for a flight to Singapore then rest there before flying on to Australia. At Singapore International airport there is a sleepover hotel within the airport building. Nothing flash but it has a bed and you can book it out by the hour. That will get your blood back circulating as you also work around the most amazing airport in the world. You could almost go to sleep in any number of areas in the airport (many do) because the seating is so comfortable. There are free movie theatres and it is exceptionally clean and there are any number of eating and drinking establishments and shopping galore.
The cheap way to get to Oz by boat is on a freighter. There are a few websites designated to freighter travel. You can stop at many destinations on the way through the meditteranean. The cheapest from UK to Oz I saw was about 2600 gbp. This includes food I believe.
a different option would be to take the trans-siberian train from moscow to beijing and fly to oz from beijing or travel south to hong kong or shanghai. the train would cost around 300 quid and i'd guess the flight would cost a couple of hundred quid too. i took the train and had a great experience. if you have time you could stop in ulaan-bataar, mongolia or at lake baikal in russia.
You get get the bus from London to Sydney... yep you heard me right. I saw this article in the newspaper today:
seems like heaps of fun if you have the time.
[ Edit: Edited on Mar 6, 2007, at 2:39 PM by ikey ]
I met some people in Lombok, Indonesia who were doing a similar thing - overland from London to Sydney, perhaps it is the same company.
I can't remember the company name that they went with, I think it was there first atempt actually. You can read the account of their journey here
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One word of advice, be prepared to spend 1/2 year with a bunch of strangers that may range in age, nationality, personality, temperament etc. It sounded like the biggest challenge was getting on with each other - travelling 1/2 across the world was the easy bit.
oh, you trans-siberian express is supposed to much easier to organise from West to East, perhaps a good opportunity.
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Sorry, maybe didn't explain myself very well. I was looking at different routes i.e. UK - Dubai - Singapore - Syd, not different travell methods. Although, i've learnt new things i.e. didn't realise you could get there by bus!!
The route i've mentioned above is probably gonna be the one I use and spend a few days in each place
i would swim and run and a little bike riding. honestly how do you think you get there. please
I am flying Manchester to Dubi, Dubi to Bangkok, Bangkok to Sydney then returning the other way same flight but return, hopefully staying in Bangkok for a short time on the return journey. It is flying with emirates and I booked it through trailfinders. All the flights are around 7 hours! Not so bad me thinks!!!