This is really just theoretical question i have, for fun. I was wondering how cheap you could get to Australia from the UK. Well for starters i read that the girl Sarah on the Apprentice drove from the UK to India(i didn't even know you could do that, border crossing problems and all...?) obviously you would have the cost of fuel, but then what if 4 people bought a cheap banger, drove to India, sold the car, then flew the rest of the way to OZ.
Or could you like hitch from say the UK to far Russia so hence cut down some miles from Aus and fly the rest, or would a standard £700-1000 return flight from the UK be cheaper.....?
What do you think?
depends on your timescale i guess...driving to india (without any border problems) would at a very rough guess take a month, at the very least and that's not stopping much...
i booked a return flight to oz from gatwick with emirates airways and it was £780. by the time you'll have bought an old banger worth risking taking on a drive like that you'll have spent near that, not to mention ALOT of fuel...
a much cheaper option would be to hitch to russia, but there's risks on that front too, plus the cold depending on the time of year...
interesting idea i guess though. probably your cheapest way might be try and work on a boat and get there that way, but that could take a LONG time...
I believe the cheapest way must be by air, and if you really really do your research, you will dig up some good deals. For instance the last minute sites (google for at least 3 of them) - will give you good deals on unsold seats, but only within a very short time frame. I have heard of some really nasty airlines (no website, no advertising in the West to speak of - usually flying from Russia into the depths of Central Asia/India, etc., and continue on Down Under).
One example - Air Astana of Kazakhstan (they do have a website) flies London-Bangkok. You could possibly surface to KL and catch Air Asia X to the Gold Coast in Queensland.
This is a very good resource: http://airlinecontact.info/index.html
[ Edit: Edited on May 21, 2008, at 11:39 AM by Daawgon ]
Check out these ideas go from the uk-either amsterdam or france although anywhere im europe using ryan air or easy jet. Then get urself to russia by rail or bus passes are about 80pounds but direct routs are normally cheaper (use google), you can then use the train (book them seperatly) to go from moscow-mongolia-beijing (during the olymipic this maybe expensive) flights from bejing - sydney are about 300pounds. You may find this idea no cheaper once you include accomadation ect but well worth doing and you could always drive to russia if there are 4 of you.
Let me know if you need more info.
Interesting idea about driving from england to india. I'll imagine the pain if I didnt research the outlaying garages along my trip, when the car breaks down.
But I would think the cheapest way, without working on a boat would still be to fly from a hub city which connects you to australia.
One way might be to fly from Europe to Singapore, than take a budget flight over to darwin during one of the promotions. My uncle once flew from darwin to singapore for 15 Aussie.
It is an interest thought, by boat would be cheap even profitable if your willing/able to work your way across though time taken is the trade off.
flying using budget airlines by doing off season hops would also work, again its a trade between time and cost.
Given the cost of fuel(rate at which its rising) I wouldnt expect driving to be a cheap alternative, though you could take a camera crew along and offset the cost by selling the story of the journey.