England is a popular holiday destination at any time of year, so plan well ahead when booking flight tickets. London, the capital city, is pretty much busy year-round but in general April to the end of September is high season for tourism and when many visitors arrive on cheap flights to England. Most people fly into London as it offers the cheapest flights to England, it’s also the best jumping off point if you want to explore Ireland or Europe. Public holiday periods, especially around Christmas / New Year, and July to August when the Brits are on holiday, can see dramatic hikes in the price of flight tickets and accommodation. If you plan on travelling during peak seasons or busy periods, then start keeping an eye on flight ticket prices four months in advance, the cheapest flights to England will sell out more quickly during peak travel season.
November through March is considered the low season for travelling to England and if you don’t mind the colder weather you can pick up some real bargains on flights and accommodation. For many Aussies, escaping the heat of summer at home and experiencing a proper English winter can be a reason to travel at this time, as well as the London theatre season and post-Christmas sales. Note that many castles, stately homes and museums, especially outside London, have reduced hours during these months.
The weather is typically a factor in deciding when to book a flight to England, and as this can be unpredictable even in summer, it’s best to come prepared with a few layers and a jacket. In general the south is the warmest, the west gets the most rain and the north is the coldest. Due to its proximity to the continent, it’s not unheard of for England to experience heatwaves in summer where temperatures can rise to the mid-30s. Winters are usually frosty and cold and snowfall is common, especially in the north of England.
Flights from Sydney to England – 22 hrs 50 mins
Flights from Melbourne to England – 21 hrs 10 mins
Flights from Brisbane to England – 21 hrs 25 mins
Flights from Perth to England – 18 hrs 45 mins
You’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to cheap flights to England from Australia as this is a competitive travel route amongst many airlines. Some of the cheapest flights to England can be found through the Asia / China route with airlines such as Singapore, Cathay Pacific, Malaysia and Air China, keep an eye out for earlybird deals and last minute flight specials. Two popular Middle Eastern airlines that offer long-haul flights to England from Australia are Emirates flying via Dubai and Etihad Airways via Abu Dhabi.
Flights to England from Australia will land either at Heathrow Airport (LHR), the largest airport in the UK, or Gatwick Airport (LGW). Both airports have first-rate train networks enabling visitors to quickly reach central London. Heathrow offers the Heathrow Express, Heathrow Connect and the London Underground (travel times: 15 minutes, 30 minutes and 55 minutes respectively). Gatwick has the Gatwick Express which runs every 15 minutes, with a journey time of 30 minutes.
(prices quotes are from London)