Cheap flights to West Virginia

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How long is the flight to West Virginia?

Flights from Melbourne (MEL), Australia, to Charleston (CRW), West Virginia, can take anywhere from 24h to 34h, depending on the airline and the number and duration of stops along the way. From Sydney (SYD), the flight times are quite similar, with the range generally falling between 23h and 34h. The shorter flight times generally have quicker connections in transit airports. Transit times can be anywhere from just over 1h to 11h or more. Though many passengers prefer flights to the USA that offer quicker connections, you may enjoy the opportunity to stretch your legs and explore one of the airports or cities along the way. Common stops include Los Angeles (LAX), San Francisco (SFO) and Chicago (ORD), and if you're looking for cheap flights to the USA, consider itineraries with more stops and longer layovers.

Where can you get direct flights to West Virginia from?

Unfortunately, there currently aren’t any airlines offering direct flights from Australia to West Virginia. From major international airports like Melbourne Tullamarine (MEL) and Sydney Kingsford Smith (SYD), you can find West Virginia flight deals with airlines like United and ANA that will take you directly to US cities like Los Angeles (LAX) and San Francisco (SFO). Once there, you will have a layover of anywhere from 1h to 12h or more, depending on the itinerary you select, before heading off on the final legs of your trip. Before you reach Charleston, West Virginia, you will likely have a second stop in Chicago (ORD).

What is the best way to travel around West Virginia?

West Virginia is known as The Mountain State, and for good reason. It is completely ensconced in the Appalachian ranges, and with a limited public transportation system, this makes car or motorbike hire the best way to explore the region and appreciate stunning nature reserves like Blackwater Falls State Park, lakes like Alpine Lake, valleys like Canaan Valley and peaks like Snowshoe Mountain. There are no state-wide bus lines for travel between major cities like Charleston, Parkersburg and Huntington; however, there are some scenic train lines that will allow you to relax and take in the scenery as you move from one city to the next. New River Gorge Mystery Train, for example, connects White Sulphur Springs, Beckley, Charleston and Huntington, among others.

What are some things to do in West Virginia?

West Virginia is a nature lover’s paradise. Adventurous travellers may wish to try whitewater rafting at either Gauley River or New River, both of which are accessible via Fayetteville. There’s also plenty of spelunking to do in caves like Lost World Caverns and Organ Cave (near Lewisville) or Smoke Hole Caverns and Seneca Caverns (near Elkins). If you’re after a more relaxing trip, consider heading out to Berkeley Springs State Park, where you can enjoy a dip in the warm and natural mineral spas. There are also dozens of state parks in which to enjoy hikes and picnics. From Fayetteville, you can explore Hawks Nest State Park, and from Weston, you can head out to Stonewall Jackson Lake State Park, which sprawls around the shores of Stonewall Jackson Lake.

Do I need a passport or visa to fly to West Virginia?

Australian citizens need a passport with at least six months’ validity and at least one page available for stamps. You must also obtain a visa or a visa waiver to visit the US, even for short layovers. If your visit will be 90 days or less, you may be eligible for an ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization). You may apply for this online, and provided you qualify, approval is generally provided in a few hours. The ESTA is valid for multiple entries over two years, so it’s worth applying as soon as you book your flights. If you don’t qualify for an ESTA, contact the closest US consulate or embassy to apply for a visa that suits your circumstances.