Cheap flights to Byron Bay (BNK) for 2022

Everything you need to know about flying into and out of Byron Bay and flight deals to help you save big.

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Ballina Byron Gateway Airport (BNK) is the closest airport to Byron Bay, and offers direct flights to and from major cities across Australia.

Gold Coast Airport (OOL) is just an hour away from Byron Bay, and offers more domestic and international flights than Ballina Airport.

Be sure to compare prices between both airports to secure the best flight deal.

Today's Byron Bay flight deals:

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TL;DR: Ballina / Byron Bay flights

Ballina / Byron Bay's airport:
Ballina Byron Gateway Airport (BNK)

Get the best price:
June to August

Frequently asked questions about flights to Byron Bay

How much does it cost to fly to Byron Bay?

Departing from Sydney, you should be able to find flights to Byron Bay with Jetstar from around $160 return during the low season.

To score a real deal look out for weekly Virgin Happy Hour sales, we've seen fares in both directions on the Sydney-Byron Bay route starting from as low as $49 one way. You can save over 30% and a Virgin Australia fare includes more than Jetstar's.

Return flights from Melbourne to Byron Bay cost around $300 on average while you can expect to pay from $400 on average for departure points further away like Adelaide and Perth.

If you're travelling flexibly, you shouldn't have to pay full price, as a popular holiday destination Byron Bay is featured often in flight sales.

When is the cheapest time to fly to Byron Bay?

June to August are the cheapest months to fly to Byron Bay. While the weather will be colder, you'll avoid peak season crowds and surfers can take advantage of powerful surf conditions.

August is a great month to visit Byron Bay if you're looking to do more than just surf and try out all of the brunch spots. The Byron Bay Writers Festival and the Bangalow Music Festival take place in August and are a big hit with locals and tourists alike.

September to November are the best times to visit Byron Bay overall, but prices creep higher as they move into the peak November to January summer period.

Cheapest months to fly:

June to August

Priciest months to fly:

November to January

How long does it take to fly to Byron Bay?

This is approximately how much time you can expect to spend in the air when flying from major Australian cities.

  • Sydney: 1 hour, 15 minutes direct
  • Melbourne: 2 hours direct
  • Brisbane: 3 hour, 40 minutes with a stopover
  • Adelaide: 3 hours, 50 minutes with a stopover
  • Perth: 6 hours, 15 minutes with a stopover

How long does it take to get to the airport?

Ballina Byron Gateway Airport is located approximately 30 minutes from Byron Bay. An airport shuttle service is available, offering door-to-door transfers or you can find public buses that run from the airport to the centre of Byron Bay. If you want to make your own way around, Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz and Thrifty are available for car hire at the airport terminal when you arrive.

Which airlines fly direct to Byron Bay?

You can get direct flights to Ballina Byron Gateway Airport from Sydney with Jetstar, Qantas, Rex and Virgin. From Melbourne, Jetstar and Qantas offer direct flights.

No airline offers direct flights to Ballina Airport from Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and regional destinations in Australia, but you can get a connecting flight in Sydney to Ballina Byron Gateway Airport.

See this list of which cities you can fly to Byron Bay from; either directly or with a connecting flight via Sydney:

  • Jetstar: Adelaide, Cairns, Darwin, Hobart, Launceston, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney.
  • Qantas: Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney.
  • Rex Airlines: Sydney
  • Virgin Australia: Adelaide, Cairns, Canberra, Hobart, Mackay, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney.

What's the best airline to fly to Byron Bay?

  • Best for price: Jetstar is a budget airline and usually has the cheapest fares, although they have less inclusions.
  • Best for extra inclusions: Only Qantas provides full-service flights including checked baggage and a meal or snack. Virgin includes checked baggage with your ticket.
  • Best for frequent flyer rewards: You can earn frequent flyer points with Qantas (Qantas Frequent Flyer) and Virgin (Velocity Frequent Flyer). Higher class Jetstar fares may also be eligible for points.

How many points do I need to fly to Byron Bay?

Departure cityPoints required for a return Qantas flightPoints required for a return Virgin flight
Adelaide24,000Not available
Alice Springs38,300Not available
Brisbane24,000Not available
Cairns36,000Not available
Darwin36,000Not available
Gold Coast24,000Not available
Melbourne19,200Not available
Perth40,600Not available
Sydney16,00015,600
*These points were calculated in June 2020 and are subject to change and increases based on demand on your preferred travel dates.

Want to earn a free flight to Ballina / Byron Bay?

These frequent flyer credit card offers can give you more than enough bonus points for a complimentary flight (minus applicable taxes) to Ballina Byron Gateway Airport (BNK) from major cities across Australia.

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How far in advance should I book my flights to Byron Bay?

Pricing data from KAYAK suggests prices are at their lowest for Byron Bay 86 days before your departure. It recommends booking at least 4 weeks in advance of your travel date to score a below-average price.

Where is the airport in Byron Bay?

Ballina Byron Gateway Airport (BNK) is a small regional airport in the town of Ballina. It's located around 30 minutes from Byron Bay town centre.

When booking flights, consider flying to Gold Coast Airport (OOL) in Coolangatta, Queensland. It services more flights and is known to be a cheaper option, even when you include the transport cost from the airport to Byron Bay.

You can hire a car at Gold Coast Airport or hop aboard the SkyBus Byron Bay Express that will drop you near the Byron Tourist Information Centre. If you want to make your own way around, Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz and Thrifty are available for car hire at the airport terminal when you arrive.

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