Cheap flights to India for 2021

Find flight deals and special fares to all parts of India from Australia.

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India conjures up a variety of images, from the Taj Mahal and jungle wildlife, to cities bustling with delicious food. There are plenty of flight deals to India all year round, so you can explore the beaches in the south, the hiking opportunities around the Himalayas and the Ganges Range in the north. Many airlines operate with flexible departure dates and times from Australia, so pack your bags and take in all that this South Asian nation has to offer.

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How long is the flight to India from Australia?

  • From Melbourne: Approximately 15 hrs 25 mins + with a stopover, landing at Indira Gandhi Airport
  • From Sydney: Approximately 12 hrs 25 mins + when flying direct to Indira Gandhi Airport
  • From Perth: Approximately 12 hrs 25 min + with a stopover, landing at Indira Gandhi Airport
  • From Brisbane: Approximately 14 hrs 30 mins + with a stopover, landing at Indira Gandhi Airport

Which airlines fly to India from Australia?

  • Air India
  • Jet Airways

When's the best time to book Christmas flights to India?

According to Skyscanner booking data the best time to book any long-haul flights from Australia is generally 38 weeks in advance (9.5 months). This is where you can reap savings of up to 36% compared to the median price of a flight to India throughout the year. Booking 5 months in advance can still save you up to 14%.

That being said you might still be able to jump on a last-minute sale window. This typically happens in the second week of November.

By booking your departure flight for 6 December or earlier, you'll score a major deal. For your return, book a flight that takes off on 29, 30 or even 31 December to find reasonably priced fares.

Prices spike for flights in the first week of January but if you plan on being in India for New Year's you can still find cheap return flights just after New Year's Day.

India insider flight tips

  • India’s national carrier, Air India, operates the only direct flights to India from Sydney and Melbourne in Australia. It is worth noting that flying one-stop with an alternative five-star airline such as Singapore Airlines or Cathay Pacific is sometimes around the same price. Australians flying from Sydney or Melbourne can therefore choose between flying nonstop or breaking up the the 12-13 hour journey according to preference.
  • A cheap way to get from Australia to India is with budget airline Scoot who offer flights from Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Gold Coast via Singapore to Amritsar and Jaipur in the north and Chennai in the south. You can also connect to 14 airports across India with AirAsia from the same Australian cities plus Darwin
  • October and March are considered the best months to visit when crowds aren’t at their peak. The climate during these months is largely cool and dry, outside of monsoon season, and ideal for sightseeing and outdoor activities
  • Be sure to keep up-to-date with current travel advice when looking for flight deals to India. The Australian Government advises against travel to parts of the country and recommend exercising a high degree of caution overall, particularly in heavily-touristed areas. Check Smarttraveller for updates.

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