Cheap flights to Thredbo for snow trips in 2022

Compare prices, learn the best time to book and get deals on flights to Cooma (OOM) and Canberra (CBR), the closest airports to Thredbo.

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Thredbo is Australia's premiere ski location nestled within the Snowy Mountains in Kosciuszko National Park.

It can be reached by car from either Snowy Mountains Airport (Cooma), which is 1 hour away, or Canberra Airport which is 2.5 hours away.

Score the cheapest flights by travelling via Cooma, but you may find cheaper tickets for Canberra (which includes a longer drive) if they're on sale.

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TL;DR: Thredbo flights

Thredbo's airport:
Snowy Mountains Airport (OOM)

Frequently asked questions about flights to Thredbo

How much does it cost to fly to Thredbo?

How much does it cost to fly to the Snowy Mountains?

From Sydney, you should be able to find flights to Cooma with Rex Airlines from $178 return. Qantas (which only operates flights in winter) has return airfares starting from $358.

From Queensland, you can fly to the Snowy Mountains with Rex from the Gold Coast from $308 return or from Brisbane with Qantas starting at $478 return.

How much does it cost to fly to Canberra?

According to Skyscanner the cheapest direct return flights are from Sydney into Canberra with Rex from $201 return.

Travelling to Cooma can be 10% cheaper and save you a 90-minute drive from Canberra.

However, if cheaper fares to Cooma sell out, Canberra is your next best option. The city is also more likely to be discounted in sales.

When is the cheapest time to fly to Thredbo?

Overall, the best times to visit Thredbo are from July to August for the ski season or in the summer months for hiking.

Cheapest time to fly to Snowy Mountains Airport (Cooma):

Flights to Cooma don't fluctuate too much throughout the year, but as demand for flights to Thredbo and nearby Perisher increases during the winter months, prices tend to be slightly higher during the ski season.

Cheapest time to fly to Canberra Airport

May is the cheapest time to fly to Canberra with an average price of $213, while June is the most expensive and popular time to fly with an average price of $355.

Cheapest months to fly:


Priciest months to fly:


How long does it take to fly to Thredbo?

Below are the minimum flight times, including any stopovers, to Snowy Mountains Airport (Cooma) and Canberra Airport.

Keep in mind that the airport in Cooma is a 1-hour drive from Thredbo and Canberra Airport is 2.5 hours away, on top of the total flight times.

If you're flying to Snowy Mountains Airport (Cooma) from:

  • Sydney: 1 hour direct
  • Brisbane: 2 hours, 30 minutes direct
  • Melbourne: 4 hours, 30 minutes with a stopover
  • Adelaide: 5 hours with a stopover
  • Perth: 8 hours with a stopover

If you're flying to Canberra from:

  • Sydney: 1 hour direct
  • Brisbane: 2 hours direct
  • Melbourne: 1 hour direct
  • Adelaide: 1 hour, 30 minutes direct
  • Perth: 4 hours direct

*Note: These flight times are the quickest ones that we could find and reflect the stopover time, if one is required.

Which airlines fly direct to Thredbo?

Although Snowy Mountains Airport (Cooma) is closer to Thredbo, there are fewer flight options available than the further-away Canberra Airport.

Which airlines fly to Snowy Mountains Airport (Cooma)?

  • Rex Airlines: Sydney (year round)
  • Qantas: Sydney (3 times per week), Brisbane (2 times per week) in the ski season from 1 July until 26 September 2021.

Which airlines fly to Canberra?

  • Rex Airlines: Melbourne, Sydney
  • Qantas: Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Gold Coast, Hobart, Brisbane, Perth and Darwin
  • Virgin Australia: Melbourne, Adelaide, Gold Coast, Hobart, Brisbane and Darwin
  • Jetstar: Brisbane

What's the best airline to fly to Thredbo?

  • Best for price: Rex Airlines tends to have the cheapest fares and they include checked baggage.
  • Best for extra inclusions: Qantas is the only true full-service airline with checked luggage, meals and in-flight entertainment. Virgin includes luggage and entertainment with no meals while Rex includes refreshments but no entertainment.
  • Best for frequent flyer rewards: You can earn frequent flyer points with both Qantas (Qantas Frequent Flyer) and Virgin (Velocity). Selected Jetstar flights also allow you to collect Qantas points.

How many points do I need to fly to Thredbo?

Departure cityPoints required for a return Qantas flightPoints required for a return Virgin flight
Adelaide30,000Not available
Brisbane24,000Not available
Melbourne30,000Not available
Perth38,300Not available
Sydney16,000Not available
*These points were calculated in June 2020 and are subject to change and increases based on demand on your preferred travel dates.

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How far in advance should I book my flights to Thredbo?

How far in advance to book flights to Snowy Mountains Airport (Cooma):

Fares to Cooma tend to stay pretty steady throughout the year unless there's a sale. We'd recommend keeping an eye on Rex Airlines fares as we have seen them drop below $99 in a sale.

How far in advance to book flights to Canberra Airport:

Canberra pricing data from KAYAK shows that prices tend to be at their lowest roughly 69 days prior to your trip. They recommend booking at least 5 weeks before your departure date to score a below-average fare.

Where is the airport in Thredbo?

Snowy Mountains Airport in Cooma is the closest airport to Thredbo. It's 83km east of the ski resort and takes about 1 hour to drive, but factor in some extra time if the roads are slippery.

At 210km north-east of Thredbo, Canberra Airport is a 2.5-hour drive, making an ideal alternative as there are more flight options available and lots to do if you're just visiting Thredbo for a day-trip.

How do you travel between the airport and Thredbo?

There are multiple ways to get from the airport to Thredbo.

If you're travelling from Cooma: Snowy Mountains Shuttles, Snowlink Shuttle, Snow Alliance and Snow Connect all offer transfer services between the airport in Cooma and Thredbo Resort.

If you're travelling from Canberra: You can hire a car right from the airport with Hertz or Europcar. If you'd prefer not to drive yourself, you can book a transfer with Elite Transport, Snowy Mountains Shuttles, Snowlink Shuttle, Alpine Charters and Snow Alliance.

You can catch a NSW Country Link train service from Canberra to Cooma 3 times a week every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

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