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How do I get to the USA from Australia?

Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne airports all provide direct service to the US and domestic connections are available from most other Australian cities. Flight time is approximately 13 hours in each direction non-stop. Several airlines fly non-stop between Australia and the US including:

Connecting services are also available on several other international airlines and often allow stop-overs in the connecting city.

For more information on airlines that offer flights to the United States, refer to our international airlines page

Flights from Australia to the US may disembark at the following airports:


What you need to know about cheap flights to the USA

The USA has always been a popular destination for travellers no matter what time of year. From the sun and surf to ski covered mountains and the big city lights, it’s no wonder we flock there in record numbers! With airfares to the USA at record lows, there's never been a better time to pack your bags for an American sojourn.

With so many different air and cruise options to get you there, it can be hard to narrow down the choices, especially when confronted with a varied range of pricing and fares. As the Airfare Experts, we have all the answers you’ll need to make your holiday wishes a reality; often with exclusive access to fares not available to the general public.

Read our blog 'Flight Ticket Terminology Explained' for a quick guide on the different types of tickets available for purchase.

Ways to LASo many ways to fly to LA


Connecting flights

Los Angeles is the primary gateway to the USA from Australia. With more than 66 million people travelling through LAX in 2013, it’s one of the busiest airports in the world. More than 50% of travellers connect on to another destination upon arrival to LAX.

There are many options available when flying in the USA, with more than 80 passenger airlines to choose from, all offering cheap flights within North America to get you to where you want to go. As the Airfare Experts, we can help you make the right choice at the best price.

How much time should I allow between flights?

This will depend on which terminal you are arriving at and what terminal your connecting flight is departing from. LAX has eight different terminals and it can take some time to make your way to your next flight.

Our expert consultants can advise you on minimum connecting times based on the airline you are connecting from/to and the terminals they fly from. They can also book you a through-fare, which means if a delay is experienced or your onward flight is missed for any reason, you can be quickly re-accommodated onto another flight.

Booking separate flights on different tickets when travelling on more than one airline may add to your cost, should a connecting flight be missed due to delay. By booking a through-flight on just one ticket, you will be assured of having your flight rebooked at no additional cost. This will save you time and money and will ensure your holiday gets off to a flying start.

Los Angeles airportLos Angeles Airport : The famous LAX sign at night


Domestic airports within America

This is a super-sized country with a population to match, and many major US cities have more than one airport. This can be confusing and can cause lengthy delays (and expense) if you’re unsure of the closest and most convenient airport to fly into. Here are some examples:

New York City 

Three airports serve New York City: LaGuardia (LGA), John F. Kennedy International (JFK) and Newark in New Jersey (EWR). All three airports will get you to downtown Manhattan, but the distance between them can vary dramatically. LaGuardia is the closest to Manhattan, followed by JFK. Newark is nearby and equally convenient, but is actually located in the neighbouring state of New Jersey.


Two airports serve Chicago: O’Hare (ORD) and Midway (MDW). Depending on which airline you are flying, you may arrive at either one. Midway is closer to the downtown area and serves mostly low cost carries. O’Hare is a major airline hub for both American Airlines and United and serves as a major international gateway. Both airports offer convenient public transport into the city including the “el” (elevated) train.

Washington D.C.

Served by three airports, Washington National Airport (DCA) is just across the river and only minutes away from the city. Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) is located in Virginia and approximately 35 minutes away, while Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI) in Baltimore, Maryland is over an hour away.

Sometimes the lower fares are a lure to the outer airports. Check which airport you will arrive at to consider the transport time and fees.

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