Three best cities to stopover

For an increasing number of travellers flying long distances, a stopover makes sense.

3 best cities to stopover

Many travellers just want to get to their intended destination as quickly as possible, but for an increasing number of us who fly long distances, a stopover on the way makes much more sense. Not only does it mean that those long haul flights are broken down into more manageable timeframes, but many airports are located quite close to the cities or have extremely convenient transport options to the city centres. Our top three city stopovers are:

Hong Kong

With a flight time of around nine hours from Australia, Hong Kong is one of the most accessible airports in Asia. It only takes 24 minutes to reach Hong Kong Island by train. You can easily see most of the major sights including Victoria Peak in eight hours, or stay for a day or two to enjoy the beauty and bustle of Kowloon.

Singapore

Singapore’s Chinghai Airport is consistently voted one of the top airports in the world. It offers free two-hour city tours if you have a stopover longer than four hours. But Singapore itself deserves more than a two-hour sightseeing tour with highlights such as the National Orchid Garden, Gardens by the Bay, Marina Bay Sands and the famous Raffles Singapore. With a flight time from Australia of around eight hours, it’s the perfect stopover on your way to Europe, North and South America and beyond.

Dubai

Although it takes a little longer to reach than its Asian competitors, at around 13 hours, Dubai sees more than 70 million travellers pass through its airport which is located close to the city - roughly three miles away. Dubai has positioned itself as a major player in global tourism and travellers can enjoy shopping in the souks, marvelling at the fantastic architecture or venturing into the desert.

Do you have a preference for a stopover, or do you prefer to go directly to your destination?





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    jevo
    17th Nov 2014
    10:50am
    What would be the best city for a stopover for travel from adelaide to newyork
    Golden Oldie
    17th Nov 2014
    11:21am
    As New York is on the East Coast, 2 stoppovers could break the journey into reasonable lengths. I've flown to Los Angelos directly with a fuelling stop in Auckland and it's no fun being stuck in an airport for 3 to 4 hours. Also had the same problem in KL for 4 hours when travelling to Amsterdam from Melbourne. Honolulu is nice for a day or two stoppover. It's about an 8 hour flight, then onto Seattle, San Francisco , or Los Angelos, before continuing to New York.
    FrankC
    17th Nov 2014
    11:51am
    Stop over in Seattle, you won't be disappointed.
    Jacosmum
    17th Nov 2014
    11:15am
    What's Hawaii like as a stopover? And how many hours travel is it from Sydney?
    Golden Oldie
    17th Nov 2014
    11:27am
    I was in Hawaii last year for a 4 island tour which I enjoyed. It's about 7 hours from Sydney.
    you will need a bus from the airport which could be organised by your travel agent and Hotel.
    I would definetely stoppover there if I ever went back to the US.
    Golden Oldie
    17th Nov 2014
    11:27am
    I was in Hawaii last year for a 4 island tour which I enjoyed. It's about 7 hours from Sydney.
    you will need a bus from the airport which could be organised by your travel agent and Hotel.
    I would definetely stoppover there if I ever went back to the US.
    FrankC
    17th Nov 2014
    11:56am
    I'm surprised no one has mentioned a stopover in Osaka in Japan. The hotel is accessible by a walkway from the airport, accommodation is very good, and the buffet breakfast is excellent, and it is all free if you are travelling on to Europe the next day. That stopover makes all the difference to your journey.
    FrankC
    17th Nov 2014
    12:03pm
    If you are travelling to Italy, Emirates give you a free stopover in Dubai n hotel close to the airport (but not too close ) and includes a buffet breakfast. This stop over is a must, just be prepared for the temperature and humidity when you step out of the airport to board the bus to the hotel assuming you have found you way to and out of the customs hall through the maze of corridors !
    retired-n-happy
    17th Nov 2014
    12:23pm
    Have stopped over at all 3 and the worst would have to be Dubai. The airport is one of the most chaotic I've ever encountered. It took us 3 hours of queueing to check-in our baggage and negotiate passports & security - it all rather negated any benefits of a stopover. I felt personally uncomfortable walking around the souks of Dubai where there were very few women and far too many stares from local men. I would definitely stop over in Hong Kong or Singapore next time where I felt safer, the food is better and the sights were more interesting (and cheaper).
    FrankC
    18th Nov 2014
    3:37pm
    Yeah Dubai can be chaotic. We waited over an hour for our pilot, who never turned up, and was shunted along that large balcony upstairs to another gate, where we waited again for about another hour, and then a pilot eventually showed up, this was coming back to Oz. But passport control !! when you get into the hall, with all those checkpoints/counters, you think this shouldn't take long. Big mistake, the queues at each was long , and slow; we had a woman in a burqa, who took 2 minutes to check my wife out !! But there is a famine of directional signs there.
    Mary
    17th Nov 2014
    1:30pm
    Love Singapore stopover - but was fascinated by the hop on hop off bus in Los Angeles. Once you get to see the sights and then you can get on the route that lets you walk back to the airport. If you are only staying 8 hrs or so your luggage can be transited so that you don't have to carry.
    Franky
    17th Nov 2014
    10:46pm
    I always do stop overs, mostly in Singapore. I love the city and always find new things to do there, and most of all it's in my opinion the most livable city in the world. This means easy to get around, organized, great food at great prices, great climate and a cultural melting pot. And of course the range of shopping is just phenomenal, everything you ever wanted is available!
    FrankC
    18th Nov 2014
    3:25pm
    Yeah, Singapore is a great place. Did you notice that they have a Harvey Norman there !!!
    Nannarobyn
    18th Nov 2014
    9:34am
    China no longer requires a visa if just transitting for 72 hours, and since Chinese carriers are reasonably priced, that makes an ideal stop at either Beijing or Shanghai on the way to Vancouver. The bonus is the friendly customs people in Canada, avoiding the US. Note that the US visa waiver only applies to air travellers. If crossing by road, another type of visa is needed, granted at the border.
    daz
    24th Nov 2014
    12:58pm
    Another suggestion to break the long jorney from Australia to Europe [by Qantas/Emirates] is to do a day flight from Sydney then stay overnight in the Dubai transit airport. You can have a good nights sleep/shower in a comfortable hotel room in the actual airport i.e. don't have to go through customs/immigration or pick up/recheck luggage, then catch flight to Europe destination next morning - avoiding jetlag. Returning can do the same - only you arrive home early a.m. but your body clock is evening hence need to adjust to day/light time difference.


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