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Travel Tips: Save on airfares to the Melbourne Cup


The race that stops the nation will see over 100,000 well-dressed racegoers descend upon Flemington on Tuesday 6 November. As demand soars, interstate visitors who are keen to join the Cup will discover soaring flight prices.

Webjet Country Manager David Galt says: “Interstate racing lovers often think they should have planned travel to the Cup months in advance, but there are plenty of last-minute options available online." 

The team at Webjet have provided last minute tips for travellers to save on flights to the Melbourne Cup:

Flying via Avalon Airport
Flying into Melbourne via Avalon can be cheaper than flying to Tullamarine once demand surges. There are a number of very efficient express bus services such as SkyBus that run on public holidays like the Melbourne Cup and have routes to the CBD and Flemington, the journey time taking approximately 50 minutes  

Alternative dates
In 2017, 46% of trips to Melbourne Cup were spread over 3-7 days in length of stay; generally speaking, this provides more flexibility to find cheaper flights on days around the big event Avoid leaving on Friday as last year this was 13% more expensive than average Friday departure prices. Try Saturday or Sunday departure flights instead. When returning, flights drop dramatically in price from the Thursday after the Cup.

With so many other vibrant Melbourne attractions such as Fed Square, the city’s hidden laneways and the National Gallery of Victoria, it’s a great excuse to explore more of the city.

Flying on race day
It may be a long day, but flying in and out on race day will save you dollars (both in flights and accommodation). Leaving Sydney or Adelaide around 9am will easily have you arrive at Flemington in time for lunch.

Look for flight  + hotel packages
Flights are not the only thing that can see prices jump during key sporting events so if you are planning to stay overnight, try looking for packages that offer flights and accommodation. Webjet bundlesflight + hotel to create holiday packages which are cheaper compared to buying these products separately and also ensures the availability of your accommodation is secured at the same time as your flight. 

Melbourne Cup 2018 Details: 
When: Tuesday 6th November 2018, 3:00 pm AEDT
Where: Flemington Racecourse, Flemington, Victoria

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