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Cheap Domestic Flights in Australia

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Book Cheap Domestic Flights Within Australia

Search and buy flights within Australia with Alternative Airlines! We offer flights from every carrier that flies internally within Australia. Use our search form at the top of the page to find internal flights from any 2 destinations within Australia.

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Don't want to pay for your domestic flight up-front? You can split the cost of your flights over time with any of our buy now, pay later options. If you're an Australian resident you can break up the cost of your flight with ZipAfterpay and Klarna.  We also offer AffirmTendoPayBillEase and Atome which are available depending on where you reside. 

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What are Domestic Flights?

Domestic flights fly internally, meaning departure and arrival both take place within the same country. These flights tend to be available in bigger countries, such as the USA, India, and Australia and are also referred to as short-haul flights, meaning they tend to have a duration of 2-4 hours.

Internal flights within Australia are available through numerous air carriers, including Qantas, Virgin Australia and Jetstar. Carriers such as Tiger Airways offer a cheap alternative, although they don't offer the level of service in comparison to the others.

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Why Book Domestic Flights Within Australia?

Australia is a stunning and vast country. From the rugged Kalbarri in the West to the cultural hub of Melbourne in the South, catching an internal flight is the best way to experience all that the country has to offer.

Domestic flights are available from all of Australia's major cities, including Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane, Adelaide, and Darwin. Cheap flights can also be found from smaller airports, including the stunning Gold Coast and Proserpine.

Australian Airlines 

Below is a list of every airline that offers domestic flights in Australia. To search for flights on these airlines, use our search form at the top of the page to search any route within Australia.

Virgin Australia

Virgin Australia is one of the top airlines for domestic flights in Australia. The airline has hubs in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane and flies to over 30 destinations across the country.


Qantas is the national carrier of Australia. It flies international flights in and out of the country. It also covers a huge domestic network within Australia.

REX Regional Express

Rex Airlines is based in New South Wales and has a huge domestic network. It flies within New South Wales and to 6 of Australia's states, including the Australian Capital Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria and Western Australia.


Jetstar is a low-cost Qantas subsidiary. It mainly focuses on international flights but does offer internal flights within Australia too. For more information check out our Jetstar Domestic Flights page.

Other airlines that fly domestically within Australia:

Airnorth, Aviair, Air Link, FlyPelican, Hinterland Aviation, King Island Airlines, Link Airways, Nexus Airlines and Skipper Aviation

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How to Book Cheap Australian Domestic Flights?

1. Fly with a low-cost airline

For cheaper fares, book flights with one of the many low-cost airlines that operate within Australia, rather than a more expensive full-cost carrier. Book flights with one of these low-cost airlines: Jetstar, Scoot, Tiger Airways and Virgin Australia.

Did you know, that when you search for flights through Alternative Airlines you can filter the search results to only view flights with a specific airline?

2. Spread the cost of your flights

Okay, so paying overtime doesn’t reduce the total cost of your flights. However, splitting the cost into monthly instalments rather than having to pay the full amount upfront can make flying more affordable in the longer term. We offer lots of payment plan options including Klarna and Sezzle among others. Discover all our payment plan options.

3. Apply a discount code

Follow us on Social Media or subscribe to our mailing list and you’ll be the first to hear of our latest discounts and deals. Some codes are specific to a payment method, such as PayPal. In most instances, our discount codes can be applied to any airline that you book, including Australian airlines. Visit our discount and promo codes page to find out more.

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Popular Routes

Domestic Flights to Melbourne

Best Airport to Fly Into:

The best airport to fly into for the city of Melbourne is Melbourne (Tullamarine) Airport (MEL).

Airlines that fly there:

Airlines that fly into Melbourne (Tullamarine) Airport from locations in Australia include Airnorth, Jetstar, Qantas, Qantaslink, Regional Express Airlines, Tigerair Australia and Virgin Australia.

Domestic Flights to Sydney

Best Airport to Fly Into:

Sydney Airport (SYD) is the best airport for flying into Sydney

Airlines that fly there:

Several airlines fly into Sydney from elsewhere in Australia. These include Qantas, Qantaslink, Regional Express Airlines, Tigerair Australia, and Virgin Australia.

Domestic Flights to Brisbane

Best Airport to Fly Into:

To get to Brisbane, the best option is to fly to Brisbane International Airport (BNE).

Airlines that fly there:

There are many airlines which fly within Australia to Brisbane International Airport. These include Link Airways, Jetstar, Qantas, Alliance Airlines, Qantaslink, Regional Express Airlines, Tigerair Australia, and Virgin Australia.

Domestic Flights to Gold Coast

Best Airport to Fly Into:

To get to Gold Coast, the best option is to fly to Gold Coast Airport (OOL).

Airlines that fly there:

Airlines that fly into Gold Coast Airport from locations in Australia include Airnorth, Jetstar, Qantas, Qantaslink, Tigerair Australia, and Virgin Australia.

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Australian Flights FAQs

What is the national airline of Australia?

Qantas Airways is the national airline of Australia. It is also the largest airline based in Australia, by its total number of international destinations and the size of its fleet. The airline also owns Jetstar Australia which flies regionally within the country.

Are there any discount airlines in Australia?

If you’re looking for cheaper fares, book flights with low-cost discount airlines in Australia, including Jetstar, Scoot, Tiger Airways and Virgin Australia. You can book flights with any of these airlines through Alternative Airlines.

Is a passport required when travelling domestically in Australia?

All passengers, including children and infants, are required to provide ID on flights within Australia. ID can include a passport, driver's licence, or birth certificate. So if you are Australian and have any other listed identification, then a passport is not required.

Do I need a passport if traveling to Tasmania from Australia?

Tasmania is an isolated island state off Australia’s south coast. Technically, no, a passport is not required to fly from Australia to Tasmania, but for practical purposes, it is recommended! Tasmania passport requirements state that a passport is not required to visit Tasmania. However, you will need one to enter back into Australia. A visa is also required to visit the country, but those travelling for tourism or business for less than 90 days can opt to obtain a label-free visa known as an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) for a small fee.

Do I still need to go through security if travelling on a domestic flight in Australia?

Passengers travelling on flights that don't leave the country's airspace still need to comply with all airport security procedures and are still subject to screening before arriving in the boarding area. However, travellers are not required to pass through customs or immigration before boarding. On arrival, passengers can disembark and head straight to baggage claim, without having to pass through immigration or customs.

How much baggage can I take on an internal flight?

Most airlines will offer free hand luggage when travelling in Australia. We always recommend checking with each airline to find out more!

Qantas: Baggage is included on every Qantas fare. No single piece can exceed 32kg.

REX Regional Express: one carry-on baggage and a personal item is allowed. Carry-on baggage cannot exceed 23cm (9in) x 34cm (13in) x 48cm (19in) and not heavier than 7kg.

JetStar: Starter fares include a baggage allowance of two carry-on items weighing up to 7kg. For additional carry-on weight, you will need to purchase a Flex bundle or Business Class fare. All check-in baggage will need to be purchased.

Tiger Airways: two pieces of carry-on luggage are allowed, provided that each does not exceed the dimensions of 54in x 15 in x 9in. Checked-in baggage will require an upgrade.

Are domestic flights the same as interstate flights?

They can be! All interstate flights are domestic, not all domestic flights are interstate. If a domestic flight departs and lands in two different states within the boundaries of a single country then it is also an interstate flight. If the flight departs and lands within a single state, the flight can be referred to as domestic but not interstate.

What is the internal flight check-in time for flights within Australia?

This will depend on the airline that you're flying on. But, generally, check-in tends to open 48–24 hours before check-in and can close anywhere between 60–30 minutes before.

Do you need a passport to fly on a flight that doesn't leave Australian airspace?

Again, this will depend on the airline, but usually, only a form of photo ID, such as a driver's licence, or passport, is required.

Can I book Australian flights online?

Alternative Airlines offers easy online booking for your domestic flights. We let you pay for your flights the way you want, whether that's using USD or Australian Dollars (or over 170 other currencies!), or the payment method you'd prefer - whether that's HummPayPal, or Affirm.

Use our search bar to search and buy flights with different airlines to destinations across Australia.

Can I book flights to Victoria?

Absolutely! If you're itching to visit Victoria, Australia, you can book flights to Victoria here at Alternative Airlines. Read our guide on booking Victoria flights for more information.