Daily cleaning, installation of cabin HEPA filters on flights to Ballina
Qantas Airways, Emirates and Virgin Australia have waived their change and cancellation fees on flights to Ballina Byron. Confirm policies on booking site.
LATAM Airlines and Etihad Airways do not allow booking a middle seat on flights to Ballina Byron.
The cheapest airline ticket to Ballina from Australia in the last 72 hours was $360 one-way, and $107 round-trip on the route from Sydney to Ballina. The most popular route is from Sydney to Ballina and the cheapest ticket found on this route in the last 72 hours was $107 round-trip.
In general from Australia, Emirates, Etihad Airways and Jetstar fly the most to Ballina.
Ballina Airport is 3 kilometres from the centre of Ballina. View on map.
Ballina is served by Ballina Byron Airport, also commonly referred to as Ballina Byron, Ballina Byron Gateway, or simply Ballina Airport. The airport code is BNK.
Northern New South Wales is best explored by car. After your flight to Ballina, you can find numerous rental car companies in the terminal, including Avis, Hertz and Europcar; there are also other rental car services located just outside the airport. Ballina is a popular starting point for those who want to explore the legendary Pacific Coast Drive down to Sydney, and you can find an information centre about this in downtown Ballina.
There are limited public transport options along the Pacific Coast, however you can find shuttle buses to take you the 30 minutes up to Byron Bay. GoByron and Byron easyBus both have kiosks at the airport where you can arrange your tickets. Some hotels in Byron Bay offer airport transfers, so check with your accommodation before making alternative arrangements.
While there are no hotels at Ballina Byron Airport itself, you can find plenty of accommodation options in nearby downtown Ballina, along the Richmond River. The Ballina Heritage Inn and Ramada Hotel and Suites are both situated on the waterfront with views across the river. If you’re looking for a budget option, choose from the Australian Hotel or the Almare Tourist Motel.
If you’re feeling hungry after your flight to Ballina, the airport café is the popular Café Horizon. Here you can find something in the cabinet to grab-and-go, or you can sit down with an Australian flat white and a Ballina burger with fries.
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Scores according to KAYAK customer reviews
Pros: "Clean, roomy and peaceful flight"
Cons: "Not being 20min late and having NO ground announcement about the delay and impact on connecting flights. When I suggest to a staff member that perhaps they should keep customers informed, they said they couldn’t because they didn’t know. They helpfully suggested I google for information! Seriously!"
Pros: "Nothing really."
Cons: "I was stopped at gate check in and taken to one side as the passport control had reported me for being intoxicated. I was injured in the armed forces and have a bit of a balance problem as lost most my hearing. I think drink alcohol any more. I asked for an aisle seat as I'm a big guy but was put on seat E next to a huge fat guy so was unable to sit properly. I couldn't get out of the seat once as he just slept and must of drempt as kept jumping and banging me. I had 1 meal on the over 13hr flight, which I couldn't eat properly as was unable to use the knife & fork due to the huge obese guy next to me. I asked the stewardess to wake me at all meal times. Which she didn't. So missed all the meals and tea/coffee. I was looking forward to the put a too. The London to Singapore flight was a total let down and I expected so much more from Quantus as they have always been top standard before. Overall disgusted in the service."
Pros: "Flight attendants super sweet and really paid attention to any needs. Comfy seats, lots of movies to choose from and a tasty breakfast."
Cons: "The food was terrible. Why can’t you just serve a regular plain meal. Why try to be fancy with all these nasty sauces. Give me a regular sandwich for lunch and some simple pasta or something. The only things edible was the fruit."
Pros: "I like the fact that qantas boards the passengers in the back and works their way forward! Ive seen airlines do the opposite and it takes forever and very inefficient. So good job qantas. Much appreciated."
Cons: "Food could be better and cabin and bathroom cleaned more thoroughly."
Pros: "Had 3 seats to myself as plane wasn’t full."
Cons: "Long walk from connecting flights at LAX and incorrect gate number on schedule, necessitating even more walking. Exhausting before even getting on plane."
Pros: "Crew very nice"
Cons: "So cramped"
Pros: "Crew were super helpful. Have flown with other airlines, but have to say Qantas crews are very professional and helpful. They go that extra mile."
Pros: "Good seat, great service. Typical quality QANTAS flight - perfect"
Cons: "Maybe the seat could have been more comfortable."
Cons: "The frittata and the spinach was not the best meal, but the rest seemed really good."
Pros: "The legroom my seat had - It was near the exit and didn't have a seat in front of it. The flight was only half full which meant room for everyone to spread out."
Cons: "There was hardly any service. The flight left at 9:30pm. We were served dinner an hour later and given a bottled water. Then we never saw any of the attendants until 10 hours later. I had to hunt someone down in order to get some more water."
Pros: "Everything was fantastic!"
Cons: "The food was poor quality."
Pros: "On time and efficient"
Cons: "More than a biscuit for lunch"
Cons: "No back-of-seat screen, overhead screens lacking enough contrast to see much. No matter, I looked out the window instead!"
Pros: "We landed safely."
Cons: "Crew spoke little English it seemed. Maybe they did not understand my American accent. They never acknowledged my requests and repeatedly would overlook me for drinks or food. When I would give them my order, they would diaappear, then reappear with the order wrong. On. Every. Single. Occasion.... They were rude and dismissive. Food was barely adequate of what I served."
Pros: "Flight crew was excellent."
Cons: "Boarding was unorganized and confusing."
Pros: "Great leg room. Good food and entertainment."
Pros: "The seats are comfortable and the service is first rate. Best airline out of Virgin Australia, Air New Zealand, and Qantas based on my 3 trips to New Zealand"
Pros: "All of the staff are friendly and helpful and is a good flight."
Cons: "It was raining and I don't like to fly in the rain especially landing."
Pros: "Direct flight from Sydney to San Francisco. Good price, on sale."
Cons: "Leg room okay unless person in front puts there seat back and then it is almost impossible to be comfortable, even if you put your seat back. Food distribution is done in mysterious ways. Movies were the same coming and going even though it was more than a month between flights."
Pros: "This flight is extremely long, but very enjoyable when flying with Qantas. They have everything, from snacks and drinks in the back of the plane to coming by pretty often to give you food. I was never hungry or upset wth the service."
Cons: "nothing I didn’t like!"
Pros: "Love going to Yancey when we are pushed by the tail winds!"
Cons: "Breakfast was dire"
Pros: "The stewards were good"
Cons: "There was no entertainment on this flight. Horrible"
Pros: "The fresh fruit platter choice for breakfast"
Cons: "No fresh towels to wash hands & face before being served food"
Pros: "Friendly and easy"
Cons: "I found the seat really uncomfortable. My back was hurting well before the end of the flight."
Pros: "More legroom, bathrooms appeared to get serviced so they were not a mess, plenty of food and drinks available throughout the flight. Being able to order the meal ahead was a wonderful way to guarantee your choice. Well done!"
Pros: "Great service, easy flight."
Pros: "Really nice hostesses. Professional, friendly, interested in travellers. Very welcome when you're travelling home after a long day."
Cons: "Planes are looking a bit tired."
Cons: "The flight was cancelled due to technical difficulties. But the airline did not plan ahead and was understaffed to take care of the individuals on the airline to speed up the process of waiting in lines. They knew we were coming and still only had 2 individuals on staff to take care of hundreds of people so the lines were longer than needed to be. Poor planning and accommodating of individuals during this time has made me not want to fly with this airline again."
Pros: "Decent plane, good staff, very clean"
Cons: "Food was only ok, limited entertainment choices"
Cons: "my wife and i were subjected to very harsh treatment at check in...we were harassed over being 100 grams overweight on a check in bag...100 grams... both flying on a paid business class ticket."
Pros: "love the selection of food and snacks"
Cons: "staff was not at helpful and friendly as i remembered. Seem a little stress and did not want to be there."
Pros: "Liked service and entertainment"
Cons: "Lack of legroom"
Cons: "The discomfort of modern economy flying just overwhelms any positives. Better seats with more room are needed."
Pros: "Movie selection was excellent"
Cons: "They missed giving me a chocolate!"
Pros: "Absolute top shelf service from checkin to de-planing."
Pros: "The people I came in contact with were very helpful."
Cons: "Nothing, everything went well. Same complaint as everyone else, not enough leg room."
Pros: "Crew was reasonably friendly."
Cons: "Lack of space made it impossible to sleep. Aisle was dangerously dark. Would not surprise me if people experience falls. I know there is a trade off between sleep-friendly darkness and safety for those walking in the cabin. I think you err too much on the side of darkness"
Cons: "You charged me twice in my credit card the Ticket from Adelaide -Melbourne and Melbourne-Sydney"
Pros: "Fantastic crew on the upper deck who were trying everything they could to make me and my partner comfortable while trying to find a replacement seat with working TV equipment."
Cons: "Seats very narrow, passengers behind kicking seats because not happy that I needed to recline to sleep. Failing equipment - the TV wouldn't operate on original seat, and on new seat, the touch screen didn't work on the entire left side of the screen. The only reason I flew qantas was because I thought they had better equipment. Crew on lower deck clearly not as dedicated to service. After being moved here in the hopes of getting a new seat with a working entertainment system I knew the service would be worse - and it was."
Pros: "It was nice that the flight was not full and we were able to stretch out in neighbouring seats. It was nice that the lights were left low for longer than a night's sleep, as not everyone wants to sleep at the same time on such a long flight."
Cons: "The food service was slow, and refills were not offered as has been the case on many other trans Pacific flights I have been on. Also we did not receive the mid flight snack that was listed on the menu. The meals themselves were not as tasty, varied, nor as filling as those on Fiji Airways and United Airlines. My dinner had only pasta with sauce in the container, with no other vegetable offered. I was still hungry after eating my breakfast, and I was only offered tea, when I expected both a choice of juice and tea."
Cons: "My name is Parag Mokashi, Indian Passport No. Z1788332 had booked 2 return air tickets from Singapore to Auckland with details as follows: Qantas Airways Flight QF6 - Depart Singapore Changi Apt, SG (SIN) 01Dec16 (Thu) 23:50 Arrive Sydney Kingsford Smith Apt, AU (SYD) 02Dec16 (Fri) 10:50 Flight QF145 - Depart Sydney Kingsford Smith Apt, AU (SYD) 02Dec16 (Fri) 11:55 Arrive Auckland International Apt, NZ (AKL) 02Dec16 (Fri) 17:10 Flight QF144 - Depart Auckland International Apt, NZ (AKL) 13Dec16 (Tue) 08:35 Arrive Sydney Kingsford Smith Apt, AU (SYD) 13Dec16 (Tue) 10:15 Flight QF81 - Depart Sydney Kingsford Smith Apt, AU (SYD) 13Dec16 (Tue) 11:15 Arrive Singapore Changi Apt, SG (SIN) 13Dec16 (Tue) 16:30 I had booked these tickets online through CheapTickets.sg on 17th September 2016. While booking the tickets mine and my wife’s full details such as the Name, Nationality and Passport were given. In spite of this nowhere was it mentioned in the Quantas terms and conditions or any prompt/popup given while booking the tickets that Australian transit visa is required for Indians since the flight is via Australian city. I had booked the tickets well in advance and had enough time to get transit visa had there been any information about it mentioned. On 1st December 2016 when we went to the Changi airport we were not allowed to board the plane as we did not have the Australian transit visa. We were told by Quantas personnel at the airport to go to the Australian embassy in Singapore to get the transit visa and that we would get it within a day. Next day we went to the embassy and found that the Australian visa is done by VFS global at a different address. When went there they informed us that Australian visa takes minimum 5 days. I had all my hotel bookings in New Zealand already done hence I had no choice to take a direct Singapore Auckland flight via Singapore Airlines at a very high price on the next day. I also lost one day of my hotel booking in Auckland and had to forfeit the money. I and my wife had to go through the psychological trauma of being refused to board the plane, then the next day running around the Australian embassy / VFS global office for trying to get the Australian transit visa and facing the uncertainty regarding our new Zealand trip which was planned well in advance for our 25th wedding anniversary"
Pros: "I lucked out and was able to get a emergency row seat which helped tremendously because of having long legs."
Cons: "What I don't like is what is true of all airlines now and that is that if you are born with long legs you are penalized and expected to pay more money than people with short legs - that is prejudice and not fair to people that cannot do anything about it. I understand charging obese people extra because they have a chance to change it. Also, seats are too narrow now!!!"
Pros: "The menu offered a pre dinner drink however this was never offered. Touch pad screen did not function very well."
Pros: "Arrived safely."
Cons: "Onboard service was pretty lousy, felt like the crew members didn't really want to be there. Not very friendly at all. Needs to be properly trained in customer service. The food was pretty average as well."
Pros: "The seats are great in 380 compared to 777 - I'm 187cm and I can stretch out Food seems to be improving - breakfast wasn't soggy!"
Cons: "Crew service is slack as usual, and hasn't improved much - you have to ask for everything - breakfast they forgot the coffee - had to ask, second drink before evening meal - forget it they are just too busy - all 23 of them! On Cathay or Singapore or even United - they help as much as they can."
Pros: "Despite the fact that there was a nearly 9 hour delay in Sydney, Qantas handled it as best they could. I received three $15 meal vouchers to use in the airport. And, since I missed my connecting flight, Qantas booked a hotel for me, free shuttle service to the hotel from the airport and rebooked me on the earliest connecting flight. I was of course inconvenient for this to happen but it was handled well."
Pros: "Boarding on time. Crew attentive."
Cons: "Needs better, current movies"
Cons: "Announce the app download well before boarding so that I can get it. I never had a chance"
Cons: "No comment all ok"
Pros: "Easy checkin"
Cons: "Flight was late in leaving. Sat in seat for 45 minutes without moving."
Cons: "On time."
Pros: "First time trying the new inflight Wifi - great!"
Pros: "On time"
Pros: "Movie selection was good. Complimentary wine was excellent and plentiful."
Cons: "Seat room was cramped."
Cons: "No organization in check in process. Staff unfriendly and unhelpful. No control over situation."
Pros: "Check in staff did the best to accommodate, however it later turned out that their knowledge of the aircraft seat plan was incorrect"
Cons: "A330 was too small for this distance. Seat pitch felt worse than newer domestic aircraft. Left the whole exit row free. I know you have to pay for this but as a gold member you might have thought they could accommodate if vacant and me being unable to fit my legs behind the chair. Only 3 working toilets for all of economy wasn’t enough either. Entertainment didn’t seem to be as good as previous American flights."
Pros: "Plane was pretty empty in economy so I was able to lie down to sleep a little"
Cons: "Vegetarian dishes very spicy especially for breakfast"
Pros: "Service helpful"
Pros: "clean planes, easy security, good boarding."
Cons: "flight was delayed - we sat on tarmac with doors"
Pros: "Information on departure delays was forthcoming"
Cons: "The checkin machine kept giving me my fellow travelor boarding pass and not one for me."
Pros: "Nice staff, entertainment system quite good , wide rage of films and music."
Cons: "Range of snacks and drinks served. Only water and juice covered in the air fare."
Pros: "Very friendly"
Pros: "On time"
Pros: "On time"
Cons: "I usually buy Eco X seats but this time forgot."
Cons: "There was an extremely long line at check-in with only a couple of Virgin Australia attendants working. Despite the line (of several hundred people), the staff appeared to have no urgency about moving customers through the check-in process, and at one point two of the the three workers quit working, packed up and left. Replacements arrived five minutes later and took another five to ten minutes to set-up before helping customers - leaving one agent for the overflowing line. Total wait time for check-in alone was over 1 hour."
Cons: "See above"
Pros: "On time. Friendly crew. Smooth landing. All you can ask."
Cons: "Checking in took a while longer than expected. But I was still very happy with the service."
Pros: "Lovely plane, good entertainment, great refreshments!"
Cons: "Nothing was bad!"
Pros: "Flight was comfortable and ran smoothly"
Cons: "It left 50 mins so I got into Brisbane half an hour late"
Cons: "30 minutes delayed due to errors in paperwork."
Cons: "45 minutes queuing for a bag drop is not good enough - plenty of spare check-in desks just not enough staff"
Cons: "Our flight was cancelled and as we were overseas and did not know we had been put on a flight 4hrs earlier and as we got to the airport to later than that earlier flight had to buy new tickets with another airline. We are very disappointed as it cost up extra money."
Pros: "No significant problem"
Cons: "Flight was cancelled, no compensation, had to find somewhere to stay, travel to and from airport for a flight the next day instead."
Pros: "Good service"
Cons: "Had to pay extra $70 because I couldnt take some spare parts as cabin luggage which should have been accepted."
Cons: "Flight was delayed over two hours"
Pros: "friendly staff smooth trip"
Cons: "it got abit stuffy the aircon wasnt great but it was a nice flight"
Pros: "Baggage price"
Pros: "2 free checked bags when flying domestically is a big plus!"
Pros: "everything was great"
Pros: "Very little, again delayed in leaving resulting in arrival quite late"
Cons: "Unknowlingly dropped teeth which went under the seat and Virgin has no means of contacting airport to put mind at rest after flight and phone contact almost impossible as staff unable or unwilling to assist. No phone number in directory, no phones at airport. and in an emergency no way of contact and no one willing to do anything to assist. Food better but still too much rice. Long boring flight with no entertainment in flight. Very Very Disappointing Robert Richardson 0895930984"
Pros: "Empty, friendly staff"
Cons: "Late for my conference"
Pros: "Was quick and painless"
Cons: "That we had to go via Sydney wish they were direct to Melbourne"
Pros: "Virgin service has always been great in my experience"
Pros: "Staff polite and helpful at boarding desk"
Cons: "Poor food selection"
Pros: "Short distance, so don't care"
Cons: "Little bit of delay"
Pros: "Departure on time"
Pros: "We arrived intact only 3 hours late and we were informed early"
Cons: "Seating far too little leg room. Too close together."
Pros: "The egg and lettuce sandwich was fresh and delicious! A bigger serving would have been nice. The Cadbury biscuit chocolate was also a perfect match with a coffee."
Cons: "The inflight entrainment could have been more extensive. For example the big fat Greek wedding advertised in the inflight magazine wasn't available as a selection."
Pros: "Arrived on time."
Cons: "There was no entertainment this was especially annoying on an almost 5 hour flight. Seats were too squashy."
Pros: "Nice that they had a tasty snack with a chocolate biscuit"
Cons: "Alcoholic beverages would be better if"
Pros: "The service of Kayak and Virgin was wonderful. The flight was comfortable and smooth. I usually hate flying but this flight I actually enjoyed in a way. The food was surprisingly good as well. Overall excellent - a tick in all the boxes!"
Pros: "Generally speaking, I like Virgin Australia."
Cons: "The only problem was we were delayed."
Cons: "The snack"
Cons: "Long lines for bag drop"
Cons: "The crew wasn’t very friendly."
Pros: "Plane was clean. Crew were professional. Ahead of schedule arrival."
Cons: "It's an economy airline, so it has the usual compromises on entertainment and refreshments."
Pros: "Crew wasn’t that polite."
Cons: "Anything extra"
Pros: "it was fast and effective"
Cons: "Free coffee"
Cons: "Seats quite uncomfortable. Could feel the seat structure through the sestback."
Pros: "We got to queenstown a little bit sooner"
Cons: "They have crazy expensive fees for luggage if over weight..I will not choose them again"
Pros: "It’s okay"
Pros: "business seats did not reclined ..... if i knew that not buying jetstar"
Cons: "Two hours delayed on the way. Four and a half hours delayed on the return flight. No explanation or apology for either leg."
Cons: "Arrived at SYD after a 17 hour nonstop flight to find connecting Jetstar flight to Ballina was delayed for 41/2 hours!!!"
Cons: "The entire experience"
Pros: "Good seat and small load so could move around"
Cons: "No entertainment and charges for everything."
Pros: "Very good everything"
Pros: "Fix the food menu!!!"
Cons: "Fix the food menu!!!"
Cons: "Seats unusually small. Unlikely to fly this airline again"
Pros: "Polite staff well organized"
Cons: "My flight was 45 minutes late Absolutely no room when seated"
Cons: "Beware, they charge $15 per kilogram for over weight luggage."
Pros: "I am traveling from the USA and I had heard some bad stories about JetStar but my experience was really good."
Cons: "There are no complimentary snacks. Also, we had to pay for the movies. I wish the entertainment was free like on all other airlines."
Pros: "my ear did no hurt"
Cons: "no food I little bit hungry"
Pros: "Brand new plane. Crew were quite nice."
Cons: "I paid for seat selection >6mo in advance and they gave away my seat with no explanation. The selection of movies on the paid entertainment system is quite poor."
Pros: "Their website and web check in is too basic!"
Pros: "The plane was relatively new."
Cons: "Boarding was late. Food selection was poor Entertainment choices were slim And obviously charging for luggage and food sucks."
Pros: "I like the Punctuality and the way the plane was loaded- very efficient Plane was very tidy and clean"
Cons: "The menu is mediocre as far as the snacks are concerned. More imagination needed"
Pros: "I am still in denpasar"
Pros: "Aircraft and crew"
Cons: "Over one hour at check in."
Pros: "Very smooth boarding and pleasant on board crew."
Pros: "Relatively spacious seats and new enough aircraft - could have been a good short haul flight."
Cons: "One crew member became unavailable due to personal issue 5mins before boarding. Boarded late then PA system fault held us on the ground, then deplaned and replaned for a 2 1/2 hour late departure. Two delaying problems on one flight indicative of an airline that doesn't have its systems and processes properly sorted out."
Cons: "2h delay"
Pros: "The check-in woman was a gem! Due to Australia's strict carry-on policy - one item, period - I had to repack my luggage, which contained a fragie printer that had been in my carry-on when I could have it AND a computer bag. The Jet Star allowed two checked pieces, and the agent gave me all the time I needed to make the changes. She then marked the bag fragile, and sent me to the oversize/fragile bay with it. It arrived in PNG rattled, but working normally.The woman was a peach!"
Pros: "The crew was amazing."
Pros: "All was good from boarding to exiting"
Cons: "Lack of communication So cheap and stingy they give Scrooge A run for his money."
Pros: "We were on our way from syd to bali and just before we reached ocean we turned around and headed back toward Melbourne. As upset as we were about that situation they were extremely accommodating. They said the Landon strip in Bali had broke so we couldn't land. They Bieber, gave us free coffee, tea and juices and gave us all free onboard entertainment. When we got to Melbourne they had set up free shuttle server and out us all up in a very very nice suite and gave us a voucher for breakfast which was more than enough! Then on our way back to bali they again gave us all free onboard entertainment. Very nice! Loved it!"
Cons: "Didn't like that they took so long to tell us about the problems on the landing strip. I thought we were being hijacked!"
Pros: "Cheap fare"
Cons: "Restricted carry on weight limit"
Cons: "departing late (again)"
Pros: "That they took care of an issue when the warning came on for the pilot."
Cons: "The ~2 hr delay due to an engineer needing to drive from the Gold Coast to sign the paperwork."
Pros: "plenty of room nice staff"
Pros: "Economical and value for money"
Cons: "I could have sworn I submitted a request for a checked bag, but apparently it didn't register or I forgot online. Anyway when explaining this to the ticketing agent, she didn't seem to care and charged me $95 for a one 18kg bag!!!! That was $20 more than my entire flight cost. How the hell can a company charge that for a checked bag. Never again will I fly this and I will personally make sure they lose thousands through bad press. Don't screw the little guys.... We are your customers."
Cons: "No leg room at all..."
Pros: "Got me there safe"
Cons: "The seats are horrible."
Cons: "i was offered a refund, but I'm still waiting for this to be confirmed."
Pros: "Was onetime and landed early."
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Daily cleaning, installation of cabin HEPA filters on flights to Ballina
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