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June Most popular time to fly (41% more expensive on average)

Average price round-trip

$176 (avg. price over the last 2 weeks)

Good deal round-trip

$91 or less

Good deal one-way

$56 or less

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  • Looking for a cheap flight? 25% of our users found flights on this route for $76 or less one-way and $123 or less round-trip.
  • The cheapest flight from Ballina to Sydney was found, on average, 87 days before departure.
  • Book at least 3 weeks before departure in order to get a below-average price.
  • High season is considered to be May, June and July. The cheapest month to fly is April.
  • Morning departure is around 58% cheaper than an evening flight, on average*.
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Scores according to KAYAK customer reviews

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Virgin Australia
Overall score based on 3,533 reviews
8.1
Boarding
7.8
Comfort
8.4
Crew
7.3
Entertainment
7.2
Food
Airline reviews

Pros: "Crew were lovely. Business class attendant was really nice."
Cons: "Nothing. Great experience."

Cons: "A bigger, more comfortable aircraft"

Cons: "Flight was delayed an hour and boarding was slow due to only using one aircraft door."

Pros: "Despite the delay, bording was quick and efficient, crew were welcoming"

Pros: "Virgin lounge staff were super friendly and helpful - getting me on an earlier flight and giving me a spare seat next to me!"
Cons: "nothing negative to say"

Cons: "flight cancelled"

Pros: "Good seat, plenty of space for my long legs."
Cons: "Boarding was a little disorganized."

Pros: "Economy X was excellent value for getting 3 seats between 2, best I've ever slept in economy. Plane was late arriving before departure so boarding was late but we did leave and arrive on time. As I had an upset stomach the crew were nice enough to give me extra crackers and it was no hassle getting me herbal tea."
Cons: "Would be nice to have onboard entertainment included"

Pros: "Not much"
Cons: "Food VERY basic SErvice just OK"

Cons: "We still in Auckland as without any notification airline staff has cancelled our ticket and we had so much drama at the airport and we couldn’t catch the flight and we had to come back home please explain why this is happened? Contact email- priyanka27.patel@gmail.com"

Pros: "Friendly and helpful Stewards. Virgin Australia 1 free checked luggage is great."
Cons: "The queue for the loo was a bit ridiculous. Passengers were lining up in the isle besides our seats instead of waiting in thier seat for a vacancy."

Pros: "Love the inclusion of one checked bag in the ticket price. Like the free snack and hot drink."

Pros: "My Mum has mild dementia and was going to Sydney from Maroochydore to visit family. From check in at MCY to arrival back at MCY the staff looked after her very well. She needed assistance boarding and disembarking and they were very helpful and courteous and that's why I choose Virgin over the other airline that flies the same route."

Pros: "arrived on time crew were polite and friendly."
Cons: "when boarding the plane from rear maybe passengers in the front should board first to save the mayhem."

Pros: "The lumbar support in the Virgin seat makes all the difference, plus the info re toilets, either get up now or wait till food service stops, and the instruction to put seat in upright position for eating much appreciated. I also LOVED the unexpected brilliant in-house video of psychology. Dr Andrew Ley(?) Food was great, nothing ridiculous, hot tasty and healthy. I liked there was no over packaging that took up my tray table room. Jetstar is a torture chamber with those seats that cause your back to curl over."

Pros: "-Professional, clean. Staff seemed happy to be there. -Use of both front and rear boarding allows for faster departure."
Cons: "-Need clearer instructions or a crew member to direct passengers to front or back of plane. -In flight entertainment depends on predownload of an app."

Pros: "nice aircraft. hosts were promt to address any issue."
Cons: "lack of movie options especially hindi movies"

Cons: "I don’t think it’s acceptable to not give any food on a 6 hour flight. Also to pay for food we need to wait for the cart. I sat hungry for awhile."

Pros: "The flight was good, there was enough leg room."
Cons: "My husband and I are seniors, luckily we exercise daily, because we were told to take the stairs down to the airplane and had to walk to the plane in the rain and then walk up the stairs to the plane. When we boarded we actually should have gone through the plane as our seats were closer to the front. The stewardess should have used common sense and directed everyone through the plane, there was absolutely no reason to send people through the rain."

Pros: "Flight was delayed for 2 and a half hours. Ground staff were rude and dismissive and just huddled together to chat to each other and joke."
Cons: "Ground service - once airborne it was ok"

Cons: "I didn't like seeing the build up of food and small rubbish in the seat tracks in front of me on both trips, there and back. It was revolting. Clearly the company vacuuming the carpet doesn't bother doing the job properly and doesn't take the time to look from the window seat position. Shocking indeed."

Pros: "Speed of service and willingness to help"

Pros: "Economy X is fantastic, and really enjoy the boarding experience and the crew. left on time and arrived early. Excellent trip in that regard."
Cons: "Almost every time I travel on virgin, which is a lot. They serve a minim muesli bar. Come on Virgin what about changing that a bit. Qantas offer some really good options for not much more of a ticket price. This part of the Virgin Experience needs to change."

Pros: "The entire service is great I'd be happy to pay more for a flight with virgin then any other airline"
Cons: "Absolutely nothing!"

Cons: "Boarding was delayed without any explanation, and the staff member at the boarding desk was extremely rude when anyone dared approach her to ask what the hold-up was"

Cons: "Delayed."

Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "Delayed flight Inaccurate baggage carousel information Lack of communication from Virgin"

Pros: "Service and comfort."
Cons: "No real complaints."

Pros: "Impeccable and attentive service More spacious seats"
Cons: "Crying babies during the entire flight, not that the flight could help it but wish there were more quiet areas for passengers without families"

Cons: "my seat got changed"

Cons: "Plane interior was nauseatingly hot"

Cons: "Lack of signposting/ difficulty of obtaining information about location of terminal for departure. Our ticket had us flying Las Vegas to Los Angeles/Los Angeles to Sydney. Information about appropriate terminal/gate in LA was difficult to find and conflicting resulting in long walks and retracing steps. Would probably make me pay extra & fly Qantas again next time where the change of planes is usually streamlined."

Cons: "No ability to use entertainment unless app downloaded prior to flight."

Pros: "Punctuality is the most important and they achieved it."

Cons: "my flight got cancelled, and was not notified. got put on the next flight which was 6 hours later, So had to wait 6 hours to fly to melbourne."

Pros: "Virgin Australia is fine, it's eDreams travel agency who is shoddy"
Cons: "eDreams are incompetent and unethical. In my opinion they are scammers And operate an entrapment operation. Do not book through them and kayak should reconsider their association with third party booking group"

Pros: "Everyone was very helpful. On time. No problems at all.thank you."
Cons: "Only could have gluten free snack"

Pros: "When boarding the plane I enquired about headphones. The flight attendant told me they don't usually give out headphones on my particular flight, however 15 minutes into the flight she walked past and had a pair for me to use. I was really impressed by the level of service and the fact she remembered where I was sitting. Great customer experience!"

Cons: "Breakfast "cafe style" was just soggy bread. Not edible. The interface on the inflight screen is very, very fiddly....many, many touches required to get your show as it kept defaulting to the show under the next arrow."

Pros: "Simplicity"
Cons: "Nothing really"

Pros: "Plane an easy boarding process. Attendant was very helpful when processing our baggage with an interrupting phone we jad to take."

Cons: "Waiting time on transfer Staff attitude"

Pros: "on-board entertainment"

Pros: "Movies were good but the entertainment system wasnot easy to use."
Cons: "Food was rather ordinary."

Pros: "I liked everything but my chair was very uncomfortable but otherwise everything was great the staff were really good too"
Cons: "Uncomfortable chair"

Pros: "Easy check-in, on-time arrival"
Cons: "The snacks are very boring."

Pros: "The whole service"

Pros: "It was the usual type of flight, no dramas, lovely crew, and fair price."

Pros: "Service"
Cons: "Vegetarian option and hot food very important especially for elderly people."

Pros: "Crew needed an exit row person and I volunteered. Extra leg room was nice."
Cons: "Expensive flight. No food or drink included in what you pay. No magazines or screens to occupy your time."

Pros: "Good crew"
Cons: "Cheaper add booked luggage costs."

Pros: "Noodles were hot and coffee served in decent time. Crew engaged with courtesy to all."
Cons: "Boarding was later than they kept stating at the gate but still arrived at destination on time."

Pros: "That l got sms messages regarding my flight details and where to collect my luggage!! Awesome"

Pros: "I liked the organisation"
Cons: "The food"

Pros: "Service was outstanding.. friendly and accommodating"
Cons: "Expensive and charged extra for luggage."

Cons: "The charges for the checked baggage. They are very steep."

Pros: "Staff and crew"
Cons: "Very strict baggage policy you have to be exactly same weight or less with baggage"

Pros: "Overall experience very good"
Cons: "All goid"

Pros: "What did I like... er..... I got home !"
Cons: "Where to begin: 1. The staff. the rudest flight crew i have ever come across in my professional career 2. The flight, well, as always, the flight was delayed for no reason, no explanations, no apologies, nothing 3. Comfort.... the Airbus A321 is a good airframe, other airlines engage seat manufactures with comfort in mind... nope.. not jetstar 4. Food. What food??? Was there any food?? nope.. there was a bag of nuts and some chips... 5. Entertainment. Well, I had fun listening to the cabin crew moan about passengers, so that was entertaining.. NEVER AGAIN"

Cons: "Child behind sitting on floor banging seat and loud devices being used with no ear phones so couldn’t rest"

Cons: "1 hour later we took off. Departure gates were changed from 9 the whole way down to 1 after we all walked there! The carousel didn’t give us our luggage until 45 mins of standing there waiting after an overnight flight!! Aircraft was way too cold. And had to ask for 1 cup of water, not even offered to us."

Pros: "Friendliness of the staff."
Cons: "Lateness of flight"

Pros: "Nothing, whole dealings was disappointing."
Cons: "Baggage fees not included in flight cost. Baggage fees was costly. They didn't even offer free water on the flight."

Pros: "Getting to destination"
Cons: "Didn't get the food i ordered. Not even close. Entertainment choices very low. No value for extra cost. Staff would not deal with passengers congregating in aisle for majority of journey."

Pros: "Great staff"
Cons: "Delayed departure"

Pros: "It wasn't cancelled like previous flight. It arrived and departed o time . No inflight entertainment at all."
Cons: "The cramping was incredible. No storage , people's bag from seat behind encroaching on foot space in front. Knees in my back from behind passenger. Seat design exceptionally upright, no head rest wings to support a dosing head. Torture chamber really."

Cons: "The entire experience"

Pros: "cost effective, good flight."

Pros: "Great crew that were all very friendly, Water was provided for free"
Cons: "Meals are not provided and drinks other than water will cost you My luggage was not automatically transferred into the connecting flight"

Pros: "Quick and easy, just as expected, staff professional and. Friendly"

Pros: "The crew including the check in and ground crew were excellent, very friendly and patient."

Cons: "Only one problem was the temperature was too warm during flight."

Pros: "kylie the ground staff for Jetstar was brilliant"

Pros: "I liked the entertainment that's it lol"
Cons: "Didn't like the delayed flight at all which had us literally running for our connecting flight which meant we didn't have time to eat after a 10 hour flight which had the most horrible food and menu I've ever seen so I literally starved for a whole day thanks to jetstars horrible menu and also did not get my luggage till 2 days later worst experience I've ever had not happy to pay $1200 and starve #worst experience ever!!!!"

Pros: "The plane was not full plenty of room to move to a better seat with a window."
Cons: "No entertainment so was a bit boring plus why pay for seats when they move you to a different anyway."

Cons: "Do not recommend, beware of non standard baggage rules. Book baggage online 3hours before the flight"

Cons: "Food was horrendous and staff service was poor considering we were in business."

Pros: "Payed for checked bags online in advance. Also for queue jump which allows you to be among the earlier boarders. Checked in early and the clerk advised us we could change and get better seats than we had and we moved to an exit row."
Cons: "Extra cost for everything but given how cheap the tickets were I didn't really mind."

Pros: "Jetstar is a comparatively budget airline owned by Qantas. We were in Business class from Honolulu to Sydney and that's a well timed flight considering it takes a little over 10 hours, leaving Honolulu at 8:30am and arriving in Sydney at 3:00pm. We normally fly Qantas business for international flights but in this case it's almost double the cost. Jetstar Business doesn't have lie flat beds, it provides wide and comfortable seats and they don't recline very far, but as this particular flight is completely in daylight hours it doesn't matter too much. We will always choose this particular flight because of the combination of timing and cost, so well done Jetstar."

Pros: "Boarding was good and check in!"
Cons: "Dont have any entertainement and dont have usb to charge cellphones!"

Pros: "At least I got notification about delay right before going to the bed and did not have to wake up at 4 am"
Cons: "Flight status online at Jetstar website indicated on time departure, had to call to verify delay. Our boarding pass, issued at 2:30 pm still had 7:30 am boarding time. Flight was delayed because of airplane maintenance but we got no compensation, just $10 Australian voucher to use at the airport to buy food."

Cons: "Delayed departure which affected my travel plans"

Pros: "Speed of flight time and being advised of our delay"
Cons: "Cramped boarding gate and slow boarding via Tarmac. Food and inflight drinks too expensive."

Cons: "Seat. Slow boarding"

Cons: "Legroom was really tight"

Pros: "Almost everything"
Cons: "Lack of room when seated"

Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "Return journey of our flight was moved so disrupted our onward flights. Getting in touch with customer services was impossible. Only way is to 'live chat' then they tell you their hands are tied and to speak to the 'refunds team' who don't have a number and will 'be in touch with you'. They won't be. Then outbound flight was cancelled at the last minute. Waiting for a refund........and waiting. If it's a choice between jet star or swimming to your next destination, swim."

Pros: "Plane was unable to get to a gate after landing but we were kept informed."
Cons: "Paying four dollars for an orange juice."

Pros: "it was on time..."
Cons: "charging for entertainment...no blankets for an overnight 6hour long flight... customer service is just the worse I've seen on an airline. Don't get me started on the baggage allowance surcharges... Still found one very friendly staff at the Sydney Airport though, there is still hope. Get on it Jetstar, get on it."

Pros: "On checking in, they charged us a penalty fee, and then our flight got cancelled at the last minute without any options to get back to the city in time for work. Had to book a last minute flight with a different airline and couldn't get luggage back in time to take it along!"

Pros: "Have flown with jet star and I always have a great flight and I really enjoy how amazing the flight crew always are. Will continue to choose Jetstar for my domestic flights."

Pros: "Due to storms a 1 1/2 hour delay which is understandable until I found a friend on Qantas left on time. Delay on all Jetstar to Sydney and that afternoon but unaccountably Qantas mostly in time."

Pros: "Left & arrived on time -AKL to SYD."
Cons: "Not as low cost as advertised. Hidden costs: pay extra to pick a seat. Any seat. No luggage allowance, must pay extra for 1st checked bag. No complimentary drinks, must pay top price for coffee, water, juice. Airline coffee in paper cup. Credit card or debit only. Toilet use might be free... did not ch check."

Cons: "I obviously purchased my tickets too fast. I missed the hidden check-in option online which is a UX recommendation I have for Jetstar, to make this more visible (particularly on international flight selection). This was my fault, but being charged $160 at the airport to check a 9kg bag in made me feel I was being ripped off and left a sour taste in my mouth towards the Jetstar brand. I'll never fly with them again. Even movies and water needed to be purchased on the flight."

Pros: "Very convenient."
Cons: "Very uncomfortable seats"

Cons: "Ordered food online. Would be better just buying when on flight. Egg sandwich both flights. No choice."

Pros: "Nobody told i couldnt bring luggage had to pay extranfee"

Pros: "On time both ways"
Cons: "Paying extra for food and only use credit card not cash Paying extra for entertainment Extra for baggage & seating all these extra costs make the cheaper flight not so cheap!"

Pros: "Frustrated by how late I was allowed to Check-in, then had to rush to the plane. Classic problem, but, why you don't pay for a budget flight."

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