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Average price (return flight)

$306(avg. price over the last 2 weeks)

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  • The cheapest flight from Sydney to Canberra was found, on average, 69 days before departure.
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  • High season is considered to be May, June and July. The cheapest month to fly is May.
  • Morning departure is around 99% more expensive than an evening flight, on average*.
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Top 3 airlines serving Sydney Kingsford Smith to Canberra

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7.9
Qantas Airways
Overall score based on 4,870 reviews
8.1
Boarding
7.7
Comfort
8.4
Crew
7.9
Entertainment
7.6
Food
Airline reviews

Cons: "0"

Cons: "Have a choice of both sweet & savoury snacks onboard."

Cons: "Lost 2 of 3 bags. Still don’t have them. Some staff very helpful and empathetic. Some staff very rude and abrasive. Didn’t want to take ownership and work to correct the problem. Had a “not my problem” attitude"

Cons: "very cramped"

Pros: ":("
Cons: "Crazy long delay. Wasted a whole extra day at the airport with no help or accommodations. :("

Pros: "Normal standard for that kind of trip"

Pros: "I loved Qantas's attention to detail and their exceptionally friendly staff. Best airline I've used in recent years."

Pros: "Snacks provided were very nice. Flight was shorter than expected."
Cons: "Nothing we didn't like, all was good!"

Cons: "Flight was nearly an hour late leaving."

Cons: "Flight was late departing."

Pros: "Watched movies to pass the time. Trip uneventful but 2 hours late"
Cons: "The announcements by cabin crew on board were hard to understand as English not first language"

Pros: "good"

Cons: "entertainment screen on the back of the headrest was smaller than an ipad screen"

Pros: "Had problems with check in because of china eastern mishandling our baggage, the Quantas staff got everything sorted for us. Plenty of leg room on the flight and the cabin staff were fantastic, only thing that let it down was the food choice, but, as it was only a 3 hour flight this wasn;t really a problem. Would gladly fly with them again any time."

Pros: "Friendly Crew"
Cons: "The 3 Hour Delay in Sydney!!!"

Cons: "Delay"

Pros: "Everything"
Cons: "Nothing"

Pros: "Not much"
Cons: "Delayed no information"

Pros: "Great at all."
Cons: "Nothing."

Pros: "I watched heaps of movies and programs."

Pros: "Staff was very accommodating"

Pros: "I loved the first meal and the choices all seemed amazing. Staff were friendly during boarding. Seats were really comfortable and good movie and song choices."
Cons: "The second meal, a small noodle box was dry, overcooked, and bland even with the dressing. The crew was not very friendly during the flight (I understand maybe they had a cranky passenger before and it was a long flight but smiling isnt that hard!). Inflight service was inconsistent as one side came down to serve 15minutes after the first side. The headphones looked quite dirty so I used my own. Boarding was quite slow and then takeoff was late but it was nice that the captain explained it."

Pros: "Excellent service. Comfortable seats in economy with good leg room"
Cons: "Poor screen & audio quality on movie system."

Pros: "In flight entertainment had a good selection"
Cons: "Delayed and missed connecting flight. As a result had to pay for a new one. Placed in the last row of economy so I could sit with my partner. Lied to by the check in counter. Disappointed by qantas yet again!"

Pros: "Took off and landed safely"
Cons: "Entertainment is old compared to other airlines. Screen is low resolution."

Cons: "Na"

Pros: "Snack and Qantas Entertainment app"
Cons: "Nil"

Pros: "Awesome service!"

Pros: "Everything on time."

Cons: "Average airline compared to Singapore & MZ airlines"

Pros: "Close to two hours delay leaving Australia"

Pros: "So easy to get from international to domestic. Which was such a releif when trying to get home to a family emergency"

Cons: "I was surprised that we were flying a different carrier than Emirates"

Pros: "The food and service were excellent!"

Pros: "On time dep and arr."
Cons: "Nothing specific."

Pros: "Nothing to be honest.."
Cons: "food was pathetic, served late, i have always found the Qantas crew to be rude. No change to that. Somethings dont change. this is one of them. I first flew w Qantas in 2005 in business class, and since then i have downgraded. But the attitude hasn't changed. It's as if we are doing service by choosing Qantas...."

Pros: "Customer service was outstanding"
Cons: "There was no Sauvignon blanc on the wine list"

Pros: "Helpful staff, good vegetarian foods"

Pros: "Aircraft"
Cons: "Compares very unfavourably to Emirates who we used on the outward leg. Food very poor and choices limited by the time we were served."

Pros: "on time"
Cons: "very rough ride"

Pros: "Flying to Qantas always enjoyable - staff always make for pleasant journey. Always happy to fly Qantas."
Cons: "One negative experience was that there was only 1hr 30mins between connecting flights. Between departing international flight - picking up luggage/toilet stop and clearing Immigration/Customs then catching bus between Qantas international domestic terminals we were racing to catch flight. As we arrived Qantas domestic terminal our names were being called over along with info the plane was awaiting our arrival. In my experience 2hrs is minimum time between connecting flights - otherwise good experience."

Pros: "Friendly service"

Pros: "Everything"
Cons: "Nothing"

Pros: "I liked that they accommodated my dietary restrictions"
Cons: "I didn't like the seating. It was really cramped"

Cons: "X"

Cons: "My gates changed at Sydney abruptly and some of the ones checking flights through at gate 1c were rude as the Tv screens said my flight was boarding when it wasnt."

Pros: "The special meals for my son and daughter were amazing!"

Pros: "It was on time"

Cons: "Old 747"

Pros: "Seat material (leather) and cushion was comfortable."
Cons: "No leg room, my knees were pressed into the back of the seat in front, which became very painful. No wriggle room without disturbing person alongside. A ridiculous "snack". What happened to biscuits and cheese? Not trendy any longer i presume. Even Qantas serve that! No wine. Again, ridiculous. Condescending stewards, if that's what you are supposed to call them these "woke" days."

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"
Cons: "Nothing"

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: "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: "Great service and a free hot meal! Couldn't ask for more."

Pros: "Very friendly"

Pros: "Complimentary snack and drink."

Pros: "On time"
Cons: "Nothing"

Pros: "On time"
Cons: "Nothing"

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: "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."

Pros: "flight was delayed."
Cons: "service"

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: "Easy flight and transfer to domestic."

Pros: "Great crew and good service."
Cons: "Two things - I dont like is the size of the seats. They are far too small. Most people are relatively big these days and when you sit next to a large person or between two large people the whole flight is so uncomfortable. The other thing is the air vents - no where near enough air coming through those - please fix :("

Pros: "Service"

Pros: "Good service"
Cons: "Had to pay extra $70 because I couldnt take some spare parts as cabin luggage which should have been accepted."

Pros: "Coffee"
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"
Cons: "Nothing"

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"

Cons: "Flight was very bumpy, and the air inside the plane was stuffy. I felt nauseated all the way through from take off to landing"

Pros: "Empty, friendly staff"
Cons: "Late for my conference"

Pros: "Short distance, so don't care"
Cons: "Little bit of delay"

Pros: "Departure on time"
Cons: "Food"

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."

Pros: ""

Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "Nothing, the flight cancelled and their rescheduling efforts were not any consolation."

Pros: "Comfortable"
Cons: "The snack"

Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "Flight to go on time"

Pros: "The flight was during very bad weather and the pilots did a great job of keeping us informed and feeling safe."
Cons: "Due to the weather snacks were handed out but no water. Water used to be provided in single serves. As it is now poured into cups it was not provided on the flight. This seems like cost saving that is unacceptable to customers paying the same price with no access to a drink on the flight."

Pros: "The service was good even for such a short flight (20 mins)"
Cons: "Was an old aircraft so the interior could do with updating"

Pros: "The sense of really flying!"
Cons: "Some of the turbulence."

Pros: "Friendly staff and crew. Great landing!"
Cons: "Leg room a little tight."

Pros: "25 minute flight, no need for in flight entertainment."
Cons: "Could use some more leg room."

Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "Limited baggage allowance , check in clerk over officious and totally unhelpful. "Safety" factor re weight used interminably, why not upgrade fleet if safety is so important ? Asked how I was to get luggage not on flight , told " not my problem , read fine print ""

Cons: "Rang 6 hours in advance to say miss a fight from Brisbane to Adelaide due to flooding in mount isa bus delayed for 3 hours and was only let know 20 minutes after bus was suppose to leave charleville . Would have been nice to get a credit."

Pros: "Beautiful polite and professional ladies air hostesses"

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