Round the World Tickets

Multi-stop flights around the world

This is your one-stop shop for everything you need to know about planning and booking a round the world ticket. Quick heads up: we use the terms ‘round the world’ and ‘multi-stop’ interchangeably – when it comes to flights, they basically mean the same thing!

A round the world ticket is designed to make lengthy, multi-destination trips as cheap and easy as possible. If you’re planning to fly to three or more destinations, it means you can get all your flights on a single ticket for one price. You don’t literally need to fly around the world. So if you flew LondonBangkokHanoiSingapore – London, a round the world ticket would include it all. These can be fully customised to suit your plans, include tours, overland travel, etc.

We’ve also selected our current top picks of round the world flights, which are awesome both in terms of routes and prices. Being part of Flight Centre Travel Group gives us access to some truly epic airfares, and our relationships with all the major airlines means that as a customer booking with us, you’re automatically a VIP and fully protected every step of the way.

Below are 10 frequently asked questions about multi-stop flights, covering everything from cost to routes to flexibility of these tickets.

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Volcano Surfing & Southern Skiing

from £1945

14 - 360 days

Australia, Chile, Colombia, New Zealand, Nicaragua...

A real flight deal for the intrepid gappers out there. Start off in Nicaragua for some volcano surfing, before heading...

The Ultimate Roadtripper

from £1899

21 - 360 days

Australia, Kenya, New Zealand, South Africa, Unite...

Head overland from Nairobi to Jo'burg, Cairns to Sydney and Los Angeles to New York. We've basically put together all...

Trans-Siberian Adventure

from £1099

30 days

China, Japan, Russia

Ever fancied doing the Trans-Siberian railway? Well, this is your chance. These flights are the perfect way to do that...

Essential African Overlander

from £860

14 - 120 days

Ethiopia, Kenya, South Africa, Zambia

There's really only one way to explore Africa - overland. The place was pretty much invented for it. So, we've...

The World Escape

from £1579

From 30 days

Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, New Zealand, United ...

The best way to see North America and maybe even squeeze in a ski season, before heading to Australia to...

Pure Pacific

from £1295

From 30 days

Cook Islands, New Zealand, United States of Americ...

The quickest and best way to get to New Zealand just happens to be via the Cook Islands. Why not...

The Next Adventure

from £1675

21 - 360 days

Canada, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Singapore, South A...

Travel from the plains of South Africa to the bustle of Singapore and then on to beautiful New Zealand before...

Shanghai to Sydney

from £729

From 30 days

Australia, China

Take advantage of China's recently expanded 72 hour visa-free transit quota on your way and explore Shanghai before taking in...

Cookin’ Up a Storm

from £1233

From 30 days

Cook Islands, Hong Kong, New Zealand, United State...

This deal has it all. America, a Pacific Island chain, the country with officially the world's most beautiful sight and...

The Southern Explorer

from £3405

From 30 days

Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Hong Kong, Japan, Peru, ...

Visit mysterious Easter Island, idyllic Tahiti, explore South America, experience the wonderfully different world that is Japan before finishing up...

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Norwegian Fjords & Arctic Discovery

from £3144

Set sail from Bergen – the gateway to Norway's fjords – to the remote shores of Svalbard on this dazzling...

Inland & Amazon

from £949

It’s quite poetic that Ecuador is the centre of this big, beautiful planet of ours. In so few kms the...

Sultan’s Trail

from £619

From a cultural hub to otherworldly landscapes to the picturesque coast, Sultan’s Trail journeys through Turkey’s best, including Istanbul and...

Cloud Forest Experience

Head for the clouds – cloud forest, that is. Experience it from your lodge in the middle of the Mindo...

Wild Kimberley Overland (Basix)

from £1372

Get wild and remote in some of Australia's most untouched territory, the Kimberley. Embark on an adventure tour down the...

The Voodoo Trail

Get off the beaten track and into the hills, forests and villages that make up the 'Voodoo Trail' of West...

Northern India by Rail

from £599

For something a little more off the beaten path, take the train right to the heart of India’s colourful culture...

Northern Territory Encompassed Southbound

from £1745

Embark on a Northern Territory adventure, from Darwin to Alice Springs, taking in the region's biggest and best-known drawcards along...

Dubrovnik Dreams

from £1079

Get your kicks from swimming in sparkling blue seas? Love a good novelty cocktail straw? Fancy spending your days switching...

Cartagena to Quito on a Shoestring

from £1555

Colombia is an underrated country for travellers, but with our safe, social, and budget-friendly group trips, we want to change...

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What is a round the world ticket?

A round the world ticket is a single ticket which covers you for a minimum of three and a maximum of 15 flights. Also known as a multi-stop ticket, they are typically valid for a year from the date of your first flight. Most will include travel with several different international airlines, like Emirates, British Airways and Qantas.

Why buy a round the world ticket?

Buying your flights in bulk under a single ticket almost always works out cheaper than buying the flights individually. Also, unlike single-stop tickets, round the world flights can be quite complicated to put together, so it’s best to speak to one of our travel experts for help.

How much does a round the world ticket cost?

The price of your ticket will depend on where you want to go, but one thing to keep in mind is that they are usually much cheaper than most people assume. The cheapest multi-stop flight tickets start at a few hundred pounds, but the typical cost is around £1200-£1500.

Do I have to travel all the way around the world?

Nope! One of the biggest misconceptions of round the world tickets is that your route has to literally circumnavigate the globe (to be fair, that is what the name suggests!). While many routes do indeed go all the way around the world, there are lots of options that allow you to come back on yourself. So for example, the route: London > Bangkok > Sydney > Dubai > London would be a multi-stop flight that ends up doubling back. Imagine a U-turn on a planetary scale.

Check out our frequently asked questions about round the world tickets for more info.

What are the major air transport hubs?

Almost every country in the world has an international airport, meaning you have a near infinite choice when planning your multi-stop flight route. However, some countries and regions are much more established on the backpacker trail than others, so we have listed these below in terms of major flight hubs.

Cities with major international airports in Asia-Pacific

  • Sydney, Melbourne, Perth (Australia), Auckland (New Zealand)

Cities with major international airports in North America

Cities with major international airports in South East Asia

  • Bangkok (Thailand), Hanoi (Vietnam), Singapore, Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)

Cities with major international airports in Africa

  • Cape Town (South Africa), Nairobi (Kenya), Accra (Ghana)

Cities with major international airports in South America

  • Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), Santiago (Chile), Lima (Peru), Buenos Aires (Argentina)

Cities with major international airports in South Asia

Cities with major international airports in Central America

  • Panama City (Panama), San Jose (Costa Rica)

Cities with major international airports in the Far East

Cities with major international airports in the Middle East

Dubai, Abu Dhabi (UAE), Doha (Qatar), Tel Aviv (Israel)

How to use a round the world trip planner?

When planning your round the world trip you have two options – to literally fly all the way around the world, or to fly to a point and make your way back on yourself. To keep costs down you should aim to travel through major transport hubs, as listed above. Check out our round the world trip planner below to start playing around with a potential itinerary.

Can I still travel overland?

Definitely – in fact, we’d recommend it! While flights are convenient for covering huge distances in a short time, nothing can replace the excitement and satisfaction of travelling overland using a country’s local transport. Our travel experts can easily tailor a ticket which allows you to enter a country through one airport and depart from a different one, at no additional cost. So for example, you could enter Malaysia through Kuala Lumpur airport, travel overland from there to Thailand, and leave Thailand through Bangkok.

Are round the world tickets flexible?

Yes, very! When you buy your ticket, specific dates will need to be laid out. However, these can be altered as and when you please once your travels have begun. Sometimes there will be a small fee to do this – about £30 – but often it’ll be possible to do it for free. And it’s not only your dates you can alter – you can also alter your actual destinations, within reason. There will be a fee for actual reroutes, but again, it will be small – certainly much less than buying new flights!

How can I pass the time on long flights?

The vast majority of long haul flights have superb ways to fill the time. Usually you’ll have your own in-flight entertainment system, which is a personal screen filled with more TV shows, films, music and games than you could ever get through even on the longest flight! It’s also a good idea to bring a guidebook for the destination you’re flying into – nothing like a bit of travel inspiration en route! You’ll be amazed at how quickly the time goes.

How do I time my round the world trip?

When planning your round the world trip it’s important to be mindful of events and seasons. For example, you’ll probably want to avoid taking any flights around the Christmas and New Year periods, as they are much more expensive. Same often goes for school holidays. In terms of seasons, again, you’ll need to be aware that some parts of the world aren’t much fun at certain times of the year. Let’s say you want to hike the Inca Trail. There’s not much point showing up between January and March, because that’s the wet season in Peru and the trail is closed during these months for conservation work.

For more information on this, check out our guide to round the world tickets.

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