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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The Ultimate Roadtripper

from £1899

21 - 360 days

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

The World Escape

from £1579

From 30 days

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

Volcano Surfing & Southern Skiing

from £1945

14 - 360 days

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

Shanghai to Sydney

from £729

From 30 days

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

Pure Pacific

from £1295

From 30 days

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

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

Trans-Siberian Adventure

from £1099

30 days

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

Cookin’ Up a Storm

from £1233

From 30 days

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

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

Essential African Overlander

from £860

14 - 120 days

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

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Epic South East Asia

from £2035

Wanna head to South East Asia but can’t quite decide on exactly where to go? Quit it with the quandaries,...

Japan Family Holiday

from £2935

Japan

Gather up the family and embark on an adventure through Japan, surely one of the world’s most intriguing countries. From...

Spires in the Snow

from £529

Check out Hungary, Poland and Czech Republic at their snowy best on this week-long trip through the best of Eastern...

Highlights of Belarus

from £1151

Castles, cathedrals, rich forests and soviet structures – Belarus is a diamond, shining with post-war intrigue. While much of the...

Dunes, Deltas & Falls Discoverer

from £2599

Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Zimbabwe

This 18-day journey through four African countries hits the highlights and is perfect for the adventurer who wants to discover...

Galápagos — Central & East Islands aboard the Xavier III

from £2749

Ecuador

Encounter the island chain that has enchanted explorers since Darwin first weighed anchor off its shores. Spend eight days exploring...

Classic Galapagos – South Eastern Islands (Grand Queen Beatriz)

from £4965

Ecuador

The Galapagos is one of the most unique places on the planet. Where animals demonstrate the theory of evolution, landmasses...

In Search of Iguassu–Buenos Aires to Rio

from £1279

Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay

Get your South American rush with other young travellers not afraid to embrace the new. You'll kick off the adventure...

Road to Sziget

from £989

Please note: You must hold an Australian or New Zealand passport to book this trip. As if accompanying you to...

Vic Falls to Zanzibar

from £1173

Zimbabwe

Experience the roar of Victoria Falls at the start of this incredible adventure through Zimbabwe, Zambia and Tanzania towards Zanzibar,...

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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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