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Domestic Flights Within Australia

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Domestic Flights in Australia

Search and buy domestic flights within Australia with Alternative Airlines! Discover the benefits of catching a domestic flight, and check out our list of FAQs…

What are domestic flights?

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Domestic flights fly internally, meaning departure and arrival both take place within the same country. Domestic flights tend to be available in bigger countries, such as within the USA, India, and Australia, and are also refereed to as short haul flights, meaning they tend to have a duration of 2-4 hours. 

Domestic flights within Australia are available through numerous air carriers, including Qantas, Virgin Australia and Jetstar. Carriers such as Tiger Airways offer a cheap alternative, although they don't offer the level of service in comparison to the others.


Why book domestic flights in Australia?

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Whether you are travelling home for the holidays, booking a holiday or travelling for work, domestic flights could be the travel option for you.

Australia is a diverse, stunning, and vast country. From the Kalbarri in the West, where the ancient rugged outback meets white sand beaches, to the cultral hub of Melbourne in the South, catching a domestic flight is the best way to experience all that the country has to offer.

Domestic flights are available from all of Australia's major cities, including Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane, Adelaide, and Darwin. Cheap domestic flights can also be found from smaller airports, including the stunning Gold Coast and Proserpine.


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Airlines that offer Domestic Flights within Australia

What is the internal flight check-in time for domestic flights within Australia? This will always depend on the airline that you're flying on. Do you need a passport to fly on a domestic flight in Australia? Again, this will depend on the airline, but usually only a form of photo ID, such as a driver's licence, or passport, is required.

To find out more, take a look at the list below. If you would like to know more about each airline, including baggage allowance and class fares, simply follow the links!


Check-In Online: Available between 24—1 hour before flight. 

Check-In Airport: Closes 40 minutes before flight.

Is a Passport Required: You will need photo identification such as a driver's licence, passport or social security card.

Allegiant Air

Online: Available between 24 hours—45 minutes before flight.

Airport: Closes 45 minutes before flight. 

Is a Passport Required: All passengers, including children and infants, are required to provide ID on domestic flights in Australia. 


Check-In Online: Available between 28 days—35 minutes before flight. 

Check-In Airport: Closes 40 minutes before flight. 

Is a Passport Required: All passengers, including children and infants, are required to provide ID on domestic flights in Australia. ID can include a passport, driver's licence, or birth certificate.   

Tiger Airways 

Check-In Online: Available between 73 hours—1 hour before flight. 

Check-In Airport: Closes 45 minutes before flight. 

Is a Passport Required: All passengers must show positive identification for check-in. Positive Identification (ID) is photographic IDs, including a passprt, valid driver's licence, or social security card. 


Domestic Flights

Do I need a passport if traveling to Tasmania from Australia?

Tasmania is an isolated island state off Australia’s south coast. Technically, no, a passport is not required to fly domestically from Australia to Tasmania, but for practical purposes, it is recommended! Tasmania passport requirements state that a passport is not required to visit Tasmania. However, you will need one to enter back into Australia. A visa is also required to visit the country, but those traveling for tourism or business for less than 90 days can opt to obtain a label-free visa known as an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) for a small fee.

Do I still need to go through security if travelling on a domestic flight in Australia?

Passengers travelling on domestic flights still need to comply with all airport security procedures, and are still subject to screening prior to arriving in the boarding area. However, travellers are not required to pass through customs or immigration before boarding. On arrival, passengers are able to disembark and head straight to baggage claim, without having to pass through immigration or customs.  

How much baggage can I take on domestic flights within Australia?

Most airlines will offer free hand luggage when travelling domestically within the Australia. We always recommend checking with each airline to find out more!

Qantas: Baggage is included on every Qantas fare. No single piece can exceed 32kg.  

Allegiant Air: All Allegiant passengers may bring one personal item (7 x 15 x 16 inches) on board for no charge. Otherwise, if you choose to bring a carry-on bag and/or checked luggage, fees apply.

JetStar: Starter fares include a baggage allowance of two carry-on items weighing up to 7kg. For additional carry-on weight, you will need to purchase a Flex bundle or Business Class fare. All check-in baggage will need to be purchased.  

Tiger Airways: two pieces of carry-on luggage are allowed, provided that each does not exceed the dimensions of 54in x15in x 9in. Checked-in baggage will require an upgrade. 


Can I book domestic flights in the Australia online?

Alternative Airlines offer online booking for your domestic flights.

Use our search bar to search and buy domestic flights with different airlines to destinations across the Australia.