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Flight Advise LHR - MEL

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Flight Advise LHR - MEL

Hi all,

I'm about to book flights for my third trip to Australia. I have come up with two options

A) Normal flights with as short layover as possible

B) Pay £150 extra for flights with a 12 hour layover in shanghai on the way, and a 9 hour layover in LA on the way back, then use this time to see as much of each city as possible within that time.

I would appreciate any feedback please, I'm concerned Option B may not be realistic?


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1. Re: Flight Advise LHR - MEL

FWIW I don't think the layovers in option B are long enough to see much of those cities and justify the extra expense

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2. Re: Flight Advise LHR - MEL

It is a bit of misconception that a layover will let you see a city. Singapore being an exception BUT Shanghai pudong airport is over 30km from the city and can take over an hour to get to the city centre. Don't start me on LAX, I've had more pleasant experience visiting my dentist.

So while it is doable. What you will see or can see is questionable, especially if the arrival time is not helpful.

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3. Re: Flight Advise LHR - MEL

If you want to do a stop over I’d look for other options. LA airport is a nightmare- by the time you get through customs, etc and allow time to get back through security you won’t have much time to explore. I wouldn’t waste the extra expense or travel time.

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4. Re: Flight Advise LHR - MEL

My daughter and I had an 8 hour stopover in Singapore which allowed us to do a 2 hour city tour. Any less than 8 hours and they wouldn't book you on it. I don't think it helps with jet lag, and a couple of hours in a city doesn't show you much, either. I'd go for option A.

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5. Re: Flight Advise LHR - MEL

LA is a dump. I’d only stop there if I was desperate. Singapore would be much better.

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I actually enjoyed my brief stop in LA years ago, but my layover was 24 hours, so I got to spend a night there. I spent my whole time in Santa Monica, and just hung around there for the day. It is a big city, and the attractions are spread out all over the place. In your limited time, you have no hope of seeing very much. Just pick one place, see that and then head back to the airport.

Edited: 13 May 2018, 12:13
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7. Re: Flight Advise LHR - MEL

Book A and spend the 150 quid on a nice hotel/meal in Melbourne (be careful Shanghai doesn't require a expensive visa).

And get your visa now


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8. Re: Flight Advise LHR - MEL

+1 book option A

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9. Re: Flight Advise LHR - MEL

As others have pointed out, I'd suggest you really can't do much in either city if you only have hours. But we've stopped in Shanghai on each of our last two trips (Melbourne to New York and Melbourne to Frankfurt), the second time for just two nights and taking advantage of the "no visa required if you leave within three days" arrangement (check your passport is suitable for this; we found it at this site: https://www.travelchinaguide.com/embassy/visa/free-72hour/). And given Shanghai is close to Australian time, stopping there on the way over will mean you're possibly in a better state when you arrive here ... after an 11 hour flight!

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