Cheap flights to Canada
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Student flights from Australia to Canada
Is there ever a bad time to visit Canada? Not if you own a winter jacket! Besides being a beautiful and diverse country, Canada is huge and has plenty to explore whether you’re staying a few weeks or a few years!
Canada has a diverse collection of cities within its borders and each one has something unique to offer. Whether you’re looking for a city with history and charm, a city with a cosmopolitan flair and a buzzing nightlife or a city with an outdoorsy edge—Canada has it! Of course, you can also venture outside of the cities to Canada’s natural wonder and parks. With gorgeous lakes, majestic mountains, beautiful forests, there’s plenty to explore outside, whether you’re skiing, hiking or kayaking.
For more info on the best time to visit Canada, when to book your flights and more, just keep reading!
What are the main Canada airport hubs?
Canada is a big country, so there’s a lot of airports to choose from. Where you fly into will likely be determined mainly by the biggest city nearby to the area you’re exploring. However, some of the busiest airports in Canada—that have lots of flight options—include:
Toronto Pearson (YYZ): The Toronto airport is one of the busiest airports in Canada and a hub for airlines like Air Canada and WestJet. It’s about 25 miles from downtown Toronto, but you can easily get downtown by train. The UP Express train connects the airport with Union Station in downtown Toronto in just 25 minutes.
Vancouver (YVR): The Vancouver airport is a big hub for much of the west coast of Canada, although Vancouver is an amazing city to explore on its own! It’s also the easiest city to find flights to from Canada, since it’s the furthest West. Although Vancouver is a pretty big international airport, it’s primarily a hub for Air Canada and WestJet. From the airport, you can take the Canada Line train directly into downtown Vancouver in about 30 minutes.
Montréal-Trudeau (YUL): The Montreal airport is located a bit outside of the city, but has plenty of airlines and connections available. Once you’ve arrived, you’ll need to take either a bus or an Uber into the city. The bus takes about 45 minutes and it costs about $10 AUD for a day-pass. Ubers are a bit faster and cost about $50 AUD.
How to fly from Australia to Canada
Despite being a bit far away, Australia is well connected to Canada. While you’re not likely to find any direct flights, there’s plenty of connection options. The average flight time is between 19-30 hours, depending on where you’re flying from and to and where your connection is. Generally, flights from Sydney and Brisbane are the quickest as they’re closest to Canada.
The most popular airlines to fly from Australia to Canada include Air Canada, Virgin Australia, United, and Air New Zealand, although there’s plenty more options if you prefer.
When is the cheapest time to book a flight from Australia to Canada?
Prices based on bookings made 60-91 days prior to departure.
Canadian universities and campuses
Canada is often ranked as one of the best places to live, due in part to its good education, low crime rate and quality of life, so it’s a great place to study abroad—or complete your entire degree! Canadian universities are quite affordable for international students. With many international placements available and a low cost of living in many cities, Canada is definitely a good option when considering studying or working abroad. Although there are many great universities in Canada, The University of Toronto, University of British Columbia and McGill University are all nationally ranked.
Canadian lifestyle and culture
Canadian culture is a lot more than hockey, maple syrup and being super, super polite (although you’ll find many Canadians that do like those three things). Although you’ll probably find many things similar to home, Canadians do have a reputation for being very respectful and polite, so put on your best manners when you visit. Canadians also tend to share similar values, such as a desire for equality and diversity and security for all citizens. You’ll find that culture varies a lot from city to city, though; from the French-influence of Montreal to the relaxed, adventurous West Coast.
Exploring Canada on a student budget
Canada is definitely possible to visit on a student budget. From affordable hostels and accommodations to plenty of free and cheap activities both outdoors and in the cities, there’s a lot you can do in Canada without much money. Go for a road trip and enjoy one of Canada’s National Parks or see some of the free sights in Canada’s cities, from churches and museums to markets and parks and more. Canada is also a great option for a working holiday and many Australian students like to spend a season working the slopes in Whistler and enjoying some of the best skiing and adventure in the world.