Lonely Planet Writer

These are the cheapest – and most expensive – countries to get a flight

Trying to get the best price on flights can be a confusing process and there’s a lot of conflicting advice on how to snag a deal. But, getting the cheapest flight has a lot to do with what country you are in – and new research has revealed the best places for travellers looking for discount flights.

Malaysia is the cheapest country to get a flight.
Malaysia is the cheapest country to get a flight. Image by Weerasak Saeku/Getty Images

Comparison site Kiwi.com has found cheapest places to hop a plane, based on data from more than 1 million flights. The 2017 flight Price Index looks at the countries that offer the best value flights by measuring short- and long-haul flights from 80 of the world’s most visited countries and cities. The prices are calculated on an average ticket cost per 100 km of travel, based on both high and low season airfares. In order to get a clear idea of how to get a deal, the research splits between low-cost and full-service airlines.

If you want the best value on your travel, Malaysia offers the lowest overall cost at US$4.18 per 100 km, followed by Bulgaria ($4.65), India ($4.96), Turkey ($6.28) and Romania ($6.46). In last year’s research, India was the cheapest country for flights. The most expensive countries for flights are Belgium, the Netherlands, Qatar, Chile and the United Arab Emirates.

If you want to take a cheap short-haul flight, head to Romania, Bulgaria, the Philippines, Moldova and Malaysia. For the cheapest long-haul flights, it’s best to fly out of Sweden, Norway, Spain, Malaysia and Lithuania. Some countries are not an ideal place to start a long-haul trip – even for budget flights the United Arab Emirates is the most expensive place to start your travels, followed by Argentina, Brazil, Vietnam and Chile.

“By tracking flight cost by country, travellers have more information with which to choose destinations that allow them to travel further on their budget. Travellers know what their ideal route, timing and price is, so we give them the tools to fulfill that,” said Kiwi.com CEO Oliver Dlouhý in a statement.

See how your country compares here.