What Is a Stopover and How to Book It?

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selfplannedtrip-stopoverA stopover is a connection between two flights of more than 24 hours. This is a great opportunity to take more advantages from your trip and to organize a mini-vacation in a city without buying extra tickets.

For example, during a 20-hours stop in Dubai I explored the whole city! Since it was a daytime, I did not need to book a hotel, I slept during the next flight.

How to Search for Stopover?

Option 1: Search multy-stop flights.

Search for a ticket on search engines. Choose an option which provides a stop in desired city for a long time.

Here is an example of a search of Tokyo -> Moscow ticket. There is a possibility of a long stop in Abu Dhabi, Ulaanbaatar, Beijing, Dubai, Istanbul or other cities.

Stopover searching

Stopover searching

Transit visa may be required.

If you can’t find anything suitable for your route, you can try to search for a multiple destinations route or two separate tickets (but this option is more risky). Click here to get more information about searching cheap and convenient tickets.

Time matters
Do not forget to look at the time of day for the particular ticket. In most cases, night time is not the best time to explore a city.

Please be noted that in this case the stop is not actually a stopover (which is required 24 hours or more). It’s a so called layover, which is usually easier and cheaper than a stopover. If you need more time in a city of transfer, please read “Book stopover directly through airlines.”

Option 2. Book stopover directly through airlines.

First of all you buy a ticket with a stop in the desired city. And then book a stopover. To do this, you need to contact the airline company. Some airlines give you the opportunity to book a stopover by e-mail, others – by phone.

In case you want to use this option, it’s better to be sure that the airline provides stopovers in the particular city. Usually you can can check it on the airline website.

Stopover duration is usually 1-3 days, but it could be longer. Most often, stopovers are free in case of available tickets on the requested date, but some airlines charge a small fee for booking.

In addition, when you make stopovers in airlines hubs, they may offer special rates for hotels, free shuttle service and transit visas, city tours and so on.

Popular Cities for Stopover

Stopover in DubaiThe most popular cities to visit for stopover and airlines:

List of Stopover Options

DestinationAirlinePossible Stopovers
AfricaEtihadAbu Dhabi
AfricaSouth African AirwaysJohannesburg
AfricaVirgin AtlanticLondon
AsiaJet AirwaysBrussels, Mumbai, Delhi
AsiaAmerican AirlinesLos Angeles, Tokyo, Chicago, Dallas
AsiaAir CanadaToronto, Vancouver, Calgary
AsiaEVA AirwaysTaipei
AsiaAir ChinaBeijing
AsiaChina AirlinesTaipei
AsiaCathay PacificHong Kong
AsiaEtihadAbu Dhabi
AsiaJapan AirlinesTokyo
AsiaQatarAbu Dhabi
AsiaSingapore AirlinesSingapore, Moscow, Tokyo
AsiaThai AirwaysBangkok
AsiaVirgin AtlanticLondon
EuropeAmerican AirlinesLondon, New York City, Dallas, Madrid, Chicago, Miami
EuropeBritish AirwaysLondon, New York City, Dallas, Madrid, Chicago, Miami
EuropeTAP PortugalLisbon
EuropeVirgin AtlanticLondon
EuropeIberiaLondon, New York City, Dallas,Madrid, Chicago, Miami
Latin AmericaAmerican AirlinesMiami, Dallas, New York
Latin AmericaTaca & LacsaSan Jose, Lima, Bogota, San Salvador
Latin AmericaAviancaBogota
Latin AmericaCopa AirlinesPanama City
Latin AmericaTAMSao Paulo
Latin AmericaLANSantiago, Buenos Aires, Lima
Middle EastEmiratesDubai
Middle EastEtihadAbu Dhabi
Middle EastQatarAbu Dhabi
South PacificEmiratesDubai, Bangkok
South PacificAir PacificNadi, Fiji
South PacificAir New ZealandAuckland
South PacificQantas AirwaysSydney, Brisbane, Melbourne
South PacificAir Tahiti NuiPapeete, Tahiti
South PacificVirgin AustraliaSydney, Brisbane, Melbourne

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