The cheapest times to fly from RDU to BNK are

  • January 29th to March 18th (except the week of March 5th)
  • April 23rd to June 24th (except the week of May 28th)
  • October 8th to December 2nd

based on data collected exclusively by Champion Traveler across tens of millions of flights. Among all the dates above, the very cheapest time to fly from RDU to BNK is early November. Prices can be as high as $4105 for Friday flights during late December, or as low as $1676 for Tuesday flights around early November.


When to Fly to Ballina

Flying from Raleigh/Durham, NC (RDU) to Ballina (BNK) will usually cost between $1768 to $2799 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is early November with an average ticket price of $1739. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is late December, with an average price of $3408. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $1669 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $2028 can be considered a good price for a round-trip RDU to BNK flight.

See below for a graph of average weekly prices for the RDU to BNK route. All prices are for round-trip tickets in USD.

RDU to BNK Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the RDU to BNK flight is more expensive than the average and costs more than the average flight leaving from Raleigh. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.13, which is far below average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Tuesday is usually the cheapest day to depart and return on this flight. Fridays are the most expensive days to fly to Ballina, and Saturdays are the most expensive days to return to Raleigh. Selecting flights on the least expensive days could save you up to $191 (9%) on this flight.

Departing prices are for round-trip flights returning on the day of departure. For example, a flight departing on Tuesday and returning a week later will cost an average of $2006. Return trip prices are from the BNK to RDU flight, and often highlight the quality of our data in showing the same trend.

Departing Prices by Day

Departure Day Prices

Return Trip Prices by Day

Return Day Prices


Nonstop Flights and Layovers

Travelers looking to fly from RDU to BNK can generally find a 2-layover flight. Because there is not usually a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 17 hour 52 minutes may not be realistic.


Alternative Nearby Airports

Champion Traveler tells you which airports are nearby and whether tickets might be cheaper alternative airports nearby. Sometimes it’s worth it to fly into a closer airport and then commute to your destination. Remember that there is not usually a nonstop flight from RDU to BNK while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: Brisbane International Airport (BNE) in Brisbane

  • 104 miles (167 km) away from BNK
  • Usually 24.26% less expensive than BNK
  • 1-layover flights available

See RDU to BNE flights

Destination alternative #2: Gold Coast Airport (OOL) in Gold Coast

  • 46 miles (74 km) away from BNK
  • Usually 16.42% less expensive than BNK
  • 2-layover flights available

See RDU to OOL flights


Flight Hacking RDU to BNK

Flight hacking is when you book two tickets instead of a layover, sometimes with different airlines. You will need to either bring only a carry-on bag (highly recommended) or leave yourself plenty of time to go through security again. Flight hacking is completely allowed, but airlines don’t always tell you the cheapest way to get from RDU to BNK — but Champion Traveler does!

Hack #1: Sydney (RDU > SYD > BNK)

  • Price for both tickets: $1581
  • Average savings: $448 (22.07%)

See RDU to SYD flights

Hack #2: Melbourne (RDU > MEL > BNK)

  • Price for both tickets: $1764
  • Average savings: $264 (13.02%)

See RDU to MEL flights

Hack #3: San Jose, CA (RDU > SJC > BNK)

  • Price for both tickets: $1801
  • Average savings: $227 (11.19%)

See RDU to SJC flights


Flight Questions Answered

Still have questions about flying from RDU to BNK? We’ve got answers.

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 9 major airlines flying this route most often: Air New Zealand, American, Delta, Hawaiian, LATAM, Qantas, Singapore Airlines, United, Virgin Australia, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Ballina Byron Gateway Airport to Raleigh-Durham International Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 9377 miles or 15091 kilometers.

How long does it take to fly from RDU to BNK?

The real-world flight time for a nonstop RDU to BNK flight is about 17 hour 52 minutes.

How many flights go between Raleigh/Durham, NC and Ballina?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 13 available flights from RDU to BNK.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination code RDU
Origination airport name Raleigh-Durham International Airport
City Raleigh/Durham, NC
Country the United States
Latitude 35.9
Longitude -78.8

Return Airport

Destination code BNK
Destination airport name Ballina Byron Gateway Airport
City Ballina
Country Australia
Latitude -28.8
Longitude 153.6


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