Long story short, I plan to leave my accomodation in Freiburg im Breisgau after 6 p.m. local time on Friday, February 15th. My goal is to get to Sydney or Melbourne by Sunday morning (i.e. before 12 p.m. local time), then catch another flight to Adelaide.

I am open to crazy travel ideas that may help me achieve this goal.

There is an Emirates flight to Melbourne departing Frankfurt at 8:30 p.m., and eventually arriving 6:30 a.m. However, it seems impossible to get from Freiburg to Frankfurt within the specified time range. I am open to a variety of alternative options.

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    Have you considered travelling through Zurich instead of Frankfurt?
    – molypot
    Jan 29 '19 at 8:04
  • Make sure you budget enough time for the international to domestic connection in Sydney. It's a non trivial connection and you terminals are pretty far apart.
    – Hilmar
    Jan 29 '19 at 14:03
  • There's a Lufthansa flight from Frankfurt at 21:55 that takes you to Melbourne via Singapore. Arrive Sunday 6:30. With that flight you can also go directly from Singapore to Adelaide. Jan 29 '19 at 14:16
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    Do you need to get to Sydney (i.e. you already have the Sydney-Adelaide flight booked, or you need to to something in Sydney before going to Adelaide), or do you just need to get to Adelaide?
    – jcaron
    Jan 29 '19 at 14:26
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    Many flight search engines will let you narrow your search by departure and arrival time. Jan 29 '19 at 14:56

This might work:

Train Freiburg to Zurich airport, 18:12-20:21

Fly Zurich to Singapore, 22:45-18:00 (Sat)

Fly Singapore to Sydney, 20:05-06:50 (Sun)

Fly Sydney to Adelaide, 10:25-12:00

Or you could go directly from Singapore to Adelaide and save yourself 3 hours.

  • This is a good option. Would 21:15 be too late to arrive at Zürich airport if I caught a later train? Jan 30 '19 at 12:00

Another option, departing from Basel Euroairport:

  • Bus from Freiburg to Basel Euroairport: 18:00 - 18:57


  • Train Freiburg to Basel SBB: 18:12 - 18:54
  • Bus from Basel SBB to Basel Euroairport: 19:05 - 19:22 (there's one earlier, but you probably won't make it).


  • Basel Euroairport - Munich: 20:30 - 21:30 (LH)
  • Munich - Hong Kong: 22:30 - 16:40+1 (LH)
  • Hong Kong - Adelaide: 00:15+2 - 11:40+2 (CX)

The check-in/bag drop deadline at Basel is 19:50.

Yet another one, leaving from Frankfurt:

  • Train Freiburg - Mannheim: 18:57 - 20:24
  • Train Mannheim - Frankfurt Airport: 20:36 - 21:06
  • Frankfurt - Hong Kong: 22:15 - 16:15+1 (LH)
  • Hong Kong - Adelaide: 00:15+2 - 11:40+2 (CX)

This one is probably not doable if you have hold luggage, as the check-in/bag drop deadline is at 21:15.

The best option is still probably the one via Zurich.

  • For Lufthansa flights you can drop off the luggage at a special counter near the train station. Still, 9 minutes is probably too little even under these circumstances.
    – helm
    Jan 29 '19 at 21:29

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