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Sydney FC fans face horrific travel prices for A-League grand final

8:30 AM IST 14/05/19
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It's not going to be cheap to travel to the big one

Sydney FC fans will need to break the bank if they want to travel to Sunday's A-League grand final in Perth with ticket prices skyrocketing as demand rises.

After last weekend's incredible 6-1 demolition of arch-rivals Melbourne Victory in the semi-final, the Sky Blues earned the right to take on Premiers Perth Glory in the league's pinnacle match at Optus Stadium on May 19.

But qualifying for the grand final was a poisoned chalice for Sydney FC supporters, with the 3280km between the Harbour City and Perth proving extremely difficult to travel cheaply and timely.

In addition to buying a $50 ticket for the match and accomodation costs, Sky Blues will have to fork out more than $675 for return flights for the game - and that isn't even including checked-in baggage.

If the away supporters want to travel up and back on the day of the game, Qantas are offering return services arriving in Perth an hour before the game and departing on a red-eye flight later than night for $1029.

For a trip to Perth the day before the match and coming back on the red-eye flight after the match, it will set you back at least $851 on a mix of Virgin and Qantas - with the added accomodation costs of spending a night too.

The cheapest option is to arrive in Perth on Saturday via Virgin, and then fly back with the same airline on Monday evening - more than 24 hours after final whistle - for a total cost of $675. But bear in mind that will mean two nights of accomodation.

Flights on the Sydney-Perth return route in the days leading up to the grand final bottomed out about $450.

Away fans in years of previous grand finals have usually had the option of driving from the home city to the venue of the match in about 10-12 hours - but not this season. Google Maps says the drive between Sydney and Perth will take 41 hours and is 3,933km in length.

Any Sky Blues fans that make the journey west should be commended as no matter which option they choose, it's not going to be a cheap exercise.