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A ticket is a piece of paper or online document that permits the holder to travel by public transport. Trains, buses, trams, taxis and airlines are some of the public transport systems that issue tickets to their passengers. There are different types of tickets. A ticket can be a return ticket (otherwise known as a round trip ticket), an onward ticket, or a one-way ticket.

Return Ticket (Round-trip Ticket)

A return ticket or round-trip ticket is a type of ticket that allows the holder to travel to a place and back again to the same place the trip originated. If you begin a trip from Accra, Ghana to Dubai, UAE, and then return on the same ticket to Accra, Ghana, it means you have made a round-trip. You travelled on a return ticket.

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In short, a return ticket brings you back to where your trip began.

Onward Ticket

An onward ticket is a type of ticket that permits the holder to travel from a destination or country about to be entered to another destination other than where the traveller is arriving from. An onward ticket is a proof that you have made arrangement to leave to another country or place other than where you are arriving from. If you return to where you arrived from, it’s a return ticket instead.

An example of an onward ticket is the type that a passenger from Accra to Dubai uses to travel to Bahrain.

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One-way ticket

As the name implies, a one-way ticket permits the holder to travel from one point to the other without returning. An example is a trip from Accra to Dubai without returning to Accra. Another ticket is required when a person who travelled on a one-way ticket wants to return.

Ticket FAQs

What does it mean by return ticket?

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A return ticket or round-trip ticket is a type of ticket that allows the holder to travel to a place and back again to the same place the trip originated. If you begin a trip from Accra, Ghana to Dubai, UAE, and then return on the same ticket to Accra, Ghana, it means you have made a round-trip. You travelled on a return ticket.

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Does return ticket mean round-trip?

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Yes, a return ticket is required for a round-trip. A round-trip is a trip that brings you back to where you started. A round-trip ticket or return ticket is needed for a round-trip.

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What is the difference between a return ticket and a one-way ticket?

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The difference between a return ticket and a one-way ticket is that a return ticket brings the holder back to where the trip originated whereas one-way ticket leaves the holder at the destination.

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What is an onward return ticket?

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An onward ticket is a type of ticket that allows the holder to travel from the country about to be entered to another destination other than where the trip originated.

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How does a return ticket work?

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A return ticket is required for a return trip. Whether you are sure of your return dates or not, you are to provide specific dates of your departure and return for a return ticket to be booked. Check the class of booking and its terms and conditions to be sure that changes can be made to the ticket just in case you are not too sure of your return date. Some airlines allow refunds of the unused part of return tickets.

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Is a return ticket there and back?

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Yes, a return ticket takes you there and brings you back.

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Is it cheaper to buy a one way ticket?

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Interestingly, a one way ticket can be expensive than a return ticket on international flights. One way tickets are usually half of a return ticket on domestic flights.

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Is it better to buy one way tickets or round trip?

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It depends on a lot of factors including where you are travelling from and your destination. Two one-way tickets would rarely be better than a round-trip ticket. In most cases, a single one-way ticket is expensive than a round trip ticket. As mentioned, a lot of factors come to play. If the idea is to save money on international flights, a round trip is cheaper. One way tickets on domestic flights are mostly the same as a round trip ticket.

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Are round trips cheaper than two one way?

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Yes, a round trip ticket is cheaper than two one way tickets on international flights. On domestic flights, fares are usually the same.

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Which countries require a return ticket?

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Any country that requires a traveller to leave after a period of stay requires travellers to hold return tickets. That’s one sure way that a person would leave the country after the permitted period of stay.

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What is proof of onward travel?

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Proof of onward travel is a piece of evidence in the form of a ticket that allows the holder to travel from a country about to be entered to a destination other than where the trip started. It can be a ticket for a flight, bus, train, tram, taxi or any other system of transport.

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Which countries require onward ticket?

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Any country that requires a traveller to leave after a period of stay requires travellers to hold an onward ticket. That’s one sure way that a person would leave the country after the permitted period of stay.

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