Cheap Flights to Dubai

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Dubai overview

When is the best time to book a flight to Dubai?

Dubai’s climate is consistently hot throughout the year, so there is no particular peak or off season. Instead, visitors choose a time of year based on the cultural events when booking flights to Dubai.

The Dubai Shopping Festival, a shopaholic’s idea of paradise, takes place between January and February. It’s not only famous for its large shopping discounts, but its music concerts, fashion shows and children’s events also attract tourists from all over the world every year.

The Omega Dubai Desert Classic is a world class golfing event that has proudly hosted the likes of Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, so it’s no surprise that golf fans seek out cheap flights to Dubai in February to be part of the event at the famous Emirates Golf Club.

Finally (and also in February, when the average daytime temperature is a pleasant 25 degrees), the Dubai Jazz Festival plays host to a fantastic line-up of artists and aims to spread the city’s love for jazz to all of its visitors.

In June and July, temperatures regularly rise above 40 degrees during the day, so you’re most likely to find the cheapest flights to Dubai during those summer months.

Which airlines operate flights to Dubai?

Jet Airways, United Airlines, SAS, Aer Lingus, Delta Air Lines, Emirates and Qantas are amongst the many airlines that operate to and from Dubai and have regular cheap flights throughout the year.

How long is the flight to Dubai?

Flights from London to Dubai: 6 hours 40 minutes

Flights from Manchester to Dubai: 6 hours 53 minutes

Flights from Birmingham to Dubai: 6 hours 49 minutes

Flights from Glasgow to Dubai: 7 hours 6 minutes

Dubai’s airport

Dubai International Airport (DXB) is the main airport in the United Arab Emirates city and is the busiest airport in the world in terms of international passenger traffic.

Dubai International Airport (DXB)

Acting as a hub for Emirates, FlyDubai and Qantas, DXB serves over 70 million passengers per year.

Getting between terminals

Passengers who are connecting flights through the same airline will automatically be guided to the necessary transport between terminals. Passengers who have separate flights can make use of the free 24-hour shuttle bus that operates between all three terminals.

Passengers in terminals 1 and 3 also have the option of the Metro that runs between them.

Distance to the city centre

3 miles (4.6km) east of Dubai city centre

Transport from Dubai airport

DXB is very close to the city centre, so the public transport service from the airport is unsurprisingly very good. Outside terminal 1, there is a bus stop across the road to the right as you exit customs (approximately 50m away); at terminal 3, there is a bus stop on the second level of the terminal. You will need to leave the terminal, head towards the car park, take the lift up and turn back on yourself to get back to the terminal building; the bus stop is on your right.

Taxis and limos are a popular alternative, albeit more expensive, whilst many hotels offer free shuttle transport from the airport, but, in many cases, you will need to arrange this in advance.

Hints and tips


  • You cannot pay in cash on the bus from the airport (or in the city, for that matter), so you will need to buy a NOL card, which is an electronic payment card that works by touch-and-go technology.

  • NOL cards come in four different colours, each with different access to modes and frequency of transport: silver, blue, gold and red. The silver card is the best option for those who want to travel regularly between different points in the city.

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How much do things cost in Dubai?

Cheap meal
$ 11.44
Meal at McDonald's or similar
$ 9.53
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 litre)
$ 0.65
3 course meal for 2
$ 57.20
1 hour taxi waiting fee
$ 11.44
Petrol (1 litre)
$ 0.74
1 km taxi journey
$ 0.76
One-way ticket (local transport)
$ 1.91
Clothing & Shoes
Pair of Nike shoes
$ 120.65
Pair of jeans
$ 111.08
Bottle of wine
$ 28.60
A dozen eggs
$ 3.85
How much does a beer cost in Dubai?
Local draught beer (0.5 litre)
$ 14
Bottle of beer (imported beer)
$ 12
Bottle of local beer (0.5 litre)
$ 11
Imported beer (0.33 litre)
$ 15

More information about Dubai

  • Enjoy all the astounding modern architecture of Dubai, including some of the tallest skyscrapers in the world
  • Dubai is a superb destination for a fantastic city break in one of the world’s most up-and-coming cities
  • Have a wander around the glittering Gold Souk, one of the largest gold retail markets in the world
  • The city has a diverse range of restaurants in which to spend your evenings, offering foods from across the globe
  • Fly first class direct to Dubai and arrive in style; there are some fantastic deals on offer at the links above
  • Find out about the city’s history at the Dubai Museum and explore the old Al Fahidi Fort that is located there
  • If you’re not staying in it, visit the opulent Burj Al Arab, considered unofficially the world’s only 7-star hotel
  • You can find discounted airline tickets to Dubai from major airlines, but book early to get the best price
  • Why not check now for cheap deals on last minute flights to Dubai, the magnificent ‘City of Gold’?
  • Get a feel for the local culture and religious traditions by visiting Dubai’s splendid Grand Mosque
  • Direct flights to Dubai operate frequently with major airlines including Emirates, British Airways and Virgin
  • Play golf at one or more of Dubai’s fantastic courses including those at the top-class Emirates Golf Club

International departures to Dubai