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Visit The Maldives

A once in a lifetime trip that simply has to be visited; whether it’s a romantic break of the honeymoon or anniversary type, or simply a dose of winter sun, the Maldives are sure to serve up the wow factor. Check out flights to the Maldives and experience a truly idyllic holiday.

Castaway in the Indian Ocean to the south-west of India and Sri Lanka, it’s easy to feel part of a storied existence while settling down for a day of serious relaxation, in any of the country’s pristine destinations.

Be sure to keep the weather in mind, with the first four months of the year the driest in terms of rainfall. September usually sees the wettest weather, but the Maldives does not always conform to predictions and monsoon seasons of the rest of South Asia. December is traditionally a wet month that brings the coolest sea temperatures, but the islands boast glorious year round heat, with daytime averages hovering around the high 20’s-30 Celsius.

A downpour is nothing to be too wary of, however, as the clouds will quickly clear and return your day to those perfect blue skies. Capital city Malé can be reached from British shores in less than thirteen hours, again nothing to worry about after some food, a movie and a nap.

All that remains is selecting which island you wish to spend your time, with an abundance of resorts and hotels to choose from. Creating the dream holiday couldn't be easier, with beachfront options aplenty, and for those wishing to splash out, there are the expected exclusive offerings that promise to dazzle.

Find out more about The Maldives in our Maldives travel guide


When is the cheapest time to fly to the Maldives?

Cheap flights to the Maldives tend to be between March and May. With an average temperature of 28°C, this time period comes after the expensive, peak holiday season, but before the Maldivian rainy season, which occurs during England’s summer months. If you are a diving enthusiast, April is the perfect month to visit as the water visibility is often much higher.

When is the best time to book your flight to the Maldives?

Qatar Airways and Turkish Airlines both release tickets about 12 months before departure, while British Airways releases flights up to five months ahead of time instead. While it is always worth looking for early-bird deals, you can still find good prices for flights to the Maldives if you wait to book until four to five months before your holiday. For extra savings, fly out on either a Tuesday or Wednesday, as flights on these days tend to be cheaper than other times of the week.

What airlines fly to the Maldives from the U.K.?

British Airways is currently the only airline that offers direct flights from the U.K. to Velana International Airport in Malé, the capital city of the Maldives. They operate approximately three flights per week from London’s Gatwick Airport. For more flexibility in your departure airport, Qatar Airways and Turkish Airlines also offer indirect flights – via Doha and Istanbul respectively – from London’s Heathrow, Manchester, Birmingham and Edinburgh. Additionally, SriLankan Airlines also has an indirect route from London’s Heathrow to Malé through Colombo.

What are the main airports on the Maldives?

The Maldives is served by Velana International Airport, the islands’ only international airport. The airport is located on Hulhulé Island, which is situated just north of the capital island, Malé.

Velana International Airport

Velana International Airport is the gateway to the Maldives, as all flights from the U.K. to the Maldives will arrive here. Once you have landed, you can reach the main island of Malé by riding the airport´s speedboat or ferry or by taking a traditional Maldivian Dhoni on the short trip across the water. Additionally, resorts will often send boats to pick up their guests. For longer distances, seaplanes are the way to go, as they offer incredible views of the sea.

How long does it take to get to the Maldives?

A direct flight from Gatwick Airport in London to Velana International Airport usually takes around 10 hours. Naturally, connections and layovers will increase your travel time. The amount varies from airline to airline, but you can expect an indirect flight with stopover in either Doha or Colombo to take approximately 12–15 hours from London’s Heathrow Airport, whereas a stopover in Istanbul will extend your travel time to about 15–16 hours.

How many flights per day fly from the U.K. to the Maldives?

There are at least 15 flights from the U.K. to the Maldives each day, leaving from a variety of airports around the country and operated by a wide selection of airlines.

Getting around the airports

Velana International Airport has three terminals: an international terminal, a domestic terminal and one for seaplane flights. The airport has a wide variety of services, including a private area for mothers and babies, a selection of restaurants, free showers, internet kiosks, A.T.M.s and a bureau de change.

Getting to the cities from airports

Since Velana International Airport is essentially its own island, visitors travelling to Malé can take the airport’s 10-minute ferry ride or a dhoni, a traditional Maldivian boat. Alternatively, if your accommodation is located on an island that is further away, seaplanes are a convenient option for getting to your destination.

Don’t forget before you fly

Upon your arrival in the Maldives, you will receive a tourist visa for up to 30 days as long as you have a valid return ticket and enough money for your expenses during your stay. The local currency is the Maldivian rufiyaa, but the United States dollar (U.S.D.) is linked with the rufiyaa and is accepted as legal tender on the islands. If you spend most of your time at the resorts, then it is unlikely that you will need to exchange money once there. If you would like to exchange your money, however, you may do so at the airport or at one of the banks on Malé. One dollar is equivalent to approximately 15 rufiyaas. During your stay, keep in mind that any change from your transactions will likely be given in rufiyaas.