When is the Cheapest Time to Fly to Daytona Beach?
Cheap flights to Daytona Beach are best found when the area is not hosting biker events, such as the Daytona 500 NASCAR in February, Speedweeks in January and February, Bike Week in March and Biketoberfest in October. If bikes and speed are your thing, keep in mind that Daytona Beach flights will rise in price when they coincide with motor sports events.
When is the Best Time to Book your Flight to Daytona Beach?
If you are heading to this Floridian City for one of its many motorsports events at Daytona International Speedway, then make sure to book your return flights to Daytona Beach as early as possible to secure a bargain. Deals on last-minute flights to Daytona Beach are more likely to be found outside of these times, but keep an eye on Netflights for some deals in the peak seasons.
Flying to Daytona Beach International Airport (DAB)
Daytona Beach International Airport (DAB) lies about five kilometres from Daytona Beach and sits next to the famous NASCAR track, Daytona International Speedway.
There are no direct flights to Daytona Beach from the United Kingdom (UK). All flights from the UK to Daytona will go through John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Georgia or North Carolina’s Charlotte Douglas International Airport. However, there are many options to get to these cities from the UK. You can fly from London Heathrow, London Gatwick and Manchester among others. Virgin Atlantic, British Airways, American Airlines and Delta Air Lines are some of the airlines that provide flights to these destinations. Some flights to Daytona Beach may require changing airlines.
On Arrival and Getting Around the Airport
The airport has one terminal, which deals with domestic flights. The airport is spread over two levels, and while it’s small, it still has a number of amenities for passengers. There is free Wi-Fi in the terminal building and charging stations for mobile phones and laptops are located on the second level. There are ATMs in the main terminal on the ground floor, near Gate 4 on the concourse. There are no currency exchanges available, but ATMs should accept most international cards. Outside the terminal building near the taxi rank is a post box.
Getting to the City from Daytona Beach International Airport (DAB)
Passengers have several ground transportation options at DAB airport. You can take public buses 18 or 19, which leave twice an hour from the terminal or you can hire a taxi from outside the baggage claim area from a few different taxi firms in the local area. Rideshare services like Uber and Lyft can also pick up at the airport. Additionally, you can book a shuttle bus with DoShuttle or Daytona Shuttle. Inside the main terminal, opposite the baggage claim belts, you will find a number of car hire companies if you want your own ride during your trip.
Why Visit Daytona Beach?
Daytona Beach, also known as the ‘World Center of Racing’, has been fuelling the need for speed in the USA since the early 1900s when bikes were first raced up and down its beaches. Now, with a multimillion-dollar stadium next to the airport, motorsports lovers can enjoy the annual events that draw hundreds of thousands of fans to the city. The Motorsports Hall of Fame can also be found at the Daytona International Speedway.
For those who want a break from the motor sports or want to enjoy the city outside of its famous events, there is plenty available in the city to keep you entertained. The beaches naturally bring in large crowds, but for something more off the beaten path, you can explore further afield by visiting the tallest lighthouse in Florida, the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse and Museum, for tours or water sports. In the summer, there are weekly events at the Daytona Bandshell, keeping the city’s rep as the festival capital of Florida going strong.
Don't Forget Before you Fly
British travellers need prior approval to enter the United States (US), either through the Visa Waiver Programme (VWP) or a Permanent Resident Card. Most British passport holders with an ePassport will be able to receive an Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) through the VWP. This must be applied for online at least 72 hours before departure and grants you entry to the US for 90 days. If you do not qualify for travel under the VWP, you will need to apply for a visa at the nearest US Embassy or Consulate before you leave. The country’s currency is the US dollar.