When is the Cheapest Time to Fly to Gibraltar?
Gibraltar’s peak tourism season runs from May to September, when the area is bustling with visitors and activities, from song and food festivals in June, to the Gibraltar National Day celebrations and the MTV Gibraltar Calling Music Festival in September. There’s still plenty going on in the autumn and winter months though, including an international literary festival in November, when cheap flights to Gibraltar are easier to come by, and the temperatures are still warm. With Netflights you can search and compare deals on hundreds of flights, helping you find the best offers to suit your budget.
When is the Best Time to Book your Flight to Gibraltar?
It’s best to book your Gibraltar flights at least a month in advance, and cheap flights are much easier to find out of season, in the winter months. The best rates are available for departures in December to February, and if you aren’t committed to travelling on a certain date using Netflights’s flexible dates tool can help save you money on return flights by showing which are the cheapest days of the week to fly. You may also be able to find a bargain on last-minute flights during the peak season if you’re willing to wait.
Flying to Gibraltar International Airport GIB
Gibraltar International Airport (GIB) is 400 metres from Gibraltar city centre, next to the border with Spain. The airport handles around one million passengers per year, and up to 50 flights a week to the UK and Morocco.
British Airways operates direct flights to Gibraltar from London Heathrow and, as of May 2018, from London Gatwick Airport. EasyJet also offers direct flights to Gibraltar from London. You can also fly to Gibraltar from other UK airports, such as Newcastle Airport, Manchester Airport and Edinburgh Airport, with a connection at London Heathrow.
On Arrival and Getting Around the Airport
GIB has one terminal serving arrivals and departures. It has two levels, with the arrivals area located on the ground floor. Services and facilities for passengers include car rental, duty-free shopping, cafes and restaurants, a post box and a prayer room.
Getting to the City from Gibraltar International Airport GIB
Getting to the city from Gibraltar Airport is simple. You can catch the number 5 bus from the airport to the city’s Market Place, which connects to other bus services for the rest of Gibraltar. The bus stop is a two-minute walk from the airport terminal, on Winston Churchill Avenue. Taxis are also available at the taxi rank outside the terminal building.
Why Visit Gibraltar?
A British Overseas Territory with a distinctly Mediterranean vibe, Gibraltar feels both familiar and exotic. It attracts British tourists as well as business travellers. Gibraltar’s most famous sight, The Rock, is a must-visit. Take a cable car to the top; from the peak, you can see the African coastline, stunning panoramic views of the city and the Costa del Sol, and spot free-roaming Barbary macaques as you hike one of the many trails in the Upper Rock nature reserve. On the way down, stop at St Michael’s Cave for a guided tour of the natural grotto, which is filled with stalactites and stalagmites and an underground lake.
Back at sea level, there’s plenty to see. If your Gibraltar flights are between September and November, you could try spotting dolphins with one of the local dolphin-watching excursions or, in the summer, whale-watching. Then relax in the sunshine on one of Gibraltar’s six beaches, or head to the historic Alameda Botanical Gardens, where you can see a wide range of Mediterranean flora and fauna, all set within a terraced layout dating back to 1816.
Don't Forget Before you Fly
British nationals don’t need a visa but must hold a valid passport to enter Gibraltar for the proposed duration of your stay. The local currency is sterling, but notes issued in Scotland or Northern Ireland are not normally accepted and Gibraltar-issued notes and coins are not usually accepted in the UK.