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If you’re after some sun or a dose of high octane adrenaline, check out flights to Abu Dhabi and get ready for some serious opulence. We offer fantastic deals on flights to Abu Dhabi from all the leading airlines. We work hard to make sure we're the cheapest - so book through us today by simply clicking the buttons below.

We compare airline deals from over 200 providers to bring you the best flights and last-minute offers, saving you money on travel to spend on having a good time instead. So why not make 2018 the year of expanding your horizons? This uber-modern city offers breathtaking urban gardens and has a string of spotless white-sand beaches at its doorstep. Close to the airport, you’ll find Masdar City, the world’s first zero-waste, carbon-neutral ‘city’, its space-age buildings fuelled entirely by renewable energy. Step onto a flight and step into the future in one of the most fascinating cities on earth. For travellers intent on experiencing the best up-and-coming destinations, Abu Dhabi is waiting.

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Why you should visit Abu Dhabi

Escape the snowy travails of the late British winter and whip out the bikini or board shorts for a spot of off-season sun lounging. Your surroundings, as is Abu Dhabi’s way, will more likely than not be geared towards the grandiose and luxurious.

Wonder at the lavishness of the luxurious Emirates Palace hotel and the ancient artwork on display, or withdraw a golden trinket from the ATM, the world’s first such experience. Compare this to how the rulers of the past spent their time at the Qasr al-Hosn, the capital’s oldest stone building.

Be sure to visit the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, an incredible 30-acre shrine that can welcome 40,000 worshipers. The decoration inside matches the majesty of the exterior and you can walk on the world’s largest Persian carpet, measuring 133 metres long by 41 wide. Afterwards head down to the waterfront Corniche and kick back on the white sands before retreating to the promenade for a sheesha and a bite to eat.

For your adrenaline hit try to coincide a trip with the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and Ferrari World Abu Dhabi on Yas Island, or enjoy attractions such as Formula Rossa at Ferrari World, a roller coaster that hits almost 150mph. Yas Waterworld offers a different variety of fun, and with rides such as the Bandit Bomber, is one of the world’s top water parks.

For something a little more traditional, head to the markets of Al Mina and prepare to haggle your way to bargains on anything from fresh seafood, to exotic looking homeware and plants.

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When is the cheapest time to fly to Abu Dhabi?

October is the cheapest times to travel to Abu Dhabi on average. March to October are the hottest months in the UAE, with the temperatures peaking in August and hovering around the mid-30s. This reduces the number of tourists and with it flight prices. From November to February the weather is more moderate and offers plentiful winter-sun for British travellers. January sees a surge in tourism due to the city hosting important international annual events. If you want to travel during this period, be sure to book in advance!

When is the best time to book your flight to Abu Dhabi?

The best time to book your flight to Abu Dhabi is as soon as the travel-bug bites. Securing flights in advance is a sure way to find lower fares, and on average between four and seven weeks in advance is the ideal time to book. However, it’s always possible to find a bargain with our last-minute deals. You’re more likely to find budget flights to Abu Dhabi if you fly Monday through Thursday.

Abu Dhabi International Airport

Abu Dhabi International Airport is located around 16 miles from the city centre. The airport is the second largest in the UAE and serves around 20 million annually. The airport is served mainly by Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, which provides direct flights from the UK. Both British Airways and Etihad Airways fly directly from the UK to Abu Dhabi International.

Getting around the airport

There are three terminals at the airport – Terminal 1 (split into 1A and 1B), 2 and 3. Inter-terminal shuttles depart every 15 minutes, a free service helping you get to your departure gate. The City Terminal, located in Abu Dhabi centre, allows passengers to check in for their flight conveniently and then to arrive at the airport just one hour before departure. A baggage facility can wrap and prepare your luggage for transit, while free WiFi helps keep you connected.

Which airports in the UK operate flights to Abu Dhabi?

You can fly directly from London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Manchester Airport and Edinburgh Airport. There are also flights with one connection available from many locations around the UK, including Glasgow, Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol and Leeds. Connecting flights may stopover in Amsterdam, Paris, Dubai, or other cities, depending on the airline used.

Which airlines fly to Abu Dhabi?

The two airlines providing direct flights between the UK and Abu Dhabi are Etihad and British Airways. There are many more international airlines that fly to the Middle East, including Qatar Airways, KLM, Lufthansa, Aer Lingus, Turkish Airlines, Air France, Kuwait Airways, Air India, Malaysian Airlines and Sri Lankan Airlines.

How long is the flight to Abu Dhabi from the UK?

Direct flights from the UK to Abu Dhabi take approximately seven hours and fifteen minutes, while flights that require a stop or connection taking longer. Given the 3,413 mile journey classifies as a long-haul flight, airlines provide snacks, meals and in-flight entertainment.

How many flights per day fly from the UK to Abu Dhabi?

There are six non-stop flights to Abu Dhabi leaving the UK daily, with many more connecting flights available. 

Getting to the city from Abu Dhabi International Airport

There are plenty of options for getting from Abu Dhabi International to the city centre. Public buses depart from outside the airport building, which also connect to Dubai Airport and Al Rahba Hospital. The green and white air-conditioned A1 bus runs to and from the airport to Abu Dhabi centre every 40 minutes, 24-hours a day. You’ll also find taxi ranks right outside, as well as car hire company offices. There are pick-up and drop-off points, short and long-stay parking facilities and a valet service available for a charge.

Getting around the airports

Once past check-in you’ll find a number of restaurants and shops, including some well-known international brands. There are male and female prayer-rooms, shower facilities and even the world’s first sleeping pods! There’s a post-office, too, and each terminal has its own unique lounge, helping to make your travel time as pleasant as possible. Terminal 1 also provides a range of wellness facilities at Tosa Spa and children’s play area.

Don’t forget before you fly

No application for travel to UAE is required for British passport holders. British citizens will be granted a free multiple-entry visa on arrival to Abu Dhabi International Airport, so the only thing travellers have to remember is their little purple passport! There are plenty of ATMs at the airport, provided by international and local banks, as well as 16 specialist currency exchange providers. The national currency is the United Arab Emirates Dirham.