When is the Cheapest Time to Fly to Nassau?
To get the very best deals on cheap flights to Nassau, plan your trip for March to June or September to November. Airfares increase from July into mid-August and over the Christmas period. The lowest prices on Nassau flights can be found during this shoulder season. Generally, the islands will be quieter, except for when spring breakers descend in March.
When is the Best Time to Book your Flight to Nassau?
Deals on last-minute flights are never a guarantee but possible to find even a week before departure. However, to make sure you don’t miss out, book your return flights to Nassau 3-4 months prior to your intended departure. Airlines tend to reduce fares around this time in a bid to fill seats.
Flying to Nassau Airport (NAS)
You have several options open to you when flying to Nassau Airport, or to give it its full, official name, Lynden Pindling International Airport (NAS). The only direct flights from the UK are from London Heathrow with British Airways. These direct flights depart 3-4 times per week and the flight lasts approximately 9 hours. Journeys made with any other airline and departing from other airports will include a stopover. London Gatwick, Manchester, Glasgow and Newcastle airports all offer indirect return flights to Nassau. These indirect services are considerably cheaper and the lowest airfares tend to be around the same price regardless of airline or departure airport. The difference in cost for two stops vs one is comparatively very little. Paying slightly more tends to result in a short travel time. Carriers include American Airlines, Delta Airlines, Air France and KLM.
On Arrival and Getting Around the Airport
Nassau Airport (NAS) is the main international gateway to the Bahamas. It has three terminals in total; one for US Departures, one for International and US Arrivals, and finally, one for International and Domestic Departures. Once immigration is cleared, head down the escalator to baggage reclaim and the Arrivals Hall where you can find the Resort Reception Area. The airport benefits from a wide range of amenities including free unlimited Wi-Fi, restaurants, shopping, banking services and spa facilities. Access to the airport lounges is also possible on a pay-per-use basis for economy class ticket holders.
Getting to the City from Nassau Airport (NAS)
When travelling from the airport into Nassau or elsewhere around the island, you have a choice of transport. Several big-name car-rental companies have desks on the ground floor of Terminal A and in the main hall of Terminal C. A taxi rank is located just outside the terminal buildings. The trip into Nassau is only 15 minutes and taxis are available 24/7. They charge a fixed rate from the airport to the downtown area. There are no public buses operating from the airport but airport transfers can be arranged through your tour operator or hotel.
Why visit Nassau?
Once the pirate capital of the Caribbean, Nassau is now the glittering gateway to the Bahamas’ famed sun, sea and sand. Although, if you want to brush up on the Caribbean’s swashbuckling past, then the Pirates of Nassau Museum is the place to do it. Whether you’re looking to sample rum at the distillery or spend a night at a local fish fry, Nassau has it all.
Of course, it’s the miles of white sandy beaches, lined with shady palm trees giving way to clear, blue seas that really captures the imagination of all who visit the Bahamas. There’s always a spot to kick back, relax and catch some rays. But if the water starts calling, suit up and dive below the waves to discover a whole new world. The entire spectrum of colour is represented in the island’s pristine coral reefs. Teeming with a kaleidoscope of life, they captivate and delight all who venture below.
Don't Forget Before you Fly
Provided your passport is valid for six months after departure, British nationals will be granted a tourist visa upon arrival for up to 21 days, this makes things a little simpler if you’ve booked last minute flights. Upon landing, you must pay a departure tax of around £10.80. This might be included in your plane ticket cost, so be sure to check before flying. US dollars are interchangeable with Bahamian dollars since they are worth the same. You can purchase Bahamian dollars or exchange US dollars on arrival. The Bahamian coins are great for souvenir purposes, with one being square and another featuring a scalloped edge.