When is the Cheapest Time to Fly to Sylhet?
With Netflights, you can view Sylhet flights month-by-month to find the best and cheapest time to travel. The busiest times for tourism in Sylhet are January, June and July. The spring and autumn months are quieter and can see more rainfall, but otherwise, they are good times to visit. The least humid month is March; the most humid is August.
When is the Best Time to Book your Flight to Sylhet?
Booking your return flights at least eight weeks in advance provides you more routes and rates. For cheap flights to Sylhet or if you’d like to travel during the Indian and British holiday seasons, book as far in advance as possible. At the same time, keep your eyes open for last-minute flights. If you’re flexible with your travel dates, you’ll find it much easier to snap up bargains.
Flying to Osmani International Airport ZYL
Osmani International Airport (ZYL) is the airport that serves the Sylhet region and is the third largest in Bangladesh, following Dhaka and Chittagong. Built during the time of British rule in India, the airport is named after a local soldier who led the fight for Bangladeshi independence. There are few direct flights from the United Kingdom (UK) to Sylhet, although there are plenty of airlines that offer connections with just one stopover (and some that require two). With Netflights, you can compare last-minute flights and view return flights month by month from airlines, such as Biman Bangladesh Airlines, Emirates, Etihad Airlines, Kuwait Airways and Qatar Airlines. Check-in for Sylhet flights from airports across the UK, including Birmingham, Manchester, Edinburgh, Glasgow, London Heathrow, London Gatwick and London Stansted.
On Arrival and Getting Around the Airport
The small single-terminal airport is easy to get around on foot and has signs in English as well as Bengali. There are all the usual airport amenities available: cafes and restaurants, shopping, a prayer room, seating areas and Wi-Fi. Information desks and car hire offices are also on site.
Getting to the City Osmani International Airport ZYL
The most popular way of travelling from the airport to Sylhet’s city centre is via rickshaws and auto rickshaws. Taxis are also available outside the airport. The journey takes around 30 minutes, depending on traffic. Public buses have an unreliable timetable and are often crowded. Car hire companies are available on site as well.
Why Visit Sylhet?
Prosperous and pretty, Sylhet is surrounded by over 100 tea plantations that are within walking distance of the city centre. The Srimangal plantations comprise the largest tea gardens in the world, including the biggest single estate. Visiting the terraced green landscape pitted with pineapple, rubber and lemon plantations is one of the highlights of the region. For those hungry to explore the lush nature of the Sylhet region, the hill station, Jaflong, is one of the most popular attractions thanks to its dense jungle vegetation and picturesque riverine landscape.
The shrine dedicated to the 14th-century Sufi Muslim figure, Shah Jalal, is highly revered locally and surrounded by impressive entrance gates. The former house of local poet, songwriter and mystic Dewan Chowdhury is now the tiny Museum of the Rajas, a must see for any tourist. For a great way to wind down a day of sightseeing, restaurants in the Chandni Ghat area offer beautiful views of the Surma River.
Don't Forget Before you Fly
The Bangladeshi taka is available at ATMs and currency exchange services at Osmani Airport (ZYL). Travellers entering Bangladesh on a British passport can obtain a one-month visa for the purpose of business or tourism upon arrival. You can also obtain a visa from the Bangladesh High Commission in London. Visa extensions are available at the Department of Immigration and Passport of Bangladesh. Passports only need to be valid for the duration of your visit, but ensure they are stamped on arrival to avoid any issues leaving the country.