Cheap Flights from London to Abu Dhabi International

Flight information London to Abu Dhabi International

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Average flight time, total distance 3413 miles

6h 50min

Abu Dhabi International and Yas Island SPB

2 airports

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This information is correct as of February 2016

Airlines that fly from London to Abu Dhabi

British Airways and Etihad Airways both provide direct flights from London to Abu Dhabi. Both airlines depart from London Heathrow Airport.

Terminal Information

London Heathrow

There are a number of terminals at London Heathrow Airport. Etihad flights to Abu Dhabi depart from Terminal 4 and British Airways flights to Abu Dhabi depart from Terminal 5. Passengers on long haul flights are advised to check in at least three hours before their scheduled flight departure time although the airport also states that passengers should confirm this with their airline. Check-in desks for Terminal 4 are located on the first floor whilst check-in desks for Terminal 5 are located on the top floor of the building.

Each terminal at Heathrow Airport offers a wide range of facilities for passengers. Free and unlimited Wi-Fi is available throughout the airport, with upgrades to a faster service available for a fee.

The departure lounges in Terminals 4 and 5 are home to a variety of shops, ranging from high street convenience stores like Boots and WHSmith to designer brand shops like Gucci and Burberry. There’s lots of choice when it comes to eating and drinking too. Passengers will find fast food outlets and coffee shops for a quick bite to eat as well as restaurants serving more substantial fare.

Both terminals have a duty free store, a currency exchange desk and a premium lounge. Premium lounges are available for a fee and provide complimentary food and drink and a quiet space away from the hustle and bustle of the main departure lounge.

Abu Dhabi Airport

There are a number of terminals at Abu Dhabi Airport. British Airways flights from London Heathrow arrive to Terminal 1 and Etihad flights from London Heathrow arrive to Terminal 3.

If you’re travelling on to Abu Dhabi city centre, there are various onward travel options available. Car hire companies are located in Skypark Plaza, opposite Terminal 3 and within easy walking distance of both Terminals 1 and 3. Here you’ll find companies including Budget, Dollar, Europcar, Hertz, Thrifty, Avis and Payless.

Outside each terminal, there’s a taxi rank with a fleet of luxury airport taxis available 24 hours a day. An air conditioned shuttle bus also departs from outside both terminals. Leaving from bus stops indicated by blue and white signs, the green and white A1 bus travels to the city centre in around 45 minutes. Buses leave every 40 minutes and a one way journey costs AED4.00.

Practical Information

British citizens can get a 30 day visa upon arrival in the UAE. This visa can be extended another 30 days by visiting an immigration office in the UAE and paying the relevant fee.

What to Expect in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi has a sub-tropical climate with hot summer temperatures and a rainy season between November and February. Summer temperatures regularly reach beyond 40°c and in winter, temperatures are still a balmy 24°c during the day. Humidity is high during the summer and you may also experience the odd sandstorm.  

The currency in Abu Dhabi is the UAE dirham (AED). Despite its high-flying reputation, it is on average a cheaper city than London. You can expect to pay AED150.00 (£30.00) for a mid-range three course meal for two, AED2.10 (£0.40) for a litre bottle of water and AED2.00 (£0.38) for a one way journey on public transport. Alcohol, however, is significantly more expensive in Abu Dhabi than in London.

Abu Dhabi is four hours ahead of the UK.

Prices shown on this page are estimated lowest prices only. Found in the last 45 days.