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Flights to Maldives

You’ve arrived in paradise

Flugdauer von London

10 Stunden

Entfernung von London

5584 km (5.826 Meilen)

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Year-round direct flights

From March 2023, we’ll be flying direct to the Maldives throughout the year. For extra travel date options, jet off to the Maldives with our partner airline, Qatar Airways via Doha, from London, Manchester or Edinburgh.

Flights to the Maldives

From the air, the atolls of the Maldives look like turquoise constellations. As you approach land, they’re more like emeralds, framed by ribbons of white sand. The Maldives is a must-visit destination for a reason – beloved by celebrities and remembered long after you’ve left, these islands might just be the most beautiful place on earth. Fly to the Maldives with British Airways for your most remarkable holiday yet.

 

Landing at Malé airport doesn’t have to mean the end of the bird’s eye views. Step on board a charming twin otter seaplane to transfer to your resort and enjoy one more panorama before landing on the beach. Most British Airways Maldives holiday packages include the price of your transfer, so you can have a smooth, stress-free journey into paradise – all paid for in advance. Plus, our generous luggage allowance ensures you can take enough clothing to last a nice long stay – you deserve it.

Sadly, British Airways also flies back from the Maldives. You will have to leave eventually – at least until your next holiday.

 

Our cheapest flights to the Maldives

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Economy class flights to Maldives

From £734return

from London, November 2023

November

£734

inkl. Rückflug, ab London

£734

Dezember

£745

inkl. Rückflug, ab London

£745

Oktober

£782

inkl. Rückflug, ab London

£782

Premium economy class flights to Maldives

From £1454return

from London, November 2023

November

£1454

inkl. Rückflug, ab London

£1454

Oktober

£1531

inkl. Rückflug, ab London

£1531

Dezember

£1599

inkl. Rückflug, ab London

£1599

Business class flights to Maldives

From £3652return

from London, Dezember 2022

Dezember

£3652

inkl. Rückflug, ab London

£3652

Januar

£3774

inkl. Rückflug, ab London

£3774

März

£3774

inkl. Rückflug, ab London

£3774

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A flyer’s guide: Maldives flight tips

Everything you need to know about flying to Maldives with British Airways

Flight time from London to the Maldives

You can fly direct from Heathrow Airport (LHR) to Velana International Airport (MLE – also known as Malé International Airport) in around ten hours. If you’re flying with Qatar Airways, you will change planes at Doha.

When is the cheapest time to fly to the Maldives?

November to March is peak season in the Maldives. The weather is lovely as the dry season rolls around and people flock to escape the winter months – plus you can fly direct with British Airways. However, because it’s such a popular time, flight prices can rise accordingly – especially around Christmas and New Year. Throughout the rest of the year you can generally find more inexpensive, indirect flights with our partner airline, Qatar Airways. Look out for cheap flights to Maldives after May, in the low season.

How do I get from Velana International Airport (Malé Airport) to my resort?

The first thing you’ll notice about Malé Airport is that it isn’t on Malé. You’ll land on Hulhule island next door, where a fleet of speedboats and seaplanes await. You would do best to book your transfer in advance – and your resort will help with this. Seaplane transfers offer fantastic views and are used for more distant resorts. Speedboat transfers are often the faster option. When you book your hotel on ba.com, you’ll see which transfer type applies to your resort.

What time is it in the Maldives?

It’s not a silly question. Officially, the Maldives all runs on one time zone: five hours ahead of GMT. However, some resorts have unofficial time zones so that guests can enjoy longer evenings. Resorts might be 30 minutes, an hour or an hour and a half ahead of Maldives Time (MHT). Check with your resort. Malé, the capital, sticks with Maldives Time.

South Ari atoll, Maldives. ©mbbirdy.

Do I need a visa to travel to the Maldives?

British Nationals will be issued a visa on arrival in the Maldives. Your visa will cover up to 30 days’ holiday. You may need to show that you have a departure date booked, and sometimes that you have enough funds to cover your stay.

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Wie viele Gepäckstücke kann ich einchecken?

Our generous baggage allowances allow you to take everything you need for a longer break in the Maldives. When you book a package holiday or fly standard economy you can check in one piece of luggage weighing up to 23kg. If you’re travelling premium economy (World Traveller Plus), you can take two bags weighing 23kg each. Business (Club World) travellers can take two bags of up to 32kg. That’s a lot of flip flops! Our partner airline, Qatar Airways, offers up to 30kg of luggage in economy (World Traveller), extending to 40kg in business (Club World). Please refer to the Qatar Airways codeshare page for more information.

Please note that if you are travelling by seaplane, there may be further luggage restrictions. Check with your resort.

Read our baggage guide to answer your specific queries about luggage allowances when you fly with British Airways.

Aerial View, Maldives. ©Ishan Hassan / EyeEm.

Which cabins can I book when I fly to the Maldives?

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Which cabins can I book when I fly to the Maldives?

With personal entertainment systems, delicious meals and full bar service in all our cabins, you'll have a relaxing flight wherever you sit. Our long haul economy (World Traveller) cabins are great value if you’re looking for budget flights. For an extra fee you can select your seats in advance – the quieter seats are towards the front of the plane. Sit directly above the wings to reduce the effects of any turbulence. Alternatively, select your seats for free 24 hours in advance when online check-in opens.

Our premium economy (World Traveller Plus) cabin has more legroom and wider seats. Its smaller cabin affords greater privacy and you'll get an amenity kit with a toothbrush and toothpaste, socks and eye mask, plus a cushion and blanket.

Our business (Club World) cabin has fully flat beds for total comfort, a premium menu, and priority boarding. Enjoy bedding supplied by the White Company and noise-cancelling headphones.

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Three long haul travel tips for flying to the Maldives

You don’t want to start your holiday stressed. Follow these little tips and see if they can’t help you arrive refreshed and ready to relax in the Maldives.

  1. During your flight, it’s important to drink plenty of water. For the best experience, stick to water over alcohol and coffee, which can both disrupt your sleep.
  2. Stretch your legs during the flight to aid circulation and invest in a pair of trendy compression socks to keep your body at its best during the flight.
  3. A direct flight to the Maldives takes around ten hours and some flights include a stopover. Make sure you beat jetlag by living in your new time zone as soon as possible. Use our jet lag advisor to find out when to rest and when to keep yourself awake during the journey.

Maldives tips

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Which currency?

The official currency of the Maldives is the Maldivian Rufiyaa, but you won’t need to use it if you’re staying on resort. Resorts accept dollars, as well as credit and debit cards.

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Nearly every island resort has its own ‘house reef’ – the nearest reef to the shore – and often freely available snorkelling equipment, too. You should check with the resort to find out how accessible the reef is. Learn whether you’ll need to go by boat, or whether you can head out on your own as soon as you wish.

Weather in the Maldives

There are two seasons in the Maldives – the popular dry season runs from December to March, and the so-called wet season runs from May to November. Both seasons are great for visitors, as the Maldives have a tropical climate and an average temperature of a perfect 26 - 30°C all year round. Generally, early May and early November see more unsettled weather.

Plan your perfect Maldives trip

Stay on a desert island

It’s not hard to see why this one of the most popular resorts in the Maldives: Lux* South Ari Atoll is a five-star beauty with lavish villas that feel like home. As one of the larger resorts, it has a range of restaurants to suit all tastes, plus it’s near one of the best places for whale shark sightings.

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Dive below the surface

You can’t say you’ve seen the Maldives until you’ve seen what’s underwater. The snorkelling here is considered some of the best in the world. There are over 1,100 species of fish – that’s almost as many as there are Maldivian islands – and many of them form part of the reef ecosystem. Look out for parrotfish chewing on the coral, moody barracuda close to the surface, and tiny clownfish dipping in and out of anemones.

Discover things to do in the Maldives

Go nuts for coconut curries

Thanks to imports, resorts in the Maldives can provide guests with every cuisine under the sun. If you want a taste of the local produce, turn to fresh fish, coconuts, and curry. Invite yourself to a seafood barbecue for blistered pink langoustine or track down a ‘mas riha’ (tuna curry).

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