Bangladesh, home to the largest river delta in the world, mixes exotic green landscapes and charming boat-laden waterways with the modern hustle and bustle of capital city Dhaka. Hop on board one of the many cheap flights to Bangladesh from the UK to discover this fascinating off-the-beaten-track destination and its captivating culture, welcoming people, and fertile plains created by the mighty Padma, Meghna and Jamuna rivers.
Before booking your trip to subtropical Bangladesh, it’s important to consider the different seasons. The best time of year to pick up cheap flights is the shoulder season of April and May – just be prepared for blazing heat and high humidity. This is also when the honey harvest is held in the magical Sundarbans mangrove forest. It’s best to avoid the monsoon season of June to September, when heavy rainfall can disrupt travel plans and large parts of the country are underwater. The cool, dry winter from October to March is the most traveller-friendly time of year, with temperatures dropping from the intense summer heat to pleasantly warm, and the heaviest monsoon rains over. Flight prices are also reasonable during this period.
Dhaka, the country’s capital, is the main destination for international flights to Bangladesh. Biman Bangladesh Airlines is the only carrier offering direct flights from the UK, which depart from London Heathrow with a flight time of just under 12 hours. All other routes involve stopovers, and you’ll find a host of options from the main UK airports – for example, you can fly from Gatwick with Turkish Airlines via Istanbul, or from Heathrow with Kuwait Airways, with a stopover in Kuwait. Birmingham, Manchester and Edinburgh airports all offer flights to Dhaka via Dubai with Emirates, and you can also go from Edinburgh via Abu Dhabi with Etihad. Other destinations in Bangladesh include Sylhet and Chittagong, with fares available at similar prices to the capital if you book early.
The quickest and most convenient way of getting from the airport to your destination is by taxi. Many mid- and upper-range hotels also offer airport pickups, which can be arranged when you make your booking. Local taxis and auto-rickshaws are typically cheaper – from Dhaka’s Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport to the city centre, a taxi costs around 400 Bangladeshi taka (৳) and takes about 30 minutes depending on traffic, while a rickshaw or ‘baby taxi’ costs about ৳100. Chittagong’s Shah Amanat International Airport and Sylhet’s Osmani International Airport are also served by taxi and shuttle bus.
From the wild Sundarbans mangrove forest of the southeast, to the world’s longest beach at Cox’s Bazar, to the colour and vitality of bustling Dhaka, Bangladesh is teeming with life. With much fewer visitors than neighbouring India or Myanmar, it’s also full of hidden gems waiting to be discovered – so pack your bags and start exploring. If you’re lucky, you may even spot a Bengal tiger!
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