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The UAE is open to international tourism

The United Arab Emirates is open to travelers from all countries. Vaccinated visitors must present the vaccination certificate, while those who are not fully vaccinated should present a negative result of an RT-PCR test conducted within 48 hours before arrival. Passengers, irrespective of whether they are vaccinated, do not need to quarantine on arrival.

Depending on your nationality, you can get a VoA (Visa on Arrival) or apply for your prearranged Visit Visa from Dubai Immigration before you travel. Nationals of GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) countries – Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia – are allowed to enter the UAE with their national identity card.

Transiting through Emirati airports is permitted. Transiting passengers are not required to present a health certificate (unless it is mandated by their final destination).

Arriving in Abu Dhabi

  • If you are flying to Abu Dhabi from abroad, you will most likely land at one of its biggest international airportsits main international airportAbu Dhabi International Airport AUH, the primary airport serving the UAE capital city Abu Dhabi and its surrounding areas. Abu Dhabi Airport is located approximately 30 km (19 miles) kilometers from the city center. It offers several transportation options for arriving passengers, including taxis, buses, and car rentals.

    The second airport of Abu Dhabi - Al Bateen Executive Airport AZI - is dedicated to private jets only

    These are also the best (and the cheapest) airports to fly into Abu Dhabi. As they are used by many airlines serving the same routes, the competition for passengers is fierce – with decreased airfare as a result.
  • Once in Abu Dhabi, take advantage of frequent intercity flights operated by domestic airlines such as Emirates, Etihad Airways, FlyDubai, Wizzair Abu Dhabi, Rotana Jet, and Royal Jet. Those in-country carriers typically offer lower fares, operate from smaller airports located closer to city centers (you save on ground transportation), and provide flexible schedules – with a wide range of departure times.
  • Planning to explore the region? Popular destinations near Abu Dhabi can be easily reached with regional low-cost carriers (LCCs) by the likes of Air India Express, FlyNas, Go First, Pegasus Airlines, Saudia, and Wizzair. If you have a layover in Abu Dhabi and plan to fly only a short distance to one of its neighboring countries, these budget airlines are an excellent way to save money. However, the “no-frills” carrier may not provide free checked baggage allowance, complimentary food, in-flight entertainment systems, and fast customer support. You may not even get to choose your seats, unless you pay extra.

Airports of Abu Dhabi

Best airports to fly into Abu Dhabi: Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH)
Abu Dhabi has one international airport – Abu Dhabi International Airport AUH, located 30 kilometers (18.6 miles) east of the city center of the UAE capital city Abu Dhabi. The airport is situated on the mainland and is easily accessible by car or public transportation (30-45 min car ride to the city center).
Things to know before flying to Abu Dhabi
Airlines flying to Abu DhabiAegan Airlines, Air Europa, Air France, Air India, Air India Express, Air New Zealand, Air Seychelles, AirBlue, ANA, Avianca, Badr Airlines, British Airways, Egypt Air, El Air, Emirates, Etihad Airways, FlyNas, FlexFlight, Gaurda Indonesia, Go First, Gulf Air, IndiGo, ITA Airways, JetBlue, Kam Air, KLM, Korean Airlines, Lufthansa, Malaysia Airlines, Middle East Airlines, Pakistan International Airlines, Pegasus Airlines, Qatar Airways, Royal Air Maroc, Royal Jordanian, Saudia, SriLankan Airlines, SWISS, Syrian Air, Thai Airways, Turkish Airlines, Vistara, Wizz Air
Airlines of UAEEmirates, Etihad Airways, Air Arabia, FlyDubai, Wizzair Abu Dhabi, Rotana Jet, Royal Jet

Main airports in Abu DhabiAbu Dhabi International Airport (AUH)
Al Bateen Executive Airport (AZI)
Regular price (roundtrip)✈ €500 – €700 (from Europe)
✈ $800 – $1100 (from USA)
Flight hacks 40% — 80% off regular fare
Airline discountsDiscounted airline tickets to Abu Dhabi (student/family/seniors/military)

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The cheapest time to fly to Abu Dhabi

The cheapest time to fly to Abu Dhabi is during the summer months – from June to August. Middle East countries, like UAE, are extremely hot during the summer, and Abu Dhabi sees a sharp drop in tourist footfall during these months. With less demand for flights, airlines offer discounted tickets to fill their empty seats on planes.

Use Smart Travel system to avoid queues at Abu Dhabi Airport

The Smart Travel system installed at the Abu Dhabi Airport uses biometric data instead of passports and boarding passes to make passengers’ airport experience fully contactless.

Its fast-track biometric system uses face and iris recognition, so there is no need to scan any document – you can pass various ‘touchpoints’ across the airport by simply looking at the green light. The Smart Travel system includes self-service baggage counters, electronic immigration gates and self-boarding gates.

Who can use it? If you are UAE/GCC national or Visa-on-Arrival passenger with a biometric passport, you are eligible to use Smart Travel. There’s a requirement to be registered first. However, all passengers who have recently arrived at AUH are likely to have been registered when they entered the immigration touchpoint. If you still need to register, you can do this at the passport control desk.

Take a free bus from Abu Dhabi Airport to Dubai

You can take a comfortable and affordable direct bus from the airport to Dubai. The journey takes around 90 minutes, and buses frequently depart from the lower level of arrivals at Abu Dhabi Airport, with stops at Al Wasl Centre or Ibn Battuta Mall in the center of Dubai. If you are flying with free Etihad Airways, Air Seychelles, Bangkok Airways, Garuda Indonesia, or Royal Air Maroc, you are eligible for a free Etihad Coach. Otherwise, you can book the Airport Express bus service – which offers economy seats for 25 AED (7 USD) and VIP tickets for 40 AED (11 USD).

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Flights to Abu Dhabi from United States and Canada

  • There are no direct flights from the US or Canada to Abu Dhabi. However, most major hubs in Asia have non-stop flights to Abu Dhabi, as do some larger airports in the Middle East – your journey will have at least one stop. Direct flights from Canada (Toronto) to Abu Dhabi are operated by Etihad Airways, with an average flight time of around 13 hours. If you're looking for a non-stop connection from the US, check out Etihad Airways, and JetBlue for the latest offers. These two airlines have direct flights to Abu Dhabi from the largest hubs in the US, including Chicago, New York, and Washington
  • Abu Dhabi is well-served via one-stop flights from North America. Flights to Abu Dhabi with one layover depart from most major North American airports, including Atlanta ATL, Dallas DFW, Denver DEN, Chicago ORD, Los Angeles LAX, Las Vegas DFW, Miami MIA, Seattle SEA, Houston IAH, New York JFK, and San Francisco SFO in the United States and Toronto YYZ, Vancouver YVR, Calgary LAS, and Montreal YUL in Canada.
  • The best airlines to fly to Abu Dhabi from the US and Canada are: Etihad Airways, Qatar Airways, and Singapore Airlines. They are top full-service carriers, offering exceptional customer service, in-flight comfort, a generous checked baggage allowance, and reliable customer support channels – all included in the ticket price.

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Connect to Wi-Fi

Abu Dhabi International Airport offers fast, unlimited free Wi-Fi that you can use immediately upon arrival. Use your phone to look for networks, and select “ADAC Free Wireless” – once the ADAC welcome box appears, click “Accept” to be redirected to Abu Dhabi airport’s website landing page.

Avoid currency exchange kiosks at airports

Airports are infamous for making an exuberant amount of money from their currency exchanges due to the extremely high margins, and Emirati airports are no exception. Airport kiosks usually charge higher fees which are sometimes hidden within the poorer exchange rates they offer – their business is based on charging extra for being a convenient, last-minute option.

It is always a good idea to bring cash to Abu Dhabi. Plan ahead and exchange some money for Emirati dirham at home, or use one of the many ATMs at the airport and in the city.

Check your terminal at AUH airport

If you are transiting via Abu Dhabi AUH, double-check which terminal your next flight is from. Abu Dhabi International Airport is huge, and getting between terminals may involve taking a shuttle bus. Terminal 1 serves international flights operated by Air India, Etihad Airways, Gulf Air, KLM, Lufthansa, Qatar Airways, and Turkish Airlines. Terminal 2 mainly serves low-cost carriers such as Air Arabia, Flydubai, and IndiGo, and Terminal 3 is exclusively used by Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates.

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Flights to Abu Dhabi from UK, Germany, France, Netherlands and other countries in Europe

  • There are no direct flights from Europe to Abu Dhabi — you’ll need to get a connecting flight from elsewhere in the Middle East or in Asia. Direct flights from Europe to Abu Dhabi are just a few hours long (around 6 hours if you fly non-stop from Frankfurt, and just 4 hours 30 minutes from Athens). Many European hubs have a nonstop connection to Abu Dhabi — including Amsterdam, London, Madrid, Paris, Vienna, and Zurich. Among the airlines that operate Europe — Abu Dhabi routes, you'll find both full-service carriers such as Etihad Airways, SriLankan Airlines, Turkish Airlines, British Airways, KLM, Lufthansa, and low-budget companies by the likes of FlyDubai, Pegasus Airlines, Air Europa, and Wizz Air
  • Airlines that frequently fly from the UK, Germany, France, and other European countries to Abu Dhabi include Etihad Airways, KLM, Lufthansa, Qatar Airways, and Turkish Airlines.
  • Consider departure airports in neighboring countries to increase your chance of spotting the best deal. Especially look for large airports that serve as hubs for multiple airlines. For example, if you live in Western Europe, check air tickets to Abu Dhabi from Amsterdam, Frankfurt, London, Madrid, Paris, and Rome. Leverage frequent promotions from European budget carriers like RyanAir, EasyJet, and Eurowings to reach a major hub; from there, take a cheaper long-haul flight to your final destination, potentially saving hundreds of euros.
  • These major European airports are excellent departure points for trips to Abu Dhabi: London LHR and Manchester MAN in the United Kingdom, Frankfurt FRA and Munich MUC in Germany, Paris CDG and Nice NCE in France, Amsterdam AMS in the Netherlands, Madrid MAD and Barcelona BCN in Spain, Rome FCO and Milano MXP in Italy, Brussels BRU in Belgium, Copenhagen OSL in Denmark, Oslo OSL in Norway, Stockholm ARN in Sweden, Zurich ZRH in Switzerland, Lisbon LIS in Portugal, Vienna VIE in Austria, Warsaw WAW in Poland, Prague PRG in the Czech Republic, and Dublin DUB in Ireland.

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Last-minute flights to Abu Dhabi. The real cost of convenience.

Last-minute flights are often touted as a great way to save money, but the reality is far from it. Booking last-minute flights to Abu Dhabi almost always never works out. The convenience of being able to book a flight on the fly is a dangerous game of chance, and you will most likely end up paying significantly higher than booking in advance.

Last-minute flight cost spike
Late booking penalty: The flight prices rise as departure draws near. Last-minute flights are almost always more expensive than booking in advance.

The common perception may be that airlines decrease ticket prices to fill empty seats as the departure date approaches. However, the truth is that airfares depend on demand. Based on years of research and current customer data, the airlines know what people are willing to pay for specific flights and dates. They are also well aware that people are willing to pay a premium for flights they need to take immediately. To make the most money, the airline will sell its cheapest fares first and then increase the prices right before the flight to take advantage of business travelers and others who are willing to pay the premium price for late booking.

Occasionally, airlines can put some seats on sale to fill the remaining seats, but these are for unusual times and unpopular places. Popular destinations and dates around peak travel times tend to sell out quickly.

Planning ahead is key to securing a good deal on your flight. Last-minute flight deals are hard to come by, so as soon as you have a tentative travel timeline, book your flight. The earlier you book, the more likely you are to save money. If you are looking for a good deal, the best time to book your flight to Abu Dhabi is 2-8 months before the takeoff.

Looking for the best deals for Abu Dhabi? Check different departure airports.

Airlines often have varying prices for flights to Abu Dhabi from different airports – even if they are in close proximity to one another. So don’t limit yourself to just your nearest airport. The neighboring cities may have lower-priced flights that include a layover at Abu Dhabi, or may even have direct flights that are more budget-friendly.

For example, if you’re looking to fly from Paris to Abu Dhabi, it may be worth checking prices for flights departing from London, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, or Rome. Yes, you may have to fly a few hundred kilometers to these hubs, but domestic low-cost airlines like EasyJet, RyanAir, or WizzAir will happily take you there for less than €100.

Book flights from many departure airports
By entering more than one departure city in the flight search engine (at the top of this page), you can quickly find the airport with the cheapest flights to your destination

The same goes for long-haul flights to Abu Dhabi from anywhere in the world. By broadening your search to include neighboring airports, you may discover lower-priced options that can save you hundreds of euros!

Domestic flights from Abu Dhabi

Most domestic routes in UAE are operated by local carriers. When traveling to popular tourist destinations such as Dubai, Sharjah, Al Ain, Ajman, Ras Al Khaimah, and Fujairah from Abu Dhabi Airport, you’ll likely fly with one of these domestic airlines: Emirates, Etihad Airways, FlyDubai, Wizzair Abu Dhabi, Rotana Jet, and Royal Jet.

This is often the best transportation method, providing speed, convenience, and cost-effectiveness. Local airlines often offer multiple daily flights to key destinations, providing flexibility in scheduling and competitive pricing. They also serve smaller regional airports, enabling access to a wider range of Emirati destinations.

Flights to Abu Dhabi from Australia and New Zealand

  • Australia and New Zealand are well-connected with popular Asian destinations, including Abu Dhabi. In addition to domestic airlines – Qantas, Jetstar Airways, Virgin Australia, and Air New Zealand – routes from Australasia to Asia are operated by large international carriers such as ANA, Emirates, Cathay Pacific, Garuda Indonesia, Japan Airlines, Korean Air, Malaysia Airlines, Philippine Airlines, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines, and Thai Airways.

    Currently, there are no direct flights from Australia or New Zealand to Abu Dhabi. You’ll need a layover in one of the major hubs in Asia.
  • Airfare costs can vary widely depending on the route and the airline’s pricing strategy. To find the cheapest flight to Abu Dhabi, compare ticket prices from various international airports in Australia – Sydney SYD, Brisbane BNE, Melbourne MEL, Perth PER, Adelaide ADL, Cairns CNS, Gold Coast OOL, Canberra CBR, and in New Zealand – Auckland AKL, Wellington WLG, Christchurch CHC, Queenstown ZQN, and Dunedin DUD.
  • For optimal savings, consider flying from Australia or New Zealand to a key Asian hub, then connect to Abu Dhabi via a regional low-cost carrier. Among budget airlines that fly to Abu Dhabi are Air India Express, FlyNas, Go First, Pegasus Airlines, Saudia, and Wizzair.

    For the first leg, use the budget carriers that fly out of Australian airports, leveraging sales and promotions they run frequently: AirAsia (connects with Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, and Singapore), Cebu Pacific (Manila), Jetstar (Seoul, Singapore, Tokyo), Scoot (Singapore), VietJet Air (Ho Chi Minh City), Bamboo Airways (Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Beijing), and Batik Air (Jakarta, Singapore).

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“Hot seats” on long-haul flights

Those days seat selection is considered an optional, extra paid service – seats with extra legroom (front and exit rows) are usually priced higher. However, if you’re about to take a long-haul flight to Abu Dhabi, those “hot seats” are worth considering – expect to pay $50-$100, which is much less than upgrading to Premium Economy.

If you want to choose your seats, do this early (ideally during the booking) for a more extensive selection of available options.

Booking hot seats (preffered seats with extra legroom) on plane
Choosing a hot seat during the flight booking process is usually worth it. For a reasonable price, you will get more room to stretch your legs, as well as a wider seat pitch.

Booking group flights to Abu Dhabi

Flights are cheaper when purchased in bulk rather than as individual tickets. Booking group flights to Abu Dhabi can be a cost-effective option for a school trip, family reunion, or corporate group traveling to a conference.

To qualify for the special group rate, the group must usually have at least 10 passengers. Discounts depend on the airline, group size, and travel dates, and typically range from 5% to 20% off the regular airfare.

Airlines and flight search websites typically limit automatic group bookings to 10 passengers. This limit reflects the complexity of managing larger groups, which require personalized service and more time to coordinate. To get the price quote for your group, you’ll need to contact the airline or a travel agent directly.

If you’re open to different airlines or want more personalized service, a travel agent may be a better choice. Travel agents may have access to discounted group rates to Abu Dhabi and can help with logistics and scheduling.

Flights to Abu Dhabi from Bali, Bangkok, Delhi, Dubai, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Singapore, Seoul, Tokyo, and other major hubs in Asia

  • Many popular tourist destinations in Asia have convenient direct flights to/from Abu Dhabi: Bangkok BKK, Beijing PEK, Hong Kong HKG, Jakarta CGK, Kuala Lumpur KUL, Manila MNL, New Delhi DEL, Phuket HKT, Seoul ICN, Shanghai PVG, Singapore SIN, and Tokyo NRT.
  • Asia is probably the best continent for short-haul and mid-haul flying. The sheer scale of this most populous region on Earth is reflected in the type of aircraft operating many shorter routes: intra-Asia flyers benefit from comfortable, wide-bodied aircraft by the likes of Boeing 777, 787 or Airbus A350, A330, and A380. When booking your flight to Abu Dhabi look for these bigger planes as they will almost always give you the best experience in every cabin, including better seat pitches, higher ceilings, and larger overhead bin space.
  • Asia is also home to most of the world’s best airlines. There are only ten airlines that received the prestigious 5-star mark of quality from Skytrax, and all of them are from Asia: ANA, Asiana Airlines, Cathay Pacific, EVA Air, Garuda Indonesia, Japan Airlines, Korean Air, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines. Choosing one of these airlines for your trip to Abu Dhabi will guarantee a pleasant journey – delicious meals served during the flight, great in-flight entertainment, and above-average airline customer service.
  • Asia is extremely well served by low-cost regional airlines. If you are visiting UAE and want to see several other countries on a tight budget, they often have great sales with rock-bottom prices, while still offering a relatively comfortable flight experience. Among the best Asian budget airlines you can book without hesitation are AirAsiaCebu Pacific, Citilink, FlyDubai, Indigo, Jetstar Airways, Scoot, SpiceJet, and VietJet Air. The cons? Being no-frills airlines they may not provide free baggage allowance, inflight meals, or onboard entertainment. The departure times may also be quite inconvenient as they try to save money by flying at off-peak hours.
  • Most major Asian airports have convenient and frequent flights to Abu Dhabi — including Changi (Singapore), Dubai (UAE), Hong Kong (China), Incheon (Seoul, South Korea), Indira Gandhi (New Delhi, India), KLIA (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia), Narita (Tokyo, Japan), Denpasar (Bali, Indonesia), Soekarno–Hatta (Jakarta, Indonesia), Ninoy Aquino (Manila, Philippines), Suvarnabhumi (Bangkok, Thailand), Taoyuan (Taipei, Taiwan), and others.

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Proof of onward travel – a simple hack

Travelers who go on long trips often don’t have a set itinerary and fly on one-way tickets. The problem? For many APAC countries, proof of onward travel is a legal requirement. If you arrive at the airport without an onward ticket (from UAE to another country), you’ll either be forced to buy one online or forbidden from boarding the plane altogether.

The cheapest solution? Renting an onward ticket! Use the websites such as OneWayFly or OnwardTicket to get a flight reservation for a limited amount of time (usually 2 to 14 days). They work by actually booking you on a real flight out of UAE and giving you a confirmable flight reservation with a PNR (Passenger Name Record) under your name. After the time limit, your spot on the flight is automatically canceled. Such “temporary tickets” tend to cost anywhere from $10 to $20.

Confirmed flight ticket reservation
Proof of onward travel: confirmed flight ticket reservation (source: OnwardTicket)

Fly now, pay later

Book Now Pay Later (BNPL) plans for flights have become a popular trend in the travel industry, allowing travelers to book flights and pay in installments. Among the airlines that offer this option are American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Emirates, Qatar Airways, Qantas, Turkish Airlines, and United Airlines. They partner with external financial companies to offer their loan services on the checkout page.

The BNPL plans come with varying terms and fees. Some may be interest-free but have fees for late-payments and require forced autoplay on your bank account, while others may have high annual percentage rates (up to 30-40% APR).

When considering BNPL financing for your flight to Abu Dhabi, it’s crucial to carefully evaluate the pros and cons, and thoroughly review the terms and conditions.