cheap flights to Florida
- Florida has five airports within its borders so the state is easily accessible from international flights.
- For holidays all about Walt Disney and theme parks, fly to Orlando or Sanford International Airport or book a flight to Tampa Bay Airport if you're looking to visit St Petersburg or Clearwater.
- If you're heading for the Atlantic coast, Fort Lauderdale Airport is ideally located for a holiday in the Florida Keys while Miami Airport is where you need to fly to for a fantastic Miami getaway.
Flight Destinations in Florida
Florida lies at the south eastern corner of the United States of America. It's known for its immense coastline, hot weather and also for its theme parks - which is one of the main reasons people book flights to Florida from the UK. It offers an amazingly diverse range of holidays with something for everyone.
It's not just about Orlando, venture elsewhere and you'll find beautiful Gulf coast beaches, a warm welcome in Jacksonville, chic holidays with an art-deco vibe in Miami, stunning wilderness in the Everglades and the gorgeous almost-Caribbean Florida Keys. In fact, there's so much to see after a Florida flight that picking up cheap car hire can never be a bad plan here!
The "Sunshine State" has pretty hot weather all year round, with high humidity too, so try not to plan too much in each day! The rainy season runs from June to September and there is a risk of hurricanes at this time of year, plus it usually rains every day for a few hours in the afternoon. This can mean great prices on cheap flights to Florida, but it's best to plan indoor activities after lunch, or expect to get a little wet!
Getting around Florida
Although it's great at many thing, the United States of America is not known for its wide-reaching and cheap public transport, and Florida is no exception. Here are your main options if you're sure you don't want to hire a car:
- Shuttle buses are offered by many of the hotels in Orlando to get you between the airport, the hotel and the theme parks.
- MetroMover in Miami is a free service that connects Downtown points, making it easier to get around. The Jacksonville JTA Skyway is a similar system in Jacksonville but with a smaller coverage area.
- Greyhound and RedCoach offer intercity coach travel, great for a bit of town-hopping without having to navigate your own route.
- Silver Star and Silver Meteor are very enticing names for the Floridian train service, a more expensive way to travel than the coach but quite a bit faster too. Great if you are time poor but have a little extra cash to spare.
- Key West Express is a ferry that runs from Fort Myers to Key West, offering a fast way to get to this stunning island chain. The road that connects them all is one of the USA's top driving routes, so choose wisely!
Flights to Florida
There are plenty of options when it comes to finding direct and cheap flights to Florida from London, as well as several regular flights into Florida from other airports such as Manchester and Glasgow. As crossing the Atlantic takes up most of the flight time on your way to Florida, most of the flights are direct, although it can definitely be worth exploring indirect options. Make sure you check your flight times and prices carefully though, as the monetary difference is often small, although the time difference may not be. If you're anything like us, you'll just want to get on with your holiday as soon as you can!
You should expect direct Florida flights to take around eight hours to arrive, depending on where you're departing from and flying to. There are a choice of destinations when it comes to scheduled Florida flights, with Miami and Orlando the most frequent from the UK. US based airlines also offer scheduled flights to Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, North Florida Airport, Tampa, Tallahassee and Jacksonville. These are less likely to be direct, so you could consider hiring a car and taking a road trip.
The most popular time for Florida flights from the UK is during the school holidays, as families flock to the theme parks of Orlando. If you want the best chance of getting a cheap Florida flight at peak times, as well as at any other time in 2013 or 2014 then you need to get on it and book your Florida flights as soon as you can!
What to do in Florida
The state of Florida is best known for its theme parks, with most of us hankering after a Florida flight to go to Orlando and visit Walt Disney World or Universal Studios. Elsewhere, Miami is seeing a return to its former glory thanks to the seaside glamour and art deco style that is bringing the rich and famous back. Or see the other side of Florida with a visit to the party district of Ybor City in Tampa and experience laid-back Southern hospitality in Jacksonville. A trip to the Everglades or Miami's Biscayne National Park is a great way to see the natural side of this beautiful state. Here's a quick rundown of our top sights away from the main theme parks:
Kennedy Space Center - spaceships, tales of outer space and a launch simulator are some of the highlights.
Daytona International Speedway - close to Daytona Beach, this is the home of speedway and NASCAR racing.
Gatorland - alternative and independent alligator-themed theme park
Florida National Scenic Trail - 1400 miles of stunning pathways, try the popular Lake Okeechobee sector!
Salvador Dali Museum - home to the biggest collection of this surrealist artist's work outside Europe.
Seminole or Miccosukee Indian reservations - combine history, culture, traditional food and of course, casinos!
St. Augustine - dating back to 1565 this is the oldest town in the USA, and you'll find a museum, shops and more.
Florida Lighthouses - with a huge coastline, these lighthouses are numerous and beautiful, why not stop by one or two?
Coral Reef Diving - as if Florida flights didn't have enough to recommend them, you can also dive coral reefs off the coast!
Florida State Parks - with more than 150 to choose from, it's easy to get to know the diverse natural beauty in this state.