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 well 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.
But it's not all 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. There's an amazingly diverse range of holidays with something for everyone. 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!
Cheapest Times to Fly to Florida:
Because Florida is such a popular family holiday destination, it's harder to find a cheap flight during school holidays. If you need to travel when school is out, book as early as possible and keep an eye out for special offers in our Real Deals. September can be a great month to bag a bargain, once the kids go home, though bear in mind it is still rainy season and there is a risk of hurricanes at this time of year. The 'Sunshine State' lives up to its name with heat and sun all year round, meaning you can take advantage of low winter prices and enjoy a bit of winter sun at the same time.
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, as although the monetary difference is often small, the time difference may not be.
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 2017 or 2018 then you need to get on it and book your Florida flights as soon as you can!
Getting around Florida
Although it's great at many things, the United States of America is not known for good public transport, and Florida is no exception. Hiring a car is by far the best way to get around.
If you're sure you don't want to drive here are your main alternatives:
These are offered by many of the hotels in Orlando to get you between the airport, the hotel and the theme parks.
If you're in Miami this free service 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
These two companies offer intercity coach travel, great for a bit of town-hopping without having to navigate your own route.
Silver Star and Silver Meteor
The Floridian train service has some enticing names! It's 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
This 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!
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.