Cheap Flights to Beirut

Beirut overview

When is the best time to fly to Beirut?

April to June is the best time to take a flight to Beirut, when the temperatures sit around 18-24°C. If you do happen to travel to Beirut during June, be sure not to miss ‘The Beirut Spring Festival’. This event showcases international performances, from theatre, music, dance and other areas, all focusing around themes of tolerance, cultural diversity, in particular in societies which face violence and injustice. The festival has free admission to all and takes place in various venues across the city.

Throughout the months of July, August and September, the climate can be uncomfortably hot, so it is advised not to visit the city. However, travellers are more likely to find cheap flights to Beirut and lower hotel rates during this time. August can also be quite muggy which some visitors may not enjoy, whilst January and February are the coldest months, where temperatures fall to around 11°C. During the cooler months there is still plenty to do, for instance, the Al Bustan Festival, from February through to March. This annual celebration of classical music and dance is a must-see for classical music lovers. This is the best time to book a flight to Beirut and join curious locals and international visitors who flock to the area to see some celebrated performers and musicians from across the globe.

Beirut overview

Despite its troubled, violent past, the Lebanese capital of Beirut is an eclectic, mesmerising cultural haven. Book a flight to Beirut, and you’ll be swept away by the interwoven tapestry of Middle Eastern and European culture filled with nightlife, cafes, beaches, and delicious cuisine that earned the city the reputation of “The Paris of the Middle East.”

Pigeon Rocks is a majestic natural arch that rises out of the Mediterranean and makes an excellent place to watch the sun set from the comfort of a roadside café.

Each Sunday, the Beirut Hippodrome (officially the Hippodrome Du Parc De Beyrouth) brings together an eclectic crowd of locals to bet on thoroughbreds. Don’t miss the chance to participate in this charmingly old school scene (and bring a passport or ID as you’ll need it to get in).

Beirut climate

Beirut has a hot-summer Mediterranean climate and rarely gets really cold. However, the winter months, December through March, can be quite rainy.

Getting around Beirut

Don’t try to navigate the crazy traffic in a rental car, instead opt for taxis or ‘service’ taxis, which are shared taxis; they aren’t quite as convenient as getting your own but they’re a bit cheaper. Be aware that Lebanese taxi drivers are notorious for overcharging by two to three times the real value of a ride.

Getting from the Airport to the City

There is no public transportation from Beirut–Rafic Hariri international airport (BEY) to the city, so once your flight lands take either an airport-certified taxi or a regular taxi. Bargain for the price.

Beirut insider information

Because of its French colonial history, many Beirutis (yes, Beirutis), speak French – and a little French can go a long way. A simple ‘Bonjour’ when you enter a café, shop, or taxi can establish a good initial impression with whoever you’re about to do business with. And of course, don’t forget to say ‘Merci’ whenever appropriate.

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How much do things cost in Beirut?

Markets
Bottle of local beer (0.5 litre)
R 14.00
Pack of Marlboro cigarettes
R 28.15
1 litre of milk
R 27.47
Bottle of wine
R 140.77
Transport
Petrol (1 litre)
R 11.36
1 km taxi journey
R 21.12
Taxi - fixed fee
R 98.54
One-way ticket (local transport)
R 18.72
Restaurants
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 litre)
R 8.43
3 course meal for 2
R 703.84
Meal at McDonald's or similar
R 112.61
Cheap meal
R 167.95
Clothing & Shoes
Pair of jeans
R 1211.88
Pair of Nike shoes
R 1715.32
How much does an apartment cost in Beirut?
1 bedroom apartment in city centre
R 18456
3 bedroom apartment in city centre
R 37837
3 bedroom apartment outside of centre
R 17164
1 bedroom apartment outside of centre
R 9881

More information about Beirut

  • The Downtown district is metropolitan and fun-loving with malls for shopping and lovely local cafes.
  • Catch a flight to Beirut Rafic Hariri Airport; step off the plane and you’re virtually in the city centre
  • Getting a little homesick? The Ashrafieh is well known for its modern looks and top Western brands.
  • Engross yourself in captivating modern Arabic culture: Beirut has a number of fine museums and art galleries.
  • The Al Omari Mosque with its gigantic minarets is a must for anyone looking for amazing holiday photos.
  • Click the links above to find great deals on flights to Beirut; the ideal start to a great holiday.
  • Take a relaxing mid-afternoon walk along the seafront promenade; it’s one of the most attractive areas of the city.
  • A cute and compact cosmopolitan city, Beirut is located at the centre of the Lebanese Mediterranean coast.
  • Beirut International Film Festival is held every October, and is a must for fans of unique independent movies.
  • Visit Ramlet El Baida for the only sandy beach to be found on Beirut’s shores.

International departures to Beirut

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