|Most popular in||November||High demand for flights, 7% potential price rise|
|Cheapest in||April||Best time to find cheap flights, 2% potential price drop|
|Average price||R8 848||Price for this month|
|Cheapest price||R9 275||From Johannesburg to Beirut|
Planning a flight to Lebanon from the UK? You can expect it to take around 5 – 6 hours depending on things like the number of stops along the route, where you fly out of, and the airline that you choose. The primary airport offering flights to Lebanon for UK citizens is London Heathrow Airport, which is the largest and busiest in the country. However, London Luton Airport also serves this route and is less crowded. London Gatwick Airport offers service to Lebanon, and is the second busiest airport in the UK. All flights to Lebanon from the UK will go to Beirut International Airport, also called Beirut-Rafic Hariri International Airport, which is located to the south of Beirut proper, close to the coast. Note that this is the only operational commercial airport in the nation and the home base for Middle East Airlines.
The only city in the UK to offer direct flights to Lebanon is London, and the only airport is London Heathrow. However, numerous other cities can provide connecting flights to Lebanon, including Manchester, Edinburgh, Glasgow, and Birmingham. Note that a single stopover can add several hours to the flight time, with the average being around 8h. Two stops can turn this into a 12h flight or longer. The most common stopover points are Rome, Paris, Amsterdam, and Istanbul, depending on the airline in question.
Getting around Lebanon can be challenging. There are no domestic air services. Minibuses do connect the city of Beirut with outlying areas, and there are both public and privately owned buses on offer. Car and motorcycle rentals are available, but Westerners should be wary, as traffic snarls are common and laws are not well enforced. It is also required that you stop at all military checkpoints and have proper identification ready at all times. Taxis are widely available and many drivers speak English. Note that there are no train services.
While getting around the country can be challenging, there are some very rewarding things to explore, from Phoenician and Roman ruins to the Mim Museum and Jeita Grotto. Other popular destinations include Saint Charbel’s Tomb, the National Museum of Beirut, and the Al-Shouf Cedar Nature Reserve, where you can experience the renowned cedars of Lebanon.
Yes, you’ll need a passport to enter Lebanon and it must be valid for up to three months after your date of entry. You will also need a visa, but tourist visas are free and can be applied for on your arrival. Note that if you overstay your visa, you may need to pay a fine before you are allowed to leave the country.