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Language: Greek | Currency: Euros (€) | Local time: CEST | Avg. Flight time: 3.5 hrs
Given how popular Rhodes is, it’s not surprising to find many cheap daily flights heading there during the holiday season, which is between early April to late October or early November.
From London Gatwick (LGW), British Airways, easyJet, Monarch and Thomson all fly direct to Rhodes. Ryanair and Jet2 fly from Stansted (STN), while easyJet also services the route from Luton. Competition has kept prices cheap, but flights do sell out quickly, especially in July and August. The average flight time from London to Rhodes is four hours.
Direct flights between Birmingham (BHX) and Rhodes are operated by Jet2. EasyJet and Ryanair fly from Liverpool (LPL). From Manchester (MAN), you have a choice of multiple airlines as Jet2, Monarch, and Thomas Cook all run direct flights to Rhodes.
From Newcastle (NCL), charter holiday giants Thomson and Thomas Cook provide direct flights, while Thomas Cook and Ryanair fly direct from Midlands (EMA) to Rhodes.
Further north, Jet2 and Thomas Cook fly from Glasgow (GLA), with a flight time of four hours and 20 minutes. Jet2 also flies from Edinburgh (EDI) to Rhodes.
Sadly, there are no direct flights between Belfast and Rhodes, so your best bet is to transit in Liverpool or London.
Visiting Rhodes can get a bit tricky during the off-season from November to April as you’re required to change in Athens (ATH), before flying onward with Greek carrier Olympic Air. The cost is not outrageously expensive, however – you can still get there and back for less than £200. Be warned, though: tourist hotspots such as bars, restaurants and hotels are likely to be shut for the winter.
Rhodes is becoming a popular cruise destination, but if you aren’t on one of the luxury liners, you can still get there via ferries from Kos, Patmos, Kalymnos and Leros. The most frequent service, however, is from Athens, which takes about 17 hours.
While you can still get knock-down prices for flights at the height of summer, be aware that the prices of hotels can double during the busiest weeks.
Low-cost carriers have kept flight prices cheap, but not during the summer months when prices shoot up to well over £200 for a round-trip ticket.
For budget travellers, the best time to go is in May when the weather is pleasant but the summer crowds have yet to arrive. September is another good month – temperatures still hover around 22C and the days are largely dry.
You don’t need a visa to visit Rhodes, but your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay.
Looking to visit Rhodes? Make sure to check out our Tips and Advice first.