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Language: Hindi | Currency: Rupees (₹) | Local time: IST | Avg. Flight time: 8.5 hrs
Most flights to India take around nine hours to cities in the north and west, or 10 hours for the east-coast cities. Coming back to the UK, flights take a little over an hour longer as you fly against the jet stream.
There are vast differences in quality between the various carriers – be sure to research each before buying your flight to India, as nine hours of airborne discomfort can feel much longer.
Flights take off from London Heathrow (LHR) to no fewer than seven destinations in India, the cheapest of which is Goa, followed by Mumbai (BOM) and New Delhi. Other destinations include Bangalore (BLR) and Ahmedabad (AMD), while flights to Chennai (MAA) and Hyderabad (HYD) also operate daily. Operators include British Airways, Virgin Atlantic and Air India.
It’s also possible to compare and book cheap direct flights to India in 2017 from Birmingham (BHX) to New Delhi (DEL) and Manchester (MAN) to Goa (GOI).
Connecting flights with a range of carriers can also be good value for money, if you don’t mind a stop en route. Compare all flight options with TravelSupermarket to find the deal that works for you.
There’s plenty of competition and a steady flow of passengers between India and the UK which helps to keep prices down, but for the cheapest India deals in 2017, keep an eye out for flights along the more common routes of London to Delhi and Mumbai or any of the charter flights to Goa, such as those operated by Thomas Cook.
Goa has a swanky new terminal that efficiently processes four million annual passengers, but compared to India’s other major entry points, this is small fry. Delhi airport handles 10 times that amount, as does Mumbai.
Be careful: if you plan to book a taxi at the airport, buy your ticket from an officially registered location inside the airport and present it at the taxi rank outside. Where possible, avoid the taxi drivers who tout outside.
To find out more, visit our how to get around India page.
Because of the vast size of the country, domestic flights have never been more popular, so shop around for the cheapest domestic flights in India. The emergence of a host of budget airlines means there are plenty of options, and one-way flights in India are affordable too.
When you take a train, bus or plane in India and compare the time each one takes, flying domestically can soon start to gain appeal for longer journeys.