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One of the smallest countries in the world, the island nation of Barbados is diminutive in size but big on beauty. The quintessential Caribbean island, Barbados is famed for its white sand beaches, botanical gardens, year-round sunshine and fantastic cuisine. Known as the land of the flying fish, you’ll find this curious creature on the menu as one of the country’s delicacies.
When looking for cheap flights to Barbados the first thing to know is that there is no particular off-season here. Located in the Tropics, the weather tends to be fine all year round, although the most popular time to visit is usually from February to May when tourists come to soak up the summer sun. The cheapest Barbados flights fall in the hurricane season, which takes place from June to November, so double check if you think you have found a bargain.
Both for tickets from London to Barbados, and for cheap flights to Barbados from other airports around the UK, there are a few tricks you can use to find the best deal.
First of all be sure to use the ‘Nearby Airports’ option under the departure location on the search panel. This will broaden your search to include flights from other airports in the vicinity, offering potentially cheaper flights.
If possible, we also recommend searching for tickets from London using the ‘All London Airports’ option.
Finally, being flexible on dates will certainly help you source cheaper tickets.
While it is possible to find direct flights to Barbados from the UK, do be aware these usually only depart from London.
The average flight time from London to Barbados is approximately nine hours. Below you can see optimal flight times from other key airports around the UK.
Barbados only airport is Grantley Adams International Airport. Situated on the southern tip of the island, around 10 miles from the capital Bridgetown, Grantley Adams International has won awards for its services. It serves both Barbados and the other eastern Caribbean islands.
The airport receives flights from a number of airlines including, but not limited to:
Without a doubt the best way to get around this small country is by bus. Regular services run from Grantley Adams International to the capital, Bridgetown. From here you will find regular routes travelling to all parts of the island. Costing just $2 a journey, this is the cheapest and safest way to get around.
Despite the fine weather, you should avoid the temptation to hire a bicycle. While this may seem like a good way to get off the beaten track, the roads are not always well maintained and the local traffic can make cycling conditions somewhat hazardous.
Famed as much for its exquisite botanical gardens as its glorious white beaches, you don’t need to be a dab hand with a trowel to appreciate the splendour of Barbados’ plant life. Close to the village of Bloomsbury, the Flower Forest Botanical Gardens offers a sensual mix of rare tropical plant life and fabulous views of the local scenery.
For something completely different, don’t miss the high-altitude research project (HARP) space gun. A long discarded joint venture between the USA and Canada, this was used to fire objects into space. Retired in favour of rocket travel, this quirky relic of the early space age is nevertheless a must-see for any science buff.
No visa is required for British nationals travelling to Barbados, making a visit here relatively hassle free on the bureaucracy front. The main thing to be aware of is the weather, which can be volatile during hurricane season. We advise all travellers to be prepared for potential storms if visiting from June to November. In addition, there have been some reported cases of the Zika virus in Barbados, so you may wish to avoid travelling here while pregnant.