Flights to Baku, Azerbaijan from the United Kingdom range from about 5.5h-14h. Longer flights tend to depart from the northern areas of the UK, such as from Newcastle or Edinburgh, while the shortest flights depart from London. Both London’s southern location and the fact that it services direct flights make it the best city to depart from when travelling to Baku.
You can book direct flights to Baku from London Heathrow Airport via Azerbaijan Airlines, which services a couple of direct flights to Baku daily. From other cities across the UK, you’ll have at least one stopover on the way to Baku. Check to see if your local airport services the airlines that regularly fly into Baku, such as Emirates, Turkish Airlines, Qatar Airways, and Air France, to best lessen your chances of having multiple layovers. If your flight does have stops along the way, you can expect for these to occur in common stopover cities along this route like Paris, Rome, Kiev, and Istanbul.
When you fly to Baku, you’ll alight at Heydar Aliyev International Airport (GYD), which is about 25 km northeast of Baku city centre. To reach the city centre from the airport, you can take a shuttle bus called Aero Express which will take you directly to Baku from the airport in about 40 minutes, with a price of about £.70 one way. You can also opt to take a taxi, just be sure to book it through the TaxiTender service at the airport for the best service and prices. It will take you about 30 minutes to reach Baku by taxi and a price of about £12-£24, depending on your precise destination. You can also hire a car and drive yourself from the airport, just be sure to book in advance.
Baku is the capital of Azerbaijan and a city with a unique history, making it a fascinating place to visit. While in Baku, you can see many instances of how it was once a crossroads for several civilisations, as well as many unique and modern attractions as well. Dedicate plenty of time to exploring the walled Inner City, including the15th century Palace of Shirvanshahs, which is composed of a mosque, hammams, mausoleums, and more. On the opposite end of the spectrum is the distinctly contemporary Heydar Aliyev Center a uniquely designed building filled with modern art pieces and a welcoming café. Stroll through Gobustan National Park and encounter ancient rock carvings and stunning views of the Caspian Sea.
British citizens travelling to Baku, Azerbaijan need a passport with at least six months of validity remaining at the date of your arrival. You’ll also need a visa before flying to Azerbaijan, which is single entry and valid for 90 days.
Baku All airports (BAK), located 13.5 km from the city center, is the airport you fly into when you book flights to Baku.