Airfare to Damascus, Syria
Travels to Syria usually begin – and end – in Damascus, the country’s capital and largest city. Visitors should take the time to shop at Souq al-Hamidiyya, pay respects at mausoleum of Salah al-Din (or, at least, stop by it) and observe the citadel.
Airfare to Damascus will be the cheapest on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursday. Mondays are popular with business travellers and weekends are key dates for holidaymakers wanting the longest trips possible – avoid these dates.
Also consider flights into Amman, Jordan. To get between the cities, you can grab a spot on a train, bus or flight. Look for cheap flights on no frills airlines. Air Arabia flies to Damascus. Although it will take longer to reach your destination, a bus or train could save you enough cash to make it worth your while.
Another possible money-saving tip is to look for flights that go through Dubai, U.A.E., or another major gateway city instead of flying direct. Because there are more flights – and competition – from these cities on low budget airlines, you can save some cash over flying non-stop to your destination. It is very common to layover in one of these main cities.
Finally, consider traveling on a lesser-known carrier. Syrian Arab Airlines is the national airline. However, British Airways, KLM, Alitalia and other airlines also stop in Damascus.
The most expensive air tickets to Damascus are found during peak holiday travel times, such as the New Year. Also be aware of national events or festivals, which can also cause ticket prices to rise.
Summary of Money Saving Tips:
- Fly mid-week
- Book your holiday during the off-peak season
- Consider flying into Amman, Jordan and traveling overland to Damascus via train or bus
- Look for flights that go through large cities, with many flights
- Check out carriers besides the national airline – they may undercut the monopolistic competition
For more information on Damascus, check out BootsnAll’s Damascus Travel Guide.