Ihuru Island, Maldives Ihuru Island, Maldives – Image courtesy of Angsana Resort

How to get to the Maldives

The Maldives – an archipelago of 26 coral atolls consisting of around 1190 low-lying coral islands – lie scattered in the Indian Ocean around 600km (372mi) southwest of the southern tip of India and Sri Lanka.

The most convenient route to the Maldives is by air to Velana International Airport (MLE), also known as Malé International Airport (and previously as Ibrahim Nasir International Airport). The airport is located 2km (1.2mi) from the capital, Malé, on Huhule Island in the North Male Atoll.

Although stretching 820km (509mi) from north to south and 130km (80mi) east to west, no island in the Maldives is more than 45 minutes away by air taxi (sea plane) from Malé’s international airport.


Flight times to the Maldives

The following are the most convenient and quickest flight routes to the Maldives.

From the United States: Etihad, Emirates, Lufthansa, British Airways, Air France and Singapore Airlines (from San Francisco and Los Angeles) offer the most convenient daily scheduled flights to the Maldives.

Atlanta to Maldives is 23 hrs, with connecting flightˆ
Boston to Maldives is 20 hrs 15 min, with connecting flightˆ
Chicago to the Maldives is 22 hrs 55 min, with connecting flightˆ
Dallas-Fort Worth to Maldives is 24 hrs 10 min, with connecting flightˆ
New York to the Maldives is 18 hrs 50 min, with connecting flightˆ
San Francisco to the Maldives is 22 hrs 40 min, with connecting flightˆ
Los Angeles to the Maldives is 22 hrs 5 min, with connecting flightˆ


From Canada: Air Canada, Etihad, British Airways, Air France and Cathay Pacific (from Vancouver) offer the most convenient daily scheduled flights to the Maldives.

Toronto to the Maldives is 23 hrs 37 min, with connecting flightˆ
Montreal to the Maldives is 26 hrs 30 min, with connecting flightˆ
Vancouver to the Maldives is 23 hrs 20 min, with connecting flightˆ


From Australia : Emirates, Qantas, Singapore Airlines, Silk Air, Cathay Pacific, Air Asia and Scoot TigerAir offer the most convenient daily scheduled flights to the Maldives.

Adelaide to Maldives is 14 hrs 55 min, with connecting flightˆ
Brisbane to the Maldives is 14 hrs 15 min, with connecting flightˆ
Melbourne to the Maldives is 13 hrs 55 min, with connecting flightˆ
Sydney to the Maldives is 14 hrs 10 min, with connecting flightˆ
Perth to the Maldives is 11 hrs 5 min, with connecting flightˆ


From New Zealand: Air New Zealand, Singapore Airlines, Silk Air, Malaysian Airlines and Air Asia operate the most convenient flights to the Maldives.

Auckland to the Maldives is 18 hrs 15 min, with connecting flightˆ


From Singapore: Singapore Airlines, Silk Air and Scoot Tigerair operate regular flights to the Maldives.

Singapore to Maldives is 4 hrs 25 min, direct flight.


From United Kingdom: Emirates, Ethihad, British Airways, Lufthansa and Air France offer some of the most convenient scheduled flights to the Maldives.

London to the Maldives is 10 hrs 20 min, direct flight.


From France: Air France offers the most convenient flights.

Paris to the Maldives is 9 hrs 50 min, with connecting flightˆ

(ˆincludes layover time.)


Flying in

Velana International Airport, also known Malé International Airport (MLE) is located 2km (1.2mi) from the capital, Malé, on Huhule Island in the North Male Atoll.

Maldivian Air Taxi's Twin Otter's routinely serve the outer islands from Malé. Incoming guests are met by courtesy speedboats from the respective island resorts.


Entry requirements

A passport valid for at least six months beyond intended period of stay as well as a ticket for return or onward travel. Visas are issued free on arrival for stay of 30 days


Getting around

Between islands: Island Aviation conect Malé with Kaadedhdhoo, Kadhdhoo, Gan and Hanimaadhoo islands. Island-hopping ferries and speedboats are available.

On land: It’s easy enough to walk around most islands as they’re usually quite small. In Malé, taxis are available. Driving is on the left.


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Latest update: How to get to the Maldives: 24 May, 2019


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