London to Sharm flights take just over five hours and are presently available from four different airlines: easyJet, Thomson, Monarch, and EgyptAir. No one airline offers a daily service to Sharm el-Sheikh, but there are flights seven days a week if you don’t mind which airline or airport you use.
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If you want to book a package holiday in Sharm then there are numerous choices available, and whichever company you use will almost certainly include the flights and book them with Thomson or Monarch. Egypt’s Red Sea coast is one of the best diving and snorkelling destinations in the world, and its popularity with divers as well as holidaymakers and even second-home owners ensures a competitive flight market.
The best cheap flights for independent travellers are usually with the budget airline easyJet, but that isn’t necessarily the case for London to Sharm flights. At the time of writing a typical London-Sharm easyJet return costs about £300-400. You might find it cheaper to book a package holiday, many of which would include the flight and a week’s accommodation for that kind of price. You can also book flights only with Monarch or Thomson, and at the time of writing their flight-only prices were cheaper than easyJet, so shop around for the best cheap flight deals.
There are currently direct flights to Sharm from London Gatwick, Heathrow, Luton and Stansted Airports. EasyJet flies from both Luton and Gatwick, Thomson use Stansted, Luton and Gatwick, Monarch flies from Gatwick, and EgyptAir is the only London-Sharm direct flight from Heathrow, with an overnight flight on Mondays and Wednesdays. They do operate daytime flights on other days but with a stop in Cairo, sometimes of a few hours, and you would need to get an early morning flight in order to get to Sharm the same day. Direct flights to Sharm are much the best option.
The only flights from Stansted are on Sundays with Thomson. Luton has flights five days a week. The best airport for flights to Sharm is Gatwick, which has flights every day with one or other of the airlines.
EgyptAir offers flights to Sharm via Cairo, and you might think that was the best option and a way of seeing Cairo on the way. However, you would need to book the two legs of the flight separately if you wanted to spend a night or two in Cairo on the way to Sharm, pushing up the cost. It makes more sense to get a cheap flight to Sharm on one of the budget airlines, and visit Cairo from there. Travel agents in Sharm will book you a day trip or longer to Cairo, which is plenty of time if your main aim is to see the Pyramids.
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