From scheduled flights and transfers to self-drives and public transport, find out more on how to travel around the Maldives.
The main airlines flying in from Europe are the UK, German & Italian charter flights which fly direct: Sri Lankan Airways out of Heathrow and British Airways out of Gatwick; and those flying via their main hub: Qatar Airways via Doha, Emirates via Dubai and Oman Airways via Muscat. Sri Lankan also have some flights via Colombo.
The Sri Lankan timetable changes throughout the year, so it is important to check whether the flight you are booked on is ‘non-stop’ or not. From Asia there are flights from Singapore on Singapore Airlines, amongst others.
Male International Airport is serviced by international flights from Europe, Middle East, Singapore, Sri Lanka and other regions. You will need to take a sea plane or a speed boat to reach your resort from Male Airport. The trip can range from 45 minutes to an hour and a half, depending on the location of your resort.
The Maldives is served by Malé International Airport, which is less commonly referred to as Velena International Airport (MLE). This airport is located on the manmade Hulhule Island in the North Male Atoll.