|Popular in||December||High demand for flights, 4% potential price rise|
|Cheapest in||January||Best time to find cheap flights, 5% potential price drop|
|Average price||$1,192||Average for round-trip flights in December 2020|
|Round-trip from||$571||From New York to Beirut|
|One-way from||$360||One-way flight from New York to Beirut|
NYC - BEY
$767 - $1,333
62.6 - 87.8 °F
0 - 5.24 inches
Despite its troubled, violent past, the Lebanese capital of Beirut is an eclectic, mesmerizing cultural haven. Book a cheap flight to Beirut, and you’ll be swept away by the interwoven tapestry of Middle Eastern and European culture filled with nightlife, cafes, beaches, and delicious cuisine that earned the city the reputation of “The Paris of the Middle East.”
Flights from the United States to Beirut, Lebanon are anywhere from 14h and15m to over 22h, depending on how many stops are taken and the departure city.
Unfortunately, travelers cannot get direct flights from Beirut, Lebanon from the United States. However, people traveling from or through the U.S. to Lebanon can get one- and two-stop flights to Beirut.
From the Beirut–Rafic Hariri International Airport, travelers can get into the city centre by way of taxi, a private car, a ride share or rental car. There are both city taxis and official airport taxis around the Beirut–Rafic Hariri International Airport on any given day. If you’re in a rush of don’t want to deal with any waiting after your flight, you could reserve a private car ahead of time, and the price of this option typically stars around $10 USD. All of these options only take about 15-20m of driving, depending on traffic.
Another popular option is simply renting a car at the airport. You can do this when you arrive or reserve a rental car ahead of time, which is what we recommend just in case that area of the airport is busy and congested the day you arrive. However, if you do go with the rental car option, you will need an International Driving Permit. This permit will be certified by the Lebanese authorities when you land, and you’ll need to have it with you when driving around the country, as you may get stopped at a checkpoint and asked to show a permit.
And lastly, another budget-friendly and quick option to get into the Beirut city centre from the airport is via Uber. The popular ride share app is available in Lebanon, and travelers can log into the Beirut–Rafic Hariri International Airport if they need to request a ride into the city.
Families, couples and solo travelers can enjoy Beirut through a variety of tours, destinations and activities. Some well-known attractions in the city include the National Museum of Beirut, Zaitunay Bay, the Mim Mineral Museum, Pigeon Rocks, Gemmayzeh Street and Hamra Street, just ot name a few.
One great way to experience Beirut is through a tour. Visitors can embark on a day trip to Byblos, Jeita Grotto and Harissa — or opt for a private tour of Anjar, Baalbek and Ksara. For the more adventurous and sporty, there’s also the popular walking tour that goes by many historical Beirut sights.
For travelers looking to get a taste of adventure while in Lebanon, there are great outdoor activities available: Paragliding Lebanon, Zingy Ride, Vamos Todos and more.
Yes, travelers from the United States heading to Lebanon do need a valid passport, and their passport must not expire three months after the date of entry. Visitor to Lebanon from the U.S. also need proof of a return ticket and may even be asked to prove the appropriate funds and lodging accommodations for their entire stay.
With its Mediterranean climate, temperatures in Beirut are best suited for visitors from April to June. Summer gets oppressively humid, and heavy rains fall from December to February.
April to June has the most seasonable weather; the summers get uncomfortably hot in this Mediterranean climate, and heavy rains fall in the winter.
Don’t try to navigate the crazy traffic in a rental car, instead opt for taxis or ‘service’ taxis, which are shared taxis; they aren’t quite as convenient as getting your own but they’re a bit cheaper. Be aware that Lebanese taxi drivers are notorious for overcharging by two to three times the real value of a ride.
Because of its French colonial history, many Beirutis (yes, Beirutis), speak French – and a little French can go a long way. A simple ‘Bonjour’ when you enter a café, shop, or taxi can establish a good initial impression with whoever you’re about to do business with. And of course, don’t forget to say ‘Merci’ whenever appropriate.