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Cheap flights to Dallas, TX

Dallas overview

Dallas Travel Guide

When you book a flight to Dallas, you’ll be surprised at what you find. Many travelers will find cheap plane tickets to Dallas throughout the year to pay respects to one of the most influential presidents in American history, and remember where they were the day JFK was shot. Today, trips to Dallas are packed full of football fans, students, business executives and tourists. The diverse city welcomes hundreds of entrepreneurs booking flights to Dallas and tourists who can enjoy economy or luxury accommodations, plus a remarkable restaurant and nightlife scene.

Dallas is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to professional sports. There are three major teams based in Dallas – the Mavericks (NBA) and Stars (NHL) and the Cowboys (NFL) – all followed with passion.

Dallas flights put you front and center near many of America’s most memorable moments – some good, some shocking, but all of them unforgettable. In 1963, America watched in horror as President John F. Kennedy was gunned down as his motorcade traveled through the city streets of Dallas. Years later, Americans booked airline tickets to Dallas and rallied when its hometown sports team, the Dallas Cowboys, brought home five Super Bowl wins and introduced the country to the Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders. And many remember when primetime television brought Dallas’ favorite family, the Ewings, into their lives. Whatever your reason for booking flights to Dallas, it’s likely to stir a memory you’ll never forget.

What’s the weather like in Dallas? 

Dallas has a humid, subtropical climate. Summers are hot, winters are mild, and spring and fall have perhaps the best weather. Travelers considering booking cheap flights to Dallas during spring should bear in mind that there is a risk of thunderstorms (with fantastic lightning shows) and tornadoes. The winter can get quite cold, even icy, with average lows in the mid 30s and generally just under three inches of snow.

 When is the best time to fly to Dallas?

 Peak Season:
Spring and fall are the best times to book cheap flights to Dallas. The weather is pleasant although it can be volatile with tornadoes and spectacular thunderstorms. There are lots of festivals and cultural events on during these times. If you’re planning a trip this fall, be sure to visit the Texas State Fair.

Although summers (June through August) in Dallas can be hot, humid and at times verging on unbearable, this is still a very popular time to visit the city. As the temperature rise, so do hotel rates, so it is advised to book you accommodation and flights to Dallas well in advance. If you would prefer to escape the heat, then you can take advantage of the cool museums or spend your day shopping at the famous Neiman Marcus department store.

Off Season:
Summers can be extremely hot and humid with temperatures greater than 38 degrees Celsius (100 degrees Fahrenheit).

Prefer adventure to tourist attractions? Dallas is located at the southern edge of Tornado Valley and as such is a base city for storm-chasing expeditions and tours in the spring. There is an increased threat of tornados during this period. Most visitors prefer to avoid the heat of the summer from June through September, so cheap flights to Dallas are commonly found during this time. This season sees vibrant wildflowers blossom, such as bluebonnet and Indian paintbrush.

Winters (December through February) are generally mild, although the temperatures have been known to drop to below-freezing and snow is possible. If you don’t mind the cold weather then this can be a great time to book your trip to Dallas, as you may be able to find cheaper flights and possible hotel deals. Do bear in mind that over Christmas and New Year the city can become busy and prices may rise.

 When is the best time to book a flight to Dallas?

For the cheapest flights and fewest crowds, book your flight to Dallas in June through September. Vacations during the summer months can get hot, so plan to cool off in a water park or your hotel pool. If you’re a thrill-seeker, plan your vacation for spring to catch some storm-chasing tours. If you don’t mind fighting the crowds, book your flight for October to experience the Texas State Fair.

How long is the flight to Dallas?

Getting to Dallas from Chicago takes just under two hours, and flying from New York takes around three hours and 15 minutes. If you’re flying from Los Angeles to Dallas, expect a flight time of two and a half hours. Flights from Orlando last around two hours and 20 minutes.

Which airlines fly to Dallas?

The Dallas Fort Worth International Airport is among the busiest airports in the world, ensuring ample options for cheap flights from anywhere in or outside the U.S. via major airlines and smaller carriers. American Airlines, Delta and United all offer flights to Dallas. A few other options include British Airways, Spirit, Air Canada and Frontier Airlines.

What should you pack for a flight to Dallas?

If you’re flying in during the summer, pack for warm, sunny days with temperatures often surpassing 90 F. Tank tops, shorts, a hat and some sunglasses are must-haves, but you should also pack a swimsuit for your hotel pool along with plenty of sunblock. If you’re visiting in the spring, pack rain gear for the frequent storms and showers. For fall and winter trips, pack jackets and jeans for the cooler weather. Don’t forget to bring a pair of comfortable tennis shoes to wear while you’re taking in the Dallas sights. 

Getting to and around the city of Dallas

The main airport for travelers taking flights to Dallas is Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW). An alternative airport is Dallas Love Field (DAL). To get to the city from the airport, passengers can travel on the Dallas Area Rapid Transport (DART) or on commuter rail system. Taxis, rental cars and shuttles are also available.

The main Dallas sights are easy to get to on foot. You can join any of a number of walking tours. Dallas’ public transportation system, the Dallas Area Rapid Transit, also called DART, runs buses and light-rail that connects the downtown Dallas Convention Center with the West End and other sightseeing spots. At the downtown Dallas Museum of Art, you can hop on the M-Line Trolley, also called the McKinney Trolley, to get to the historic McKinney Avenue area.

Despite all the public transportation available, it is a good idea to rent a car in Dallas. It’s a very big city, and you’ll be glad you have the option should you decide to spend time outside the city. Make sure you know your hotel’s parking policy though. There’s little free parking to be found downtown, and most hotels charge for parking. You will also have to battle rush hour traffic. The highway numbers are easy to find on a map, but many locals refer to them by name, like the Airport Freeway or Central Expressway. If you’re going to Deep Ellum at night, take a taxi. 

What are some things to do in Dallas?

Once your plane touches down in DFW International Airport, the combination of warm weather, traditional Texas hospitality and modern Metropolitan fun is sure to sweep you off your feet. Settle into your hotel quickly so you can check out the Sixth Floor Museum, which details the life and mysterious death of President John F. Kennedy. You can also stroll through Perot Museum of Nature to see assembled dinosaur skeletons, or head to Pacific Avenue to marvel at the stained glass from inside the Thanksgiving Square Chapel. Next, make your way to Old Red Museum, an architectural marvel reminiscent of a castle complete with a second-floor museum.

Looking for a little more adventure? Get your adrenaline fix at Zero Gravity Thrill Amusement Park, or explore the city’s public sculptures and other attractions from a sightseeing Segway tour. If you’re looking to wind down, stroll through the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens. You can also take a short drive to White Rock Lake Park for biking trails or a relaxing canoe ride.

Dallas is also famous for its dining scene, so whether you’re craving hearty Texas BBQ or multicultural vegetarian cuisine, downtown Dallas is sure to have something to satisfy your taste buds. Don’t miss the chance to visit Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck, a 360-degree rotating restaurant with unbeatable views of the Dallas city lights.

If you’re visiting in October, be sure to catch the Texas State Fair featuring several weeks of truck shows, concerts and a huge livestock exhibition alongside Texas culinary samplings. You can also catch a football game in the Cotton Bowl, or you might enjoy a concert or performance at the breathtaking Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center or the Winspear Opera House.

Tips for your stay in Dallas

  • The Walking Sculpturebrochure (available at the visitors center) details 33 outdoor public sculptures in the downtown area with works by Richard Serra, Ellsworth Kelly, Mark di Suvero, and Henry Moore. On the first Saturday of each month, a guided walking tour is offered.
  • Fair Parkis a 277-acre venue containing one of the largest complexes of year-round cultural, entertainment, exhibit, and sports facilities in the Southwest. Fair Park is a National Historic Landmark and has a collection of eight museums and art deco architecture. Fair Park also hosts the annual State Fair of Texas.
  • The city was devastated by the assassination of President Kennedy in 1963. The Sixth Floor Museum, in the Texas Schoolbook Depository, houses exhibits that examine the life, times, death, and legacy of President Kennedy within the context of American history. Historic films, photographs, artifacts, and interpretive displays document the events of the assassination, the findings of the official investigations, and the resulting historical legacy.
  • Remember “who shot J.R.” and the infamous shower scene? Southfork, the ranch on the DallasTV series, welcomes tour visitors. You can visit the Ewing mansion and see the gun that shot J.R. and other show memorabilia.
  • Many of the less expensive and least extravagant of Dallas’s 5000 restaurants are on Lower Greenville Avenue.
  • To check out what’s happening in Dallas while you’re there, see the Weekend Guide in the Dallas Morning Newsor the Dallas Observer, a free weekly paper with arts, entertainment, and dining information.

 Finding Flights from Dallas

If Dallas is your starting point, you have plenty of options for cheap flights to domestic and international destinations. Book your flight with United, American Airlines, Delta or Spirit, or find flights with international airlines such as Lufthansa, British Airways, Emirates and Qatar.