Cheap Flights to Dubai from the US

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Best student & youth fares right now to Dubai

Wondering how much it'll cost to fly to Dubai from the US? Well with our student and youth fares, not a lot! Take a look below at our top flight deals. And if you don’t see anything that fits what you need, search in the box above or check back tomorrow, as these prices are updated everyday.

Student flights from the USA to Dubai

Completely unique and impressively modern, Dubai mixes Western comforts with exotic Eastern charm and leaves visitors in awe. The city as a whole is an architectural oasis and is particularly popular for travelers in their twenties. It’s a city that is hugely diverse (in terms of nature, people and culture), home to a pretty impressive collection of skyscrapers and it takes the title of the largest population in the UAE too.

So are you ready to book your flight outta here to Dubai right now? If the answer is yes, then we can help! Just get searching using the box above to see what flight options we have for you. If you’re a thrifty student looking to save even more cash, sign up now to become a StudentUniverse member. It’s quick, free and easy to do. Once you’ve joined you’ll be able to get even more exclusive discounts on flights.

map of Dubai showing major airport hubs

What are the main Dubai airports, and how do I get from them to central Dubai?

Dubai has two major international airports. These are Dubai International Airport (DXB) and Al Maktoum International Airport (DWC). Both offer a number of transportation options to get into central Dubai.

Dubai International Airport (DXB) is located only 3 miles from the city centre, making it super quick and easy to get into the heart of Dubai. The airport has two metro stations and trains run frequently from Terminals 1 and 3. You can also go for the budget option of a local bus. Or if you're in a rush, there are taxis available too.

Al Maktoum International Airport (DWC), otherwise referred to as Dubai World Central, is located a bit further from the city, about 23 miles southwest of Dubai. There are no direct transport options to the airport, although you can reach it using a combination of public bus and the metro.

How to fly from the USA to Dubai

Getting to Dubai from the US is super easy to do, despite the rather lengthy flight times. You'll find nonstop flights daily from major cities like New York, San Francisco, Washington, Chicago and Los Angeles. Airlines that we partner with that operate flights to Dubai include Virgin Atlantic, Delta Air Lines and British Airways and more.

Cheap flights to Dubai
from New York City (NYC)

Average flight duration

12 hours, 30 minutes


Number of weekly flights

There are 35 (nonstop) flights from New York and Dubai International per week. This averages to around 5 per day.

Cheap flights to Dubai
from San Francisco (SFO)

Average flight duration

15 hours, 30 minutes


Number of weekly flights

There are 21 (nonstop) flights from San Francisco and Dubai International per week. This averages to around 3 per day.

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from Los Angeles (LAX)

Average flight duration

15 hours, 50 minutes


Number of daily flights

There are 18 (direct) flights from LAX and Dubai International per week. This averages to around 5 per day.

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from Chicago (ORD)

Average flight duration

13 hours, 25 minutes


Number of weekly flights

There are 14 (nonstop) flights from Chicago and Dubai International per week. This averages to around 2 per day.

When is the best time to fly to Dubai

Dubai is known for being a hot desert destination, so it’s no surprise that when you visit it’ll basically be either hot or even hotter. Winter in Dubai starts from around November until April and temperatures tend to be a lot cooler during these months, making it easier to explore all that Dubai has to offer. If you do visit between April and October brace yourselves for some pretty warm weather. Highs can be above 100 degrees for months, so outdoor exploring can be a hot and sweaty endeavor!

There are some great festivals and events taking place in Dubai each year though that you may want to schedule your trip around. These include the Dubai Shopping Festival, Dubai International Jazz Festival, the Dubai Marathon, the Festival of Taste, ArtDubai and the National Day Festival.

When is the cheapest time to book a flight from the USA to Dubai?

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Why do American students love visiting Dubai?

Besides the year-round sunshine? Well, there’s the fact that Dubai is home to thousands of fellow international students, the nightlife is pretty great and there is a lot to see, do and experience in Dubai on a budget (which doesn’t just include going to the mall).


Dubai universities and campuses

Dubai universities and campuses

For those thinking of studying in Dubai, you have more than 65 colleges and universities to choose from, plus a lot of student facilities courtesy of the Dubai International Academic City. This is a dedicated free trade zone for academic institutions. Classes based on US curriculums are taught in English, but students not of Arab heritage must take Arabic language classes, as there is an emphasis on the fact that English is a second language when it comes to teaching.


Dubai lifestyle and culture

Dubai lifestyle and culture

Dubai’s lifestyle and cultures may be very different to what you experience in the US and must be respected while traveling. In terms of a language barrier, much to many traveler's surprises, you shouldn't have any problems. Although Arabic is the language of the United Arab Emirates, English is the most widely spoken language in Dubai. The most important thing to note is that the UAE is a Muslim country, so the laws and customs will be different to those in the US. Please respect traditions, customs, religion and the law at all times while visiting and be aware that these (and the penalties) will be different than back home. However, in general, Dubai is a pretty modern and tolerant city, so it's quite welcoming of international travelers.


Exploring Dubai on a student budget

Exploring Dubai on a student budget

Worried that it’s too pricey to visit Dubai? Despite Dubai having a very luxurious reputation, with Maseratis and Ferraris a regular sight on the roadways, there’s so much you can experience even on a student budget. Take a journey up to the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building; do some window shopping at Dubai Mall or explore the historic Al Fahidi District, which is full of traditional spice bazaars, art galleries, cafes and quirky souvenir shops.

Frequently asked questions about flying from the US to Dubai

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