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Find cheap flights to Central America from £221

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San José
San José2 stops£471
Panama City
Panama City1 stop£553
Guatemala City
Guatemala City2 stops£538
Belize City
Belize City1 stop£555
Managua
Managua2 stops£471
Liberia
Liberia1 stop£558
San Pedro Sula
San Pedro Sula2 stops£608
Coxen Hole
Coxen Hole2 stops£594

Good to know - Cheap tickets to Central America

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£221
Best time to beat the crowds (4% less expensive on average)
Most popular time to fly and prices are also 14% lower on average.
Flight from London Gatwick Airport to Managua

FAQs - booking Central America flights

  • What visa do British citizens need to fly to Central America?

    UK citizens don't need a visa to visit any of the countries in Central America, providing they are only going as tourists. You will be given a visa for tourism upon arrival, which generally lasts between 30 and 90 days. If you need to stay longer, then you will need to apply for a visa through the embassy of the country that you are visiting. You need to make sure that you have at least six months on your passport when you enter the country.

  • What are some important rules of the road when leaving the airport in a hire car?

    It’s vital that you are aware of the road laws when you leave the airport in a hire car. You need to check each country’s laws specifically to make sure you are familiar with them. For example, if you are hiring a car in Panama, then you must make sure everyone is wearing a seat belt at all times, and children under five years of age need to be in a child seat. Most car hire agencies have child seats available as extras, but be sure to check beforehand.

  • How can I fly directly to Central America from the UK?

    You can get direct flights to Central America from Heathrow Airport (LHR) and Gatwick Airport. For example, from Heathrow, you can fly directly to Mexico City with British Airways or Aeromexico. From London Gatwick, you can fly to Cancun and San Jose with British Airways.

  • Which airline offers direct flights and is known for its good service?

    British Airways offers direct flights to Central America and is renowned for its good service. It is considered to have great ground and cabin staff, who go the extra mile to help customers. The quality of the onboard facilities is also considered to be high, with tasty meals, great entertainment and comfy seating.

  • How long is the flight to Central America?

    An average direct flight from the United Kingdom to Central America takes 23h 51m, covering a distance of 5283 miles. The most popular route is London - San José with an average flight time of 15h 41m.

  • What is the cheapest flight to Central America?

    The cheapest ticket to Central America from the United Kingdom found in the last 72 hours was £321. The most popular route is London Heathrow to San José Juan Santamaria Intl and the cheapest round-trip airline ticket found on this route in the last 72 hours was £524.

  • Which airlines fly to Central America?

    British Airways flies the most frequently from the United Kingdom to Central America.

  • What are the most popular destinations in Central America?

    The next most popular destinations are Panama City (15%) and Managua (7%). Searches for flights to Liberia (6%), to Guatemala City (6%) and to Belize City (6%) are also popular.

  • How does KAYAK’s flight Price Forecast tool help me choose the right time to buy?

    KAYAK’s flight Price Forecast tool uses historical data to determine whether the price for a given destination and date is likely to change within 7 days, so travellers know whether to wait or book now.

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Top tips for finding cheap flights to Central America

  • Enter your preferred departure airport and travel dates into the search form above to unlock the latest Central America flight deals.
  • Central America is a large continent that has lots of countries and airports. When you’re travelling to a country in the north, such as Mexico, you can take frequent and well-priced flights from Manchester and London to airports like Cancun Airport (CUN) and Mexico City Airport (MEX).
  • Flights from most large cities in the UK are more convenient than if you go from smaller airports. This is because they tend to be quicker and cheaper. For example, a flight from Newcastle to Cancun usually requires at least one change, whereas flights from London Gatwick Airport (LGW) can be direct. It’s also slightly cheaper to depart from London than it is from Newcastle.
  • If you want to visit countries in Central America, then you can take a quick flight with TUI Airways to Cancun. If you want to find a competitive fare to San Salvador, El Salvador, you can take a flight with United Airlines.
  • Mexico City Airport is one of the more busy terminals in the continent and is considered a gateway to Central America. Before you book your trip, it’s a good idea to browse KAYAK for alternative flight deals to Guatemala City Airport (GUA) or San Jose Airport (SJC).
  • You should avoid visiting Costa Rica around the Easter celebrations if this is not your purpose for visiting, as the prices of flights are likely to be higher during this period. In Costa Rica, Easter is a major event and there is a week-long celebration, with parades and lots of colours. So, if you are not visiting for Easter, try and book before or after these celebrations.
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Top 5 airlines flying to Central America

Need help choosing which airline to fly with from the United Kingdom to Central America? KAYAK airline reviews give an overall score for each airline based on loads of factors, including comfort, boarding, in-flight entertainment and more, to make your decision easier. See airline scores according to KAYAK reviews.
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KLMOverall score based on 1763 reviews
78boarding
73entertainment
76comfort
73food
78overall
84crew
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I thought KLM was the best airline but the Lima - Amsterdam was 1 hours late, the Brussels - Amsterdam was 2.30 hours late and the Amsterdam - Lima was 30 minutes late

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I thought KLM was the best airline but the Lima - Amsterdam was 1 hours late, the Brussels - Amsterdam was 2.30 hours late and the Amsterdam - Lima was 30 minutes late

The food was ok. The crew seemed like they were cranky. I had one guy get mad at me for passing in between the storage area to get to the other toilet. I can understand if it's not allowed but reprimanding me like I'm a student saying "This is the last time!" was not appropriate. During my meal time, there was a French family around me. No problems there but when we usually have meals, they are supposed to put their chair in the upright position. These people did not do it and the steward did not tell them to raise their seat in the upright position. However, I was told to do so! So, me and another person next to me had to eat with the monitor almost touching our faces. Furthermore, a lady in front of me was putting her feet up and preventing another elder passenger from putting her seat back. To make it worse, she was continuously hitting her back into her seat, shaking my monitor while I was watching a movie. A crew member did speak to her about it but then she accused me of pushing her seat forward! The crew member gave me a death stare and told me to stop pushing the seat forward. I did not even touch her seat at all, if I did, she would know it. Her boyfriend also stood up and tried to push her seat even further past the maximum decline to no avail. None of these people were reprimanded but the steward, some bald guy, was extremely friendly with them and did not even try to instruct them to do anything until it was time to land. I resisted the urge to really argue with them because I would have obviously been seen as the aggressor (I have no idea why). I hardly said anything on this flight except "more wine please" and "sorry" if I bumped into someone accidentally. Overall, it was an annoying flight and I had to resist the urge to yell at the steward and the people he was overly friendly with. The happiest moment of this flight was leaving it.

One of the vstewardeses wanted to bump me of the plane for absolutely nothing. There is CCTV in the plane ans everything can be verified. Very disappointing , you all will see, o other 5 years and the passangers who does not smile to flight attendent will be bumped off...

I travel frequently. The flight was late again... KLM should really try and be on time

The flight itself it was great nice food the crew were very nice and helpful, Checking in from Birmingham wasn't great long queues for bag dropped, And I had my hand luggage case taken away from me even though I requested to have it with me as I had breakables items. I was told I can not because of the length of the flight with no explanation at all no options was given for me to take my fragile items out of my case it was taken away with hold buggage I find the staff member who was checking me in very unpleasant !! Can we please be advise if the rules have changed about the the carry on hand luggage it will be easier to be advise on booking your tickect if we not allowed to take the hand luggage with me. Overall I had a good flight .

The plane was clean and the staff was friendly. Food and drinks as expected on international flights. The entertainment system was old style, with a pullout controller, and selections not as extensive as on other flights.

I requested wheel chair assistance , it was confirmed via email that inwoood get it but I didn’t get it . The last leg of my trip to Nigeria was the worst.

Amazing KLM service and brilliant economy comfort seats. Well worth the extra.

The boarding was one of the worst I’ve ever experienced. The fault lays on Ohare Airport and not so much the airline. The waiting area by the gate was the size to accommodate a regional flight for 20-30 people and right next to a busy walkway. When you cramped nearly 300 passengers into that space is was unbearable.

The Crew have no idea about the food they're serving the passengers. The Crew MUST be instructed before each flight about the menu that will be served to the passengers, whether the food is vegetarian or non-vegetarian, whether it is Halal, Kosher or not.

I’m very disappointed, to fly into an airplane for 10 straight hours, and not having a TV even though when I put the ticket I was told that I will have entertainment for the TV. Very disappointed.

Helpful steward. Allowed me to move to some empty seats and I was able to get some sleep. He also had milk for my tea. Americans don’t realise that cream or half and half ruin tea.

Very rude hostess. She embarrassed me in front of others. I went to sit after taking off in a different sit in the same economic cabin. Was the area where doors are. She come to me very laud and said: go back to your sit those sit are more expensive.wow! No diplomacy. Flight was super full except 3 of those sit. The only person in that row later during the flight occupied all sit laying down!. Once more disappointed at American Airlines. Early flight they lost my luggages for 4 days. Never refund money for replacement for some of essential items purchased..when I booked the flight I thought was Finlandair. I

The crew was very good, excellent, they help me with my needs.! Food was not that good.

Everything was quite easy from boarding to landing - the staff was great and service was excellent too!

Flights are standard. But being over 3 hours late is too much.

In-flight entertainment was. It working for the entire 12 hour flight! Unbelievable! At least provide free wi-fi so people could use their phones.

The flight was surprisingly good, especially given initial experience. BA app is horrible as is their customer service. Online check in was a horrendous experience and when I phoned their customer service number, the live agent with whom I spoke was rude and dismissive. She did helpfully inform me that their IT people were working on a known problem related to online checkin. However, once she delivered that information, she curtly ended the call before I could suggest that since BA was aware of this, it should be posted on the app and online. I grudgingly flew BA this time - have avoided them for years because of past similar serial bad experiences. While this flight was fine, I’ll return to avoiding them in the future given the hassle experienced and rude personnel.

Boarding was a shambles, with no proper line or queue and multiple groups joining at the same time. Overhead space was limited. Seat spacing (width) is not generous. My neighbour was invading my space, before he even spilt his drinks over me (twice!) as he struggled to contain his meal on the table. The main meal was very poor. Choice was simply chicken / turkey - the crew didn't know exactly which - or vegetarian. The chicken meal was really poor quality - uninspiring and tasteless; and very little offering of drinks. Half the crew were friendly, half really need to cheer up.

Food was pretty poor - bland, tasteless. Drinks offerings were very limited also.

Very uncomfortable seats and seat backs, and I am only 5’9”. Delayed due to crew issues, spent a long time with no ventilation. Teeny overhead bins. Wifi worked well. Arrived safely.

Good. The wife was not working but then it got resolved.

Textbook great flight. On-time departure and arrival, clean plane, good food, friendly flight attendants. Checked baggage delivered promptly.

The flights from Ottawa to Albuquerque went smoothly enough though on on flight they didn't have how water for coffee or tea and on another there there was no ice. The return flights from Albuquerque were delayed by mechanical problems on both flights. Ottawa was a ground crew maintenance issue.

Liked Seat space in Premium Plus Disliked delay, poor management of boarding groups, missed meal at landing.

Customer service - staff was effective in getting my trip rescheduled

The crew were great. The boarding process was unclear where to line up. Plane was very old. Flew on a new plane flying from LA to Houston. Business class was great. Plane from Houston to Merida was very old. The plane from LA to Houston made me think I should fly United more. The plane from Houston to Merida made me think I should stick with Aero Mexico and Volaris.

Crew and snacks were great. It’s nice to have free wifi for entertainment, but there wasn’t anywhere to place my phone (ie Alaska Airlines). Also the gate was right next to another that was boarding at the same time, so it was difficult to tell where the line for our flight was. Also, they didn’t have a speaker system and had to yell for different groups. Had I not gotten a text that the flight was boarding, we might have missed the flight.

Crew did not arrive for their shift and flight delayed for 2 1/2 hours whilst new pilots were found. The man at the boarding gate did a great job keeping us informed and the eventual flight was good. It was just the long delay waiting…….

I was seated to an oversized overweight person that spread over to my seat. His shoulder overlapped my seat very uncomfortable.

Great flight. Left on time, not very crowded. Quiet and the right temperature.

No eye patches , socks given out for overnight flight! The snack on the short haul was a cube of chocolate! The seat was uncomfortable for a long haul - not enough cushioning!

Efficient boarding process. Staff are nice. Food should be better.

I paid a lot of money for seat selection and was miserable for flight duration

They left us in the bus for 10 minutes in front of the aircraft, without an open door or window: people started to get sicuramente from the geat. The seats are so close to the seat in front that my knees were jammed into the seat, causing me lot of pain even after the flight.

Lufthansa lost our luggage. After a lot of chasing on our part we got it back. The main problem is that there was no office in Bogota to help us outside of flighttimes. The customer service phone lines had no data on our luggage. I think Lufthansa need to invest in managing communications over lost luggage or this will end with everyone taking more luggage out of hold.

Ended up canceling the tickets with Lufthansa because they need extra visa for changing terminal for layover at Frankfurt airport.

Very good service. One of my journey was by bus. But they advised by plane. Wrong information

No entertainment, no food or beverage included… Price like Lufthansa, “comfort and service” from Eurowings.

I was unable to select my seat when checking in online.

It was truly amazing. I will do it again! Excellent!

Pre flight food options were not working and made the flight not enjoyable. Post experiences of British airways have been positive, but this is enough to stop me using British airways again

Flight cancelled and i was rebooked on delta. Delta business class is not the same as British

It was nice and smooth from boarding to landing. Flight crew was wonderful and very professional.

Boarding could be smoother. But the flight crew was excellence. Very professional, friendly and helpful.

The crew was great but we sat in the plane for over an hour before takeoff combined with a 4 hour delay on our previous flight caused us to miss planned scheduled meetings in Geneva.

Everything was fine except my screen wasn’t working and I was unable to watch any movies or TV. Staff tried 3 times to reboot it, without success.

Not as bad as from Newark to London ,but that doesn’t mean I will book with them again

Positive boarding experience, easy access to seat with plenty of luggage space

Too many passengers are bringing two large bags, neither fit under the seat so space is limited and the crew ask for many people to check bags

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