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City CodeBSR
Popular Airlines
  • Qatar Airways
Flight Time17~18 hours

The flight time to Basra is approximately 17~18 hours. Find out more about the history, economy, climate and transportation options before you visit Basra.


Located in the southern region of the country, Basra is a city found in Iraq. Basra is the main port of the country. Based on a 2012 estimate, the population of Basra has reached to more than 1.5 million citizens. Established in 636 AD, Basra played important roles in history, particularly Islamic and Sumer history. With temperatures reaching up to 50oC, Basra is regarded as one of the hottest cities in Iraq. Also dubbed as the Venice of the East, Basra is recognized as the economic capital of the country.

Voice of Travelers to Basra

A quick tour at Basra

My name is Aryan from Delhi. My interests include traveling to different parts of Asia and the rest of the world. I have started my journey in Southeast Asia. Now, I wanted to explore West Asia. So to start with, I planned to book a ticket bound to Basra. When I had enough funds, I secured a ticket via Iraqi Airways. Their flight became convenient because of the staff and crew of the plane. When I have arrived at Basra, I quickly toured around the place. I was amazed by their beautiful mosques. I even witnessed the Shanasheel, some old Ottoman houses with stunning facades. The port is beautiful as well. The place may be a little hot, but I have already been accustomed to it. Overall, I got my money’s worth from the ticket I bought. I am now planning to book another ticket abroad.

A cultural lesson at Basra

I am Ali from Dubai. I study culture from different regions of the Western Asia. When I was able to grab an opportunity, I booked a ticket to Basra to explore the place. A quaint city located south of Iraq, going to Basra would be interesting. I booked a ticket via Emirates. Their services are always topnotch. I loved the way the plane staff accommodated their passengers like me. I had a great time on board. When I have arrived at Basra, I tried immersing myself with the culture of the city. To further gauge the culture of Basra, I bought a ticket to be able to enter Basra Museum. I was amazed by the exhibits featuring artifacts from early civilizations including Mesopotamian and Babylonian. There were also exhibits featuring the history of Basra as well. Overall, the trip was educational. After my tour, I booked a ticket back home.

Basra Travel FAQs

Q. How do I book a ticket to Basra?

A. If you are planning to book a ticket bound to Basra, you may inquire for the availability of a ticket from airline companies that fly to the city. Since many of the airlines that provide a ticket to Basra are from western Asian countries, it would be recommended to seek help from travel companies in order to guide you in booking a ticket to Basra. A ticket to Basra may also be availed online. However, precaution should be kept in mind when booking a ticket to Basra, and the rest of Iraq.

Q. Do I need a visa to enter Basra?

A. As prescribed by the law, everyone who wishes to go to Basra needs a visa before being able to secure a ticket to Basra. Aside from the visa and the ticket, a valid passport is also required from tourists. After having successfully booked a ticket and have safely flown to Basra, citizens from Bahrain and Saudi Arabia may obtain a visa upon arrival at Basra International Airport. Additionally, nationals from Kuwait and China may be able to book a plane ticket to Basra without a visa as long as they hold diplomatic passports.

Q. What are top destinations in Basra?

A. The city of Basra has a lot attractions to offer its tourists. So plan your itinerary, book a plane ticket, and fly to Basra in order to witness several of the city’s attractions including Sayab's house ruins, Basrah Land, and Hanna-Sheikh bazaar. You may also visit religious institutions such as Sayyed Ali al-Musawi Mosque, and the Imam Ali ibn Talib Mosque in Basra. You may need an admission ticket to be able to enter the Basra Museum.

Basra - Direct Flights to Major Airports

Airports handling direct flights to Basra International Airport ・Damascus International Airport (Damascus, Syria) ・Dubai International Airport (Dubai, UAE) ・Cairo International Airport (Cairo, Egypt) ・Beirut–Rafic Hariri International Airport (Beirut, Lebanon) etc.

Flight Routes to Basra

Airlines arriving at Basra land at Basra International Airport. Majority of these companies that avail of a ticket to Basra may be located in Western Asia. The airlines that allow you to book a plane ticket to Basra include Emirates, Middle East Airlines, and Royal Jordanian. Additionally, Iraqi Airways avails of a plane ticket bound from other countries such as China and Malaysia. Should nearby airlines not have any available ticket to Basra, you may inquire for a ticket for a connecting flight.