Daytime Flight Options to London

One of my favorite ways to get from the US to London is via a daytime flight – a flight that leaves the US early in the morning, and arrives in London late in the evening. While the trip does consume an entire day, for some, it’s a way to help beat jet-lag. Arriving into London during the late evening, allows you to check-in at your hotel, get a decent night of sleep in a bed without turbulence and wake up refreshed ready for work or play.

Unfortunately, the only daytime flight options to Europe from the US are to London, though from London, it’s easy enough to connect onward to further destinations.

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Let’s take a look at the options (flight times are subject to change):

US Airways

US 789 Departing Philadelphia at 9:45am, arriving London Heathrow at 10:10pm

British Airways

BA 178 Departing New York JFK at 9:30am, arriving London Heathrow at 8:15pm

BA 180 Departing New York JFK at 6:59am, arriving London Heathrow at 6:57pm

BA 238 Departing Boston at 8:10am, arriving London Heathrow at 7:35pm

Virgin Atlantic

VS 18 Departing Newark, NJ at 8:30am, arriving London Heathrow 7:40pm

VS 26 Departing New York JFK at 8:04am, arriving London Heathrow at 8:10pm

United Airlines

UA 122 Departing Newark, NJ at 9:25am, arriving London Heathrow at 9:55pm

UA 922 Departing Newark, NJ at 10:15am, arriving London Heathrow at 10:25pm

UA 122 Departing Washington Dulles at 9:20am, arriving London Heathrow at 9:55pm

American Airlines

AA 90 Departing Chicago O’Hare at 9:40am, arriving London Heathrow at 10:40pm

Unless you’re traveling from the west coast, most of these departures allow an early morning departure from another city with arrival into the gateway city in-time for the daytime flight departure, which is really nice.

American Airlines 90, the daytime Chicago to London flight, utilizes angled-flat Business Class seating

American Airlines 90, the daytime Chicago to London flight, utilizes angled-flat Business Class seating

What are the advantages of a daytime US to Europe flight?

  • Usually these flights are less crowded, allowing more room to upgrade.
  • You arrive in the evening, enough time to head to your hotel to sleep. Also, by traveling to London, from the east coast of the US, you only experience a 5 hour time-change vs. the traditional 6 hours on mainland Europe.
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What are the disadvantages of a daytime US to Europe flight?

  • With the jet lag, you may end up wanting to stay up late into the night and not get to sleep at your hotel.
  • If flights depart the US late, they risk getting canceled due to London’s nighttime noise restriction on flights.
  • If you are connecting to another European city, your options may be limited depending on what time your flight from the US arrives. You will most likely have to stay the night near Heathrow and depart the next morning, though this should help recover from some of the jet lag.
  • If there is no WiFi on the flight, you may lose a day of productivity and connectivity.

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  1. Sam says

    Boston has morning flights to LHR as well I believe. I think it is an AA flight, but BA may have one too.

  2. Kate says

    We just took the United 10:00 am flight to London on March 28th from IAD. It made flying economy OK, whereas the nighttime in economy is tough for me.

  3. Corey says

    Is it really true that the 10:15am UA Newark departure arrives into London earlier than the 9:25am one? How is this possible?

  4. 02nz says

    1. I think you mean “flight time subject to change” not “subject to vary”; 2. As commenter Kate pointed out UA also has a daytime flight from Washington-Dulles to London-Heathrow (UA122) which should be added to this list.

  5. Tom says

    There are two more daytime trans-atlantic flights not currently on this list: VS26 and BA180, both operating from New York JFK to London.

  6. karen says

    is there a morning flight to paris? will the philadelphia morning flight to london be back soon? was it cancelled?oh no , why? thank you !

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