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Basra, Iraq Travel Guide

Basra, or Basrah, which in Arabic means “the overwatcher” is an Iraqi city located on the Shatt al-Arab between Kuwait and Iran. Some connects its nomenclature with its origin as an Arab military base against the Sassanids. Many argue that the name is derived from the Aramaic word basratha, meaning “place of huts, settlement”.

The city has got a plethora of sightseeing and entertainment options for its visitors. Sinbad Island, Sayab statue, Basra Museum, Sayyed Ali al-Musawi Mosque and Sayab’s house ruins are a few to name. In addition, there are boats to help you short cruise along the Shatt al-Arab.

Basrah is connected with the US cities by means of flagship carriers only. Connecting flights have their layover at DXB, IST, ORD, etc.

Geography of Basrah

Basra is on the bank of Shatt-Al-Arab waterway, which makes its way to the Persian Gulf. Basra is roughly 110 km (68 mi) from the Persian Gulf. The city shares its eastern border with the Shatt-Al-Arab and western border with Basra waterways. The city administrations have found ways to keep Basra cool and saturated. It has a complex network of canals and streams to support transportation. These have also become point of tourist attractions.

Airport in Basra

Basrah International Airport

Official Name: Basrah International Airport

Airport Code: BSR

Location: The airport is in the southern city of Basra

Hub for: Iraqi Airways

Interesting Facts about the Airport: The airport serves the public and military aviation purposes, and it’s recognized as the 2nd busiest airport in Iraq.

Airlines Operating Flights to Basra from US Cities

Destination + Airport Code

Airlines

Connecting Airport

From SFO to BSR

Emirates

Royal Jordanian

Alaska Airlines

Qatar Airways

Jetblue Airways

United Airlines

Middle East Airlines

Lufthansa

Turkish Airlines

Austrian Airlines

Brussels Airlines

British Airways

Dubai, DXB

New York, JFK

Amman, AMM

From LAX to BSR

Turkish Airlines

Qatar Airways

Emirates

Royal Jordanian

Jetblue Airways

United Airlines

Middle East Airlines

Lufthansa

Austrian Airlines

British Airways

Brussels Airlines

Istanbul – IST

New York – JFK

Amman – AMM

From ORD to BSR

Turkish Airlines

Royal Jordanian

Emirates

Qatar Airways

United Airlines

Middle East Airlines

Lufthansa

Austrian Airlines

British Airways

Dubai – DXB

Amman – AMM

New York – JFK

La Guardia – LGA

From JFK to BSR

Royal Jordanian

Turkish Airlines

Emirates

Qatar Airways

 

Dubai International Airport DXB

From IAH to BSR

Emirates

Qatar Airways

Royal Jordanian

Lufthansa

Middle East Airlines

Austrian Airlines

British Airways

Brussels Airlines

Dubai – DXB

Chicago – ORD

From PHL to BSR

Qatar Airways

American Airlines

Royal Jordanian

Air Canada

Turkish Airlines

Turkish Airlines

United Airlines

Lufthansa

La Guardia – LGA

Amman – AMM

Doha – DOH

From DFW to BSR

Qatar Airways

Emirates

American Airlines

United Airlines

Turkish Airlines

Doha – DOH

Dubai – DXB

Houston – IAH

From IAD to BSR

Turkish Airlines

Qatar Airways

United Airlines

Lufthansa

British Airways

Brussels Airlines

Austrian Airlines

Istanbul – IST

Doha – DOH

Frankfurt – FRA

From ATL to BSR

Turkish Airlines

Qatar Airways

Jetblue Airways

Istanbul – IST

Doha – DOH

New York – JFK

Airlines Operating Flights to Basra from Non-US Cities

Destination + Airport Code

Airlines

Connecting/Layover Airport

From DEL to BSR

Turkish Airlines

Emirates

Qatar Airways

Vistara

Flydubai

British Airways

Hyderabad – HYD

Dubai – DXB

From DXB to BSR

Emirates

Flydubai

Middle East Airlines

Turkish Airlines

Oman Air

Qatar Airways

Beirut – BEY

Istanbul – SAW

Istanbul – IST

From HKG to BSR

Turkish Airlines

Qatar Airways

Emirates

China Airlines

Cathay Pacific

Istanbul – IST

Doha – DOH

From SIN to BSR

Turkish Airlines

Qatar Airways

Emirates

British Airways

London – LHR

Doha – DOH

London – LGW

From TYO to BSR

Turkish Airlines

Qatar Airways

Emirates

British Airways

Istanbul – IST

Tokyo – NRT

From BKK to BSR

Qatar Airways

Emirates

Doha – DOH

From DOH to BSR

Qatar Airways (Nonstop)

Middle East Airlines

Flydubai

Beirut – BEY

Kuwait – KWI

From AUH to BSR

Turkish Airlines

Oman Air

Qatar Airways

Istanbul – IST

Doha – DOH

Best Time to Visit Basrah

The best time to visit Basrah is from October to mid-April. The number of visitors takes a plunge in summer, from May to September. The upper marks of the mercury swings between highs of 90s and lows of 100s degree Fahrenheit. Showers starting with the fall season starting with October brings temperature into comfortable range.

Top Attractions in Basrah

1. Basra Museum

Opened in September 2016 in the former Lakeside Palace of Saddam Hussein, Basra Museum has become one of the most visited place in Iraq. It celebrates the rich culture, art and history of the country and region. The museum is funded and supported by an organization named The Friends of Basrah Museum. FOBM received a UK Cultural Protection Fund and Grant award in December 2016. The museum entry fee is: Iraqi citizens $1, foreign visitors $10.

2. Old mosque of Basra (Mosque of martyr Hassan)

Your visit to Basrah remains incomplete without a visit to the old mosque of Basra. The traditional mosque is dedicated to Al-?asan ibn Ali ibn Abi ?alib, popularly known as Hasan or Hassan, who was the eldest son of Ali and Muhammad’s daughter Fatimah according to Quran. Hasan is revered as the second Imam who was known for his kindness, knowledge, tolerance and bravery.

3. Sayab’s House Ruins

The most famous home of the poet Badr Shakir al-Sayyab is worthy of your attention. This large mansion house is located between Upper Largo & Lundin Links in Fife. Much of the credit for restoring this historical building goes to James Durham. It was his massive efforts and funding that the building received Adam styled renovation in 1753. During the World War II, it served as HQ for the Independent Polish Parachute Brigade who fought under General Sosabowski in Operation Market-Garden and then it housed the Polish Military Geographical Institute until 1946.

4. Sayab statue (At al-Basrah Corniche)

Discover the life-like sculpture by the artist and sculptor nada’ Kadhum of this legendary poet (December 24, 1926 – December 24, 1964). Badr Shakir al Sayyab was well known throughout the Arab world and he stands as one of the most influential Arab poets of all time. His works have been translated in more than 10 languages including English, Persian, Somali and Urdu.

5. Sinbad Island

Ever read or heard of the voyages of Sinbad? If yes, here is a chance to experience those fantasies. Sinbad Island, a tourist landmark, named after Sinbad the Sailor, who embarked on his legendary journeys from Basra, is one of the top attractions in Basrah. The place has got parks and nightlife-clubs, and is loved by honeymoon as well as family vacationers with kids.

Frequently Asked Questions

What cities in the USA have a direct flight to Basra (Iraq)?

No USA cities have a direct flight to Basra in Iraq. The popular stopover airports on route to Basra from USA are Amman, Istanbul, Doha, Dubai, New Delhi, and Beijing.

How far is Basra (Iraq) from San Francisco (USA)?

The shortest distance, based on the shortest 1-stop route via Istanbul in Turkey, is 7,972 miles or 12830 kilometers. Airlines with frequent services include Turkish Airlines (TK) and Iraqi Airways (IA).

What airlines offer cheap tickets to Basra from San Francisco?

In 1-stop Economy or Business Class flights segment, Turkish Airlines has the most affordable fare. In 1-stop Premium Economy or First-Class flights segment, Emirates (EK) and Flydubai (FZ) together have the lowest fare. EK and FZ both are UAE-based airlines.

How far is Basra (Iraq) from Chicago (USA)?

The shortest distance from Chicago to Basra, measured on the shortest 1-stop route via Amman, is 6,913 miles or 11125 kilometers, and flight time equals 13 hours 30 minutes. The most popular operating carriers are Royal Jordanian (RJ) and Iraqi Airways.

What airlines offer cheap flights to Basra from Chicago?

Qatar Airways has cheap tickets to Basra from Chicago in Economy class with one-stop flights. In Business Class 1-stop flights segment, Turkish Airlines has the most affordable tickets. In First class 1-stop flights segment, Emirates and Flydubai combined flights are only option.

How far is Basra from Orlando (USA)?

On the shortest 1-stop route via Dubai, the distance from MCO to BSR is 8,333 miles or 13411 kilometers and the flight time equals 16 hours 15 minutes. The distance and time vary on a connecting flight based on what cities the flights connect. 

What airlines offer cheap flights to Basra from Orlando?

In Economy 1 or 2-stop flight segment, United, together with Flydubai, has the most affordable flights. In Premium Economy, flights with minimum 2 stops are available. Discover, Lufthansa and Turkish – the combination of all three provides good option for budget travelers.

How long does a flight take to arrive in Basra from Boston?

On the shortest direct flight route, the distance from Boston to Basra is 6,084 miles or 9791 kilometers and flight time is 15 hours 55 minutes. Operating airlines with frequent services are Turkish Airlines and Iraqi Airways.

What airlines offer cheap flights to Basra from Boston?

In 1-stop Economy flights, Qatar Airways and Turkish Airlines independently offer cheap tickets to Basra from Boston. In Premium Economy, flights with minimum 2 stops co-operated by Lufthansa and Turkish Airlines are the most affordable option.

How far is Basra from Newark EWR?

The shortest distance from EWR to Basra as measured on 1-stop flights via Istanbul is 6,284 miles or 10113 kilometers. No direct flights operate from EWR to BSR. The selection of route and stops impacts your flight time and experience. Turkish Airlines and Iraqi Airways are the most popular carriers.

How far is Basra from New York JFK by air? 

The shortest JFK to BSR route comes with a connection at Amman (AMM) and measures 6,417 miles or 10327 kilometers and the required flight time is 12 hours 55 minutes. Royal Jordanian and Iraqi Airways are the most common carriers.

Six additional JFK to BSR routes exist with a connection at Cairo, Istanbul, Doha, Dubai, New Delhi, and Beijing. Take note of the stopover airport and flight time before you book your flight.

How far is Basra from Miami by air?

The shortest distance (measured with 1-stop flights, stopover Istanbul, IST), measures 7,238 miles or 11648 kilometers that a commercial passenger airplane covers in 14 hours 55 minutes. Turkish Airlines and Iraqi Airways are the popular airlines.

What airlines offer cheap flights to Basra from Miami?

In Economy 1-stop flights, Qatar Airways has the most affordable fare. In Premium Economy class, only 2-stop flights operate and the most affordable airline combination is Lufthansa and Turkish Airlines.

How far is Basra from Los Angeles by plane?

The shortest distance, measured via Istanbul, is 8,119 miles or 13066 kilometers and time to fly, 16 hours 35 minutes. The distance and time increase on other routes via Doha, Dubai, Beijing. Turkish and Iraqi Airways are the popular carriers.

What airlines offer cheap flights to Basra from Los Angeles?

In 1-stop, Economy class, Turkish Airlines and Qatar Airways are the two options. Generally, the fare of Turkish is cheaper than that of Qatar. 

How far is Basra from Atlanta?

The shortest distance is 7,028 miles or 11311 kilometers and the flight time is 14 hours 15 minutes. In addition, there is one more 1-stop route via Doha, where the distance measures 7,879 miles or 12680 kilometers and flight time 15 hours 15 minutes.

What airlines have cheap tickets to Basra from Atlanta?

In Economy class 1-stop flights segment, Qatar Airways offers cheap tickets to Basra. In Premium Economy class flights are with minimum 2 stops and the most affordable flights are available with the combination of Lufthansa and Turkish.

How far is Basra, Iraq from Washington, USA?

Basra is 6,643 miles or 10691 kilometers from Washington, USA on the shortest route with a connection in Amman (AMM). The flight distance may vary if you select a connecting flight based on the location of the connecting city. 

What airlines have direct flights to Basra from Washington?

No airlines operate direct flights to Basra from Washington. Flights are available with minimum one stop. The connecting city or airport can be Amman, Istanbul, Cairo, Doha, Dubai, New Delhi, or Beijing for one-stop flights.

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