The cheapest times to fly from DTW to AUH are

  • January 8th to January 28th
  • May 28th to June 10th
  • August 6th to December 16th

based on data collected exclusively by Champion Traveler across tens of millions of flights. Among all the dates above, the very cheapest time to fly from DTW to AUH is early to mid September. Prices can be as high as $3482 for Friday flights during early to mid May, or as low as $878 for Saturday flights around early to mid September.


When to Fly to Abu Dhabi

Flying from Detroit, MI (DTW) to Abu Dhabi (AUH) will usually cost between $889 to $1762 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is early to mid September with an average ticket price of $883. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is early to mid May, with an average price of $2011. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $1128 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $1367 can be considered a good price for a round-trip DTW to AUH flight.

See below for a graph of average weekly prices for the DTW to AUH route. All prices are for round-trip tickets in USD.

DTW to AUH Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the DTW to AUH flight is slightly more expensive than the average and costs slightly more than the average flight leaving from Detroit. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.12, which is far below average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Saturday is usually the cheapest day to fly to AUH, and Tuesday the cheapest day to fly back into DTW. Fridays are the most expensive days to fly to Abu Dhabi, and Thursdays are the most expensive days to return to Detroit. Selecting flights on the least expensive days could save you up to $147 (10%) on this flight.

Departing prices are for round-trip flights returning on the day of departure. For example, a flight departing on Saturday and returning a week later will cost an average of $1226. Return trip prices are from the AUH to DTW flight, and often highlight the quality of our data in showing the same trend.

Departing Prices by Day

Departure Day Prices

Return Trip Prices by Day

Return Day Prices


Nonstop Flights and Layovers

Travelers looking to fly from DTW to AUH can generally find a 1-layover flight. Because there is not usually a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 13 hour 47 minutes may not be realistic.


Alternative Nearby Airports

Champion Traveler tells you which airports are nearby and whether tickets might be cheaper alternative airports nearby. Sometimes it’s worth it to fly into a closer airport and then commute to your destination. Remember that there is not usually a nonstop flight from DTW to AUH while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: Dubai International Airport (DXB) in Dubai

  • 72 miles (116 km) away from AUH
  • Usually 30.58% less expensive than AUH
  • 1-layover flights available

See DTW to DXB flights

Destination alternative #2: Dubai Al Maktoum International Airport (DWC) in Jebel Ali

  • 45 miles (72 km) away from AUH
  • Usually 14.12% less expensive than AUH
  • 2-layover flights available

See DTW to DWC flights


Flight Hacking DTW to AUH

Flight hacking is when you book two tickets instead of a layover, sometimes with different airlines. You will need to either bring only a carry-on bag (highly recommended) or leave yourself plenty of time to go through security again. Flight hacking is completely allowed, but airlines don’t always tell you the cheapest way to get from DTW to AUH — but Champion Traveler does!

Hack #1: New York, NY (DTW > LGA > AUH)

  • Price for both tickets: $1014
  • Average savings: $353 (25.82%)

See DTW to LGA flights

Hack #2: Chicago, IL (DTW > ORD > AUH)

  • Price for both tickets: $1015
  • Average savings: $353 (25.79%)

See DTW to ORD flights

Hack #3: New York, NY (DTW > JFK > AUH)

  • Price for both tickets: $1048
  • Average savings: $319 (23.34%)

See DTW to JFK flights


Flight Questions Answered

Still have questions about flying from DTW to AUH? We’ve got answers.

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 21 major airlines flying this route most often: Aer Lingus, Air Canada, Air Europa, Air France, Alitalia, American, British Airways, Brussels Airlines, Delta, EgyptAir, Etihad, Gulf Air, Iberia, KLM, Lufthansa, MEA, Royal Jordanian, SWISS, Tap Air Portugal, Turkish Airlines, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Abu Dhabi International Airport to Detroit Metro Wayne County Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 7108 miles or 11439 kilometers.

How long does it take to fly from DTW to AUH?

The real-world flight time for a nonstop DTW to AUH flight is about 13 hour 47 minutes.

How many flights go between Detroit, MI and Abu Dhabi?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 72 available flights from DTW to AUH.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination codeDTW
Origination airport nameDetroit Metro Wayne County Airport
CityDetroit, MI
Countrythe United States

Return Airport

Destination codeAUH
Destination airport nameAbu Dhabi International Airport
CityAbu Dhabi
Countrythe United Arab Emirates


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