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Cheap Flights to Rapid City

Popular in March High demand for flights, 6% potential price rise
Cheapest in September Best time to find cheap flights, 4% potential price drop
Average price £887 Average for round-trip flights in July 2020
Round-trip from £1184 From London to Rapid City
Flight route prices based on searches on Cheapflights within the last 3 days, monthly prices based on aggregated historical data.

Are there currently restrictions on travel to Rapid City related to COVID-19?

Yes, there are currently restrictions on flights to Rapid City along with the rest of United States. Before you book or search for flights, consider the following restrictions: The United States has restricted the entry of all foreign nationals who have passed through or have been in Austria, Belgium, China, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, or the United Kingdom (excluding overseas territories outside of Europe), in the past 14 days. Starting on May 28, foreign nationals who have passed through or have been in Brazil in the last 14 days will also be restricted from entering the United States. US citizens and permanent residents who have passed through or have been in any of the above countries in the past 14 days may still enter the United States, but must arrive at one of the following airports: Atlanta (ATL), Boston (BOS), Chicago (ORD), Dallas, (DFW), Detroit (DTW), Honolulu (HNL), Los Angeles (LAX), Miami (MIA), New York (JFK or EWR), San Francisco (SFO), Seattle (SEA), and Washington (IAD). Family members of US citizens and permanent residents, and certain other limited categories of visa holders (such as UN staff and diplomats) may also enter. Travelers who are allowed to enter the United States but have passed through or have been in any of the countries named above must quarantine for 14 days once they reach their final destination.. If you are looking to book a trip to Rapid City and are outside of the restricted areas, please take the proper precautions and stay informed about travelling during COVID-19.

Cheapest prices for Rapid City flights by month

January
£946
February
£562
March
£557
April
£982
May
£548
June
£700
July
£699
August
£869
September
£688
October
£541
November
£552
December
£1110
At the present moment the cheapest month to fly to Rapid City is currently October; with December being the most expensive. Prices will vary depending on multiple factors such as booking in advance, airline and departure airports and times.

When is the best time to fly to Rapid City?

Choose a month below to see average flight price and weather conditions.
LON - RAP
Price
£541 - £1335
RAP
Temperature
4 - 33 °C
RAP
Rainfall
6 - 110 mm

The best time to visit Rapid City is during the summer in the months of July and August when temperatures range from warm to hot.  As many of the local attractions are outdoors, these months are the ideal time to visit.  Holidaying in the shoulder season however can mean saving money as well as experiencing fewer crowds at Mount Rushmore. Snow can occur anytime from early October to mid-May so those who want to travel in the shoulder season should aim for June or September.   The major holidays are Independence Day on the 4th July and Labour Day on the 1st September.  During these holidays accommodation will be harder to find and no doubt more costly.

Which day is cheapest to fly to Rapid City?

The cheapest flights to Rapid City are usually found when departing on a Wednesday. The departure day with the highest cost at present is Friday.

What time of day is cheapest to fly to Rapid City?

At the moment, flights in the evening are likely to offer the best value for money for your Rapid City trip. A flight in the morning will more often than not be of higher cost.

City overview

Nestled at the foot of the Black Hills, the All-American town of Rapid City is famous for its proximity to Mount Rushmore. The area boasts a huge amount of Native American heritage and the city itself is surrounded by the jaw dropping landscape of the Great Plains. 

The Black Hills National Forest is a vast expanse of mountains that include Mount Rushmore itself which is found some 25 miles (40 km) from the centre of Rapid City. The iconic mountain etching of the four presidents; Roosevelt, Jefferson, Lincoln and Washington is even more awe inspiring on a close up visit.  In addition to Rushmore, the Black Hills is home to the world’s largest mountain carving, the Crazy Horse Memorial which has been under construction for over 60 years. The memorial encompasses a visitors’ centre which houses the Native American Cultural and Education Centre and the Indian Museum of North America.   The Black Hills National Forest is also home to Custer State Park, which is one of the best places to see far reaching views across the mountain range along with herds of buffalo and bison.  Wind Cave National Park can be found to the south of Custer State Park and is home to one of the world’s largest and most complex caves.

Thanks to its development as a major tourist spot due to its proximity to Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse, Rapid City boasts a large number of attractions given the size of the city.  These include the fascinating Museum of Geology and The Journey Museum, a unique visitor centre comprised of seven acres of gardens that chart the history of the Black Hills. 

Rapid City is also home to many statues and sculptures including the ‘City of Presidents’ collection of bronze sculptures which include all US presidents and can be found on street corners around the whole city centre area.  Those with families will also need to find time in their itinerary for Dinosaur Park, a free attraction home to seven life-size concrete dinosaurs, Storybook Island and the Flintstones Bedrock City theme park.

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Getting around Rapid City

The easiest way to travel to the biggest attractions including Mount Rushmore and the Crazy Horse Memorial is via one of many tour operators.  The centre of the city itself can be navigated on foot or via the public bus service which covers the city.

Getting from the Airport to the City

Rapid City Regional Airport (RAP) is nine miles (6km) from the city centre. The simplest way to get into town is via the public airport shuttle service which connects with each arriving flight.  Passengers can ask to be dropped off anywhere in Rapid City or the Black Hills area. 

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