30 Cheapest Places to Fly To in Europe

By 1800FlyEurope in Lists | on May 13th, 2015 with No Comments

30 Cheapest Places to Fly to in Europe Right Now

Cheapest Places to Fly to in Europe

Looking to take that European getaway you’ve been postponing? While Europe has plenty of ways to suck up your cash, if you travel outside of peak seasons and fly into one of the less expensive gateway cities, there are significant savings to be had. Despite its reputation as being the most expensive region of the continent, our research found that flights to Scandinavia topped the list of the cheapest places to fly into Europe, due in no small part to low-cost carriers WOW Air from Iceland and Norwegian Air from Norway. In addition, Aeroflot from Russia and Turkish Airlines (great for earning Star Alliance miles) consistently showed up as the carriers of choice when searching for cheapest places to fly in Europe from major airport hubs on the east coast of the United States. Here are among the best fares available right now:

Top 5 Cheapest Places to Fly to in Europe

 

1. Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik: Cheapest Place to Fly Into EuropeAirport: Reykjavík-Keflavík Airport (KEF)

Best Fares from the U.S.: Baltimore, Boston, Washington (Dulles), Newark, New York (JFK)

Fare range: $322-552

Cheapest Airlines: WOW, IcelandAir

Comments: Did you know movies such as Prometheus, Star Trek: Into Darkness, and Thor: The Dark World all shot scenes in Iceland? Known for its otherworldly natural beauty, Reykjavik takes the prize as the cheapest city to fly into in Europe courtesy of aggressive fares from its homegrown airlines.

2. Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm: 2nd Cheapest Place to Fly in EuropeAirport: Stockholm Arlanda Airport (ARN)

Best Fares from the U.S.: New York (JFK), Oakland, Los Angeles, Newark, Ft. Lauderdale

Fare range: $368-$546

Cheapest Airlines: Norwegian

Comments: If you’re looking to get closer to continental Europe, Stockholm is your cheapest bet. This is also the lone city where you can fly from the western U.S. from Oakland, California, for a similar price as the east coast hubs.

3. Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen: 3rd Cheapest City to Fly Into in EuropeAirport: Copenhagen International Airport (CPH)

Best Fares from the U.S.: New York (JFK), Ft. Lauderdale, Baltimore, Boston, Newark

Fare range: $415-499

Cheapest Airlines: Norwegian, WOW

Comments: Land of the Little Mermaid and purportedly the world’s happiest people, both WOW and Norwegian offer connecting flights via Iceland or direct, respectively.

4. Moscow, Russia

Moscow: One of the Cheapest Cities to Fly Into in EuropeAirports: Domodedovo International Airport (DME), Sheremetyevo International Airport (SVO)

Best Fares from the U.S.: New York (JFK), Newark, Washington (Reagan), Miami, Boston

Fare range: $426-$630

Cheapest Airlines: Turkish

Comments: International flights to Moscow will most likely be landing at one of two international airports, Domodedevo or Sheremetyevo. Sure, the visa procedures are a hassle, but the exchange rate is very favorable now with the decline in the ruble.

5. Ponta Delgada, Portugal

Ponta Delgada: Cheap City to Fly To in EuropeAirport: João Paulo II Airport (PDL)

Best Fares from the U.S.: Boston

Fare range: $436-$772

Cheapest Airlines: SATA International

Comments: Never heard of Ponta Delgada? You’ve probably heard of the Azores, an autonomous island region of Portugal in the Atlantic Ocean that is famed for its outdoor adventures. Also a bit of distance from the continent, consider making these beautiful islands a stopover on the way to the mainland.


 

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6. St. Petersburg, Russia

St. Petersburg: Among the Cheapest Places to Fly Into EuropeAirport: Pulkovo International Airport (LED)

Best Fares from the U.S.: New York (JFK & LaGuardia), Newark, Chicago (Midway), Tampa

Fare range: $483-$639

Cheapest Airlines: Swiss Air

7. Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul: Contenter for Cheapest City to Fly Into in EuropeAirport: Istanbul Atatürk Airport (IST)

Best Fares from the U.S.: New York (JFK), Boston, Chicago (O’Hare), Miami, Newark

Fare range: $502-$669

Cheapest Airlines: Iberia, Turkish

8. Dublin, Ireland

Dublin is one of the Cheapest Places to Fly to in EuropeAirport: Dublin Airport (DUB)

Best Fares from the U.S.: New York (JFK & LaGuardia), Baltimore, Boston, Newark

Fare range: $504-$538

Cheapest Airlines: Air Canada, United

9. Berlin, Germany

Berlin is Among the Cheapest Places to Fly in EuropeAirport: Berlin Schönefeld Airport (SXF)

Best Fares from the U.S.: New York (JFK), Baltimore, Boston, Washington (Dulles), Ft. Lauderdale

Fare range: $512-$661

Cheapest Airlines: Norwegian, WOW

10. London, UK

London Ranks Among the Cheapest Cities to Fly Into in EuropeAirports: London Heathrow International Airport (LHR), London Gatwick Airport (LGW)

Best Fares from the U.S.: New York (JFK), Baltimore, Boston, Newark, Los Angeles

Fare range: $515-$675

Cheapest Airlines: WOW, IcelandAir

11. Amsterdam, Netherlands

Is Amsterdam the Cheapest City to Fly To In Europe?Airport: Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS)

Best Fares from the U.S.: New York (JFK), Baltimore Boston, Washington (Dulles), Los Angeles

Fare range: $529-$684

Cheapest Airlines: WOW, Turkish

12. Oslo, Norway

Oslo is a Cheap European City to Fly IntoAirport: Gardermoen International Airport (OSL)

Best Fares from the U.S.: New York (JFK), Los Angeles, Newark, Orlando, Boston

Fare range: $530-$626

Cheapest Airlines: Norwegian, Turkish

13. Limerick, Ireland

Cheap Flights to Shannon from the USA are always availableAirport: Shannon Airport (SNN)

Best Fares from the U.S.: New York (JFK, LaGuardia), Newark, Boston, Washington (Dulles)

Fare range: $532-$724

Cheapest Airlines: Aer Lingus

14. Paris, France

Paris: Cheapest Place to Fly To In Europe?Airport: Charles de Gaulle International Airport (CDG)

Best Fares from the U.S.: New York (JFK), Baltimore, Boston, Newark, Miami

Fare range: $540-674

Cheapest Airlines: WOW, Turkish

15. Madrid, Spain

Madrid: Cheapest City to Fly Into in Europe?Airport: Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport (MAD)

Best Fares from the U.S.: New York (JFK), Ft. Lauderdale, Washington (Dulles), Miami, Los Angeles

Fare range: $546-$695

Cheapest Airlines: Norwegian, Aeroflot

16. Brussels, Belgium

Brussels is not the cheapest place to fly into europe, but it's closeAirport: Brussels International Airport (BRU)

Best Fares from the U.S.: New York (JFK), Miami, Boston, Washington (Dulles), Los Angeles

Fare range: $551-$739

Cheapest Airlines: Delta, Turkish

17. Helsinki, Finland

Helsinki: One of the Cheapest Places to Fly in EuropeAirport: Helsinki Airport (HEL)

Best Fares from the U.S.: New York (JFK), Newark, Boston, Washington (Dulles), Chicago (O’Hare)

Fare range: $558-$681

Cheapest Airlines: Aeroflot, Turkish

18. Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona Ranks Among the Cheapest Places in Europe to Fly ToAirport: Barcelona–El Prat Airport (BCN)

Best Fares from the U.S.: New York (JFK), Washington (Dulles), Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami

Fare range: $569-$686

Cheapest Airlines: Norwegian, Turkish

19. Frankfurt, Germany

Cheap Places to Fly in Europe: FrankfurtAirport: Frankfurt Airport (FRA)

Best Fares from the U.S.: New York (JFK), Warwick, Newark, Ft. Lauderdale, Miami

Fare range: $583-$695

Cheapest Airlines: Condor, Turkish

20. Venice, Italy

Venice Makes Our List of Cheap Places to Fly in EuropeAirport: Venice Marco Polo International Airport (VCE)

Best Fares from the U.S.: New York (JFK), Washington (Dulles), Chicago (O’Hare), Los Angeles, Boston

Fare range: $589-$784

Cheapest Airlines: Turkish, Aeroflot

21. Warsaw, Poland

Cheap Places to Fly To in Europe: WarsawAirport: Warsaw Chopin Airport (WAW)

Best Fares from the U.S.: New York (JFK), Washington (Dulles), Chicago (O’Hare), Los Angeles, Miami

Fare range: $591-$729

Cheapest Airlines: Turkish, Aeroflot

22. Prague, Czech Republic

Prague is a Cheap City to Fly Into EuropeAirport: Václav Havel Airport Prague (PRG)

Best Fares from the U.S.: New York (JFK), Chicago (O’Hare), Boston, Washington (Dulles), Miami

Fare range: $594-$690

Cheapest Airlines: Aeroflot, Turkish

23. Lisbon, Portugal

Fly into Lisbon for LessAirport: Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS)

Best Fares from the U.S.: New York (JFK), Chicago (O’Hare), Boston, Washington (Dulles), Miami

Fare range: $594-$710

Cheapest Airlines: Turkish

24. Rome, Italy

Choose a Cheap Flight into Rome and SaveAirport: Fiumicino – Leonardo Da Vinci Airport (FCO)

Best Fares from the U.S.: New York (JFK), Washington (Dulles), Miami, Chicago (O’Hare), Boston

Fare range: $597-$734

Cheapest Airlines: Norwegian, Turkish

25. Budapest, Hungary

Budapest Can Be More Expensive, but Still Ranks as a Cheap Place in Europe to Fly ToAirport: Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport (BUD)

Best Fares from the U.S.: New York (JFK), Chicago (O’Hare), Boston, Washington (Dulles), Los Angeles

Fare range: $601-$695

Cheapest Airlines: Aeroflot, Turkish

26. Milan, Italy

Milan is great to visit and affordable to fly to from the USAirport: Milan-Malpensa Airport (MXP)

Best Fares from the U.S.: New York (JFK & LaGuardia), Washington (Dulles), Miami, Newark

Fare range: $602-$664

Cheapest Airlines: Aeroflot, Turkish

27. Athens, Greece

All of Greece is beautiful and you can save on a cheap flight to Europe in AthensAirport: Athens International Airport (ATH)

Best Fares from the U.S.: New York (JFK), Chicago (O’Hare), Boston, Washington (Dulles), Los Angeles

Fare range: $607-$756

Cheapest Airlines: Aeroflot, Turkish

28. Zurich, Switzerland

Fly into Europe for Less in ZurichAirport: Zürich Kloten Airport (ZRH)

Best Fares from the U.S.: New York (JFK), Chicago (O’Hare), Boston, Washington (Dulles), Miami

Fare range: $610-$689

Cheapest Airlines: Aeroflot, Turkish

29. Riga, Latvia

Riga: A Cheap Please to Fly To in EuropeAirport: Riga International Airport (RIX)

Best Fares from the U.S.: New York (JFK), Chicago (O’Hare), Boston, Washington (Dulles), Los Angeles

Fare range: $629-894

Cheapest Airlines: Aeroflot, Turkish

30. Munich, Germany

Cheap Places to Fly in Europe: MunichAirport: Munich Airport (MUC)

Best Fares from the U.S.: New York (JFK), Chicago (O’Hare), Boston, Washington (Dulles), Miami

Fare range: $647-$742

Cheapest Airlines: Aeroflot, Turkish


With the value of the dollar rising, now is a great time to hit those dream destinations. Use this list to find the cheapest place to fly to in Europe that’s close to the destination you want, whereupon you can explore to your heart’s contentment by rental car, rail, or by traveling Europe on a budget airline booked with 1-800-Fly-Europe. Time to get packing!

Please note that price ranges and cheapest carriers are based on information available at the time of writing – rates vary seasonally and by supplier. Get a free online quote or call 1-800-Fly-Europe for pricing information. We specialize in finding the cheapest flights to Europe and building custom travel packages. Give us a call and let us help you save when booking a flight to one of the cheapest places to fly to in Europe listed above.

Puits d’Amour Recipe

By 1800FlyEurope in World Cuisine Wednesdays | on February 14th, 2013 with No Comments

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This Valentine’s Day bake your love (or family or friends or office) a très romantique treat, which has held a sentimental place in Parisians’ hearts for almost 300 years. Puits d’Amour (translation: wells of love) have been a specialty of the Stohrer Pâtissier shop (the oldest bakery in the City of Light) since 1735. The sweet was originally served at King Louis XV’s lavish dinner parties, and a red currant jam was used for the filling. However, the pastry acquired a suggestive reputation, and vanilla custard has been subsequently used in place of the berry preserves.

If you can’t make it to Paris this Valentine’s Day, you and someone special can still share a delicious sweet that emanates a little essence of France. The following Puits d’Amour recipe combines the elements of time-honored tradition with a twist of modern day baking convenience.

Preparation and Cook Time: 1 hour

Yield: 6

Ingredients

Pastry Cream (this can be prepared up to two days ahead of time)

  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar (divided)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 5 large egg yolks
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons butter, cut into small pieces

Pastry Dough

  • Box of puff pastry dough from freezer section at your grocery store

Garnish

  • 6 ounce container of fresh raspberries
  • ½ cup of sugar for caramelized topping

Directions

Pastry Cream

  1. Whisk the egg yolks, corn starch and ¼ cup of sugar together in a large bowl and set aside. Do this just before you are ready to complete the next step.
  2. Stir the milk, vanilla extract and ¼ cup of sugar together in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil and remove from burner.
  3. Pour about a ½ cup of the milk mixture into the bowl with the egg yolk blend and whisk. Continue to combine and whisk the rest of the milk (a ½ cup at a time) with the egg mix.
  4. Return the custard to the saucepan and heat over medium again. Let simmer for about 2-3 minutes, until it thickens.
  5. Remove from heat and transfer to a large bowl. Add the butter and continue stirring until the pastry cream has cooled (until it is no longer steaming). This takes about 5 minutes.
  6. If you plan on using this for a later date, cover the bowl with cellophane. Be sure that the plastic wrap is pressed up against the custard, so it doesn’t form a skin.

Pastry Dough

  1. Preheat the oven to the temperature noted on the pastry dough box.
  2. Allow the frozen dough to completely thaw but not to room temperature. It still needs to be cold to the touch.
  3. Roll the dough out so that it’s about 1/8 of an inch thick. Cut the dough a bit larger than the muffin tin divot and press each piece into the spaces on the pan. A heart shaped cupcake pan was used in the photo at the top of the page.
  4. Poke several little air holes in each pastry with a toothpick; otherwise the dough inflates too much.
  5. Bake per product’s instructions.
  6. Once cooled, remove the pastry shells from the pan and place them on a serving plate (or within individual cupcake papers). Fill each pastry with about a ½ cup of custard.

Garnish

  1. Place a few raspberries on top of each custard.
  2. Mix a ½ cup of sugar with 2-3 tablespoons of water in a small saucepan. Stir continuously.
  3. Heat over medium until it boils. Then stop stirring.
  4. At this point, the water is evaporating and needs to simmer for another 8-10 minutes.
  5. Once the sugar takes on a golden brown tone, immediately remove the pan from the heat. (If you are concerned about overcooking the sugar, put the bottom of the pot in an ice bath for 10 seconds.)
  6. Be very careful not to touch your skin to the molten sugar. Drizzle a thin coat of caramelized sugar over each custard cup and raspberries. Enjoy!

While the above recipe is superb, nothing can top an actual puit d’amour direct from Stohrer’s pastry shop. Surprise your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day and purchase a couple flights to Paris for a romantic retreat.

 

Meals on the Fly

By 1800FlyEurope in Lists | on January 21st, 2013 with No Comments

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Eating on the go can get expensive, and healthy food options tend to be quite limited. Many domestic flights don’t serve meals these days, and even if the airline does provide you with something to eat, it’s a bit of a gamble on whether or not it will be to your liking. Keeping in mind TSA’s liquid restrictions, consideration of your fellow passengers, and convenience, the following tips offer easy, carry-on meal options.

Fruit and Veggies

Apples, grapes, carrot sticks, and celery are simple to eat in flight and won’t make a big mess. Peanut butter, salad dressing, cream cheese, yogurt, and apple sauce are all considered liquids by TSA, so limit these items to 3.4 ounce portions. Review the TSA 3-1-1 for Carry-on’s policy before you pack, too. Otherwise it may come down to having to make a decision on whether you should part with your shampoo or hummus at the security checkpoint.

Sandwiches

Roll-ups make a great sandwich to munch on midair, because you don’t have to worry about the bread getting soggy. You can also pick up your favorite sandwich on your way to the airport. Just remember that mayo, cheese and meats have a shorter lifespan. If you are saving the meal for much later, go with a veggie selection.

Non-perishable Foods

Dried fruit and nuts (avoid peanuts) are a much healthier, filling snack choice than potato chips or candy. For those early morning flights, consider bringing a pack of instant oatmeal or cereal. Just ask the flight attendant for hot water or milk during the beverage service.

Empty Water Bottle

Once you have passed through the security checkpoint, you can fill the water bottle up at one of the drinking fountains. There are also terrific products like Camelbak’s stainless steel (BPA free) bottle with a filter, if you aren’t too keen on drinking tap water.

A Few More Useful Tips

  • Pack on the lighter side for international flights. Customs may not permit certain foods items into the country.
  • Don’t bring peanuts with you, as someone could have a food allergy to them.
  • Be considerate of other passengers when selecting food for your travels; if it has a strong odor, don’t bring it. Tuna fish, stinky cheese, garlic, and onions should stay at home.

There’s no need to fly hungry or feel forced into buying expensive food-to-go at the airport. Just sit back, relax with a decent snack in hand, and enjoy the in-flight movie. Call 1-800-Fly-Europe for the best prices on flights to Belgium, Japan, South Africa, and many more international destinations.

 

5 Fun New Year’s Eve Traditions in Europe

By 1800FlyEurope in These Five Things | on January 2nd, 2013 with No Comments

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As the second hand rounds the clock and closes in on the final moments of 2012, the festive spirit in the air intensifies in anticipation of the stroke of midnight. From huge outdoor crowd gatherings to more intimate get-togethers at a friend or family member’s home, most of the world will soon be cheering on the approaching New Year. You may not be familiar with the following five fantastic New Year’s Eve rituals across Europe, as tradition varies from country to country and even from community to community.

 

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photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

 

Fireball Swinging in Northeastern Scotland

While you have likely heard of Hogmanay, (which is what Scotland calls their New Year’s celebration) the fireball swinging event that takes place in Stonehaven may surprise you. As the Old Town House bell strikes twelve, people stand back and watch as a procession of locals light their homemade torches and then march up and down High Street. Attached to several feet of wire or chain, the flames are swung out and around, creating a crowd pleasing fiery spectacle for all. When the group nears the harbor, any fireballs still aglow are tossed into the water.

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Jumping into the New Year in Denmark

In the moment that the year’s last second ticks by, many Danes will leap from a chair. Similar to the superstition as to why a bride is carried over a threshold, the belief is that jumping during this precise time safeguards you from being stuck and dwelling on the previous year’s affairs.

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Consuming Twelve Grapes at Midnight in Spain

This tradition began, possibly as early as 1895, when the vineyards in Spain’s Alicante region tried to up their harvest sales. The gimmick worked, and it is now common practice for Spaniards to eat a grape for each chime of the clock as it approaches midnight. By carrying out this ritual, the hope is that it will bring luck and prosperity in the New Year.

 

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photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

 

Diving into the North Sea in the Netherlands

In 1965 seven people decided to dash into the frigid North Sea as a tribute to the start of bathing season. After a toasty warm sauna session, a favorite northern European winter pastime is to cool off by taking a dip outside in icy cold water. Today, the New Year’s Eve dive takes place at 89 locations scattered throughout the Netherlands, and 36,000 people participated in 2012’s event.

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Christmas Tree Burning in Belgium

Burning Christmas trees is an ancient tradition in Belgium. At one time, it was considered bad luck to have greenery of any kind in the home after the holidays. These days, not only is it a New Year’s Eve ritual but it is also an alternative way to dispose of a Christmas tree.

What are your plans for New Year’s Eve? Good memories, food, entertainment and company can’t be beat! This year, make a New Year’s resolution to travel someplace you have never visited before and book flights to Denmark, Spain, Belgium or anywhere else in the world that sparks your interests.

 

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