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10 Cheapest Airports to Fly Into: Europe Airfare Secrets

By Colton Jones in Travel Tips | on June 12th, 2015

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Psst…did you know that flying to Europe doesn’t have to break the bank? With the array of cultural capitals comes a wide variety of airports to choose from. Finding the cheapest airport to fly into Europe may be confusing, but this guide will point you in the right direction. Of course, the rules of finding cheap airfares still apply: visit in the off season, take advantages of sales, and fly on a weekday. However, the cheapest airports to fly into Europe mostly also satisfy the following requirements:

  • Considered “secondary” airports – basically not London, Paris, Rome, or Madrid
  • Hub or focus city for a budget airline
  • Low operating costs/fees passed on to airline or consumer

 

Flying into a cheaper airport also allows cheapest-airport-to-fly-into-europeyou to potentially visit two destinations for the price of one. For example, if your heart is set on London, you may also want to check fares to nearby Copenhagen, Amsterdam, or Dublin, or other major European airports which are all a short hop away by budget airline.

 

10 cheapest airports to fly into in Europe

Reykjavik, Iceland – Reykjavík-Keflavík Airport (KEF)
A bit of a cheat since Iceland is only halfway between North America and Europe, but it is considered part of the European continent and has two airlines, WOW and IcelandAir, offering aggressive fares to Reykjavik. Take a dip in the hot springs of the Blue Lagoon, hike through the ethereal hills of Landmannalaugar, or scuba dive between two continental plates at Silfra.

Stockholm, Sweden – Stockholm Arlanda Airport (ARN)
Stockholm is currently the cheapest European airport to fly into on the continent thanks to budget carrier Norwegian Air Shuttle’s direct service from many U.S. cities. After feasting on Swedish meatballs and smorgasbords, head out to find a wonderland of snow sports from snowmobiling to dog-sledding.

Moscow, Russia – Domodedovo International Airport (DME) or Sheremetyevo International Airport (SVO)
Russia is notoriously finicky when it comes to visas, but an agency can help you with an invitation letter and get you on your way to the Land of Tsars. Besides the history at the Red Square or nearby St. Petersburg, history buffs can hunt for Soviet-era souvenirs at the Izmaylovo Market or Gum shopping area.

Copenhagen, Denmark – Copenhagen International Airport (CPH)
Another Scandinavian entry, Copenhagen is known for its Michelin-starred restaurants and Tivoli, the world’s oldest amusement park. Fans of children’s literature will find plenty of Hans Christian Andersen history, including the official museum in the city of Odense.

Istanbul, Turkey – Istanbul Atatürk Airport (IST)
Instanbul is a major hub and the fourth busiest airport on the continent thanks to low fares from Turkish Airlines. After visiting the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sofia in Istanbul, there are a wealth of historical treasures to be found in the country, including the ancient Greek city of Ephesus and the statues of Mt. Nemrut.

St. Petersburg, Russia – Pulkovo International Airport (LED)
Delve into Russian history in historic St. Petersburg thanks to low fares from Norwegian Air Shuttle and WOW Airlines. The Hermitage is one of the oldest museums in the world, having been founded in 1764 by Catherine the Great, while the nearby Peter and Paul Fortress is part of the State Museum of the History of St. Petersburg.

Oslo, Norway – Gardermoen International Airport (OSL)
One of the world’s most expensive countries, no doubt, but at least getting there is quite affordable. Away from the capital, cities such as Bergen, Trondheim, and Tromso combine Scandinavian culture with breathtaking outdoor beauty.

Dublin, Ireland – Dublin Airport (DUB)
The Scoop: Test your luck of the Irish in Ireland’s friendly and boisterous capital. Though known for its pubs and nightlife, Ireland has its share of magnificent natural scenery as well, including the island of Skellig Michael, set to be featured in the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens film.

Berlin, Germany – Berlin Schönefeld Airport (SXF)
A cheaper entry into Germany than Frankfurt, cosmopolitan Berlin connects easily to Munich, Dresden, Hamburg, and more. Aside from popular tourist destinations like the Berlin Wall, why not try visiting a traditional cuckoo clock maker, or having some delectable kuchen (cake)?

Amsterdam, Netherlands – Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS)
Amsterdam serves as a hub for multiple airlines, hence fares into the city are generally reasonable. Popular among youths for its “liberal qualities”, art buffs will also want to make way to the Van Gogh Museum or see the country’s fantastic modern architecture.


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Everyone has their personal favorites in Europe, be it the food, the culture, the history, or the outdoor destinations. Outside of the big cities, European countries still feature countless attractions off the beaten track and strong traditional arts, so grab a good guide book and start exploring with a cheap flight from 1800FlyEurope!

What to Look For In a Traveling Partner

By 1800FlyEurope in Destination Highlights, Travel Tips | on September 21st, 2012

If you’ve decided you want to take a trip, but you don’t want to go the solo route, you’re probably looking for a travel partner. There are a few things you should take into consideration before you pick one of your friends or even a stranger. The last thing you want is to be stuck with someone who will ruin the whole trip experience for you. Knowing a person and spending every day on the road with them can be two very different things. Here are some tips to help you figure out if you are compatible to ensure an enjoyable trip.

Share Some Common Interests

This should be obvious, but as we all know, opposites sometimes do attract. Your travel partner doesn‚Äôt have to like every single thing you do, but you should have at least a few interests in common. Perhaps you both like the same types of music, so you can plan to go to a few concerts. Maybe you both like to try new foods. Something as simple as that gives you an agenda to enjoy together during the trip. There are going to be times one of you will want to do something that the other has no interest in. This is okay and should be respected by both. At these times you’ll have the option to either split up and each do your own thing or take a chance–you might find enjoyment in something you never thought you would.

Agree on a Budget

Traveling on a budget is essential. The last thing you want is to run out of money before your trip is over. You should sit down with your partner and come to an agreement on how much you can spend per day on things like hotels, food, transportation and other essentials. I’m not saying you should combine your money, but coming to an understanding can save you a lot of stress and frustration in the long run. If you can’t agree on the budget before you depart, this could cause a much bigger headache for you during the trip. It’s also a good idea to set aside some extra money for shopping and extra things that might come up unexpectedly. You never know what kind of opportunities might come your way.

Test Out Your Travel Partner

Before you commit to a long and possibly pricey vacation, make a plan to spend a weekend, or at the very least an overnight trip with your potential traveling companion. This way you can see how the two of you work together. It’s up to you if you want to be straight forward and tell them the purpose of the time together, or you can just play it off as an excuse to get to know each other a bit better before your trip. Either way, it should be a good way to see how the two of you will fare in the long run. Make a mental note of things that could cause frustrations. Do they snore? Buy some good ear plugs. Does it take them a long time to get ready? Make sure they get the bathroom first. Nip the little things that could manifest into much larger issues early on.

The Beauty is in the Details

The details I’m talking about are not the details of your trip. I’m talking about the details of any avoidable problems that might arise while traveling. Talk about how much time you might want to spend doing things on your own or if you both want to spend the whole time doing things together. Being honest is the key here. If you envision yourself spending half of your time doing things on your own and they are planning on spending the whole time with you, this could become a problem for both of you. One person is left feeling like they are forced to do things alone, while the other might feel smothered by their tag along. Once the details are a bit more flushed out, set some ground rules or guidelines for things that might happen during your trip. Decide what you might do if one person makes friends during the trip. Are you both comfortable inviting them to travel with you? What if someone starts a romantic relationship and you are sharing a room? If you have already dealt with how you’ll react to these situations before you go, there’s less of a chance of disagreements later. It’s impossible to think of every possible scenario, but the more you can talk about, the better.

The Benefits of Having a Traveling Partner

In conclusion, I personally prefer traveling with someone. Traveling solo can be enjoyable, but most of the time, the advantages outweigh the benefits of being alone. Many costs can be split between the two of you. You might see sights that you wouldn’t have thought to see on your own. And the best part, you have someone to share all the traveling memories for years to come.

Combat Jet Lag Medication-Free

By 1800FlyEurope in Travel Tips | on August 2nd, 2012

Excited about an upcoming trip abroad but not looking forward to feeling dazed and dragged down by the time change? No worries, here are some easy, drug-free approaches that will help reduce jet lag symptoms.

A few days before your travels

Go to bed and wake up an hour earlier/later, depending on the direction of travel; if flying east it‚Äôs earlier and west it’s later. Ease yourself into modifying your sleep pattern by 30 minute increments daily. You don’t want to shock your body by attempting adjust to a 6 hour time difference, just prepare it a bit. Oh, and there’s an app for that.

During the flight

  • Make sure to drink plenty of water. If your body is dehydrated, this will intensify jet lag.
  • Once you take your assigned seat, set your watch to your destination’s time.
  • Eat a snack. If you normally eat dinner at 6pm, have a little something to munch on at your 6pm home-time. Later, have a lighter meal that is closer inline to the local schedule that you’ll be adopting.
  • If, upon landing, there is decent amount of daylight remaining, consider taking a nap on the plane. Try not to doze for more than 90 minutes, as this is the length of a natural sleep cycle.

Upon arrival

Depending on the direction of the flight and the time of day it lands, getting a dose of sunlight can help adjust your internal clock. Check out this jet lag calculator that has been created specifically for this method.

A few more tips to consider

  • For larger time-zone changes, try and arrive a couple days early. This is especially helpful if you need to be alert for an important event.
  • Give yourself a break. Plan a layover to and from your destination. It can be fun, too. Perhaps this will allow you to catch a glimpse of a country that you otherwise might not have visited.
  • Stick to your regular sleep and meal routine as much as possible for short trips.

And finally, this may go without saying

Avoid consuming alcohol and caffeine before and during your flights to Europe, or anywhere else in the world. Bon Voyage!

 

Call Me Maybe

By 1800FlyEurope in Travel Tips | on June 26th, 2012

International Cell Phone Rental

Figuring out how to stay in contact with people in the United States while traveling overseas can be a bit daunting. International calls, texts, voice, and data rates are not something to consider lightly, as the charges can rapidly escalate into thousands of dollars if you turn your phone on while abroad without doing any research first. Don’t let this intimidate you to the extent where you find yourself leaving your contact information with the instructions to “call me maybe.”

International Roaming Charges

Do you know that data roaming charges can quickly accrue on a smart phone simply by powering it on in a foreign country? Your e-mail and other applications will attempt to update just like they do at home but at an immense cost. This can happen if you don’t turn the data function off or if you don’t secure a special international plan with your mobile provider before your trip. Imagine being welcomed home by a cell phone bill totaling over a thousand dollars, and you didn’t even make a call from it while you were away? It happens all the time.

Purchasing a Cell Phone Overseas

If you don’t travel overseas frequently, purchasing a phone locally after your flights to Europe have touched down may not be the ideal option for you either. In this case, you won’t be able to leave a contact number for people to reach you before flying abroad.

Switching Your Phone’s SIM Card

Changing out your SIM card can be quite complicated (not all phones have these, or if they do, they may not be able to accept an international SIM card). If you don’t know what you’re doing while unlocking your phone, you could void your device’s warranty, or particular components may not function with a different card.

Rent a Cell Phone with Auto Europe

Although the lyrics to Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” are extremely popular right now, this song’s message isn’t a good trend to follow when it comes to deciding on whether or not to accept international calls overseas. Have no fear, because there is another option! Rent an international cell phone from our sister company Auto Europe. If you reside within the United States,* then you can request a mobile phone be sent to you before you leave, and¬†once you have returned from your trip, drop it in the mail . It works in over 65 countries and voicemail is a standard feature. Auto Europe also rents GPS devices; if you plan on driving while abroad, be sure to ask for more information about the rates when you speak with a reservation agent. Call Auto Europe toll-free at 1-888-223-5555.

*Cell phone and GPS rental are only available within the United States.

 

 

 

 

 

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