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30 Cheapest Places to Fly To in Europe

By 1800FlyEurope in Lists | on May 13th, 2015

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.

5 Stunning Mediterranean Seaside Bars

By 1800FlyEurope in Destination Highlights | on March 28th, 2012

photo courtesy of Akron Bar & Restaurant

Picture yourself lying on a chaise lounge surrounded by soft, golden sand and listening to the sound of aquamarine water gently lapping at this secluded stretch of beach. In the distance you can see Easter-egg toned houses clinging to the sides of the bluffs that flank the remote cove. You have worked incredibly hard all winter and are now rewarding yourself with a well earned vacation set along the Mediterranean Coast. Can it get any better than this? Of course it can! An ice cold beverage delivered via towel-side bar service completes the scene. Read on to discover the following 5 breathtaking locations and their equally as impressive seafront watering holes.

photo courtesy of Buzz Bar

Buzz Beach Bar & Seafood Grill | Oludeniz Beach, Turkey

Overlooking a tranquil bay on Turkey’s southwestern shore is Buzz Beach Bar & Seafood Grill. Sip a Frozen Bellini, which is a mouthwatering blend of vodka, peach schnapps, grenadine, fresh peach and bubbly champagne. Periodically, a paraglider will float down from above and land in the light, golden sand of Ideniz Beach; this little strip of paradise has been consistently voted as one of the world’s top 5 beaches. Kick your feet back and settle into a comfy, cushioned seat on their terrace or rooftop deck.

photo courtesy of La Caseta

La Caseta del Migdia | Barcelona, Spain

Often described as ‚Äúone of Barcelona’s best kept secrets,‚Äù La Caseta del Migdia rests atop Montjuic and features breathtaking vistas of the city and sea. You really have to know about this place in order to find it, as it is tucked away and in between towering pine trees and the Montjuic Castle. The establishment‚Äôs seating is entirely al fresco and is only open during the summer months. La Caseta is the perfect place to escape the sizzling heat and watch the sun set. Depending on the day of the week (check their program for more details), the intoxicating sound of live Flamenco or samba music fills the air.

photo courtesy of La Entropista

Absinthe Bar (La Balade) | Antibes, France

This little, green gem isn’t far from the beach in Antibes, France, and La Balade is such a unique find that I had to include it in this list. The absinthe bar is situated under an olive oil store in a charming, stone comprised cellar. The emerald toned, anise flavored liquor that they serve was made popular by artists such as Van Gogh and Hemmingway, and it was often referred to in literature as the green fairy. Absinthe was outlawed in the early 1900’s because of the bad publicity it received. There were some extreme accounts where the consumption of impure absinthe was said to bring on psychosis. Today, the spirit has to pass strict government regulations pertaining to the level of thujone (the psychotropic ingredient) it is permitted to contain. The absinthe of these times is considered to be more of a high proofed alcohol than anything else. Cool off from a sweltering summer day and let the Bohemian ambience of La Balade take you back to the artist’s world of the early 19th century.

photo courtesy of Akron Bar & Restaurant

Akron Bar & Restaurant | Paleokastritsa, Corfu Island, Greece

Open until sunset, Akron Bar & Restaurant looks out over fine, white sand that encompasses a lovely cove. The patio is enveloped with lemon and olive trees, and it opens up onto a serene, private beach. This little piece of sheer bliss is the ideal place to savor a glass of wine while the sun fades on the horizon.

Bar Ristorante Vertigo | Lerici, Italy

The quaint fishing village of Lerici is based along the alluring Italian Riviera’s shoreline. Bar Ristorante Vertigo sports a veranda, which is shaded by a canopy of oak trees. Guests claim that they feel as though they are lounging in a tree house. The pristine beach is a short walk from here; just head down a flight of stairs that you will find at the front of the terrace. Throughout the warmer months of the year, you can enjoy a refreshing cocktail while listening to live music on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

All of these fine establishments have the following essential characteristics: stunning Mediterranean backdrops, proximity to shimmering greenish-blue sea, and impeccably positioned waterfront locations. The vacation of a life time awaits you. Why not begin looking at airfare for flights to Barcelona today?

 

 

Score Cheap Airline Tickets | Insider Tips

By 1800FlyEurope in Travel Tips | on February 28th, 2012

 

Our Flight Reservation Agents Divulge their Top Tips on how to Find the Best Airfare Rates

Recently I had a family member ask me for some tips on how to find the best priced, international airfare. Of course I said, “well call 1-800-Fly-Europe, and they‚Äôll help you with the quotes.” I quickly realized that this response wasn‚Äôt sufficient. I do blog for this site, so I should know these things. Right? Fortunately, I work on the same floor as our flight reservation agents, and I knew that they would be the best resource for my investigation. After all, they work incredibly hard to uncover the lowest airline ticket rates for our clients everyday. So I asked our 1-800-Fly-Europe team if they would be willing to share their secrets with me, and they were more than happy to give me their expert advice. Some of the suggestions may surprise you, and there are some common misconceptions people may have on how to go about striking the best deal.

Myth: Buy the ticket as soon as you are offered a great price, or you will lose the rate if you wait a day or even a couple of hours.

Request a Courtesy Hold

Paulsen recommended an option that you may not have heard of: take advantage of Fly-Europe’s Courtesy Hold. Do you need a few hours or perhaps a night to mull over your options before purchasing a ticket for an international flight? Our agents will gladly place a hold on your seat(s) for your desired itinerary. Now while the initial price of the flight and place on the plane are held, do be aware that the final rate can fluctuate a bit due to fuel costs, taxes, and/or currency exchange rates. Once you decide to finalize your airfare plans, payment will be needed and then your tickets will be issued.

Myth: Wait until a last minute sale to purchase your airfare. Aubry disclosed that “most airlines require at least 7 days advance notice for a booking. The closer you are to your departure date, the less availability there is, and the more expensive the ticket will be.”

“It is best to reserve your international flight as soon as you know your travel dates,” advises Marty.

“International airfare pricing is generally based on a standard supply and demand system: as the plane fills up, the prices are going to increase (depending on the flight class that is requested).” Be aware that if you plan to travel during the summer or a major holiday (know beforehand events that are occurring in the country you wish to visit) the tickets may be priced differently (higher) based on the high flight sales.

Marty also sheds some light on these last minute sales that are rumored, and said that ‚Äúmost carriers have several classes of service that they offer, and as flights start to fill up, the airlines will close the sales of lower classes of service. They then sell the same seats at a higher price. For flights that aren’t selling fast, they will open up vacancy of lower class tickets until the plane begins filling up, and in turn, airlines close the cheaper seat rates to sell the same flight space at a higher price.‚Äù So, yes, while these rumored sales do exist, they are extremely short lived. If you like to gamble, this may be the option for you.

Is there a particular time of day that is better to reserve a flight?

Yes there is! Virgil recommends to “shop early in the morning for airfare, as the availability of seats refreshes overnight.” The airlines assess and reset their ticket prices at midnight (the time zone is dependent on the location of the carriers’ headquarters). As flights begin to fill up throughout a day, the rates go up.

Are there any particular days that are cheaper to fly?

Shelley suggests choosing weekdays when making your travel arrangements and arranging your schedule (if possible) to include a stay through a Saturday. The more flexibility that you have when planning your trip, the better chances you have of scoring lower airfare. Our reservation agents will help you to search ticket rates for varying days, times, airlines, and even airport locations. You don’t have to keep all of these options open. For example, just changing the day you fly in or out of a location (Monday-Thursday are generally the lower cost days to book) could make a huge difference on the price quote.

Should you buy travel insurance?

The general consensus of our reservation agents is that it is highly recommended that you purchase travel insurance. How does spending approximately $45-$65 (4% of the travel cost) per round trip save you money? If something comes up and you need to cancel or reschedule your flight, you either stand the chance of losing the funds spent on a trip you didn’t take, or you risk the possibility of having to pay a $350 change fee to reschedule your travel plans. Circumstances beyond your control can pop up while you are abroad, and with this extra coverage comes the peace of mind that you are protected for matters such as injury/illness and lost luggage.

I love to travel. I feel lucky to have such knowledgeable coworkers who know the ins and outs to booking low cost airfare, and now I am sharing their tips with you. Let one of our reservation agents work their magic for you to book flights to Nice, Munich, Barcelona, and many more destinations.

 

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