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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 √úber Cool Bikes | Cycling Culture in Europe

By 1800FlyEurope in These Five Things | on February 13th, 2012

 

Being from the U.S. where it’s common practice to drive a couple blocks to the corner store for a gallon of milk, relying on your two feet as a means for transportation is something our country could learn a little more about.  I will admit that I am absolutely intrigued by the biking culture in several of Europe’s largest cities.  A broad spectrum of bi(tri+ axles)cycles can be observed pedaling along the busy, metropolitan streets on any given day. While you may have to do a double take upon catching sight of some of these funky looking, multi-wheeled vehicles whirling by, but be assured that each one serves a utilitarian purpose.

The Dog Trike

Alistair Marks (A veterinarian and avid cyclist) from Edinburgh faced the dilemma of having to drive to work if he wanted his two pups (Peta and Biba) to  safely accompany him to his practice.  Unfortunately this was burning up petrol (which costs about $10 per gallon) and doubling his daily commute time.  The solution?  A dog trike, of course!  Alistair custom built a bike featuring two heavy-duty wheels and a large dog crate in the front.  When a steep hill comes his way, there is a battery operated motor that will assist with the climb.

 

 

The Beer Bike

First, it should be noted that the experienced guide steering this bar on wheels is also the vehicle’s official designated driver, and there is bartender in charge of responsibly serving those partaking in the tour.  The beer bike offers people a unique way to see the city of Amsterdam while pedal powering the craft and enjoying cold, amber brew at the same time.

Streamlined Scandinavian Cargo Bike

Erik Nohlin (Industrial Designer MFA) has improved and modernized the form of a typical cargo bike.¬† He has applied the principals of Swedish minimalist design (think IKEA) to the old, carrier style and has created a streamlined version of it.¬† Why is his work considered so innovative?¬† Aside from today‚Äôs European communities that embrace bike culture, it is more convenient, economical, and green to use than an automobile.¬† When gas prices are at nearly $10 per gallon and the charming (yet congested) narrow streets of city centres can‚Äôt accommodate cumbersome delivery trucks, well, it just makes sense to refine the cargo bike to meet and exceed people’s transporting needs.

 

The Velotaxi

Let someone else will do the pedaling for you.  You can find this ultra-modern version of the classic (buggy like) rickshaw all throughout Europe (and the world).

Copenhagen Cargo Bikes from Streetfilms on Vimeo.

Forget the Mini Van and the SUV

Fit a family of five all on one bike?¬† No problem!¬† Biking in cities (like Copenhagen and Amsterdam) is a way of life.¬† These bustling metropolises have more people who pedal to their destinations than drive, and there is a respectful coexistence between bikers and those driving automobiles.¬† Should you decide to partake Amsterdam or Copenhagen‚Äôs excellent bike share programs, make sure that you are familiar with the location specific bike etiquette first. Once you have become acclimated to the local road rules, you will truly begin to appreciate the beauty of European bike culture. If cycling just isn’t your thing, no need to worry Auto Europe will help you to find the best car rental rates.

 

 

4 European Chocolate Indulgences

By 1800FlyEurope in Destination Highlights | on February 6th, 2012

February 14th brings to mind candlelit dinners for two, red roses, cards displaying heartfelt acclamations, lovingly selected pieces of jewelry, and luscious, melt in your mouth chocolate delights. For me, Valentine‚Äôs Day gives me the perfect excuse to indulge in fine chocolate, and if I‚Äôm not coupled up for this jour de l’amour (day of love), I‚Äôll gift myself with a few pieces of a cocoa satiated sweet. Europe boasts some of the world‚Äôs most divine selections of chocolate indulgences. Read on to discover a few of my top choices.

Parisian Chocolatiers

A prime romantic destination for lovebirds, Paris has an incredible assortment of chocolatiers (chocolate artisans). Christian Constant is the owner of one such shop (of the same name) that should not be missed. He is located on 37 rue d‚ÄôAssas and has acquired a number of awards for his confectionary masterpieces. Feast your taste buds on a raspberry ganache or Constant‚Äôs legendary palet d’or (a fresh cream based, delectable chocolate).

Italian Gelateries

Gelato may, at first glance, have an appearance similar to ice cream, but once you take a spoonful of this rich, velvety Italian specialty, you will know otherwise. It is made in small batches and is renowned for having a soft and creamy consistency. Ice cream has a higher butterfat content ratio, too. Perhaps one of the best gelateries in Rome is Giolitti. The original creamery site from 1900 can be found near the Pantheon on via Uffici del Vicario, 40. Only the freshest ingredients are blended together in creating their gelato, and there are absolutely no preservatives added when preparing any of their 70 flavors. Treat yourself to two scoops of heaven, one serving of chocolate and the other of black cherry.

Belgium Pralines

Neuhaus is a well known name amongst Belgians and is notorious as being the inventor of the Belgium Praline. This legendary chocolate immerged from an unlikely source, an apothecary. Jean Neuhaus opened his trade in 1857 after he had moved to Brussels from Switzerland. At first, he sold just a small variety of sweets. However, in 1912 his grandson (Jean II) was given the freedom to branch out on the business’ candy production and from this venture, the praline was invented. His creation was a success, and soon after this development, the pharmaceutical side of the business was discontinued. A praline is a combination of nuts and chocolate, the family secret recipe is absolute bonbon perfection. Today are over 1000 shops dispersed throughout Europe. The Neuhaus’ brand offers several chocolate and nut variations of their praline.

Swiss Champagne Truffles

Teuscher(both the family and shop name) is the creator of the luxurious Dom Perignon infused chocolate truffle. The company was founded in 1932 by Dolf Teuscher, Sr. in Zürich, Switzerland. They now have stores scattered across North America, Asia, and Europe, but if you happen to be in Zürich, visit their main location on Bahnhofstrasse 46. Dolf Teuscher, Jr. is the predecessor in charge of present business operations. If I could select any sweet that my heart desired for Valentine’s Day, the Champagne Truffle would be my number one choice, hands down.

I bought some candy from a vending machine to munch on before I began typing this entry because I thought it would bring me creative writing inspiration. As I popped each multi-color, hard-shelled chocolate piece in my mouth, all I could think about was that what I was eating could not even begin to compare to the choco-goodies listed above. A trip to Europe this spring may be exactly what I need, especially if the chocolate I buy myself for February 14th fails to impress. In preparation for this likely disappointment, I’ll begin searching for flights to Paris and Zurich right way.  Imagine savoring a champagne truffle with the Swiss Alps in the backdrop, can anything top that?

 

 

Ski Europe | 5 Winter Wonderland Destinations

By 1800FlyEurope in Destination Highlights | on December 28th, 2011

Have you considered hitting the slopes in Europe? If you are accustomed to skiing/riding in North America, you may be in for a few surprises on European pistes (trails), but the differences aren’t too extreme. The point of taking a trip like this is to embrace new experiences.

First, if you are looking to beat the crowds, mornings and noon are the ideal times to get out on the slopes. Whereas most places in the U.S. have lines forming at the lifts shortly after the resort opens, in Europe you will find that the trails are virtually deserted during these periods. After a day on the slopes, people tend to gather with friends and family into the late evening, and lunch is traditionally a part of the day where one relaxes and takes their time to sit down to a good meal. Also, where off-trail skiing/riding is typically prohibited in North America, you will see that it is permitted at many European locations. It is vital to note that off-piste routes are not patrolled by resorts, and you proceed down these trails at your own risk. You absolutely must be aware of the potential for avalanches, your level of endurance, and the weather conditions before embarking on this type of chancy adventure.

Zermatt, Switzerland: The Swiss Alps

Think Swiss chalets and panoramas that will take your breath away. All this will be grabbing at your heartstrings before you have even purchased your life ticket. Do know that the charming town of Zermatt is a combustion-engine free zone, and it is strictly enforced so that air pollution is kept to a minimum. You wouldn’t want smog obscuring those incredible views of the Swiss Alps! The most popular form of transportation used here is the cog railway train, but there are electro-buses and sometimes horse-drawn carriages available for shuttle services. It is possible to start off skiing/riding atop a mountain in Switzerland and, via linking trails, end the run in Cervinia, Italy. The longest route of connected pistes to explore at this picturesque destination is 22 km.

Kitzbühel, Austria: Kitzbühel Alps

The brightly colored peach, green and yellow buildings in the town center warmly stand out amongst the white blanket of snow covering it during the winter. Time almost seems to stand still along the cobblestone streets of quaint Kitzbühel. People here do not get caught up in the hustle and bustle of life. In fact, should you decide to rush around town impatiently during your stay, you will surely make a spectacle of yourself. When you ski/ride here, just go with the flow, relax, sit back and drink in the beauty of the surrounding terrain. There is a primary lift located in Kitzbühel that will connect you to pistes leading to the towns of Aurach, Jochberg and Kirchberg. To ensure you will have enough time to fully enjoy Kitzbühel’s slopes, on Thursday and Friday skiing/riding hours are extended into the evening.

Chamonix, France: Mont Blanc

This lovely winter haven is nestled in a valley at the base of Mont Blanc (White Mountain), and Chamonix boasts a number of impressive statistics. The first Winter Olympics were held here in 1924, and Mont Blanc is the tallest mountain in the Western European Alps. There is a tunnel that cuts under the mountain to connect Chamonix, France with Courmayeur, Italy. You have 6 main resorts to choose from in Chamonix Valley, and there is a free bus system that will drop you off at anyone of these locations.

Val Gardena, Italy: Val Gardena Valley

Situated in the Dolomites Mountain Range in northern Italy, the Val Gardena Valley is home to the towns of Urtijëi, Sëlva and Santa Cristina. You may purchase a special Dolomiti Superski pass that gives you access to just over 1200 km of prime ski/snowboard trails spanning out over 12 zones. There is absolutely something for everyone here, and you have the choice of slopes ranging from beginning all the way through to expert levels. It is highly recommended for intermediate and above skiers/snowboarders to take the Sella Ronda Tour. This route is a 40 km roundtrip and takes about 6 hrs on average to complete. You want to be sure to set off first thing in the morning; otherwise you could miss the last lift of the day in returning from your excursion. The tour will take you through 4 valleys of interconnected trails and will surely be something you’ll remember for years to come.

Bovec, Slovenia: Kanin-Sella Nevea Ski Resort

When you visit the tiny town of Bovec, Slovenia, you not only have the option of purchasing entrance to two separate ski/snowboard areas, you receive a pass that allows you access to pistes in two countries. The resort has a state of the art, massive cable car that spans Kanin Mountain from Bovec to Sella Nevea, Italy. The trail that runs between the towns is accommodating to skiers/snowboarders of all levels. Here, the climate allows for winter fun to run until the onset of May.

What are you looking for in a skiing/snowboarding getaway? How about the opportunity to encounter kilometer after kilometer of snow packed trails, magnificent vistas, enchanting European villages, and new experiences? Limitless adventures await you when you plan a trip to Europe’s plentiful, stunning mountain ranges. Whether you are booking flights to Italy or flights to Austria, get the best rates at 1800FlyEurope.com.

 

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