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Cheap flights to Europe

Tips, tricks and coupons to stretch your dollars when travelling to Europe.

Europe is a must-see destination. There's no doubt about that. And great flight deals that will get you there is a hot topic.

After all, the cheaper the flight, the more money you have to spend sipping cocktails on a Mediterranean beach, shopping in Milan and cruising down the Seine, amirite?

Luckily for you, we’re sharing the tips to help you find the cheapest fares. Here are some of the best to get you to Europe for less.

Top Europe sales and coupons

Etihad Airways Australia Etihad Airways Australia

20% off flights with code

Valid on all dates and flights departing from Australia. Destinations include London, Paris, Madrid, Rome, Amsterdam, Dublin, Milan, Zurich and more. T&Cs apply.

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Flight Centre - International Flight Centre - International

Amsterdam flights from $895 return

Valid 25 February - 22 March and 22 April - 13 June 2019. Sample price is from Perth or Melbourne, other departure cities also available.

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STA Travel STA Travel

Europe flights from $839 return

Valid for travel between 1 October 2018 and 15 June 2019. Sample fare is Melbourne-Barcelona. Destinations include Milan, Athens, Rome and more.

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STA Travel STA Travel

Spain flights from $839 return

Valid for travel between 3 October 2018 - 15 June 2019. Sample fare is Melbourne-Barcelona with Air China.

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Cathay Pacific Cathay Pacific

Up to 25% off business class flights

Valid for travel on select dates. Bookings must be made 90 days prior flight. Destinations include Hong Kong, China, Japan, Korea, Taipei, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Brussels, Copenhagen, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Manchester, Dublin and more. T&C's apply.

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Cathay Pacific Cathay Pacific

Europe flights from $1,123 return

Valid for travel from 20 August 2018 - 28 February 2019, including over Christmas. Destinations include London, Amsterdam, Paris, Rome, Dublin and more. Sample fare is Cairns-London.

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Flight Centre - International Flight Centre - International

London flights from $998 return

Valid for travel from 24 October - 26 November 2018. Sample fare is Melbourne-London.

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Europe flights from $1,009 return with Singapore Airlines

Valid for travel from 14 January - 4 April 2019 / 29 April - 14 June 2019 and 16 July - 3 September 2019. Destinations include Copenhagen, Barcelona, Rome, Paris and more. Sample fare is Adelaide-Amsterdam.

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Qatar Airways Qatar Airways

Europe flights from $1,008 return

Valid for travel on select dates. Destinations include Milan, London, Barcelona, Warsaw, Moscow, Birmingham, Paris and more. Sample fare is Perth-Istanbul.

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Cathay Pacific Cathay Pacific

Europe flights from $1,165 return

Valid for travel from 1 March - 31 August 2019. Destinations include Barcelona, Amsterdam, Milan, Rome and more. Sample fare is Melbourne-Dublin.

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Etihad Airways Australia Etihad Airways Australia

Europe flights from $1,074 return

Valid for travel from 15 January - 12 August 2019. Destinations include London, Paris, Madrid, Rome, Amsterdam and Dublin. Sample fare is Melbourne-Istanbul.

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Qatar Airways Qatar Airways

10% off flights

Valid for travel from 2 July 2018 - 31 June 2019. Destinations include London, Manchester, Edinburgh, Birmingham, New York, Washington DC, Houston, Chicago, Philadelphia, Casablanca, Marrakech, Algiers, Tunis, Khartoum, Kuwait, Muscat, Salalah, Tehran, Shiraz, Mashhad, Beirut and more.

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STA Travel STA Travel

Greece flights from $879 return

Valid for travel between 3 October 2018 - 15 June 2019. Sample fare is Sydney-Athens with Air China.

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Emirates Emirates

Europe flights from $1,109 return

Valid for travel from February - April 2019. Destinations include London, Barcelona, Athens, Rome, Madrid and more. Sample fare is Adelaide-Edinburgh.

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Skyscanner Skyscanner

Ireland flights from $913 return

Valid for travel from September - October 2018. Sample fare is Perth-Dublin.

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Skiddoo Skiddoo

International flights from $242 return

Valid for travel on select dates. Sample fare is Perth-Bali. Destinations include London, Dublin, Rome, Seoul, Los Angeles, Langkawi, Colombo, Singapore and more.

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British Airways British Airways

UK flights from $1,170 return

Valid for travel until October 2018. Destinations include London and Edinburgh. Sample fare is for Sydney-London.

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Cathay Pacific Cathay Pacific

Premium economy flights from $1,905 return

Valid for travel until 30 June 2019. Sample fare is Perth-Tokyo. Booking must be made 50 days in advance. Destinations include New York, Chicago, Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington D.C., Vancouver, Toronto, China, Taiwan, Japan, Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand, India, Amsterdam, Barcelona and more.

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Lufthansa Lufthansa

Europe flights from $1,510 return

Valid for travel on select dates. Destinations include London, Rome, Paris, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Milan, Madrid and more. Sample fare is Perth-Barcelona.

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LookUpFare LookUpFare

$120 off first class seats

Valid for travel on select dates. Destinations include San Francisco, Chicago, London, Dubai, Venice and more. T&C's apply.

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Etihad Airways Australia Etihad Airways Australia

Europe flights from $1,878 return

Valid for travel until 31 December 2018. Destinations include Rome, Paris, Dublin, London and more. Sample fare is Perth-Amsterdam.

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Where to find cheap flights to Europe

Here, that’s where! The travel team here at finder.com.au trawls the Internet for the best airfares and brings them all to one place, so you hardly have to lift a finger to snap up a bargain. Above, we’ve included some of the hottest flights to Europe.

Alternatively, you can check direct with a few of the airlines. Here are some of the major carriers that fly to Europe:


When to go to Europe

  • December-February (Winter): Expect Christmas markets, crisp days and cold nights, and snow in the north and alpine areas. This is the best time to go if you're hoping to experience snow or to go skiing. It's also one of the cheapest times to go.
  • March to May (Spring): Coming out of winter, you might still get a bit of snow in northern Europe, but countries along the Mediterranean should be warm and comfortable during the day. If you're looking for a bargain, this is one of the best times to go as prices are still low and the weather is fair.
  • June to August (Summer): Peak season in Europe usually comes with peak season prices. This is generally the most expensive time to go. If you're willing to fork out for fares on premium dates, you'll be treated to long days and beach-worthy weather.
  • September to November (Autumn): Like Spring, Autumn tends to be a more affordable time to go to Europe. Temperatures will start to drop, but if you're in southern parts like Italy, Spain and Greece, you'll still find days with temperatures in the low to mid-20s.

How to find cheap last-minute flights to Europe

A general rule of thumb for overseas flights is the earlier you book, the cheaper the airfare. While this may be true in most cases, it doesn’t mean you can’t still grab a cheap last-minute flight to Europe.

When airlines need to sell seats they drop their prices; and as soon as we find out that prices have dropped, we’ll be sharing them here with you. Airlines like Etihad fly to various locations in Europe and are notorious for offering last-minute flights for less, while travel agents like STA Travel are also known to offer deals on flights less than a month away.

Another good way to get to Europe quickly and cheaply is by tacking a flight onto a tour booking. Contiki, Intrepid Travel and G Adventures all have last-minute departure deals to fill up unbooked spaces on their European tours and may offer flight discounts as an incentive.


Tips and tricks to finding cheap flights

    • Be flexible. Once you see a heavily discounted fare to Europe, jump on it, no matter where in Europe the flight might take you. Thanks to budget carriers like Ryanair and Easyjet, once you’re in Europe, travel is cheap. It might just cost you $50 with a budget carrier to get you to the city you’d like to visit from where the sale fare takes you, while booking a ticket from Australia to your final destination could easily cost hundreds more. Plus, you might just fall in love with your bonus city!
    • Consider the pros of a longer stopover. If you’re just after a cheap fare, an overnight or hours-long layover along the way could be worth saving a few hundred dollars on your fare. Longer stopovers in destinations where you can leave the airport may also be welcome. A wander around a new city for a few hours could be a nice break between two very long flights.
    • Shop around: Sounds obvious, but it pays to shop around. One of the easiest ways to find cheap flights is to use a comparison booking engine like I Want That Flight, BYOJet, Wotif or CheapOAir. They compare flight prices across various airlines and travel agents and hook you up with the lowest price.
    • Book a package: Package holidays can sometimes be cheaper than purchasing flights and accommodation separately. They can also save you heaps of browsing time. Flight Centre has one of the widest selection of European tours and packages online.
    • Watch out for credit card fees: Many payment systems charge extra for you to pay with a credit card. Check carefully before you buy to see what fee-free options are available, such as direct debit and PayPal.
    • Use those price match guarantees: Travel agents such as Flight Centre, Expedia, Helloworld and CheapOAir offer price match guarantees. If you find the same flight cheaper elsewhere, contact them to see what they can do.

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Stephanie Yip

Stephanie is the travel editor at finder.com.au. On top of being an avid traveller, she's an all-round bargain hunter. If there's a deal on hotels or a sale on flights, she'll know about it. And she'll let you know about it, too. Though probably not before she buys her own ticket.

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    marySeptember 3, 2017

    is it possible to view fares for flights to Europe from Australian cities from Sept 2018 as of today?

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      GruSeptember 4, 2017

      Hello,

      Unfortunately, it is not possible to view fares for flights to Europe from Australian cities for next September 2018 as of today.
      You may check back on our site and on this page in the following months to see the availability for September 2018.

      Alternatively, you may contact the airline companies directly to confirm the possibility of booking flights for September 2018.

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