Cheap flights to Europe

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

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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.

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Etihad Airways Etihad Airways

Europe flights from $1,070 return

Available for flights from 3 February - 30 November 2020. Destinations include Rome, Barcelona, Frankfurt, Manchester, Zurich and more. Sample fare is Sydney-Dublin.

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Flight Centre - International Flight Centre - International

London flights from $1,095 return

Available for travel from 19 January - 7 June 2020 with Malaysia Airlines. Sample fare from Perth. Other flight departs from Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide and more.

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Kayak Kayak

Up to 35% off flights worldwide

Subscribe to Kayak newsletter and receive personalised private deals of up to 35% off. Destinations include Europe, Asia, America, Australia and more. T&Cs apply.

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Trafalgar Tours Trafalgar Tours

Flights from $799 return with Europe tour bookings

Available on selected Europe and Britain tours with a duration of 11 days or more. Offer for Qatar Airways and Singapore Airlines until sold out. T&Cs apply.

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Cheap Flights Cheap Flights

London flights from $949 return

Available on select dates from January - May 2020. Sample fare is Perth-London with Philippine Airlines. Other flight departs from Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Adelaide, Sydney, Broome and more.

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Kayak Kayak

London flights from $965 return

Available for travel from February - August 2020. Destinations include Gatwick, Stansted, Luton, Southend and London City. Sample fare is Perth-Heathrow with Philippine Airlines.

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Europe flights from $1,132 return with Emirates

Available for travel from 24 January - 15 June 2020. Destinations include Rome, Edinburgh, London and Paris. Sample fare is Adelaide-Dublin.

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Thai Airways Thai Airways

Europe and Africa flights from $1,463 return

Available on select travel until 31 May 2020. Destinations include Athens, Budapest, Nice, Casablanca, Marrakech and more. Sample fare is Sydney-Barcelona. T&Cs apply.

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Emirates Emirates

Europe flights from $1,219 return

Available for flights 20 January - 30 November 2020. Destinations include Milan, Barcelona, Rome, London and more. Sample fare is Perth-Dublin.

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STA Travel STA Travel

Europe flights from $799 return with China Southern

Available on select travel dates from 21 February - 20 March 2020. Sample fare is Melbourne-Rome. Other destinations include London and Paris.

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STA Travel STA Travel

Europe flights from $539 each way

Available on select travel dates from January – November 2020. Sample fare is Perth–Paris with Thai Airways. Other destinations include London, Rome, Manchester, Dublin and more. T&Cs apply.

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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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Budget Air Budget Air

Extra $5 off your next booking

Subscribe to BudgetAir enewsletter and receive extra $5 discount of your next booking. Destinations include Europe, Asia, Australia and more. T&Cs apply.

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Luxury Escapes Luxury Escapes

Europe: hotel + flights from $749

Valid for travel until 30 December 2020. Destinations include Budapest, London, Portugal and more. Sample booking is for a 4-night in Spain. T&Cs apply.

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British Airways British Airways

UK flights from $1,368 return

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

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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.

Read our guide on the best time to go to Europe based on flight prices.


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 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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    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.

      Cheers
      Gru

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