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The cheaper the flight you can nab to Europe, the more money you have to spend sipping cocktails on a Mediterranean beach, shopping in Milan and cruising down the Seine, amirite?
Here are the best deals we could find available, and some tips and tricks to help you get the best price on your next flight to Europe.
Flights to Europe from Western Australia and South Australia tend to be the cheapest, with fares averaging $1,200-$1,400 return. If you're flying from the east coast of Australia, expect to pay a bit more, with averages between $1,300 and $1,500.
While there are hundreds of airports around Europe, we looked at four of the most-searched destinations – London, Paris, Athens and Rome – for Australians to get an idea of what constitutes a good deal on a flight to Europe.
While those prices are the average lows, based on Skyscanner data, we've found many flight sales where prices can dip below the $1,000 mark.
Keep an eye on deals from budget airlines like Scoot, which is known for its cheap-as-chips fares to its two European destinations – Athens and Berlin. If you're not inclined to fly budget, there are benchmark sale fares between $1,000 and $1,100 from airlines like Qatar, Emirates and Etihad.
The cheapest time to fly to Europe is during Australia's summer months, when it's winter in Europe, from October to April. On average, prices tend to bottom out in February, after the Christmas/New Year holiday season, but before temperatures start to warm up toward the end of March.
To get the best of both worlds – a fair price and fair weather – we suggest travelling during the shoulder season, in May-June or in September-October. If you're travelling to destinations further south in Europe, like Spain, Italy or Greece, you'll still get days in the low-mid 20C range, fewer crowds than peak summer and lower airfares.
Europe's peak season – both in terms of price and crowds – is during Australia's winter months, especially from June to August. This is when Europe is at its warmest, so if you're set on a beach holiday then you may need to pay a premium to get the best weather.
When is the cheapest time to fly to London?
We find with Europe, the earlier you book, the better – especially if you want to travel to Europe during its warmer months.
Airlines like Etihad, Emirates and Qatar often have early-bird Europe sales in November-December for travel from March-June.
Find the lowest prices on flights to Europe from leading airlines.
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