The ultimate list of ALL budget airlines in Europe

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Yep, you’ll have to wear a zillion layers of clothes, fold your legs under your armpits for a few hours, and pay for anything that even remotely resembles luxury, but hey… don’t knock a £15 flight, right?! Every now and then I park my luxury princess-ego and exchange it for the hustling go-getter who will gladly compromise a bit of luxury if that means nicer meals, more adventures and better hotels at my destination, by flying a budget airline.

If you’re an avid budget airlines abuser like me (<3 you Ryanair), you’ll LOVE this ultimate list of ALL budget airlines in Europe.

By ExploristaTeam.

Let’s start of by saying that the trick to flying with low cost airlines is booking on time. Sure, there’s lots of last minute deals, but if you really need to be somewhere on a specific date… you better book ASAP. However: the best deals are to be found when you have a plans-free weekend and don’t care where you’re going: there’s always a dirt cheap ticket to somewhere, my frugal friend.

The best-known low-cost airlines in Europe are Ryanair (Ireland), easyJet (Great Britain), Norwegian (Norway), Vueling (Spain) and Wizz Air (Hungary). They fly in and out of most European countries. Some traditional carriers have a low cost daughter-airline. Well-known examples are Transavia, Air France-KLM, Lufthansa and Germanwings. It might be worth checking those out.

The ultimate guide to ALL budget airlines in Europe

 

Low-cost airlines from A to Z:

Northern-Europe

Blue1

Home country: Finland

Destinations: Scandinavia, Birmingham and Marseille.

Website: Blue1

Norwegian

Home country: Norway

Destinations: Scandinavia, Southern Europe, US and Bangkok.

Website: Norwegian

WOW air

Home country: IJsland

Destinations: US, Spain, Ierland, Great Britain, France, Italy, Austria, Poland en Lithuania.

Website: WOW air

Eastern-Europe

Blue Air

Home country: Romania

Destinations: Great Britain, Greece, Spain, France, Germany, Belgium, Romania, Ireland, Italy, Sweden and Turkey.

Website: Blue Air

SmartWings

Home country: Czech-Republic

Destinations: Great Britain, Greece, Spain, France, Germany, Belgium, Romania, Ukraine, Czech-Republic, Poland, Italy, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Turkey, Morocco, Egypt, Dubai.

Website: SmartWings

Wizz Air

Home country: Hungary

Destinations: Europe, Egypt, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Russia.

Website: Wizz Air

The ultimate guide to ALL budget airlines in Europe

 

Southern Europe

Atlasjet

Home country: Turkey

Destinations: Adana, Ankara, Antalya, Bodrum, Canakkale, Dalaman, Edremit, Ercan, Isparta, Istanbul, İzmir, Trabzon, Gaziantep (only flights within Turkey).

Website: Atlasjet

Blue Panorama Airlines

Home country: Italy

Destinations: Bergamo, Milan, Genova, Verona, Venice, Bologna, Anconda, Florence, Pisa, Rome, Perugia, Reggio C., Tirana.

Website: Blue Panorama Airlines

Pegasus Airlines

Home country: Turkey

Destinations: Western Europe and Northern Europe.

Website: Pegasus Airlines

SunExpress

Home country: Turkey

Destinations: Austria, Denmark, Egypt, Germany, Morocco, Spain, Switzerland, Tunisia, Turkey.

Website: SunExpress

Volotea

Home country: Spain

Destinations: Southern Europe and Western Europe.

Website: SunExpress

Vueling

Home country: Spain

Destinations: Northern Europe, Southern Europe, Eastern Europe, Western Europe, parts of Africa, Russia and the Middle East.

Website: Vueling

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Western Europe

Aer Lingus

Home country: Ireland

Destinations: Europe, Northern America, Middle East, Australia, Asia.

Website: Aer Lingus

Air Berlin

Home country: Germany

Destinations: Africa, Europe, Northern America, Middle East, Asia.

Website: Air Berlin

CityJet

Home country: Ireland

Destinations: France, Ireland, Italy, Germany, Great Britain.

Website: CityJet

Condor

Home country: Germany

Destinations: Northern America, Southern America, Europe, parts of Africa, Asia, parts of Australia, Russia.

Website: Condor

Corendon Airlines

Thuisland: The Netherlands/Turkey

Vliegt naar: Portugal, Marokko, Tunesië, Macedonië, Bulgarije, Griekenland, Turkije, Israël, Egypte.

Website: Corendon

TUI

Home country: The Netherlands

Destinations: Europe, Northern America, Caribbean, Latin-America, Middle East and Asia.

Website: TUI

easyJet

Home country: UK

Destinations: Northern Europe, Eastern Europe, Southern Europe, Western Europe.

Website: easyJet

FlyBE

Home country: UK

Destinations: Northern Europe, Eastern Europe, Southern Europe, Western Europe.

Website: FlyBE

Germanwings

Home country: Germany

Destinations: Northern Europe, Eastern Europe, Southern Europe, Western Europe.

Website: Germanwings

Jet2.com

Home country: UK

Destinations: Northern Europe, Eastern Europe, Southern Europe, Western Europe, New York City.

Website: Jet2.com

Loganair

Home country: Scotland

Destinations: Great Britain and Ireland.

Website: Loganair

Meridiana

Home country: Italy

Destinations: Italy, parts of Southern America, parts of Africa, Turkey, Moldova, Russia.

Website: Meridiana

Monarch Airlines

Home country: UK

Destinations: Northern Europe, Eastern Europe, Southern Europe, Western Europe, Canary Islands.

Website: Monarch Airlines

Niki

Home country: Austria

Destinations: Northern Europe, Eastern Europe, Southern Europe, Western Europe.

Website: Niki

Ryanair

Home country: Ireland

Destinations: Northern Europe, Eastern Europe, Southern Europe, Western Europe.

Website: Ryanair

Thomson

Home country: UK

Destinations: Africa, Asia, Caribbean, Europe, Central America.

Website: Thomson

Transavia

Home country: The Netherlands

Destinations: Northern Europe, Eastern Europe, Southern Europe, parts of Africa, Dubai.

Website: Transavia

The ultimate guide to ALL budget airlines in Europe

 

Advantages of low-cost airlines

+ Cheap tickets
Low-cost airlines are usually HELLA cheap. Cheaper than traditional airlines anyway. I regularly spot tickets £20 flights to Norway from London. And a return ticket Amsterdam – London can be booked for a hundred euros less than on traditional airlines, which will save you five hundred euros if you travel with a group of five.

+ Cheaper parking
Low-cost airlines usually fly from smaller (regional) airports. Generally parking is cheaper at smaller airports than it is at larger airports, which saves parking costs.

+ Sightseeing
Sure, a budget flight will usually not drop you off at the most central airport. This means you’ll have to arrange for transport, which will cost you more, but this does not have to count as wasted money. The bus from London Stansted Airport to the city centre of London gives you a good impression of the vibrant city. Consider it a cheap alternative to the hop-on-hop-off bus (without actually being able to hop off, though, but hey).

Disadvantages of low-cost airlines

– Service
The service that low-cost airlines offer is usually less than you will get at a traditional airline. A meal or a drink is usually not included in your flight leg space is a vague memory in your mind. It’s not necessarily bad service, but there’s just no frills attached. Low-cost airlines do offer supplementary products and services, but this will cost you.

– Distance airport-city
Low-cost airlines usually fly to smaller airports that are located outside of the city. This is cheaper for them, but is less practical for the traveler due to the time it takes to get from the airport to the city. Before you purchase a ticket it is helpful to check where it is exactly you are flying to. Ryanair advertises for example with destinations such as Dusseldorf and Brussels, whilst in fact the airports are located nearby Weeze and Charleroi.

– Extra costs
Flying budget means flying with hand luggage. Extra costs for checked lugagge can drive up the price of your ticket, keep that in mind. You’ll also almost always pay extra for payment methods, even if there literally is no other option. If you’re flying Ryanair: PRINT YOUR BOARDING PASS (or download the app on your phone)… if not you’ll end up paying £45 to get someone at the airport to print it off for you.

Be mindful of these things and you’ll have a great time!

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About the co-author:
FleurFleur was born twenty years ago in Harderwijk (yes, they have dolphins there) and decided at age sixteen she would move abroad for a year. She has settled now, but her wanderlust is far from over. She loves writing, photography and singing off key in the shower. Blogs at 
http://missjoesten.nl, has a grand imagination and is secretly Scandinavian. Follow her here: http://instagram.com/fleurjoesten

 

 

 

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