Low Cost and Budget Airlines across Europe
In my previous blog titled Basics for Dirt Cheap Travel to Europe, I recommended flying with low cost and budget airlines across Europe, as they are a much better priced option compared to rail or road for long distances.
Friends reading my blog suggested that many popular travel portals do not offer these airlines because of which they end up booking more expensive flights.
Even I recalled a similar experience, when I had to travel from Nice to Bruges and was unable to find direct connections. Alternate methods were either expensive or time consuming. The plan to visit the alluring canals of Bruges seemed to be almost dropped until I stumbled upon an airline ‘Tui Fly’ having a direct flight from Nice to Oestund (a small town 30 kms from Bruges). The price of Eur 40, was less than half of what I was expecting to pay.
Suggestions and previous encounters prompted me to make a list of low cost airlines serving Europe so that it comes in handy when options seem limited. You can also bookmark this page for future reference. Most airlines in the list are no frills and additional sum needs to be paid for taking luggage, meal on board, preferred seat and even for payment using credit cards.
- We have tried to make the list exhaustive based on our research. Several other airlines were excluded as they either do not provide regular scheduled services nor are budget carriers.
- State Flag carriers have been avoided as they are usually full service flights and are expensive