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Cheap flights within Europe

Search and buy cheap flights within Europe with Alternative Airlines! Discover airlines that offer cheap flights within Europe. Also, check out our list of FAQs…

Flights within Europe


A flight within Europe is a flight which departs and lands within two different European countries. For example, a flight that departs from London, UK and lands at Paris, in France.

Are flights within Europe cheap?

Europe has seen a proliferation of low-cost airlines, which have emerged over recent years and transformed air travel within Europe.

Some of the largest and best known low-cost airlines include easyJet, Smartings, Ryanair, Transavia, Norwegian and Wizz Air. These airlines are an alternative to more traditional national flag carriers (such as British Airways or Air France), which tend to provide a full-service and carry higher ticket prices as a result. Flying with a budget airlines means sacrificing some services, such as complimentary checked baggage and meals, but can dramatically reduce the cost of your flights within Europe.

How much are flights within Europe? It is likely that you’ll be able to find flights between European cities with a budget airline for $50–250.

How to book cheap flights within Europe

It is possible to grab a very affordable ticket on a low-cost airline, especially if you fly off-peak or during quieter times. You can use the search bar at the top of the page to start searching for flights. To help you find affordable flight ticket prices, try following these steps:

1. Fly during the shoulder season.

2. Catch a red eye flight and fly during the night or really early in the morning

3. Don’t fly during public holidays.

4. Before you book your flights, check out our guide to the cheapest day to buy flights to help you discover when the best time to book your flights might be.


The following are the low-cost airlines which operate extensive flight networks within Europe. You can click each airline for more information.


Aer Lingus Ireland Dublin, Shannon
Air Italy Italy Milan
AirBaltic Latvia Riga
Blue Air Romania Bucharest
CityJet Ireland London (London City)
Condor Germany Frankfurt
easyJet UK London (Gatwick, Stansted, Luton), Milan, Berlin, Paris (Charles de Gaulle, Orly) and a number of other cities
Eurowings Germany Cologne, Düsseldorf, Hamburg
Icelandair Iceland Reykjavík
Norwegian Norway Oslo, London (Gatwick)
Pegasus Airlines Turkey Istanbul
Ryanair UK London (Stansted), Dublin, and a number of other cities
SmartWings Czech Republic Prague
Transavia Netherlands Amsterdam, Paris (Orly)
Tui Germany Hannover and Berlin
Volotea Spain Castrillón
Vueling Spain Barcelona, Rome
Widerøe Norway Oslo, Bergen
Wizz Air Hungary Budapest

Cheapest Cities in Europe

This section shows you the best airports to fly to in the cheapest countries in Europe (with their IATA codes). If you wish to find out more about these countries, please visit our blog on '9 of the cheapest countries to visit in Europe'.

Flights to Sofia, Bulgaria

Best Airport to Fly Into:

Sofia Airport (SOF)

Flights to Kutaisi, Georgia

Best Airport to Fly Into:

Kutaisi International Airport (KUT)

Flights to Riga, Latvia

Best Airport to Fly Into:

Riga Airport (RIX)

Flights to Lake Ohrid, Macedonia

Best Airport to Fly Into:

Ohrid Airport (OHD)

Flights to Kraków, Poland

Best Airport to Fly Into:

Kraków John Paul II International Airport (KRK)

Flights to Bucharest, Romania

Best Airport to Fly Into:

Bucharest Henri Coandă International Airport (OTP)

Flights to Bratislava, Slovakia

Best Airport to Fly Into:

Bratislava Airport (BTS)

Flights to Lviv, Ukraine

Best Airport to Fly Into:

Lviv Danylo Halytskyi International Airport (LWO)

Flights within Europe

What are the immigration policies for flights within Europe?

Immigration and customs policies when you're travelling in Europe will depend on which countries you are travelling between. If you’re travelling between two countries within the Schengen Area, you are able to fly without showing your passport. 26 countries (as of 2020) within Europe signed the Schengen Agreement of 1985, which effectively eliminated internal borders.

However, if you are flying between a European country which is a Schengen member (such as Italy, Spain or Sweden), and another which is not (such as the US or Britain), you will need to pass through passport control.

Please note that you may still be required to show identification and it is important to check the requirements of the countries you are travelling between before you book your flights.

Will I need multiple visas if travelling between multiple countries in Europe?

If you're from a country whose citizens do require a visa to travel in Europe, such as the United States, then a single ‘Schengen Visa’ will let you travel freely within the Schengen Area. There are currently 26 countries within the Schengen Area. If you’re travelling to two or more European countries which are not Schengen members, you will need a separate visa for each.

Top Tip: If you're visiting Europe from the United States, you can find out more information by visiting our Schengen visa when flying from the US page.

Will I need a connecting flight?

If you are flying between two big cities in Europe, it is likely that your flight will be direct. Europe’s budget airlines all operate extensive networks, flying directly between most of the largest and most popular cities in Europe. However, you may find it is cheaper to fly to your destination via a connecting flight rather than flying direct. 

Top Tip: If you're using a budget carrier to connect to a US-bound flight, ensure you allow enough of a layover, in case there are any delays.

How can I book flights within Europe?

Search and book flights within Europe through Alternative Airlines. Simply use the search bar at the top of the page to start searching for flights. Type in the city you will be departing from and the European city you want to travel to then press ‘Search’ to discover all the airlines you can choose from.

Why are flights within Europe so cheap?

Europe deregulated its airways in the 1990s, which resulted in the emergence of a number of budget airlines. These airlines are sometimes called no-frills airlines, because many services that full-service carriers usually provide as complimentary are not included in the price of the ticket. This lets travellers add services such as checked baggage allowance and meals to their booking only if required.

What are the check-in times for flights within Europe?

The check-in times for flights within Europe vary and will depend on the airline you are flying with, as well as the departure airport. As a general rule, it is recommended that travellers arrive at the airport 2-3 hours before scheduled departure for international flights and flights within Europe — but ensure you check with the airline you are flying with beforehand.

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