Save over $1000 on Flights to Europe

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Last week on the Current we gave you 9 Tips to Travel Europe on A Budget, but what good is saving money on vacation if it costs and arm and a leg to fly to your vacation? Flying to Europe can take a big bite out of even the most generous budget – despite the Loonie’s current strength against the euro. While there are many discount airlines within Europe, like Ryanair, finding the cheapest flight across the Atlantic can sometimes be a challenge. One common money-saving tip is to carefully choose which city you want to fly into.

What are the cheapest European cities to fly into? How much do they cost? How long will the flight take? We decided to compare the cost and length of flights into 10 of Europe’s premier destinations to find YOU the biggest savings.

How we did it:

Using we looked up flights to London, Paris, Dublin, Madrid, Barcelona, Rome, Berlin, Moscow, Istanbul and Stockholm from Pearson Airport in Toronto. Then we took the top Google results and compared the cost and flight time of different airlines. In addition to the major airlines includes ‘other airlines’ and ‘multiple airlines’ which include the results of smaller airlines and of special deals offered by the large airlines. Usually ‘other airlines’ and ‘multiple airlines’ are the best deals so we included them.

The flights were found on March 3rd and the departure date was set just over two weeks later on March 19th, the return flights were booked for March 23. In some cases one airline may take much longer to reach the destination (eg Delta to London, United to Dublin, Alitalia to Madrid etc) this is usually due to layovers but we decided it was important to include them in the analysis.

Scroll to the bottom of the article for the results!

Pearson International Airport to London 

Airline Time Cost (CND)
British Airways 7h 20m 1 268
Air Canada 7h 20m 1 324
Lufthansa 7h 20m 1 330
American 7h 20m 2 420
Iberia 7h 20m 2 535
Multiple Airlines 8h 40m 957
United 10h 50m 1 003
Average 8h 1 548

Pearson to Dublin

Airline Time Cost (CND)
Aer Lingus 9h 843
Air Canada 8h 35m 1 062
British Airways 9h 50m 1 137
United 11h 5m 1 225
Other Airlines 9h 907
Average 9h 30m 1 035

Pearson to Paris

Airline Time Cost (CND)
Delta 8h 5m 1 478
Air France 8h 5m 1 498
Air Canada 7h 45m 4 455
Lufthansa 7h 45m 4 455
American 12h 50m 747
British Airways 9h 50m 889
Other Airlines 8h 55m 788
Average 9h 2 044

Pearson to Madrid

Airline Time Cost (CND)
Air Canada 11h 15m 1 022
Alitalia 22h 1 066
American 12h 45m 1 209
Other Airlines 12h 45m 1 209
Multiple Airlines 11h 15m 982
Average 14h 1 098

Pearson to Barcelona

Airline Time Cost (CND)
KLM 12h 20m 1 967
Delta 11h 45m 1 992
Multiple 11h 20m 1 680
Air France 13h 40m 1 753
Average 12h 15m 1 848

Pearson to Rome

Airline Time Cost (CND)
Air France 12h 25m 1 266
Delta 10h 15m 1 319
British Airways 12h 1 468
Multiple 10h 15m 1 218
Average 11h 15m 1 318

Pearson to Berlin

Airline Time Cost (CND)
American 12h 45m 1 095
United 12h 30m 1 245
Austrian 18h 30m 1 296
Multiple 11h 5m 1 086
Average 13h 45m 1 181

Pearson to Moscow

Airline Time Cost (CND)
Alitalia 16h 1 155
Austrian 21h 50m 1 225
British Airways 15h 25m 1 250
Multiple 12h 50m 978
Average 16h 30m 1 152

Pearson to Istanbul

Airline Time Cost (CND)
Air Canada 10h 20m 1 507
Turkish 10h 30m 1 382
Multiple 11h 10m 1 085
United 17h 15m 1 177
Average 12h 20m 1 288

Pearson to Stockholm

Airline Time Cost (CND)
Austrian 21h 20m 937
Air Canada 12h 55m 994
United 14h 25m 1 001
Other Airlines 9h 50m 1 062
Average 14h 40m 999

Cheapest Flights

Rank City Average Cost (CND) Average Time
1 Stockholm 999 14h40m (9th)
2 Dublin 1 035 9h 30m (3rd)
3 Madrid 1 098 14h (8th)
4 Moscow 1 152 16h30m (10th)
5 Berlin 1 180 13h 45m (7th)
6 Istanbul 1 288 12h 20m (5th)
7 Rome 1 317 11h 15m (4th)
8 London 1 548 8h (1st)
9 Barcelona 1 848 12h20m (6th)
10 Paris 2 044 9h (2nd)

Shortest Flights (Average)

Rank City Average Time Average Cost (CND)
1 London 8h 1 548(8th)
2 Paris 9h 2 044(10th)
3 Dublin 9h 30m 1 035(2nd)
4 Rome 11h 12m 1 317(7th)
5 Istanbul 12h 18m 1 288(6th)
6 Barcelona 12h 20m 1 848(9th)
7 Berlin 13h 42m 1 180 (5th)
8 Madrid 14h 1 098(3rd)
9 Stockholm 14h36m 999 (1st)
10 Moscow 16h 30m 1 152(4th)

So what’s the best deal?


Dublin scores 3rd in flight time (9h 30m) and 2nd in cost ($1 035). Stockholm is the cheapest flight ($999) but it’s also the second longest flight overall (14h36m). So if you’re planning a European adventure and don’t know where to start, then consider taking a look at flying into Dublin or Stockholm. Plus, remember that travel within Europe can be pretty cheap if you use budget airlines or a rail pass, so it would still be economical to fly to Sweden or Ireland even if they aren’t your ideal destinations.

If you’re heading to Spain, flights to Barcelona are faster on average (12h 20m) than flights to Madrid (14h), but Madrid is the third cheapest city to fly into in Europe ($1 098) while Barcelona is the second most expensive ($1 848).

If you’re travelling to the UK it would be cheaper to fly into Dublin ($1 035) although the Irish Capital is also a longer flight (9h 30m) than London (8h). So if you’re planning a Spanish or British Isles vacation and aren’t picky about what city you fly into, then consider Dublin and Madrid to save cash or London and Barcelona to save some time.

Location, Location, Location

When it comes to price and flight duration, location isn’t always everything. Flight duration can vary for a lot of reasons. Distance is obviously a major factor but the size of each airport, how long on average flights have to wait to land, and how long they taxi once they’ve landed all make a big difference. Layovers often make flights cheaper, but they can also add a lot of time overall. Night flights are usually cheaper as well, but they are also more prone to delay. Flight prices can change daily or even hourly so you can usually find a bargain if you book well in advance or wait until the last minute! Also, different airports within each city can have huge price differences.

So remember, as is usually the case, it is best to shop around, look at different airlines and different destinations in order to maximize your savings. Of course, make sure to Buy Before you Fly  or Pre-order your currency to save on your currency exchange.

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