Airfare to London, England
London is one of the world’s top cities. It is an economical powerhouse, a cultural revolutionary and the most populous city in Europe. It caters to millions of visitors each year, serving dual roles as both a transit city and a destination in its own right. Tourists to London rarely miss the royal Buckingham Palace, free British Museum, Harrod’s overwhelming department store, and a number of other cultural and historical attractions.
Airfare to London will be the cheapest on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursday. Mondays are popular with business travellers and weekends are key dates for holidaymakers wanting the longest trips possible – avoid these dates.
Also consider flights into Dublin, Ireland; Amsterdam, Netherlands or Reykjavik, Iceland. To get between the cities, you can grab a spot on a train or flight. Look for cheap flights on no frills Europe airlines. Too many low-budget carriers to list fly to London. Although it will take longer to reach your destination, a bus or train could save you enough cash to make it worth your while.
Another possible money-saving tip is to look for flights that go through New York City, New York; or another major gateway city instead of flying direct. Because there are more flights – and competition – from these cities on Europe low budget airlines, you can save some cash over flying non-stop to your destination. Flights within Europe rarely exceed two-and-a-half hours.
Finally, consider traveling on a lesser-known carrier. British Airways is the national airline. However, Air France, United, American Airlines, KLM and just about every other major airline in the world also stops in London.
The most expensive air tickets to London are found during peak holiday travel times, such as the summer Eurail season. Also be aware of national events or festivals, which can also cause ticket prices to rise.
Summary of Money Saving Tips:
- Fly mid-week
- Book your holiday during the off-peak winter season, January-March
- Consider flying into Dublin, Ireland; Amsterdam, Netherlands or Reykjavik, Iceland and traveling overland to London via other flights or train
- Look for flights that go through large cities, with many flights
- Check out carriers besides the national airline – they may undercut the monopolistic competition
For more information on London, check out BootsnAll’s London Travel Guide.