Cheap flights to Europe: return for under £100 over Jubilee weekend
Booking a public holiday last minute is usually very expensive, but we’ve found you can still get to some fantastic European cities for under £100 pp over the Jubilee weekend.
Recently, which one? research has revealed that flights to some popular European destinations for this summer are. Despite headlines about skyrocketing fares as fuel gets more expensive, airlines continue to push fares to get passengers back on board — and we keep finding deals.
Using In the ‘everywhere’ search filter we looked for flights departing on Thursday 2nd June or Friday 3rd June and returning to the UK on Sunday 5th June. And, yes, although many flights over the Jubilee weekend are pricey, there are still some great deals to be found if you’re open-minded.
Edinburgh to Warsaw, £81
Leave: Thursday, June 2 8:35 a.m. – 12:05 p.m.
Flip: Sunday 5 June 06:10 – 08:00
Poland’s capital is a walking introduction to European history. The Warsaw Uprising Museum, the Polin Museum of the History of Polish Jews, and the Soviet-era Palace of Culture and Science all offer snapshots of Warsaw’s past.
City strollers might enjoy a stroll along the Vistula boulevards, with their summer bars and restaurants. Warsaw has a quiet but growing reputation for excellent food where you can find first class Polish and Central European cuisine for under £10.
The flight leaves Edinburgh at 08:35 and lands at Warsaw Chopin Airport just in time for lunch. The quickest way to get to the city center from the airport is by train, which usually costs less than £5 for a 20-minute journey from Warszawa Lotnisko Chopina to Warszawa Centralna.
Like several other countries surrounding Ukraine, Poland’s tourism sector is taking a second hit after the pandemic has already brought it to its knees. A trip to Poland will not only help support Polish tourism workers, but also Ukrainian refugees, as the country has taken in millions of people and is hosting them in hotels for free. So, by taking a city break in Poland this holiday, you can also do your part to help Ukraine.
Birmingham to Dublin, £78
Leave: Thursday June 2 20:55 – 21:55
Flip: Sunday 5 June 06:40 – 07:40
Ireland’s capital is best known for its literary connections and the famous pints of the black stuff that many of them drank.
A must-visit for beginners is the Guinness Storehouse, where you can learn how Irish liquid gold is made before sampling the country’s best pint at the rooftop bar. You can explore the museums of Yeats, Joyce and Wilde, or understand the country’s history and independence at Gothic Dublin Castle and the bizarre Kilmainham Gaol. Temple Bar is the city’s famous pub area, set on cobblestones, but few locals drink here because of the sky-high prices. Head to Camden Street instead for better drinks in better company and at better prices.
The flight departs Birmingham International and lands in Dublin International at 21:55. Take the city center bus which you can catch right outside the airport and stops at various places in the city center. It’s early on Sunday to get home, but at least you’ll have time to enjoy what’s left of the bank holiday weekend when you arrive.
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Edinburgh to Bologna, £75
Leave: Friday, June 3 10:30 a.m. – 2:05 p.m.
Flip: Monday, June 6 10:35 p.m. – 12:20 a.m.
For under £100 you can head to Italy for a last-minute dose of Mediterranean sunshine and fresh pasta over Jubilee weekend.
Known for its medieval twin towers, Bologna is the capital of the Emilia-Romagna region to the north. Besides the two towers, its architectural highlights include the Town Hall, the Fountain of Neptune and the Basilica of San Petronio. After some sightseeing, stroll along Piazza Maggiore where you will find a selection of cafes and restaurants. For those who want all the Italian food, there’s even an Italian food theme park called FICO, where you can sample food from all over Italy.
You will need a day off for this trip as you are returning on Monday. You’ll depart at friendly times with a 10:30 am take-off and landing in Bologna in time for a late lunch. The airport is a 20 minute drive from the city. Explore Bologna all day Monday and stock up on tortellini (one of the city’s signature dishes) before boarding your late-night flight home to Edinburgh.
Cheap flights from London to Europe for Jubilee weekend
Flights from London are generally more expensive over Jubilee weekend, but here are some of the cheapest we’ve found for £160 or less.
London to Budapest, £160
Leave: Thursday, June 2 9:55 p.m. – 1:25 a.m.
Flip: Monday, June 6 1:00 – 2:40 p.m.
And as in Poland, a trip to Hungary should not be overlooked because of the war in Ukraine. Spending your money there as a tourist not only helps the local economy, but also supports those who host Ukrainian refugees in hotels and apartments for free.
Highlights include the Hungarian Parliament Building (best seen on a riverboat cruise along the Danube), the Széchenyi Baths, Buda Castle and nearby 18th-century Fisherman’s Bastion, and the Citadel, where you will have a bird’s eye view of the city. There’s also plenty to see while strolling around on foot, as the iconic Chain Bridge and Shoes on the Danube are a heartbreaking reminder of Jewish persecution during World War II.
The flight is between London Luton and Budapest airport. The airport is 30 minutes from the city and shuttles are available 24 hours a day. But with the timing of the flight, you might want to spend some extra money and take a taxi straight to your hotel. If you don’t want to use up your annual leave, there are flights back to London on Saturdays and Sundays, but these are more expensive or won’t give you much time in Budapest.
London to Trondheim, £152
Leave: Thursday, June 2 1:50 p.m. – 5:20 p.m.
Flip: Sunday June 5 08:00 – 09:50
Trondheim is a historic port city located on the edge of the Trondheim Fjord. It is characterized by its medieval architecture – none more breathtaking than the 14th century Nidaros Cathedral at its heart. If you manage to climb the 172 steps to the top, you will be rewarded with stunning views of the entire city. Other notable sights include the colorful wooden stilt houses in the Old Town on the banks of the Nidelva River and the Stiftsgården – the 18th century wooden royal residence. There is also the Rockheim, a museum dedicated to Norwegian pop music, and the open-air Trondelag. Folk Museum, which presents the cultural heritage and artifacts of the region in 80 buildings, some of which date from the 12th century.
Flights are from London Gatwick to Trondheim Airport and are at times sociable in both directions. The airport is 35 minutes from the city center and you can either take the shuttle bus or take a taxi outside the airport.
London to Luxembourg, £148
Leave: Friday, June 3 8:15 – 10:25 p.m.
Flip: Monday, June 6 21:30 – 21:50
The small nation of Luxembourg is another destination characterized by its medieval past, with ancient fortresses dotting the valleys and grand cathedrals everywhere you turn. The city’s main attractions include the Palais Grand-Ducal (the residence of the Grand Duke’s palace), the Bock casemates, 18th-century tunnels and World War II shelters, and Notre-Dame Cathedral ( not to be confused with Notre-Dame de Paris). Public transport in Luxembourg is free, so with a little planning you can design your own sightseeing tour of the city for free. If you’d rather let someone else do the planning, you can opt for a hop-on hop-off bus tour. There are also walking and cycling tours around the city.
The flight is between London City and Luxembourg. Luxembourg airport is 15 minutes from the city center and you can either take a taxi or hop on a bus that runs every 20 minutes. If you don’t want to use up your annual leave, there are flights to the UK on Sundays, but they are more expensive.