Airports

Alternative Airports

It almost always costs more to fly direct to a major city airport, but most cities have cheaper alternatives nearby.

This table shows major cities and some alternative airports you might consider when searching for a cheap flight.

Country City Airport Alternative airports Extra travel time
UK London Heathrow Birmingham,
Gatwick,
London City Airport,
Luton
60mins
60mins
10mins
80mins
Glasgow Edinburgh,
Newcastle
90mins
2hrs
Aberdeen Inverness 2hrs
Belfast Dublin 2hrs
Manchester Liverpool 60mins
Edinburgh Glasgow
Newcastle
90mins
2hrs
Germany Hamburg (Fuhlsbuttel) Lubeck 40 mins
Berlin Schoenefeld 30 mins
Munich Salzburg (SZG) in Austria
Nurmberg (NUE)
2hrs
100mins
Frankfurt-Main Frankfurt-Hahn
Bonn
2hrs
2hrs
Spain Malaga Gibraltar 2 hours
USA Cleveland Akron 40 mins
Morocco Tangier Malaga (Spain) 4-6 hrs

The Malaga/Tangier connection involves a couple of hours drive in a taxi to Algeciras and then a two hour ferry crossing. However, when flights from Major European hub airports to Malaga can be enjoyed for thirty euros, this route to North Africa can make financial sense. It is also quite romantic to sail from one continent to another.

Intercontinental alternative airports.

For visitors from the USA flying to Europe, the relative closeness of all the cities to each other makes it worth considering flying to a neighbouring country rather than your final destination. For example, flights to Amsterdam in theĀ Netherlands can be the equivalent of 300 dollars cheaper than flights to Frankfurt, Germany, and then an onward direct train to Frankfurt can be less than 80 dollars. So a total saving of two hundred and twenty dollars each way can be achieved.

The following table will show distance between major European airports and how easy and cheap it is to get in and out of them.

(table under revision for 2017. – come back soon)