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|
London City Airport,
|Germany||Hamburg (Fuhlsbuttel)||Lubeck||40 mins|
|Munich||Salzburg (SZG) in Austria
|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 the 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)