Flights to Europe Are the Cheapest They’ve Been in 3 Years

Mar 30, 2019

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If you’re itching to get to Europe this spring, we have good news for you. According to the fare prediction app Hopper, flights to Europe are the cheapest they’ve been in three years. On average, prices are 15% cheaper this spring than they were at the same time last year.

Hopper’s data scientists crunched the numbers on its real-time feed of over 25 billion daily flight prices (yes, that’s an awful lot of numbers) and found that prices currently average $637 round-trip, though many travelers will find even cheaper flights. Here at TPG, we regularly monitor airfare deals, and found flights to Paris or Nice for $317 round-trip this spring and flights to either Barcelona or Madrid for as low as $287 round-trip, among other deals.

Hopper also determined that traveling in the spring can score you 20% savings over flights booked for the summer. That comes as no surprise, as summer is high season across Europe, so you can expect airfare to rise accordingly.

Visiting London is cheaper than ever thanks to Brexit. Photo by Luca Micheli on Unsplash.
Visiting London is cheaper than ever thanks to Brexit. Photo by Luca Micheli on Unsplash.

Patrick Surry, Hopper’s chief data scientist, attributes the savings in part to Brexit. “Currently, the British pound is trading at around $1.30, which is the lowest level seen since the 1980s. With Brexit set to happen this spring, it’s likely the pound will see a further drop in value, making travel to the UK even more attractive for wallet-savvy travelers from the US.”

Brexit aside, there are plenty of great reasons to travel to Europe this spring. April and May are ideal months to travel to Italy, especially if you want to avoid high-season crowds while enjoying excellent weather. You could see the sights in Rome, hike in the picturesque Cinque Terre (as long as you bring the appropriate footwear) or attend the Venice Biennale.

And April in Paris is famously beautiful, as the temperatures rise and flowers bloom. This year, France’s Loire Valley is celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Renaissance with a series of events at the region’s famous castles, including the Château de Chenonceau, the Château de Chambord and the Château de Blois.

Wherever you want to go in Europe, you’re likely to find nice weather and good deals.

Featured photo by Pedro Lastra on Unsplash.

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