8 destinations you might not know you can fly to nonstop on low-cost carriers
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We regularly share great fare deals on low-cost carriers to destinations around Europe. Flights for £10 or less each way to popular destinations are common, and you can have an inexpensive holiday as often as you want at these prices.
What you might not know, however, is that these same airlines fly directly from various U.K. airports to all sorts of destinations across Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. There are still great prices for these convenient nonstop flights, so rather than booking another trip to Tenerife (TFS) or Corfu (CFU), consider these nonstop destinations instead.
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While you can fly to several destinations in Morocco nonstop on low-cost airlines from the United Kingdom, consider skipping Marrakesh and choosing Rabat instead. The elegant capital of the country has beautiful architecture, plenty of history and is less hectic and overwhelming than Marrakesh.
You can fly to Rabat (RBA) on Ryanair from London Stansted (STN) from £14 one way.
St Petersburg, Russia
With its costly visa requirement, Russia is often overlooked as an easy long weekend destination from the U.K. but if you can obtain your visa it’s well worth the hassle. The city has incredible architecture that rivals what you’d find in Rome, Italy. There’s also the world’s largest museum.
You can fly to St Petersburg (LED) on Wizz Air from London Luton (LTN) from £16 one way.
If you like adventure and cool weather, head to northern Norway, to Tromsø. From there you can take a boat trip through the spectacular natural fjords and maybe even catch the northern lights. In winter, there is ample snow with the chance to go dog sledding.
You can fly to Tromsø (TOS) on Norwegian from London Gatwick (LGW) from £62 one way and Wizz Air from London Luton (LTN) from £31 one way.
Located on the south coast of Jordan, close to the borders of Egypt, Israel and Saudi Arabia, Aqaba is known for its excellent diving. It is also the gateway to the world-famous Wadi Rum where you can spend the night sleeping in a traditional Bedouin desert camp and is close to the historical site of Petra.
You can fly to Aqaba (AQB) on EasyJet from London Gatwick (LGW) from £98 one way.
Fancy some winter sun but don’t want to fly all the way to the Canary Islands or Dubai? Try the North African country of Tunisia instead. Enfidha is the gateway to Sousse and Hammamet with their large range of luxury holiday resorts — perfect for flopping onto a sun lounger and soaking up some sunshine at any time of the year. If you’re feeling adventurous, take a day trip up the beautiful seaside town of Sidi Bou Said near the capital Tunis.
You can fly to Enfidha (NBE) on EasyJet from London Gatwick (LGW) and Manchester (MAN) from £41 one way.
Lake Ohrid, North Macedonia
Keen for a pretty European lakeside town without the high prices of Switzerland or Austria? Try Ohrid. It has picture-perfect views across the lake, delicious and hearty Eastern European food and is very affordable, both to fly there and on the ground. Summer is the best time to visit.
You can fly to Lake Ohrid (OHD) on Wizz Air from London Luton (LTN) from £23 one way.
The Azores, Portugal
Most European travellers to the spectacular Azores will have to travel via Lisbon (LIS), but Brits are in luck with a once-weekly direct flight to Ponta Delgada. The Azores have an abundance of greenery everywhere you look, as well as volcanic craters, thousands of blooming hydrangea plants and beautiful, clean beaches.
You can fly to Ponta Delgada (PDL) on Ryanair from London Stansted (STN) from £13 one way.
Iceland is a notoriously expensive destination (they don’t use euros), so you can save money by arriving there on a low-cost flight that might not cost much more than a beer in Iceland. While there, you can witness some of the most jaw-dropping natural scenery you will see anywhere in the world, from erupting volcanos to dramatic black-sand beaches, extraordinary waterfalls and even icebergs.
You can fly from Belfast (BFS), Bristol (BRS), Edinburgh (EDI), London Gatwick (LGW), London Luton (LTN) and Manchester (MAN) on EasyJet from £23 one way; Play from London Stansted (STN) from £38 one way; and Wizz Air from London Luton (LTN) from £18 one way.
The United Kingdom is very well served by low-cost airlines and if you’re travelling to popular holiday spots in Spain and Greece you will be spoilt for choice of airlines and flights.
If you are looking for something a little different, however, there’s also a great range of nonstop options to places where you might not see many other British tourists, such as North Macedonia and Jordan. Prices are extremely reasonable considering many of these are three-plus hour flights.
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