Europe is a popular holiday destination for a lot of us in this part of the world. With its rich history and culture, amazing food and changing seasons, the region offers so many amazing reasons to keep us coming back. Travel to Europe can be pricey, but it doesn’t have to be. If you are wondering which European flights are the best value right now, you’ve come to the right place. Cheapflights determined the most-searched European destinations from Singaporean travelers and narrowed them down to the 10 with the lowest average round-trip airfare during the second half of 2016. Get ready to book that European holiday — for less.
Where else can you immerse yourself in the best of Spanish culture than in Spain’s capital, Madrid? After a long day of exploring the city, its history and culture, head down to Circulo de Bellas Artes’s famous rooftop bar Tartán Roof (you have to pay an admission fee of €3 to enter) for some sundown cocktails and tapas overlooking the city’s most famous street, Gran Via.
Milan may be synonymous with luxury fashion, but there are a lot of inexpensive ways to get to know the city, such as admiring one of its most famous landmarks, the Duomo di Milano, taking a stroll through one of its beautiful parks such as Parco Sempione and paying a visit to its many museums, most of which are free on Fridays after 2 p.m.
The “Venice of the North” is not just about “coffee shops” and the Red Light District, Netherlands’s capital, Amsterdam, is also beloved for its understated, laid-back vibe. Take a boat ride down its UNESCO canal ring area, enjoy a breather at its 120-acre park called Vondelpark after a full day of exploring the sights or have a Heineken-fuelled night at one of the bars in the city’s hippest district, De Pijp.
A fan of football? Book a flight to Manchester and don’t miss a tour of its National Football Museum, Etihad Stadium, which is the home ground of Manchester City football club and, of course, Old Trafford, which is the base for the one of the world’s most widely supported F.C.s, Manchester United.
Paris is always a good idea. Not only is the city one of the most affordable flights you can book from Singapore, but the French capital is also always bustling with events, exhibits, bar or café openings and music festivals. It is ever-changing and, in our opinion, needs to be visited at least four times — once for every season.
Apart from being one of the best value cities you can book from Singapore right now, London also boasts numerous free and interesting things to do. Visit museums like the Victoria and Albert Museum and Natural History Museum (although some special exhibitions may have entrance fees, so always check with their websites), hang out in a park (Hyde Park and the Kensington Gardens are among the most popular) or simply discovering the street art scene (you can find at least ten Banksy graffitis across town.)Search for flights to London
Prague. Czech Republic
From the amazing storybook architecture, cobblestone streets, thriving street art scene and cheap beer, Prague pretty much has it all. And it is not expensive either. On average, a tourist on a budget can enjoy the city for about Kč 700 (approximately S$39) per day, and that includes a hostel accommodation, transportation, food and beverage and even a couple of the city’s best craft beers to cap off the day.
Aside from parks, Oslo also boasts many museums — over 50 to be more specific. Some notable museums include the Munch Museum and Vigeland Museum (which highlight the works of artist Edvard Munch and Emanuel Vigeland respectively), Viking Ship Museum, Kon-Tiki Museum, Holmenkollen Ski Museum & Tower, and the National Gallery, which displays paintings by Cézanne and Manet alongside the country’s art icons. Interested in seeing as many of its museums as you can? Get an Oslo Pass to gain free entry to more than 30 museums and attractions, plus free travel on all public transport, among other things
Stockholm is a multidimensional city where you can explore the old alongside the new. Sweden is known for the proliferation of chic Scandinavian minimalism, and its capital is the perfect place to soak up its stylish culture — from shopping at local high-end labels such as Acne Studios, Sandqvist, and Filippa K. At the other end of the spectrum, the city is built up around the Gamla Stan, the old town which dates back to the 13th century where you can explore Stockholm’s history through charming cobbled streets and colourful townhouses.
While it’s true that Zurich is not for tourists on a budget, there are still ways to enjoy the city even when you don’t have a Swiss bank account. Some free attractions include Botanischer Garten, several churches such as Fraumunster and Grossmunster, Lindenhof Hill and Lake Zurich.
Where in Europe are you excited to travel? Let us know in the comments.
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