Traveling by air is one of the fastest ways to go abroad. It can also be one of the most expensive. However, there are plenty of budget airlines but it is always worth comparing all flights, considering the extra costs of many budget airlines to reserve a seat and add luggage, etc.
Some useful websites to compare flights are Skyscanner, TravelSupermarket, and Kayak. It is advisable to use these search tools to find out which airline is most suitable for your trip. Below we have outlined some airlines you may come across (but there are many more).
Always check the location of the airport you are flying into and transfer options. Sometimes budget airlines do not fly into the main airport of your destination.
RyanAir – RyanAir is the so-called “king of budget air travel”. It operates out of Gatwick, Luton and Stansted airports.
- Things to consider: Ryan Air charges extra for checked baggage, travel insurance, reserved seats, priority boarding, and paying by credit card.
easyJet – easyJet operates out of Gatwick, Luton and Stansted. The advantage of using easyJet is that there is no limit on the weight of your cabin bag, as long as you can lift it into the overhead lockers and it complies with the size allowance (which is bigger than other airlines). A good option for the light traveler.
- Things to consider: easyJet charges extra for checked baggage, travel insurance, reserved seats, and paying by credit card.
Flybe – Flybe operates out of Gatwick and flies to destinations in the U.K. You can fly abroad with Flybe from other airports in the U.K.
- Things to consider: Flybe charges extra for checked baggage, reserved seats, checking in at the airport rather than online, and paying by credit card.
Other smaller budget airlines which offer flights throughout Europe include:
- Sky Europe (flights across Europe)
- German Wings (flights to main European cities)
- Air Berlin (flights to Berlin and Dusseldorf)
- Wizz Air (flights to Eastern Europe)
- Transavia (flights to the Netherlands)
- Norwegian (flights to Norway)
- British Airways – British Airways is regarded as one of the best airlines in the world. It operates out of Heathrow, Gatwick and London City, and offers flights all over the world. BA can seem expensive compared to its competitors, but it is highly reliable. Look out for flight sales online!
- Virgin Atlantic – Virgin Atlantic operates out of Heathrow and Gatwick, and offers long-haul flights to destinations like the U.S., the Caribbean, and Asia.
Other major airlines which offer worldwide service from London include:
- Lufthansa (a major German airline)
- Air France (a major French airline)
- KLM – Royal Dutch Airlines (a major Dutch airline)
To book trains to travel abroad from the U.K., visit the following websites where you can search for trains, check timetables, and securely book tickets and passes.
- International Rail Travel (within and outside of Europe, variety of train lines)
- The Trainline - Europe (variety of train lines)
- Rail Europe (prices in U.S. dollars and GBP, variety of train lines)
- Euro Railways (variety of train lines)
- EU Rail (variety of train lines)
- Deutsche Bahn (Western Europe, Deutsche Bahn trains only)
- Eurostar (trains to Paris, Lille, Calais, Avignon, Disneyland Resort, and Brussels)
- Eurolines is part of National Express. It is an international bus network that covers most of Europe.