10 best last minute destinations for a European summer holiday

Ready for a last minute European getaway. Photo: MRProduction/Shutterstock

Ready for a last minute European getaway. Photo: MRProduction/Shutterstock

With seasonally warm weather, beautiful beaches and an endless list of cultural attractions, Europe is a much-loved travel destination amongst Aussies hoping to escape the approaching winter months.

Thousands of Australians flock to the northern continent each June, July and August, which can often send airfares soaring.

For those wanting to ditch the cool winter temps for the mid-30’s, the travel experts at KAYAK.com.au have rounded up the best European cities to fly to, helping travellers get more bang for their buck.

The analysis shows that Moscow is the cheapest European city on average to fly to this summer season, followed by Prague, Istanbul, Amsterdam and Paris.

To get the best deal on European summer airfares, it is important to take into account factors such as knowing the best days of the week to travel, as well as the optimum time to book. Armed with this information, Aussies can save considerable amounts of money on flights to Europe. For example, travellers can save up to 59 per cent on airfares to Kiev by booking four months in advance**.

1. MOSCOW

  • Best time to book: 1 month
  • Potential savings*: 22%
  • Best day to depart: Monday
Moscow. Photo: Baturina Yuliya\Shutterstock

Moscow. Photo: Baturina Yuliya\Shutterstock

2. PRAGUE

  • Best time to book: Less than 2 weeks
  • Potential savings*: 18%
  • Best day to depart: Monday

3. INSTANBUL

  • Best time to book: 3 months
  • Potential savings*: 14%
  • Best day to depart: Wednesday

4. AMSTERDAM

  • Best time to book: 6 months
  • Potential savings*: 59%
  • Best day to depart: Saturday

5. PARIS

  • Best time to book: 5 months
  • Potential savings*: 43%
  • Best day to depart: Tuesday

6. FRANKFURT

  • Best time to book: 8 months
  • Potential savings*: 32%
  • Best day to depart: Wednesday

7. WARSAW

  • Best time to book: 2 months
  • Potential savings*: 14%
  • Best day to depart: Tuesday

8. LONDON

  • Best time to book: 10 months
  • Potential savings*: 24%
  • Best day to depart: Wednesday

9. KIEV

  • Best time to book: 4 months
  • Potential savings*: 50%
  • Best day to depart: Wednesday

10. STOCKHOLM

  • Best time to book: 3 months
  • Potential savings*: 45%
  • Best day to depart: Sunday

* Potential savings compared with the most expensive month to book

**The best time to book and potentials savings are comparing the cheapest month with the most expensive month of booking in advance to the travel date. The best day to depart are based on the average lowest price of depart days for round-trip economy flights. Savings may vary and are not guaranteed. Results were based on flight searches from KAYAK.com.au travel between 01.06.2017 – 31.08.2017 generated on 28.04.2017.   

Prague. Photo: MarinaDa/Shutterstock

Prague. Photo: MarinaDa/Shutterstock

 

 

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