The 8 Cheapest places to fly to out of the UK

Whether you’ve just come home from holiday, are currently out travelling the world, or have been sat in wanderlust for what feels like forever, there’s never a bad time to be thinking about travelling the world. And even better, there’s lots of cheap destinations that you can visit this year both nearby and far away. The best way to get a great deal and travel cheap is to be flexible and open, willing to try new places. These 8 places around the world are some of the cheapest to fly to out of the UKs airports right now.

We scoured our databases to find the cheapest places to travel to from the UK right now so that you don’t have to. Here’s 8 destinations that are currently cheap to book your flights to.

Which of these will you go to next?

1. Barcelona

Barcelona skyline - it's one of the cheapest places to fly to from the UK right now

Barcelona is an incredibly popular destination for student travellers from all around the world. The city is known for its amazing architecture, lively nightlife, and excellent universities (meaning lots of young adults around). It’s also relatively affordable. With cheap flights there you’ll have no trouble having fun on the Med without breaking the bank. While you’re there, check out the beaches, the Museo Picasso, Las Ramblas, and Mount Tibidabo.

Flights to Barcelona from £36* one-way or £65* return

2. Prague

Prague Castle in the Czech Republic. Prague is one of the cheapest places to fly to from London.

The Czech Republic is an excellent option for foodie travellers. There are lots of well known foods that Prague is well known for (we highly recommend the Chimney Cakes). The country is also a great stop if you’re looking to see some castles, as it is the home to Prague Castle. Not convinced yet on why you need to visit Prague this year? How about if we tell you that Prague is among the list of cheap countries you can visit in Europe. The Czech Republic offers a great balance of old architecture and charm, with budget activities and accommodations – all less than 2 hours away by plane.

Flights to Prague from £28* one-way or £56* return

3. Rome

The Colosseum in Rome, Italy at sunrise

Rome is a city you simply have to visit at least once in your life. Whether you decide to spend your whole trip in the ancient city’s walls or you use Rome as a starting point to then travel to Venice, Florence, or Milan, you really can’t go wrong. Munch on pizza and pasta. Sip on wine. Snack on gelato. And soak in the Italian sunshine. While in Rome, don’t miss seeing the Colosseum or the Trevi Fountain! With an awe-inspiring blend of ancient history, magnificent architecture, and vibrant culture, Rome really is one of the world’s most iconic cities.

Flights to Italy from £34* one-way or £57* return

4. Morocco

A view of the blue city of Chefchaouen in the Rif mountains, Morocco.

Want a holiday spot full of adventure, rich culture, and unique architecture? Morocco is the place for you. It’s also home of some pretty epic landscapes. So really it’s no wonder so many people have it on their travel bucket list. No matter if you’re there for the camels and the sand, the moroccan meals, or the tiled courtyards, you’ll have a great time travelling around Marrakech and beyond. Just be sure to stop by Blue City of Chefchaouen. Not only is it just really cool to experience, but it also makes for great pics to put on your socials.

Flights to Morocco from £66* one-way or £103* return

5. New York

The Famous Times Square in downtown New York City - one of the cheapest places to fly to from the UK.

More often than not, the cheapest city in the US to fly into from London is New York. That’s because New York is home to three really big and really busy airports so there are loads of flight options to get there. And cheap flights aren’t the only reason to fly to New York. It’s the classic city that never sleeps and it’s full of so much to do, meaning you can really tailor your NYC trip to be whatever vibe you want it to be. IF you’re looking for other cheap US cities to fly into from the UK, the cheapest cities are usually Boston, Miami, Los Angeles, or San Francisco.

Flights to the US from £162* one-way or £261* return

6. Copenhagen

Famous old Nyhavn port in the center of Copenhagen, Denmark during summer sunny day. Copenhagen is one of the cheapest places to fly to from the UK.

Copenhagen is just under 2 hours from London by plane, making it a super accessible city to visit. While Copenhagen is one of the more expensive places to live, it can still be one of the cheapest places to fly to from London. And it’s also not difficult to travel around the city on a small budget. The city is incredibly bike friendly and picturesque with its streets and streets of canals so you can save money by avoiding transit costs. For free and cheap activities, we recommend:

  • visiting The National Museum of Denmark (free)
  • climbing the spire at the Church of Our Savior (53 DKK / £6 for students)
  • hitting up the theme park of Tivoli Gardens (starting at 140 DKK / £16)
  • seeing the art at The David Collection (free)
  • exploring Carlsberg Brewery (starting at 180 DKK / £20 and includes one beer/water/soda)
  • shop the market of Torvehallerne (free…unless you buy stuff)

Flights to Copenhagen from £39* one-way or £89* return

7. Istanbul

Ortaköy Mosque is a famous spot in Istanbul along the Ortaköy pier square.

The country of Turkey is one of the most affordable countries to visit in Europe. It’s really easy to have a luxurious time there while also keeping your costs down. And depending on where you go in Turkey, you’ll have totally different (but equally great) experiences. Straddling both Europe and Asia, Istanbul is home to tons of major cultural sites like Hagia Sophia and Basilica Cistern. And venturing out of the capital, you could explore the hot air balloons of Cappadocia, the nightlife of Bodrum, or beaches of Izmir. If you’re looking for an in-depth guide to what Turkey is like, check out our guide here.

Flights to Turkey from £52* one-way or £120* return

8. Cairo

The Pyramids of Giza and the Great Sphinx, Cairo, Egypt.

Egypt doesn’t really need a whole lot of explanation. Everyone already knows why it’s so cool. The country is filled with so many cool artefacts of our ancient cultures. First of all: the pyramids! You won’t find anything as wildly cool as the Pyramids of Giza which were built over 4000 years ago and are over 100m tall, or the Sphinx which is 20m tall. You also need to cruise the Nile river and shop around a Bazaar. The City of the Dead offers a unique opportunity to see ancient mausoleums and tombs.

Flights to Egypt from £144* one-way or £268* return

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Where is the cheapest place to fly to right now?

There are loads of great cheap places to fly right now all over the world. Of course you’ll find the cheapest flights out of the UK to nearby countries in Europe like France, the Netherlands, Italy, Spain, or Ireland. And if you’re hoping to get away even further, there are lots of cheap flights to destinations all over the world. Some of the cheapest places to fly to from the UK that are farther away are the US, India, UAE, or Singapore.

What are the cheapest countries to fly to from the UK?

If you want to keep your budget tight, your best bet is flights to major cities throughout Europe. However, you can totally get all around the world on a budget. So if you’re looking to get farther away, consider a trip to one of these countries for your discounted getaway: the US, Morocco, Egypt, Canada, or India.

What are the cheapest destinations in Europe to fly to from the UK?

It’s pretty easy to book cheap flights between European countries. And that makes for awesome opportunities to see really cool destinations. Fly to cities like Barcelona, Prague, Venice, Rome, Copenhagen, Vienna, Paris, Amsterdam, and more all for under £50* one-way. It’s honestly hard to find a European city that is expensive to fly to from the UK.

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*All prices were current at the time of writing. However, prices are subject to change and we cannot guarantee how long these fares will last. All prices displayed here are for select flights between May 15, 2024 – August 30, 2024.

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