Flights to Canada

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Student flights from the UK to Canada

Is there ever a bad time to visit Canada? Not if you own a winter jacket! Besides being a beautiful and diverse country, Canada has the added benefit of being huge and having plenty to explore!

Canada has a diverse collection of cities within its borders and each one has something unique to offer. Whether you’re looking for a city with history and charm, a city with a cosmopolitan flair and a buzzing nightlife or a city with an outdoorsy edge—Canada has it! Of course, you can also venture outside of the cities to Canada’s natural wonder and parks. With gorgeous lakes, majestic mountains, beautiful forests, there’s plenty to explore outside, whether you’re skiing, hiking or kayaking.

For more info on the best time to visit Canada, when to book your flights and more, just keep reading!

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What are the main Canada airport hubs?

Canada is a big country, so there’s a lot of airports to choose from. Where you fly into will likely be determined mainly by the biggest city nearby to the area you’re exploring. However, some of the busiest airports in Canada—that have lots of flight options—include:

Toronto Pearson (YYZ): The Toronto airport is one of the busiest airports in Canada and a hub for airlines like Air Canada and WestJet. It’s about 25 miles from downtown Toronto, but you can easily get downtown by train. The UP Express train connects the airport with Union Station in downtown Toronto in just 25 minutes.

Vancouver (YVR): The Vancouver airport is a big hub for much of the west coast of Canada, although Vancouver is an amazing city to explore on its own! Although Vancouver is a pretty big international airport, it’s primarily a hub for Air Canada and WestJet. From the airport, you can take the Canada Line train directly into downtown Vancouver in about 30 minutes.

Montréal-Trudeau (YUL): The Montreal airport is located a bit outside of the city, but has plenty of airlines and connections available. Once you’ve arrived, you’ll need to take either a bus or an Uber into the city. The bus takes about 45 minutes and it costs about £5.40 for a day-pass. Ubers are a bit faster and cost about £28.

How to fly from the UK to Canada

Since Canada is just across the Atlantic, there’s plenty of direct and connecting flight options to choose from, making it a really easy destination to get to! You can fly direct from London to a number of Canadian airport hubs, from Montreal to Vancouver, Toronto to Ottawa and more. There’s also plenty of airline options as well—our most popular airlines for flights from the UK to Canada include Virgin Atlantic, Air Canada, American Airlines and Westjet, but there’s plenty of other options to choose from if you’d like.

When is the best time to fly to Canada?

As Canada spans a massive area, there’s no one best time to fly to Canada. However, in general, September-October is one of the best times to visit Canada. The beautiful fall colors, fewer crowds after the summer season and cooler weather makes for great traveling and plenty of opportunities for exploring Canada’s gorgeous outdoors. Early summer is also a good time. June brings warmer weather and plenty of fun events and festivals across the country, from the Banff Festival of Arts to the International Festival of Jazz in Montreal.

Keep in mind that Canada can get quite cold in the winter, with highs hovering just around 0° C with plenty of snow. If you’re traveling in the winter, you’ll find loads of good skiing and magical snowy scenes, but bring a coat!

When is the cheapest time to book a flight from the UK to Canada?

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Why do British students love visiting Canada?

Canada is a beautiful country, full of diverse and multicultural cities and gorgeous outdoor destinations. Canadians are known for being polite, open and tolerant people generally, making life in Canada—even as a visitor—quite pleasant. With plenty to see and explore and a pretty low cost of living, Canada is a great place for students.

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Canadian universities and campuses

Canada is often ranked as one of the best places to live, due in part to its good education, low crime rate and quality of life, so it’s a great place to study abroad—or complete your entire degree! Canadian universities are quite affordable for international students. With many international placements available and a low cost of living in many cities, Canada is definitely a good option when considering universities. Although there are many great universities in Canada, The University of Toronto, University of British Columbia and McGill University are all nationally ranked.

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Canadian lifestyle and culture

Canadian culture is a lot more than hockey, maple syrup and being super, super polite (although you’ll find many Canadians that do like those three things). Although you’ll probably find many things similar to home, Canadians do have a reputation for being very respectful and polite, so put on your best manners when you visit and don’t be afraid to smile when you pass someone on the sidewalk. Canadians also tend to share similar values, such as a desire for equality and diversity and security for all citizens. You’ll find that culture varies a lot from city to city, though; from the French-influence of Montreal to the relaxed, adventurous West Coast.

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Exploring Canada on a student budget

Canada is definitely possible to visit on a student budget. Fortunately for you, the pound is a bit stronger than the Canadian dollar, so you’ll find the exchange rate in your favour. From affordable hostels and accommodations to plenty of free and cheap activities both outdoors and in the cities, there’s a lot you can do in Canada without much money. Go for a road trip and enjoy one of Canada’s National Parks or see some of the free sights in Canada’s cities, from churches and museums to markets and parks and more.

Frequently asked questions about flying from the UK to Canada

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