If you want to know all the tips and tricks to travel to Europe while spending as little as $388 CAD on tickets and keeping baggage cost also very low, keep reading! This guide is for you.
Recently, I did two posts on how to find cheap flights to Asia, and How to use your Aeroplan points to fly to Europe, but in this post, we are going to give you the ultimate guide to find cheap flights to Europe from Canada plus, various flight options for you. Let’s get started.
This is what you’ll find in this post:
Pro-Tips to find Cheap Flights to Europe
First things first! Here you have a list of tips you must keep in mind to find the best prices on flights to Europe.
1) Be flexible with your dates
Flexible dates will give you a hand when it comes to reducing the price of flights. So, if you want to travel in July and you don’t have a rigid timeframe, play with search engines and dates to find the best prices available.
For example, according to Investopedia, the time of the year to get the best prices on tickets to Europe is during the winter season. This is ideal for those who love to enjoy skiing, snowboarding or other winter sports!
2) Layovers are your best ally
So, as you know, direct flights can be very expensive, an easy way to cut costs when you look for cheap flights from Toronto to Europe, or from and to other capital cities, is to have layovers on your trip. You can use layovers to your advantage. By choosing an itinerary with a long layover (like overnight), you can explore an extra city on your European tour!
3) Check where you fly from
You’ll be more likely to find cheap flights to Europe from Toronto than a city like Vancouver or Quebec City. This is because your departure airport impacts the price of your flight. The best option for you is to get to Canada’s main airport hubs and that way you’ll be saving some more money.
Be mindful of your baggage: Packing lightly can save you a lot of money
Flying carry-on only is a good way to save as much cash as possible. Consider flying on a low-cost carrier that offers service to Europe (like Wow Air) and pack lightly, this is an awesome way to cut costs!
Best budget airline for carry-on luggage size allowances
Coming in just 1cm less than the full-service carriers do, Flair Airlines is actually the best option for those needing a budget airline with generous size allowance.
Best airline for carry-on luggage size allowances
For more generous carry-on luggage allowances, Air Canada and Porter are a better choice than their low-cost counterparts Swoop and WestJet.
Best airline for carry-on luggage weight allowances
With hefty 10kg weight allowances, Flair Airlines and Air Transat are the best options for those needing that extra allowance for their carry-on. Porter also comes close to them with a 9kg allowance.
Charges for excess luggage
Additionally, if you need to bring some extra luggage aboard, you may want to check the carry-on weight or size restrictions since you’ll be asked to check your items in and will most likely be charged extra for it.
|Airline||Checked Baggage||Overweight and oversize limits||Charge|
|Air Canada||1st bag: $60.00 – $70.80 2nd bag: $100 – $118.00||50 to 70 lb (23 to 32 kg) are accepted as overweight 63 to 115 in (160 to 292 cm) are accepted as oversized.||$100.00 – $118.00 for overweight. $100.00 – $118.00 (single fee) for oversize.|
|WestJet||1st bag: $30 – $36 2nd bag: $50 – $59||Oversized baggage (63-80 in. / 158-203 cm) Overweight baggage (51-100 lb. / 24-45 kg)||$100 – $118 for oversize. $100 – $118 for overweight.|
|Porter||1st bag: $25 -39.68 2nd bag: $50 -57.50 3rd bag: $100 -$115||Overweight is above 23kg (50lbs) Oversized is any bag measuring more than 158 cm (62 in) total dimension (the sum of the length, width and height)||$100 – $115 for overweight $100 – $115 for oversized|
|Flair Airlines||1st bag: $30 +taxes 2nd bag: $40 +taxes||Overweight: Surcharge A: 158 cm (62 in) in total linear dimensions 23-32 kg (50-71 lb) Overweight surcharge B: 158 cm (62 in) in total linear dimensions 23-32 kg (50-71 lb) Oversized: (if not overweight)** 158-292 cm (63-115 in) in total linear dimensions||Overweight Surcharge A: $50 +taxes Overweight Surcharge B: $75 +taxes Oversize charge: $50+taxes|
|Swoop||Bag 1: $31.50-$34.50 Bag 2: $42.00-$46.00 Bag 3: $210.00-$230.00 Bag 4: $210.00-$230.00||Bags weighing between 51 to 100 pounds or 24 to 45 kilograms are considered overweight Bags that are bags from 63 to 80 linear inches or from 158 to 203 centimeters are considered oversized||$105.00-$115.00 for overweight and oversized bags.|
|Air Transat||First Baggage: 23 kg, $55/$702 Second Baggage: 23 kg, $100 Additional Baggage (Each)1: 23 kg, $200||Length + width + height must not exceed 158 cm (62 in)||A $75 fee will apply on each piece of checked baggage exceeding the maximum weight allowed.|
|Wow Air||One bag – $49.00 Two bags – $98.00 Three bags – $147.00||Bags weighing more than 20kg (44lb) are considered overweight.||The additional fee is $19.00 USD per kilogram up to a maximum of 12 additional kilograms.|
|Level Airlines||First checked bag (23kg) – from $59 Second or third checked bag (23kg) – from $110||Any baggage over 23kg is considered overweight|| |
$19 for every extra kilo.
Average cost of flights to Europe from Canada
If you’re planning a trip to Europe, here is a list of the average costs of Flights from Canada to Various European cities:
- From Montreal to Barcelona: between $760 – 1,200.
- From Montreal to Paris: between $540 – 840.
- From Montreal to London: between $520 – 860.
- From Montreal to Rome: between $770 – 1,100.
- From Toronto to Istanbul: between $780 – 1,150.
- From Toronto to Oslo: between $820 – 1,200.
- From Toronto to Amsterdam: between $510 – 850.
- From Toronto to Copenhagen: between $485 – 890
These prices were taken from Google flights, using the “economy” and “round trip” filters. These prices are also susceptible to change depending on the time of the year and offers, as mentioned on the Cheap Flights to Asia post. For example, I found special offers on flights from Toronto to Oslo for less than $820 only a couple of weeks after I first looked them up.
So, what this tells us is that to fly from a major city in Canada to another major city in Europe you’d have to spend between $540 and $1200 depending on the city. This, of course, varies when you fly from smaller cities to smaller cities, which is something we’ll explain later down the post.
3 Low-cost airlines you can fly from Canada
Here is a list of low-cost airlines you can fly from Canada to Europe:
- Wow Air: This is an Iceland-based airline that offers ultra-low fares from Toronto and Montreal to several European destinations. Flights can be as low as $199.99 for a one-way flight to London, Paris and Tel Aviv.
- Air Transat: This Montreal-based airline offers flights to Europe all year round with great prices such as paying only $239 from Toronto to London, UK.
- Level Airlines: This Barcelona-based airline offers flights from Montreal to Europe at very good prices since they’re a discount carrier. For example, you can fly from Montreal to Paris from $483. Not too bad!
Other low-cost airlines in Canada
(that don’t fly to Europe but will still save you some money!)
These airlines are worth checking out since they are, as said before, low-cost so that also makes them ideal for layovers. Plan your trips taking them into account and you'll save some bucks!
Using Google Flights to Find Cheap Flights to Europe
You may have already checked out our post on how to use Google Flights to find Cheap Flights. If not, no problem! Just click the link for detailed instructions on how to use it. Google Flights is one of the best tools out there to find low-cost flights to pretty much anywhere. Here are some of the options we found for Europe:
From Toronto to Europe
Toronto – Rome
Toronto – London
From Vancouver to Europe
Vancouver – Copenhagen
Vancouver – Istanbul
Montreal – Paris
Montreal – Barcelona
From Quebec to Europe
Quebec – Lisbon
Quebec – Dublin
From Edmonton to Europe
Edmonton – Athens
Edmonton – Glasgow
From Calgary to Europe
From Calgary to Vienna
From Calgary to Zurich
From Winnipeg to Europe
From Winnipeg to Reykjavík
From Winnipeg to Munich
From Halifax to Europe
From Halifax to Edinburg
From Halifax to Madrid
Using Aeroplan to Find Cheap Flights to Europe
I wrote an entire post on how to use your Aeroplan points to find cheap flights to Europe (and also Asia!). If you haven't checked it out, I highly recommend it. It is a complete guide to get the most out of your Aeroplan points.
And there you have it! Your best choices for flights to Europe. Do you use any of these airlines and tricks or do you have some of your own? Let me know in the comments down below.