Cheap Flights To Europe From Canada (And How To Find Them)

August 22, 2020
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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!

Honorable mention:

Other low-cost airlines in Canada

 (that don’t fly to Europe but will still save you some money!)

Swoop

Flair Airlines

Porter

WestJet

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

Pay $740 from Toronto to Rome

Toronto – London

Pay $548 from Toronto to London

From Vancouver to Europe

Vancouver – Copenhagen

According to Google Flights, prices for Copenhagen are currently high.
Fly from Vancouver for $1,102.

Vancouver – Istanbul

Fly from Vancouver to Istanbul fro $1,1462

From Montreal

Montreal – Paris

Fly from Montreal to Paris for $665

Montreal – Barcelona

Fly from Montreal to Barcelona for $1,026

From Quebec to Europe

Quebec – Lisbon

Fly from Quebec to Lisbon for $1,076

Quebec – Dublin

Fly from Quebec to Dublin for $1,084

From Edmonton to Europe

Edmonton – Athens

Fly from Edmonton to Athens for $1,387

Edmonton – Glasgow

Flights from Edmonton to Glasgow are currently high.
You can find flights this month for $1,239.

From Calgary to Europe

From Calgary to Vienna

Flights from Calgary to Vienna are currently low.
You can fly from to Vienna for $814

From Calgary to Zurich

Fly from Calgary to Zurich for $991.

From Winnipeg to Europe

From Winnipeg to Reykjavík

Fly from Winnipeg to Reykjavik for $1,081

From Winnipeg to Munich

Flights from Winnipeg to Munich are currently high.
You can fly from Winnipeg for $1,368

From Halifax to Europe

From Halifax to Edinburg

Fly from Halifax to Edinburg for $1,625.

From Halifax to Madrid

Fly from Halifax to Madrid for $921.

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.

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