You’ll find cheap flights to Austria hard to come by for many different periods of the year. June for example is full of festivals and events, such as the KitzAlp Bike Festival in the middle of June. Due to this you’ll need to secure your flight tickets well in advance to find the cheapest flights to Austria during the event season. The peak months of summer are also more expensive as tourists flood the country, so July, August and September can be very busy. Unsurprisingly parts of winter are also very busy due to winter sports. The Alps in-particular become very crowded as the snow covered mountain range becomes home to skiers and snow enthusiasts.
Autumn and spring usually offer the cheapest flights to Austria so aim to secure your flight tickets from October to early December and late January to late March. The weather is still pleasant however it isn’t as appealing to a lot of tourists who prefer either hot sun or cold snow.
Deciding when is the best time to book your flights to Austria depends a lot on where exactly you are hoping to visit. Vienna for example is busy most of the year however with some forward planning you can find deals from around £45-£50 per person for a return journey. Aim to have your flight tickets booked at least 3 months before you want to travel, and if you can aim for the quieter times of the year such as spring. If you have no preference on your dates or where in Austria you’ll be visiting then you’ll find the cheapest flights to Austria, with many airlines competing for the best priced flight tickets. If your flights to Austria take you to Vienna then try to sit on the right hand side of the plane for the best views, however either side should offer stunning views as you approach.
Flights from London to Vienna, Austria: 2 hours 15 minutes.
Flights from Manchester to Salzburg, Austria: 3 hours 45 minutes.
Flights from Birmingham to Vienna, Austria: 3 hours 40 minutes.
Flights from Glasgow to Salzburg, Austria: 5 hours 55 minutes.
There are quite a few different airlines that operate between the UK and Austria. You’ll find the cheapest flights to Austria with Ryanair, easyJet and Eurowings, although you’ll need to lower your expectations on comfort for the duration of your flight. British Airways, airberlin and Austrian also provide flights to Austria however you might find the cost of flight tickets slightly higher, although you’ll notice the difference. British Airways for example offer complimentary snacks and drinks for the duration of their flights to Austria as well as comfier seats. Ultimately it’ll come down to whoever provides the cheapest flights to Austria, so once you’ve settled on a city and a date you can begin to compare the different airlines together to find the best deals for you.
The airport in Vienna, or the Schwechat Airport, is around 18km away from the centre of the city. You can find your way pretty easy by jumping on the City Airport Train, otherwise known as CAT, which runs every 30 minutes from 6am until 11:30pm every day. It’s non-stop and takes around 15 minutes, making it an ideal way to get to the Wien Mitte station in the centre of Vienna. Another option is to get the bus. Vienna Airport Lines operates buses from the airport to several different areas of the city. Again the buses run every 30 minutes from 6am until midnight so you’ll be covered for most of the day, regardless of when your flights to Austria land. Lastly you can opt for a taxi. They are a lot more expensive than the bus or train services however they are convenient if you don’t want to wait for the public transport or if you have a fair amount of baggage.
Salzburg International Airport is merely 3km away from the centre making it incredibly easy to get into the city. The most common method of transport is to jump on a bus. Bus lines 2, 8 and 27 regularly operate to downtown Salzburg and only cost a couple of euros each (less for children). Each bus line goes a different route so it’s worth looking into which route will work best for you once your flights to Austria land in Salzburg. Another option is to jump in a taxi. You’ll find them outside of the arrivals area of the airport and due to the short journey time shouldn’t cost more than fifteen euros or so, however this is still considerably more than a bus.
(prices quotes are from London)