The 10 European Countries With the Most Affordable Flights From Manila
Put those vacation leaves to good use!
Air travel has come a long way. From being a luxury, it has turned into something more commercial and accessible. It's a big factor why Filipinos have become one of the top travelers in Asia. According to a report by Visa, growing income levels around the world are creating a new traveling class that includes the Philippines.
While a more recent survey by SweetEscape found that Filipinos' top destinations are Tokyo, Hong Kong, and New York, it also listed down a couple of European destinations as emerging destinations. And, judging by the numbers of applicants for the Schengen visa, it's clear Filipinos are looking to Europe for their vacations.
Since finding a flight really isn't an issue anymore, with all the direct flights popping up, we've decided to do the hard work and research the cheapest European countries and cities to fly to from Manila with the help of Skyscanner.
Here are the 10 cheapest European flights you can take from Manila:
February 2020 is the cheapest month to fly to Hungary. Flights to Budapest start at P29,873, but these can quickly go up to P42,201 depending on the days you decide to choose for your trip.
There's plenty of cities to visit in Germany like Berlin, Frankfurt, Munich, Dusseldorf, Stuttgart, Hannover, Cologne, Hamburg, and more. But if you want to save money, enter through the country's capital Berlin, where a roundtrip ticket starts at P28,427.
Filipinos prefer going to the Netherlands for a number of reasons. In 2017, The Embassy of the Netherlands issued the highest number of Schengen visas with a 99.6% approval rating and flights to the country are cheaper than most. A ticket to the Netherlands ranges from P30,723 to P55,126.
This small country is home to traditional villages, historic buildings, and the coastal town of Porto, which is known for their port wine production. A ticket to Lisbon starts at P34,449.
Flights to Madrid start at P29,890. The prices go up from there to Barcelona, Valencia, Bilbao, Alicante, and more. There's a lot to do in the capital, like checking out these museums.
What's there to see in Czechia you ask? Plenty. Not only is it one of the best travel destinations in the world, according to Trip Advisor reviewers, it's also the best last leg for a Central European tour. It's incredibly tourist-friendly and the scenery is unmatched. A flight to Czech Republic can cost you P29,664 to P52,423.
Surprisingly, a trip to Italy is more affordable than what you might have been thinking. Choose from over 23 cities: Milan starts at P29,273, Rome at P29,430, Pisa at P33,198, Venice at P34,795, and Florence at P40,106, to name a few.
If you're looking for something different, book a flight to Austria where you can find historic sites and a great view of the Alps. Flights range from P31,095 (Vienna) to P38,362 (Salzburg).
Surprisingly, Paris is the second cheapest city to travel to. Flights start at P27,019, and you can pretty much go anywhere from there. Take a train to France's other cities or visit neighboring countries if you like.
Greece's debt crisis is unfortunate for all parties involved. But for tourists, now is the best time to visit. Case in point: Flights to Athens start at P26,277. For other cities, however, like Santorini, Thessaloniki, and Mykonos, prices start at over P40,000.
Editor's note: Prices updated to reflect results that appeared on SkyScanner as of September 20, 2019.
This story originally appeared on Esquiremag.ph. Minor edits have been made by the editors.