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Language: German | Currency: Euros (€) | Local time: UTC | Avg. Flight time: 2.0 hrs
The biggest and busiest airports in Germany are Frankfurt (FRA), Munich (MUC), Düsseldorf (DUS), Berlin Tegel (TXL) and Hamburg (HAM), and the cheapest flights to Germany usually arrive at these busy air hubs. Clean, filled with good food options and well connected to their respective city centres, these airports are the ideal starting point for your adventures in Germany.
As of 2017, Ryanair flies to Bremen (BRE), Berlin, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Nuremberg (NUE) and Stuttgart (STR) from Edinburgh (EDI) and Manchester (MAN), as well as some London airports (you can fly Ryanair from London Stansted to Frankfurt, for example). These are usually daytime flights, meaning that you can jump off the plane, head to your hotel and go out to gorge on currywurst before the sun goes down.
If you’re trying to save your pennies for a spot of holiday shopping, compare easyJet flights to Germany – the airline operates routes to Dortmund (DTM), Stuttgart, Berlin, Dresden (DRS) and Friedrichshafen (FDH), which is a popular base for ski holidays in the northern Alps.
Norwegian Airlines is another airline to consider, flying into Berlin, Hamburg and Munich from London Gatwick (LGW).
Lufthansa is the German national airline and, as well as offering cheap flights to and from Germany, it also offers domestic services between cities such as Leipzig (LEJ), Muenster (FMO), Hannover (HAJ), Mannheim (MHG), Baden-Baden (FKB) and Bremen (BRE). In the UK, Lufthansa departs from Aberdeen (ABZ), Glasgow (GLA), Manchester, Newcastle (NCL), Nottingham (EMA), Birmingham (BHX), London and Southampton (SOU). As Germany’s flag carrier, you can expect good pretzels and great canned beer on-board.
Other airlines also offer routes between the UK and Germany, so compare flights on TravelSupermarket to find the best deal.
Keep in mind that May to September is the peak tourist season in Germany, so ticket prices are likely to be higher during these months.
November and December, when Christmas markets are twinkling, are also popular months for city breaks to destinations such as Munich, Berlin and Cologne.
Avoid the mountain towns (they will be filled with skiers) and you can generally find the cheapest flights to Germany’s major cities in January and February.
If you prefer to keep your feet firmly on the ground, you can always travel by train. Take the Eurostar from London to Brussels and then switch to a high-speed train to Cologne. From there, you can use the efficient German train or bus system to get to wherever you want to go.
Although this option definitely isn’t as cost-effective or as fast as a cheap flight to Germany, it does allow you to take in the scenery at a leisurely pace.
However you get there, use our page dedicated to getting around Germany to brush up on the country’s best methods of transport.