Whoosh!—that was the sound of 364+ days flying by. If you’re reflecting on the past year and wishing you’d spent more time traveling, we have good news for you and your travel budget. Thanks in part to low cost airlines, travelers who prioritize value over comfort will find flights to Europe next year to be even more affordable. So, where should you set your New Year’s travel intentions for? Start with these eight European cities where flight prices from the US are predicted to drop in 2019.
Imagine yourself in Italy
Compared to 2018 bookings, both Florence and Rome are seeing a simultaneous spike in popularity coupled with double-digit percentage drops in the median booking price for 2019. In fact, Florence tops our 2019 savings list with a year-over-year savings of 56 percent. Travelers making plans for a trip to the Tuscan city can expect a median booking price of $992, down from the past year’s average price of $2,251. With all that savings, you can head to the surrounding vineyards and indulge in tasting the finest wines the region has to offer.
Those travelers flying into Rome can also expect to save next year. Median round-trip prices are averaging $677, down 19 percent from last year.
Say hello to Switzerland
Swiss Alps—check. Swiss chocolate—check. Swiss savings—CHECK. This coming year, travelers can expect to save big on their flights to Zurich and Geneva. Just how big? Flights from the US to Zurich are down 36 percent—from an average of $1,223 in 2018 to $788 next year. Flights to Geneva are down 18 percent, from $1,123 on average to $926.
Set your sights on Spain
Craving cava? Your hopes have been answered—flight prices to multiple Spanish cities are trending cheaper in 2019. Travelers booking flights to Madrid are saving 27 percent, with fares from the US showing a median rate of $695, down from $955 in 2018.
Architecture aficionados, Barcelona is calling. Head to the home of Gaudí at a discounted rate—flights to the Catalan city are down 18 percent from $749 to $613.
Now’s the time to visit the Netherlands
If you missed the discounts December had on offer for a trip to Amsterdam, fear not. Hipmunk data shows a 17 percent drop in the year-over-year median booking price to the Netherlands’ capital city—down from $726 in 2018 to $602 next year. If you’ve never been to Amsterdam, there’s plenty to explore; check out our guide to the city here. Or, if you’ve recently visited the Netherlands, let AMS be your access point to the continent. From Amsterdam Centraal rail station, you can access a majority of Europe via train, to countries such as Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Poland, and the UK.
Let’s go to London
Speaking of the UK, London rounds out our top eight destinations on discount for 2019. Flight prices to the Big Smoke are down 16 percent, from a median booking price of $684 in 2018 to $575 next year—just in time to welcome the newest royal baby.