With more non-stop connections and low-cost airlines offering new routes for 2018 from London, Glasgow, Manchester and more, those incredible destinations just got easier to get to!
London to Amsterdam by Eurostar
This year, Eurostar is finally launching it’s first direct service between London and Amsterdam. As of 4th April 2018, the Channel Tunnel train operator will be running trains twice a day between London St Pancras and Amsterdam Central Station, with the journey scheduled to take 3 hours, 41 minutes. Although almost 2 hours longer than a flight from London, passengers on the service can enjoy the reduced check-in length, greater comfort, leg room and free wifi and power sockets. With fares starting at £35 one way, the train company is also planning on competing with airline prices.
Glasgow to Kefalonia and Thessaloniki, Greece
Glasgow has two new routes for 2018 to offer Scottish holidaymakers looking to soak up some sun, sand and culture in Greece. This May, low-cost airline Jet2 is launching their new, direct flights from Glasgow Airport to the Greek island of Kefalonia and the Greek city of Thessaloniki. Kefalonia, made famous by the novel and film adaptation of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, is one of the most spectacular Ionian islands, providing visitors with beautiful, quiet beaches and charming coastal villages. The seaside city Thessaloniki is the second largest in Greece, known for its impressive history and vibrant atmosphere. Jet2 will fly from Gatwick Airport to Kefalonia on Wednesdays and to Thessaloniki on Thursdays.
London Stansted to Lviv, Ukraine
As of this September, culture lovers can discover the beautiful city of Lviv, a UNESCO-listed city in western Ukraine, thanks to Wizz Air introducing the first direct flights from the UK. Scheduled to run 3 times a week, the low-cost airline’s flights provide an easy gateway to the most charming city in the country. Said to have the highest ratio of cafes to inhabitants in the world, with pretty architecture and lots of culture, Lviv offers the appeal of cities like Prague and Krakow – minus the tourists.
London Stansted to Rimini, Italy
Who better to take inspiration from when holidaying in Italy than the Italians themselves – and from March 2018 you can! Popular with the locals but often overlooked by the Brits, due largely to a lack of direct flights, Rimini is a pretty seaside resort on the Adriatic Coast, not far from San Marino. Soon, however, you could be basking in the Italian sunshine thanks to Ryanair’s new twice weekly service from London Stansted.
Belfast to Malta
As Malta takes the crown of European Capital of Culture 2018, and offers visitors a full calendar of special events throughout the year, budget airlines Ryanair and Jet2 are introducing brand new routes from Belfast Airport to help us get there. Flights with Ryanair were launched earlier in December 2017, while Jet2 will be offering a further option from April this year.
London Heathrow to Perth, Australia
From March 2018, Australian airline Qantas will be offering passengers the longest non-stop flight in the world, a massive 17-hour direct flight from London to Perth. The first ever connection between Europe and Australia that doesn’t involve a stopover will be made by the comfortably roomy Boeing 787 Dreamliner, making holidays Down Under a dream come true.
Glasgow to Bodrum, Turkey
Jet2 is offering another route from Scotland as of May 2018, with direct flights between Glasgow and Bodrum scheduled to run every Thursday. Blessed with golden beaches, picturesque streets and more than its fair share of fascinating history, the Turkish port city is a popular year-round resort that offers so much more than just sun, sea and sand.
Manchester to Genoa, Italy
Perhaps one of Italy’s most underrated cities, Genoa (the country’s largest port city) was established and flourishing long before the arrival of the Roman Empire. The impressive architecture and maze of tiny streets, found in the Old Town, reveal the city’s former glory while recent revitalisation has breathed a new life into the harbour area, now home to museums and fashionable eateries. From March this year, easyJet will be running a twice-weekly service from Manchester, making it easier for the north to discover this little-known Italian gem.
London Heathrow to Nashville, USA
As of May 2018, British Airways are offering the first direct link between the UK and Nashville, with flights running from London Heathrow 5 times a week. The Tennessee city is listed as one of the hottest destinations in the US right now thanks to its music scene, its booming appeal for foodies, the opening of new museums and its vibrant neighbourhoods.
Leeds Bradford to La Rochelle, France
Also known as the White City, the seaside city of La Rochelle’s gleaming limestone buildings, half-timbered houses and glittering harbour make a pretty backdrop for discovering France’s western coast. Famous for its excellent seafood, this largely unspoiled port town offers visitors history and interesting architecture, as well as a warm climate and three urban beaches. Holidaymakers in the north of Britain can take advantage from May 2018, when Jet2 will be running weekly flights from Leeds Bradford Airport.