Aer Lingus, Ryanair, Laudamotion and Aeroflot are all offering new flight routes from Ireland in October. Take a trip to see the Harry Potter theatre show in London, explore the opulent Moscow Metro or take a tram through the beautiful streets of Lisbon.
Dublin to Vienna with Laudamotion
Starting October 28th, from €77 return
These days, Formula One world champion Niki Lauda is more into planes than cars. Laudamotion is his third airline – he bought the low-cost Austrian airline Amira Air in 2016 and renamed it after himself, following the pattern of his two earlier airlines, Lauda Air and Niki. Earlier this year, Ryanair swooped in and bought a 75% stake in the company, so Lauda’s investment already seems to have paid off – the Laudamotion fleet is set to double in size by next summer. If you’re planning to take advantage of the airline’s new route to Vienna, make sure to check out the city’s amazing markets. The Naschmarkt is a food market that dates back to the sixteenth century, and it’s packed with authentic Viennese eateries as well as foods from all over the world. And in the festive season, Vienna hosts around 20 traditional Christmas markets selling traditional handicrafts and decorations – check out more of the best Christmas markets in Europe.
Cork to Lisbon with Aer Lingus
Starting October 26th, from €70 return
Aer Lingus is offering twice weekly flights to the Portuguese capital starting at the end of October, and the beautiful streets of Lisbon are fascinating to explore. Hopping on one of the brightly coloured trams is the most fun way to see the historical sights, and a day ticket will let you jump on and off anywhere you like for 24 hours. But if you’re feeling adventurous, you could try climbing aboard one of the amphibious vehicles operated by Hippotrip. The aquatic bus tours the city’s landmarks before taking a dramatic plunge into the waters of the River Tagus. Prices start at €15 per person. Lisbon is also home to a rather swanky hotel owned by footballer Cristiano Ronaldo – check out more celebrity hotels around the world.
Dublin to Frankfurt with Ryanair
Starting October 28th, from €40 return
Ryanair is serving up a clutch of new flight routes in October, starting with a regular service to Frankfurt. And of course, you can’t visit Frankfurt without sampling the famous Frankfurter sausage. There are three flavours: Frankfurter Würstchen is made of pure pork, while Frankfurter Würstel tends to be made of spiced ham, and Frankfurter Rindswurst is made of beef. And if you want to eat like the Germans do, then you’ll need to slaver your Frankfurter in chilli. Head to fast food chain Snack Point (aka “The Best Worscht in Town”) for some of the city’s finest curry-wurst.
Cork to London Luton with Ryanair
Starting October 28th, from €43 return
Ryanair will also be running five flights a week from Cork to London Luton, perfect for nipping over to the UK capital to visit a museum or take in a show. Starting on November 8th, the British Museum is running an exhibition on King Ashurbanipal of Assyria, the most powerful man on Earth in the sixth century BC. This brutal king ruled an empire that stretched from the Mediterranean to western Iran, and hunted lions to prove his strength. Meanwhile, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is still packing in audiences at the Palace Theatre – this critically acclaimed five-hour show is split into two parts with a break for dinner in between, and it won an incredible nine Olivier awards in 2017. If you’re looking for a place to stay, take a look at this guide to hotels in London for every budget.
Dublin to Luxembourg with Ryanair
Starting October 28th, from €34 return
Another new Ryanair route is this regular service from Dublin to the tiny country of Luxembourg, which has a total population of just under 600,000 – only slightly more than the population of Dublin. The capital, Luxembourg City, is stunningly picturesque, with colourful historic buildings crowding across the hill down to the river that runs through Grund quarter. Le Chemin de la Corniche is a famous pedestrian walkway that provides fantastic views of the river as the path threads its way along the city’s 300-year-old fortifications. And you might want to end your walk at the Michelin-starred Italian restaurant Mosconi – although booking ahead is essential.Find cheap flights to Luxembourg
Dublin to Moscow with Aeroflot
Starting October 28th, from €253 return
Russia’s national airline Aeroflot ended its regular service to Dublin in 2004, but now it’s set to be reinstated, with daily flights from October 28th. Top of every tourist’s list is the enormous Red Square, at the southern end of which is the iconic St Basil’s Cathedral. Built in the sixteenth century, this startling building is topped with wildly colourful onion-shaped domes, and is probably Russia’s most famous landmark. But there is even more startling architecture to be found underground in the Moscow Metro. Opened in 1935, this opulent rail system features astoundingly ornate stations complete with chandeliers, sculpted ceilings and colourful frescoes.
Dublin to London City Airport with Aer Lingus
Starting October 28th, from €110 return
Aer Lingus will be operating six daily round trips to London City Airport from October 28th – perfect for business travellers, but also very handy for visiting the exhibition centre ExCeL London. ExCeL is hosting the MCM Comic Con from October 26th to 28th, as well as the Creative Craft Show on November 15th to 17th, which is a siren call for knitters, crafters and sewers. And the Emirates Air Line is a fun way to cross the Thames to get there – this 1-kilometre cable car reaches a height of 90 metres, providing stunning views of the city. Head this way to find some tips and tricks for seeing London on a budget.
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Published September 2018. Any prices are lowest estimated prices only at the time of publication and are subject to change and/or availability.