Cheap flights from London and other airports in England, Scotland, and Ireland on low-cost budget airlines allow British visitors to fly cheaply to Germany to visit Christmas markets (Weihnachtsmärkte) in several cities. The number of low-cost airlines flying to Cologne (Köln), Düsseldorf, and Berlin are particularly high. London-Stansted Airport (STN) is the most common departure point from the United Kingdom (UK) but cheap direct flights are also available from Manchester, Gatwick, Luton, Edinburg, and Dublin. Lufthansa and British Airways flights to Germany mostly depart from London-Heathrow Airport (LHR).
The number of direct flights on low-cost airlines between British and German cities during the pre-Christmas advent season has shrunk dramatically compared to two years ago. While Anglo-Saxon low-cost airlines such as Easyjet and Ryanair still offer only point-to-point flights, German low-cost airlines including airberlin and Germanwings offer guaranteed connecting flights via their main hubs to numerous cities in Germany (and the rest of Europe).
Cheap Flights on Airberlin from England to Christmas Markets in Germany
Airberlin (AB) is often considered the best low-cost airline in Europe. Food and drinks are still served for free on almost all airberlin flights while a free luggage allocation of 20 kg per passenger is great news for Christmas market shoppers.
During the Christmas market season, airberlin will have direct flights from London-Stansted (STN) to Düsseldorf (DUS), Münster-Osnabrück (FMO), Hannover (HAJ), Nuremberg / Nürnberg (NUE), and Paderborn-Lippstadt (PAD) in Germany. Airberlin also flies directly from Manchester (MAN) to Padernborn. Airberlin offers guaranteed connections from London-Stansted via Düsseldorf to Berlin-Tegel (TXL), Dresden (DRS), Hamburg (HAM), Munich (MUC), and Stuttgart (STR).
Airberlin is currently the only major airline flying directly from the British Isled to Nuremberg (Nürnberg), which has one of the largest and most famous Christmas markets (Weihnachtsmarkt) in Germany. Further connections to Nuremberg from major British cities are available via major hubs of Lufthansa, Air France, and KLM.
Cheap Flights on Germanwings from England to Christmas Markets in Germany
Low-cost airline Germanwings offers British and Irish Christmas market visitors cheap flights from London-Stansted (STN), Manchester (MAN), Edinburg (EDI), and Dublin (DUB) to its main hub at Köln-Bonn Airport (CGN). Cologne has great Christmas markets but Germanwings passengers can also book guaranteed connecting flights via Cologne-Bonn to further German destinations with famous Christmas markets including Berlin, Dresden, Hamburg, Leipzig, and Munich.
Cheap Flights on Lufthansa from London to German Christmas Markets
Lufthansa often have special offers, especially internet-only deals, which compare very well with the prices of tickets for low-cost airlines. As a full-service airline, Lufthansa’s ticket prices include things such as seat reservations, food, free airport check in, and free baggage allowances that are priced separately by low-cost airlines.
Lufthansa has flights to Frankfurt (FRA), which has the largest single Christmas market in Germany, from London-Heathrow (LHR), London-City Airport (LCY), Birmingham, Dublin, Edinburgh, and Manchester. Lufthansa also flies to Düsseldorf, Hamburg, and Munich from Birmingham, London-Heathrow, and Manchester while Berlin-Tegel (TXL) and Cologne-Bonn can be reached from London-Heathrow only.
Cheap Flights on Ryanair from the UK to German Christmas Markets
Low-cost airline Ryanair has a large number of cheap flights from many airports in the British Isles to various German airports, which often are not particularly conveniently located. Ryanair flights to cities with famous Christmas markets include Berlin-Schönefeld (SXF) from Dublin, Edinburgh, East Midlands, and London-Stansted as well as to Bremen from Manchester, Edinburgh, and Liverpool.
Ryanair has many flights to Düsseldorf-Weeze and Frankfurt-Hahn airports from various British airports but both of these airports are very far from the major cities worked into the airport name. Lübeck-Hamburg airport is similarly far from Hamburg but the beautiful old town of Lübeck has its own lovely Christmas market.
Cheap Flights on EasyJet from the UK to Christmas Markets in Germany
Low-cost airline EasyJet has like Ryanair only point-to-point services but do offer services from the British Isles to many German cities. EasyJet generally use convenient main airports in Germany.
EasyJet has cheap flights to Berlin-Schönefeld (SXF) and easy access to Berlin’s large number of Christmas markets from Bristol, Liverpool, Glasgow, London-Gatwick (LGW), and London-Luton. EasyJet also has flights to the Bavarian capital Munich (München) from Edinburg, Manchester, London-Gatwick, and London-Stansted.
Christmas markets in Germany vary from city to city but ultimately offer the same blend of trinkets, entertainment, and food and drink. In selecting which Weihnachtsmarkt to visit, travelers generally would do best to compare flight prices as well as further entertainment options that the respective cities offer to visitors. Cheap ground transportation on trains and buses are also a budget option to British travelers visiting European Christmas markets along the Rhine, Cologne, and Düsseldorf.