I looked for the cheapest summer holiday flights – results

August is traditionally one of the most expensive months to travel. However, thinking outside the box when it comes to choosing a destination could help you find a bargain on flights. In an exclusive experiment for Express.co.uk, I looked for the cheapest destinations to fly to in August. I used Skyscanner’s ‘Everywhere’ search function for this experiment.


The Belgian capital might not be British tourists’ first thought for a summer holiday but it’s an absolute bargain to fly to.

I found direct flights for just £31 return from Manchester, £32 return from Liverpool and under £40 from Edinburgh and Glasgow.

In August, tourists could have a picnic in La Sauvagere Park, wander an open-air market or take to the canal on a cruise.

Tourists could pack in a couple of other Belgian cities if they want a longer break, with both Ghent and Bruges less than an hour away by train.


Although Scandinavia is often thought of as a winter destination, summer in Denmark is seriously underrated.

I found direct return flights from London to Aarhus, a coastal city, for just £31 in August. Denmark’s second city, Aarhus, is close to some stunning beaches.

Britons might find Aarhus’s water much colder than Spain but the region’s beaches are bound to be far more peaceful.

For a culture fix, tourists could head to the city’s art museum, ARoS, which also has panoramic rainbow views of the city from its 360 degrees viewing platform.

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Germany had the third cheapest destination with direct return flights to Cologne just £31 from London, £32 from Bristol and £50 from Manchester.

The 2,000 year old city sits on the banks of the Rhine, the perfect spot for a chilled out boat tour.

Cologne might not be on the coast but that doesn’t mean tourists need to miss out on the beach. During summer, the city has several riverside beach clubs.

Britons could also take a day trip to the Ahr Valley for wine tasting or visit Schloss Drachenburg to explore a traditional castle.


Summer in the south of France is always appealing and there’s one city that’s considerably cheaper to reach.

I found direct return flights to Toulouse for just £35 from London and £58 from Edinburgh. Toulouse isn’t on the coast like Nice or Cannes, but the southern city has plenty of other attractions.

The capital of France’s Occitanie region, Toulouse is known as ‘La Ville Rose’ due to its idyllic pink buildings.

Tourists could take out a paddleboard or kayak on the river or laze around in French bistros with a glass of wine. Temperatures are usually around the mid 20s in Toulouse in August making it the perfect place to top up a tan.


Italy’s beach destinations might get most of the attention in the summer, but Turin or Milan could be a great bargain alternative.

I found direct return flights to Turin for just £37 return from London and return flights to Milan for just £43 from Bristol.

Tourists who fly to Milan can easily reach the gorgeous Lake Como while Turin’s streets come alive in summer.

Turin is also a much cheaper option for eating out than some of Italy’s more popular cities, with set menus a great bargain choice.

All prices correct at time of writing and found on Skyscanner

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