When is the best time to travel to Europe?

These dates will give you great weather for a fraction of the cost.

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If you’re after warm, sunny days and streets that aren’t packed to the gills with tourists, take note: these months will give you all that and more when you travel to Europe.

The best time to travel to Europe

March to June and September to October.

Why?

Spring and fall offer warm to hot days and are just outside of the peak holiday periods, ie, the European summer and Christmas break. Being shoulder months, they offer less crowds and less expensive flights and accommodation.


Overview

Europe experiences four seasons. Summers are warm to hot with countries such as Spain, Greece and Italy enjoying some of the highest temperatures of 30℃+. Winters are cold and can be harsh in some of the northernmost countries such as Russia, Belarus and the Baltics. Europe is a popular destination for travellers worldwide, especially during the summer, so unless you’re attending a summer festival, it’s best to steer clear during July and August.

Weather and prices

The best time to visit, weatherwise: July and August provide the best weather, however, to avoid the summer breakers, travel during the shoulder months of May and June and September and October.

The cheapest time to visit: Search for flight deals during the low-season months of March to June and September to October.


The best time to visit Europe for…

  • To avoid crowds: Summer and winter are the busiest months of the year for Europe so you’ll find travelling in spring or fall less crowded.
  • On a budget: Search for flights and hotel deals at the end of season, from August to September or during winter (excluding the Christmas and New Year’s holiday week).
  • Eastern Europe: Eastern Europe can be visited all year round as it has warm to hot summers and snow-filled winters. As winters can be harsh, you might like to travel in shoulder months when outdoor activities such as hiking are open.
  • Central Europe: Central Europe can be visited all year round and, similar to Eastern Europe, it has hot summers and snow-filled winters. Spring and fall are ideal months to visit as they offer pleasant weather.
  • Mediterranean: Peak season is when the resorts in the Mediterranean open their doors to visitors. Smaller towns and islands in places like Greece often close up local accommodation and restaurants outside of the summer months. To avoid paying peak prices, travel during the beginning or end of season.
  • Northern Europe: The best time to visit Europe’s north depends on your travel intent. During summer, you’ll enjoy long days and the midnight sun in certain destinations. During winter, you’ll have a few short hours of daylight each day but you’ll also likely have a white Christmas and may even see the Northern Lights in certain locations. For general sightseeing, spring and autumn feature mild to warm temperatures and are best for outdoor activities.

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