Ultimate travel hack: 10 European airports close to the city center

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Want some ideas for a quick, convenient city break? These are the European cities with the closest airports

When you’re planning a trip, especially if it’s just for a few days, it’s understandable if you want to save as much time (as well as money) as you can. You might be wondering, “Can I take a flight and land pretty much in the city center? Where are these bang-in-the-middle-of-the-action airports?”

Wonder no more — we’re going to tell you. Below are the 10 closest commercial passenger airports to the cities (and one territory) in Europe that they serve, all of which are great mini-break destinations. We’ll also let you in on the average length of time it takes to get from each airport to its city on the cheapest mode of transport. Then, head over to Kiwi.com and search for your next trip with the confidence that you know exactly where you’re going, and that you’ll be roaming the main streets in no time at all.

Oh, and just for fun (and to warn you), we’ve also included the 10 most distant airports from the European cities they serve. Some of them are so far away, it’s actually impressive.

Closest

Gibraltar

Distance from the airport: 1.5 kilometers

Cost of travel from the airport: £1.50/€2.40 for a five-minute bus journey, or walk for free(!)

What makes this a great destination: There are direct flights to Gibraltar from several cities in the UK — make a quick getaway to lie on the beach and soak up the sun.

Tallinn, Estonia

Distance from the airport: 4 kilometers

Cost of travel from the airport: €2 for a 15-minute bus or tram journey

What makes this a great destination: Tallinn is a compact, accessible city with a fairytale air. Plan your break soon to catch the Christmas market, which is on this year from November 25 to January 8.

Olbia, Italy

Roof of Church of San Paolo Apostolo in Olbia — Shutterstock The Church of San Paolo Apostolo in Olbia — Shutterstock

Distance from the airport: 4 kilometers

Cost of travel from the airport: €1 for a 10-minute bus journey

What makes this a great destination: Olbia is an underrated Italian city on the northeast coast of Sardinia. It’s small, relaxed, historical, and cheaper to visit than a lot of other places in the country.

Pisa, Italy

Leaning tower of Pisa visualized in an ice cream cone — iStockIf you make it to Pisa, you will do something like this — iStock

Distance from the airport: 4 kilometers 

Cost of travel from the airport: €5 for a 10-minute bus journey

What makes this a great destination: Pisa is your picture-perfect postcard Italian city, with the Leaning Tower as its centerpiece, naturally. Yet, it’s not as big and bustling as Rome or Milan.

Vilnius, Lithuania

 

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Distance from the airport: 5.9 kilometers

Cost of travel from the airport: €1 for a 20-minute bus journey

What makes this a great destination: With the largest medieval Old Town in Central and Eastern Europe, Vilnius is a cool, characterful place to explore, and it can be done easily on a budget.

Rotterdam, Netherlands

Distance from the airport: 6.8 kilometers

Cost of travel from the airport: €2.02 for a 20-minute bus journey

What makes this a great destination: Rotterdam is full of quirky modern architecture and has a vibrant art and fashion scene to match. It’s also right next to The Hague, the administrative capital of the Netherlands, which is also worth checking out.

Salzburg, Austria

Distance from the airport: 6.8 kilometers

Cost of travel from the airport: €2.50 for a 20-minute bus journey

What makes this a great destination: Salzburg is a beautiful historical city, the entirety of the Old Town being a Unesco World Heritage Site. What’s more, it’s a stone’s throw away from the mountains and in turn, some of the best ski slopes in Europe.

Copenhagen, Denmark

Famous colorful buildings of Nyhavn in Copenhagen — ShutterstockFor an extremely accessible capital city, choose Copenhagen — Shutterstock

Distance from the airport: 7 kilometers

Cost of travel from the airport: 38kr./€5.10 for a 15-minute metro journey

What makes this a great destination: The Danish capital is small enough to make its museums, cultural quarters and other attractions easily accessible, but it’s still very much lively and cosmopolitan like the major city it is.

Dublin, Ireland

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Distance from the airport: 10 kilometers

Cost of travel from the airport: €7 for a 50-minute bus journey

What makes this a great destination: Dublin is very well-connected by cheap flights from across Europe. Its famously welcoming pubs and bars make this an ideal vacation to take with your best friend.

Porto, Portugal

View over Ponte Dom Luis — ShutterstockPorto makes for one of the cheapest Western European city breaks — Shutterstock

Distance from the airport: 10.5 kilometers

Cost of travel from the airport: €2 for a 30-minute metro journey

What makes this a great destination: With its fine wine, friendly locals and unique charm, Porto is fast becoming a popular choice for a quick break. Plus, it’s one of the cheapest cities in Western Europe.

Furthest

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On the flip side, there are some airports in Europe that have been marketed as belonging to cities that they are, in fact, quite far away from. Some flights to these airports are cheap, but just a heads up — you might spend significantly more time and money getting to the city center afterward:

Paris-Vatry Airport is 147 kilometers from Paris.

Frankfurt–Hahn Airport is 120 kilometers from Frankfurt.

Oslo Sandefjord Airport is 117 kilometers from Oslo.

Stockholm Västerås Airport is 110 kilometers from Stockholm.

Stockholm Skavsta Airport is 96 kilometers from Stockholm.

Paris-Beauvais Airport is 85 kilometers from Paris.

London Stansted Airport is 64 kilometers from London.

London Southend Airport is 58 kilometers from London.

Glasgow Prestwick Airport is 51 kilometers from Glasgow.

London Luton Airport is 45 kilometers from London.

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