The 5 cheapest weekendtrips from Dublin abroad with only €125 budget!

Matthias Ritters

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Are you planning a weekend trip with your mates or your partner? Why don’t fly in another country? See new cultures, different architecture and meet new people! Here are five cheap travel trips – all you need is up to €125 for the flight inclusive accommodation. Thanks to Ryanair!

Germany for 118 (Cologne)

Cologne / Photo Credit: Jiuguang Wang
Cologne / Photo Credit: Jiuguang Wang

The average airfare for both ways on weekends to Cologne amounts to only €69 – assumed that you are an early booker. For a weekday trip are the average costs just €49. You can drive by train to the city centre of Cologne in 30 minutes for only €2.30 . Local hostels cost around €43, so that the trip in total costs €118 (provisions not included). Especially Cologne is attractive because of the keen prices locally. In comparison to the other introduced countries is Germany by far the most cheapest country.

Norway for €122 (Oslo)

Oslo / Photo Credit: Marcin Szala
Oslo / Photo Credit: Marcin Szala

It is so cheap to fly to Oslo. The flights on weekends cost in average only €49. On weekdays even less: €36!!! And you don’t have to book early for these prices. But this is also the only thing that is so cheap. The airport where the plane arrives is one hour far away from the city centre and the bus ticket (for both ways) costs for students €25. The cheapest hostel (still a 6-bed room) has a price of€48 for the whole weekend. That means at all: €122. Don’t celebrate just yet: Oslo is one of the most expensive cities in the EU – local food as well as parties (and especially alcohol) assume a lot more money. According to Numbeo, Norway has the second highest cost of living index in 2015.

Belgium for €88 (Brussels)

Brussel / Photo Credit: Johan Bakker
Brussel / Photo Credit: Johan Bakker

Early booker have the cheapest option with Brussels: €46 for both flights on a weekend (and only€39 for two flights on weekdays). Also the journey from the airport to the city centre is quite cheap:€3 for 30 minutes by bus. Brussels also offers the cheapest hostel in this price comparison: €36 for two nights in a 6-bed room. With €88 is Brussels unbeatable, and also the costs for living are not that expensive as in Oslo.

Denmark for €110 (Copenhagen)

Copenhagen / Photo Credit: Mstyslav Chernov
Copenhagen / Photo Credit: Mstyslav Chernov

The Ryanair route to Copenhagen was established this year, in February 2015. Right now the flights are a little bit more expensive. Sooner or later they will settle down. When you book currently eight weeks in advance you could fly to Copenhagen and back again for €61 on a weekend. Within weekdays it would cost you only €48. To get to the central station you need 15 minutes by train for€3.20. You should budget €42 for a 12-bed room in a hostel close to the city centre. That means the weekend trip would cost around €110 at all. Unfortunately also here are the living costs more expensive than in most countries.

Scotland for €107 (Edinbourgh)

Edinburgh / Photo Credit: Christian Bickel
Edinburgh / Photo Credit: Christian Bickel

Of all these trip, Edinburgh is the keenest trip on weekdays. In average it costs €30 (as early booker) and if you are lucky less. Flights on a weekend cost €58 when you book six weeks in advance. On site you need 25 minutes by bus for €3.50. Sleeping over in Edinburgh for a keen price can be very, very social: €42 for a complete weekend in a 18-bed room. In terms of price is Edinburgh similar to Ireland.


You can check the flights on www.ryanair.com.

Use www.hostelworld.com to find the cheapest hostels. But use this site only for price comparison. Book the hostel on its original site – so you can save some more Euros.

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Matthias Ritters