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Top tips for finding a cheap flight to Germany

Aim for the Goldilocks Window to buy tickets

Killer deals on airfare can drop at any time, but years of watching prices fluctuate have taught us that there’s a sweet spot before a trip when the cost of a plane ticket is usually at its cheapest. It’s 1-3 months before a domestic flight and 2-8 months before an international one. We call this the Goldilocks Window.

There are, however, a few situations when we’d recommend you add a few months to that equation. If your travel dates are set in stone, for example, or if you’re flying during peak season or over a big holiday, you should plan to buy your tickets earlier than the aforementioned windows. And, whatever you do, be sure to click that buy button before airlines raise ticket prices as the departure date looms—they routinely do so 21, 14, and 7 days before a flight.

Try our beloved Greek Islands Trick

Sometimes a travel “hack” is complicated enough that the extra work hardly seems worth the savings. And while the Greek Islands Trick does require a little more attention to details when planning, we think it’s straightforward enough that it’s always worth checking out if airfare is higher than you’d ideally like to pay.

The gist is to find the cheapest long-haul flight you can that gets you relatively close to where you ultimately want to end up. Then, you’d make up the rest of the distance by train, boat, or a low-cost flight. It’s practically required for the Greek Islands, hence the name, but it works equally well for destinations all over the world.

You might look at flights into Münich and be a little disheartened to find they’re $800 or more roundtrip. By flying into Berlin, however, you may score a roundtrip ticket that’s closer to $300—so even if you have to buy a separate train ticket for $80-100, you’re still saving a good There are lots of low-cost airlines that serve airports all over Germany, too, so if a 4-hour train trip isn’t appealing be sure to check on flights.

Consider an alternate departure airport

With the Greek Islands Trick, the “hack” is all about looking at different options for your arrival airport. With this tip, it’s all about different options for your departure airport. People who live near multiple major airports probably already do this to some extent, but we find amazing airfare deals from airports all over the place—so looking beyond your usual departure airports can be a very good idea.

Even if you’re checking all three of the airports around Washington D.C., you might still find that flights to Berlin are around $800. If you take a wider view of the map, though, you may find a roundtrip fare on a nonstop flight from Newark to Berlin that’s closer to $300 or less. We suspect that, for many travelers, a savings of $500 or more makes the train trip from D.C. to Newark well worth it.

Keep plans as flexible as possible

One of the best ways to save money when you travel is to be flexible in the planning stages. At some point, of course, you need to pick dates and buy tickets—but if you choose dates before you look at the cost of airfare and hotels, you run the risk of locking yourself into a more expensive trip. Not everyone has the luxury of flexibility, though, not least because things like school vacations dictate travel planning, but there are a few things you can do to save a little on a trip.

If you’re limited by school or work schedules to travel during the peak summer season, look at the first two weeks of June or the last two weeks of August for flights. The start and end of summer are sometimes a bit cheaper. Thanksgiving is notoriously expensive for traveling in the United States, but it’s something of a hidden cheap week for flying internationally. You can also schedule flights on the days when they tend to be cheaper (Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays), avoiding the more expensive days (Fridays and Sundays).

Automate the search with fare alerts

Your email inbox may not be your favorite place, but this is a money-saving tip that may make you genuinely excited about getting new messages. Because searching for cheap airfare can be something of a full-time gig (ask us how we know), it’s a challenge for people who already have full lives. By signing up for fare alerts on specific trips you’re looking into, you’ll then be notified via email when the price drops into the range you hope to pay. Just remember that if you’re considering multiple trips you’ll have to set up multiple alerts. Or, if you want to hand off the whole project, join Going and we can do the searching for you.

The busiest airports in Germany and its main international gateways are Frankfurt (FRA), Münich (MUC), and Berlin (BER). We regularly find deals on airfare to all three, plus a number of other airports around the country. There are so many low-cost airlines with hubs in Germany, and that kind of competition frequently means savings for you. Not all of the deals we find are on nonstop flights, but if you don’t mind a layover, you can sometimes save a great deal of cash.

Frequently asked questions about flying to Germany

When is high season in Germany?

Germany, like most of Europe, is busiest and most expensive during its somewhat extended summer season—roughly May through September. Not only is the weather throughout the country more reliably warm during these months, September is also when Oktoberfest brings huge crowds to Münich as well as other cities.

Because Germany is also known for its Christmas markets, there’s another short high season from about late November through December as both residents and visitors come for the seasonal treats and crafts.

When is the best time to visit Germany?

There are some very good reasons to visit Germany during its peak season, despite the crowds and price hikes. Nice weather makes exploring the great German outdoors far more palatable, for one thing, and if you’re drawn to big festivals, you could do a lot worse than experiencing Oktoberfest in Münich.

If you’re looking to save a bit of money, though, or you don’t want to deal with the bigger crowds, aim for the shoulder seasons of spring and fall. Shoulder seasons are often considered the best times to visit European countries, as the weather tends to still be pretty good, and both prices and crowd numbers have dropped. The shoulder seasons in Germany are shorter because of the longer “summer” high season, though, so spring is basically March-April and fall is October and early November.

How many airports are there in Germany?

Germany has 26 passenger airports, five of which serve more than 11M travelers annually. The busiest airport by a long shot is Frankfurt (FRA), partly due to the fact that it’s the main hub for Lufthansa. The airport in Münich (MUC) is the second-busiest, followed by Berlin Brandenburg (BER), Düsseldorf (DUS), and Hamburg (HAM). We regularly find airfare deals and mistake fares to all of these cities, as well as the airports in Cologne/Bonn (CGN), Stuttgart (STR), Hanover (HJR), and more.

Which city in Germany is the easiest to get to?

Although there are busy airports all over the country, not all of Germany’s airports have direct service from the United States. We find airfare deals on both direct and connecting flights, but nonstop flights to the cities listed below make these the easiest cities in Germany to reach.

  • Frankfurt Airport (FRA) is one of the busiest airports in Europe. It’s the main hub for Lufthansa and Discover Airlines and a focus city for Condor and TUI Fly Deutschland. There are nearly 80 other airlines that also serve Frankfurt, though the vast majority of flights in and out of the airport are operated by Lufthansa. Thanks largely to Lufthansa, there are nonstop flights to Frankfurt from 30 airports in the United States.
  • Münich Airport (MUC) has regular service from 71 airlines. It’s a hub for Lufthansa and Discover Airlines and a focus city for Air Dolomiti, Condor, Eurowings, and TUI Fly Deutschland. Fifteen airports in the United States offer direct flights to Münich.
  • Berlin Brandenburg Airport (BER), about 11 miles outside the capital, is a focus city for easyJet, Ryanair, Eurowings, and Sundair. There are more than 60 other airlines that also serve Berlin and direct flights into the city from three US airports: year-round service from Newark and seasonal routes from Miami and New York’s JFK.
  • Stuttgart Airport (STR) is a hub for Condor, Eurowings, and TUI fly Deutschland, with service from 26 other airlines. There is only one direct flight from the US to Stuttgart: a seasonal route from Atlanta.

What are the rules for traveling with pets to Germany?

The rules for bringing a pet to Germany on a trip vary a bit depending on the kind of animal, though the rules are set by the European Union and so are the same for Germany as for other EU countries.

All dogs, cats, and ferrets, for instance, must be microchipped and current on rabies vaccinations. You must get a “non-commercial” pet health certificate (meaning you’re not selling the animal) from an accredited veterinarian, and that must be endorsed at a USDA Endorsement Office. You can find out more details on this page of the USDA website and this page of the German Consular Services site, and don’t forget to check with your airline, too—airlines have their own rules about flying with animals.

How long is the flight to Germany?

Flight times to Germany from the United States vary a bit depending on where in the US you start, but they’re fairly consistent wherever you’re flying to in Germany. From the East Coast, you can expect nonstop flights to be 7.5-8.5 hours. From the Midwest, it’s about 8.5-9.5 hours. And from the West Coast, it’s 11+ hours.

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