In the past few years, Europe's low-cost airlines have been adding flights between cities that have not previously had direct links. Here, a selection of key routes on eight carriers.


Ever since the TGV launched, in 1981, high-speed premier trains have been the preferred—and more stylish—way to shuttle between some of Europe's major hubs. Reservations are required, so plan ahead and follow this advice to lock in the best rates.

Book Early Reserve at least two weeks ahead, travel at off-peak times, and buy nonrefundable, round-trip tickets.

Buy Online Since it's difficult to book directly with an individual train line until you're in Europe, buy tickets through Rail Europe (800/438-7245; Its newly revamped system now allows travelers to reserve seats on premier trains and to buy point-to-point tickets on slower local and regional trains.

Get a Pass While Eurail passes can't be used carte blanche on premier-level trains, they will get you big discounts on most intercity routes and are worth considering for a trip that takes in several destinations. The passes are now available in dozens of configurations for first-class travel on non-premier trains, from single-country options to the original multination whopper (; $605 for a 15-day, 18-country pass). —Meeghan Truelove

Here are this spring’s new routes on eight popular low cost carriers. For more updates on additional airlines, visit where you can plug in two cities to see if they’re linked.

airBaltic ( Riga to Düsseldorf
Riga to Warsaw
Riga to Simferopol
Riga to Bergen
Riga to Baku
Riga to Tbilisi

Blue1 ( Helsinki to Budapest
Helsinki to Athens
Helsinki to Barcelona
Helsinki to Paris
Helsinki to Rome
Helsinki to Dublin
Helsinki to London
Helsinki to Nice
Helsinki to Warsaw
Helsinki to Zurich

Germanwings ( Cologne/ Bonn to Alicante
Cologne to Antalya
Cologne to Heraklion
Cologne to Jerez de la Frontera
Cologne to St. Petersburg
Cologne to Gdansk
Stuttgart to Antalya
Stuttgart to Málaga
Stuttgart Moscow
Stuttgart Nice
Stuttgart to Izmir
Berlin to Ibiza
Berlin to Izmir
Berlin to Antalya
Hamburg to Izmir

easyJet ( London to Lisbon
Paris to Lisbon
Basel to Amsterdam
Basel to Lisbon
Basel to Prague
Milan to Athens
Milan to Málaga
Milan to Paris
Berlin to Málaga
Milan to Madrid
Milan to Naples
Dortmund to Málaga
Paris to Rome
Liverpool to Kraków
Liverpool to Faro
Liverpool to Marseille
Milan to Palermo
Milan to Lisbon
Milan to Olbia (Sardinia)
Geneva to Palma
Geneva to Ibiza
Edinburgh to Alicante
Glasgow to Palma
Basel to Istanbul

Ryanair ( London to Parma
London to Brest
Dublin to Lodz
Dublin to Marseille
Dublin to Nantes
Dublin to La Rochelle
Dublin to Stuttgart
Dublin to Hamburg
Dublin to Kraków
Dublin to Poznan
Dublin to Wroclaw
Dublin to Milan
Dublin to Venice
Dublin to Gothenburg
Dublin to Malmö
Dublin to Valencia
Dublin to Salzburg
Dublin to Bratislava
Dublin to Kaunas
Dublin to Humberside
Brussels to Faro
Brussels to to Nîmes
Brussels to to Málaga
Brussels to to Salzburg
Brussels to to Valencia

Windjet ( Forlí to Moscow
Forlí to St. Petersburg
Forlí to Bucharest
Venice to Barcelona
Venice to Oslo
Palermo to Paris
Palermo to Barcelona
Catania to Paris
Catania to Barcelona
Catania to Madrid ( Amsterdam to Glasgow
Amsterdam to Valencia
Amsterdam to Pau
Amsterdam to Catania
Amsterdam to Heraklion
Amsterdam to Olbia
Amsterdam to Lamezia
Rotterdam to Toulon

Wizz Air ( Bourgas to London
Zagreb to London
Warsaw to Glasgow
Katowice to Cologne
Wroclaw to Dortmund
Hamburg to Gdansk
Gdansk to Glasgow
London to Ljubljana