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Toronto to Greece, Malta, Czech Republic, Hungary and other European destinations - $579 to $599 CAD roundtrip including taxes

Turkish Airlines

Turkish Airlines is showing significant price reductions on their fares from Toronto to a fairly large number of destinations in Europe.

Turkish Airlines is a highly rated airline. (Ranked #4 worldwide in 2015 by SkyTrax).

The flights to Malta & Greece are perhaps the most notable, as they are quite far south, and the climate is warmer in the off-season months of April/May than other places in Europe.

Catania, Italy is also pretty far south, with a Mediterranean climate.

Availability for travel

Certain dates between late March and May 2016.

Stopover in Istanbul

To the destinations listed below, it's sometimes possible to extend the stop in Istanbul, and have it work out to a price that's similar, or not much more.

UPDATE 1 - March 10 @ 11:53 AM EST - After disappearing yesterday, some of these seem to be re-appearing this morning, although with less available dates.

1. Go to FlightHub.com

2. Search for a flight from Toronto to ...

(for longer trips, you can try mixing and matching the departure and return dates from the list below)

Luqa, Malta (the place in the photo)
April 25, 26, or 27 to May 8

Prague, Czech Republic
April 26 or 27 to May 10 or 11
May 3 or 4 to May 17 or 18

Budapest, Hungary
April 26 or 27 to May 10
May 3 or 4 to May 17, 18, or 19

Thessaloniki, Greece
Belgrade, Serbia
April 26 or 27 to May 10, 11, or 12

Geneva, Switzerland
April 26 or 27 to May 10, 11, or 12
May 3 or 4 to May 17, 18, or 19

Catania, Italy
April 27 to May 10 or 11

Bordeaux, France
April 27 to May 11

Bologna, Italy
Turin, Italy
April 26 or 27 to May 10

Venice, Italy
Athens, Greece
April 26 or 27 to May 11 or 12

Other destinations are likely to be working.on similar dates around this timeframe.

If you spot any other destinations below $600 CAD roundtrip, help out your fellow traveler and make a comment about what you found (bottom of this post).

Destinations and Prices

(Roundtrip prices, in $CAD)

Toronto to...

Tallinn, Estonia - $562

Oslo, Norway - $569

Warsaw, Poland - $572

Gothenborg, Sweden - $573

Helsinki, Finland - $574

Stockholm, Sweden - $576

Luqa, Malta - $579

Prague, Czech Republic - $584

Genoa, Italy - $584

Moscow, Russia (VKO) - $585

Bologna, Italy - $586

Copenhagen, Denmark - $586

Geneva, Switzerland - $586

Varna, Bulgaria - $586

Amsterdam, Netherlands - $587

Catania, Italy - $588

Skopje, Macedonia - $591

Brussels, Belgium - $591

Minsk, Belarus - $593

Pristina, Serbia - $596

Bucharest, Romania - $597

Bordeaux, France - $597

Torino, Italy - $597

Milan, Italy - $597

Venice, Italy - $598

Budapest, Hungary - $594

Kiev, Ukraine - $582

Belgrade, Serbia - $597

Thessaloniki, Greece - $598

Zurich, Switzerland - $599

Marseille, France - $600

Nice, France - $603

Saint Petersburg, Russia - $604

Podgorica, Montenegro - $606

Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina - $607

Sofia, Bulgaria - $608

Lisbon, Portugal - $618

Zagreb, Croatia - $619

Tirana, Albania - $620

Athens, Greece - $629

Vienna, Austria - $642

How to book the regular roundtrip flight

1. Go to FlightHub.com and search for a flight from Toronto to one of the destinations above.

You may also want to try a 3 day flexible date search on Kayak, and click through from Kayak to the Turkish Airlines website - although it seems like the price shown on Kayak may jump up once you get to TurkishAirlines.com, from what I've seen so far (this could change).

Try dates in late March, April and May 2016

example dates to try:

(For longer trips, you can try mixing and matching the departure and return dates from the list below.)

Different destinations may have slightly different dates that work out to a cheap price. The list below is a good starting point for the majority of the destinations.

March 27, 28, 29, 30, or 31 to April 15
April 3, 4, or 5 to April 18, 19, 20, or 22
April 12, 13, or 14 to April 27
April 19, 20, or 21 to May 3 or 4
April 26, 27, or 28 to May 10 or 11
May 2, 3, 4, or 5 to May 17 or 18

screenshot from FlightHub.com

Dealing with a long stopover, either on the way there, or back - Turkish Airlines offers free hotel rooms or tours of Istanbul!

Some of these flights may have a long stop in Istanbul, either on the way there, or back.

You can try picking a flight option with a really long stop (24 hours) - to give yourself a full day to explore Istanbul, if it exists.

Turkish Airlines actually offers a free hotel stay, *IF* your stopover in Istanbul is 10 hours or more, but *only* if a faster flight option does not exist. You can find more info at this link.

OR, if you would like to use your layover time to check out Istanbul, Turkish Airlines offers free tours of the city. They even provide the transportation & meals! You can find more info on the free tours at this link.

OR you can try searching for a flight with a really extended stopover in Istanbul (multiple days), either on the way there, or the way back, or possibly even both, and see if the price works out to be similar.

Here's how...

How to book the flight with an extended stopover in Istanbul

1. You may want to start with an example multi-city search on Kayak, like this one...

example multi-city search on Kayak, with an extended stop in Istanbul

2. Click on the 'Change' button (top right)

3. Change Luqa to one of the other cities from the list above.

4. I would recommend trying the dates from the list above for the 1st and 3rd flight. For the 2nd flight, play around, and see how it affects the price.

Booking a flight with an extended stop in Istanbul in both directions

Here's an example of how to do that on Kayak...

example multi-city search on Kayak, with an extended stop in Istanbul both ways

Again, change Luqa, Malta to whichever destination you're interested in from the list above.

Now we have 4 non-stop flights on our trip to Malta, with an extended stay in Istanbul in both directions, all for just $609 CAD including taxes.

5. Click through from Kayak to Expedia or Travelocity or FlightNetwork or whichever site is showing this price.

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5 Responses to "Toronto to Greece, Malta, Czech Republic, Hungary and other European destinations - $579 to $599 CAD roundtrip including taxes"

    Has Dmitry K been here?
       Dmitry K on March 8th, 2016

    Great find Chris

    Love the work that you do and this is indeed a great price especially if one is willing to do an Istanbul Stopover. In case someone is looking for June departures...Airtranat has a multicity combo for $555 tax in

    Toronto to London - June 15
    Porto to Toronto - June 29

    For $50 more Athens or Venice are also available on similar date. June 17th departure to London is available if 2 or more people are flying...


    Has Chris_Myden been here?
       Chris_Myden on March 8th, 2016

    Thanks Dmitry!

    Has Duncan M been here?
       Duncan M on March 9th, 2016

    Got $588 to Copenhagen in early April.

    Great find!!

    Has Merizzel  been here?
       Merizzel on March 9th, 2016

    Yass! Going to Malta with a long stop over to explore Istanbul. Chris you have done it again! ????

    Has Chris_Myden been here?
       Chris_Myden on March 10th, 2016

    Have a great time in both places Merizzel! Istanbul is amazing. I haven't been to Malta but it's high on my list. It looks like a really interesting place, with a lot of historical sites and a nice climate.

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