Bucharest – London flights: Which airline is the cheapest?

We had a good laugh last week at this classic piece of fascist bullshit from the Daily Star, which tried to claim that one-way flights from Bucharest to London were selling for hundreds of pounds, a result of all those would-be Romanian immigrants wanting to hop it to the UK as soon as possible.

As it happens, flying between the two cities has never been cheaper. When Ryanair announced last month that it would be joining the Bucharest revolution (the airline begins flying to the Romanian capital from both London and Dublin in March) the number of airlines now flying the London – Bucharest route reached six: Tarom, BA, Wizz Air, Blue Air, easyJet and Ryanair.

As a predictable result of all this lovely competition, prices are being driven down to ridiculously low levels. Even before Ryanair’s announcement, we managed to buy four return tickets to London (with easyJet) for €328: when we first lived in Bucharest, that’s about how much a ticket cost for one person (in those days it was a BA/Tarom duopoly).

Anyway, with nothing else to do this weekend, we thought it might be useful to compare prices for the six different airlines, using fixed dates three months from now.

The dates we have chosen are the weekend of April 4 – 7, 2014. This is before the school Easter holidays (in both countries) begin, and can be considered a standard weekend. Prices were valid on January 4th and include all taxes and any obligatory extras (booking fee etc.) but do not include any optional extras (such as reserved seating in the case of the budget airlines).

BA

BA‘s return ticket from Bucharest to London Heathrow on those dates costs €239.03. While that is the most expensive of the six airlines, flying into Heathrow does have its advantages, and there are two flights per day to choose from.

BA-Bucharest-London (2)

Tarom

Tarom – who fly to Heathrow Terminal 4, these days something of a haven of peace and quiet amidst the madness of Terminal 5 (which BA use) – currently charge what we think is a bargain €203 return.

Tarom-Bucharest-London

Ryanair

Ryanair are the cheapest of the six airlines flying from Bucharest – London on those dates, charging just €63.68 for a return to Stansted, an airport which really ought not to have the prefix London. While in theory Stansted is 47 minutes from Liverpool Street on the Stansted Express, the service is notoriously unreliable and prone to long delays. What’s more, the return flight to Bucharest leaves Stansted at 06:30.

Ryanair-Bucharest-London

Blue Air

Romanian budget outfit Blue Air are asking €130.65 for a return to Luton, slightly closer to central London than Stansted and better served by trains (Luton Airport station is a short bus ride from the airport, however).

Blue-Air-Bucharest-London

Wizz Air

Wizz Air also fly to Luton, with flights costing €117.62.

Wizz_Air-Bucharest-London

easyJet

Finally, easyJet fly to Gatwick, south of London, for €84.68. Once again, however, the departure time of the return is an issue: 05:55 is horrifically early. On the other hand, all easyJet aircraft famously have non-reclining seats: a massive perk for all of us who do not enjoy sitting behind some ignorant pillock who fully reclines his seat the entire flight.

easyjet-Bucharest-London

It is worth mentioning that we also had a look at flight search engine Skyscanner, but as we have found in the past, while it can sometimes be useful for more complicated routes which require a connection, for direct flights served by multiple airlines it is no cheaper than buying from the airlines themselves (and in some cases is more expensive).

Skyscanner-Bucharest-London

2 thoughts on “Bucharest – London flights: Which airline is the cheapest?

  1. From a tourism point of view and ‘perhaps’ only perhaps, making the Romanian Government more pro-active and forward thinking in improving things for locals and tourists alike, along with hopefully more business for local people!

    But, would the likes of anon welcome fat, racist ‘Brits’ infesting Bucharest, because we’re all like that, really we are, ask him!

    Joking aside, some of our nation don’t travel well, and although maybe good for business, I’d hate to see Bucharest become similar to Krackow, Prague, Amserdam etc etc where an influx of British stag and hens parties, lads weekend away etc for drink, sex, casino’s and basically anything they can get away with …………. Although we are not ALL bad, you’d also get the genuine tourist and on that note, Bucharest has an awful lot to offer …… Wonderful people, safe city, architecture, quirkyness, cheap public transport, bars, clubs and wonderful cafe’s, great food and I could go on (not even mentioning other parts of Romania)

    Perhaps when these flights start they’ll be nobody left in Britain and Ireland come the start of Spring 🙂

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  2. Also maybe worth adding for anyone interested I am pretty sure Tarom are starting flights for a limited time direct from Iasi to London (see their website) and for any of us wishing to head to Northern England, UK etc, then Manchester Airport is an option with Lufthansa, KLM and Air France flying almost direct from Bucharest with generally one stop (quick turnaround) at Paris (Air France) Amsterdam (KLM) and Munich, Dusseldorf or Frankfurt (Lufthansa) ……… Usually the quickest time is a little over 4 hours including change at whichever City dependent on flight provider.

    Careful though in the winter, when they need to de-ice the plane, sometimes this can cause you to miss your connection (happened twice to me) …….

    Book early (couple of months at least in advance) and return flights for as little as 155 pounds ……. Not as cheap as others granted, but to date, no low cost airline doing a Manchester to Romania route. Closest you’ll get is Sofia or Budapest from Manchester on low cost airline!

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