How to bag those cheap flights to Switzerland

Cheap flights to Switzerland are just the ticket for a little indulgent Swiss charm. The land of chocolate and clockwork will have you utterly spellbound by its blend of majestic natural wonders and cute chalets neatly balanced on its mountain flanks. And whether you're flying in to Zurich, Geneva or Basel, your gateway to this land of rich culture and richer history won't short-change you on life's little pleasures. Certainly, its irresistibly velvet chocolate will leave you craving more. The astonishing landscapes of lakes and peaks are also unmissable, and whether you're enjoying the views with the grass springing beneath your boots, or carving the snow as you zip downhill, your adventurous side will get its fair share of indulgence too.

How can I save money when booking flights to Switzerland?

There are many ways to tackle the search for cheap tickets to Switzerland. One is to carefully research your departure and destination airport – you're most likely find the best deals flying from London, Manchester or Bristol into Basel. If you’re coming from Edinburgh, then a flight to Geneva could be your hottest deal. Another is to price watch. You can find some pretty good bargains all-year round, but watch out for the giant leap in prices in January when the hordes of snow-bound sports travellers head to the slopes. March is a good time to keep your eyes out for flight booking to Switzerland, as prices often plummet then, before they slowly start to rise again in April.

Best time to travel to Switzerland

If carving through the fresh, powdery snow of the Alps is your cup of kirsch, then head to Switzerland at some point between December and April. Just remember that neither ski resorts or flights are cheap during the wintry high season. July and August mark the summer-time peak season, with hikers plodding – and cyclists spinning – up and down those fabulous Alpine trails. But if you're not here for the thrill of tackling the mountains, great Swiss flight and accommodation deals can be had from October to early December. A better time for sight-seeing is April, May or June, when those hills draw satisfied sighs with their brand new coats of greensward and Alpine blooms.

Who can fly me to Switzerland?

There's a good bundle of airlines providing direct flights to the main Swiss hubs, and they include low-cost carriers, EasyJet and Ryanair, as well as national operators, British Airways and (unsurprisingly) Swiss International Air Lines. If you're flying from norther UK airports, you'll struggle to get direct flights on some days, but easyJet do fly straight to Geneva from Edinburgh Airport (EDI).

What to do once your flight to Switzerland has landed

It's been called the happiest place in the world. And there's no doubt that hiking the rolling, emerald hills of the Swiss Path, with Lake Luzern shimmering beneath you, can be pretty joyous. Geneva packages up the best in French and Swiss culture and cuisine, Lucerne does medieval lakeside charm to a tee, while Basel, the City of Arts, will raise eyebrows with both contemporary and traditional artworks.

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