Flights for two jump more than £1,000 during Euro 2016

Analysis by Telegraph Travel found that the price of a two-night break for two people staying in the cheapest available hotel on a mainstream booking site and using the cheapest available travel methods was up to 1,300 more expensive during the tournament in June than in May. The findings come after fixtures for the Uefa 2016 tournaments were announced on Saturday, with matches taking place in nine French cities, including Paris, Bordeaux, Marseille and Nice.3456

Flights For Two Jump More Than £1,000 During Euro 2016

Sports fans looking to see Belgium play Ireland in Bordeaux on June 18 face a bill of 1,567 for a break from June 17-19 1,320 more than the 247 a short Discount Holidays © holiday from May 17-19 would cost at the cheapest available hotel on

The research found that two return Aer Lingus flights from Dublin to Bordeaux were 1,024 on June 17 and 19, against 193 on the same dates in May. The cheapest hotel available for two nights on for the June dates came in at 350, against 54 for the cheapest option in May. Costly flights may also take away hopes of those looking to see Northern Ireland play Ukraine in Lyon on June 16, with flights coming in at 1,049 for two people. The 219 cost of the cheapest available hotel for two nights on June 15 and 16 means that the trip would cost 1,268 overall 963 more than a break on the same dates in May.

Flights For Two Jump More Than £1,000 During Euro 2016

UK fans will be hit by high prices for travel to Nice for the Northern Ireland/Poland match on June 12. Two return Ryanair flights from Dublin on May 11 and 13 came in at 110, whereas tickets from the low-cost airline for June 11 and 13 cost 499 more, at 609. England fans travelling to Marseille from London for the June 11 fixture against Russia will pay nearly 600 more for flights on June 10 and 12 than on the same dates in May while two nights in a hotel will cost 700 more, based on the research. Two teams of supporters travelling from London by eurostar and French train will be faced with higher travel costs for the England-Wales match in Lens on June 16.

A break from June 15-17 will cost 270 more than on the same dates in May with the added problem that hotels in central Lens are sold out for the dates around the Euro 2016 match. The cheapest nearby option was a hotel in Lille, a 40-minute train journey away, for 263 for two nights. For travel from May 15-17, Lens hotels were available and much more cheaply, from 66 for two people for two nights. Sports fans may be able to shield themselves against price rises by buying a package for travel to France during the tournament. Thomson Sport is offering a two-night break to Marseille for the England-Russia game on June 11, from 589 per person based on two sharing, 719 for a single traveller. The price includes two nights accommodation in a three-star hotel, direct British Airways flights from Heathrow, and all transfers, but not game tickets.

The company is also offering a variety of day trips by coach for the England games, leaving from various destinations, from 135, and day trips on charter flights from Northern Ireland to Nice for matches on June 12, 16 and 21, from 455 per person, including direct charter flights, transfers and a guide, but not match tickets or any overnight accommodation or time to enjoy the city. Prices for travel to the final – which takes place on July 11 in Paris – have not jumped, likely because the teams playing are not yet known. Travel costs for those flying from London are currently just over 200, 30 more than travelling on the same dates in May. Airlines say that prices fluctuate according to demand.

A Ryanair spokesperson said: Ryanair offers Europe s lowest air fares, which are sold on a first come, first served basis, and rise only as quickly as the lowest fare class are sold. Our flights to France have been selling fast since England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Ireland booked their places in the Euros, and we ve had a huge increase in visitors to the website from these markets since the draw for Euro 2016 was made on Saturday night. The carrier has added an extra three extra flights to cope with demand for travelling during Euro 2016, to serve England s Marseille match against Russia and the England-Wales match in Lens.

Aer Lingus did not respond to a request for comment.

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