Athens is always a good starting point if you’re looking for cheap flights to North America. This time Star Alliance carriers are selling tickets to Montreal and Toronto, Canada for prices starting at 299€.
This offer is only is restricted to flights commencing on or before May 31st! So if you’re spontaneous, this might be the perfect deal for you.
Most readers will already know that low priced fares to Canada and the US typically don’t include checked luggage. And the same goes for this deal. If you want to add more than your cabin trolley, you’ll have to pay around 70€ extra.
There are several routings and even direct flights available. Cities for your layovers include Vienna and Frankfurt.
Search & Book
As already mentioned, this fare is available for flights commencing on or before May 31st and could be sold until the last day – assuming availability. Of course, it is very unlikely that you’ll be able to book flights until the last day.
You have to stay until the first Sunday after your arrival. Technically the fare rules show maximum stay requirements of up to three months. But obviously, it won’t be possible to stay that long since return flights are also only available in May.
Go to Google Flights (instructions) and check if there are dates that would suit you. You can always book your flights on one of the Star Alliance’s carriers websites. Or you just use Skyscanner. That’s where we found the best prices.
Information & Tips for Canada
The North American country of Canada is the second largest country in the world in terms of surface area. In Canada, English and French are the official languages. Tourists visit Canada because of its many natural attractions and large cities, and the flight prices vary between the east and west coasts. Flights to the east coast e.g. to Toronto or Montreal regularly cost less than 400€. For flights to the west coast, e.g. to Vancouver or Calgary, prices are closer to 400€ – 600€. Other destinations are mostly only reachable with an additional domestic flight. Just like in the USA, most airlines now only offer cheap fares that do not include checked baggage. For checked baggage you should budget an additional 50€ per direction.
Best Time to Travel
Canada is a huge country with many varying climate conditions, but it is safe to say that the winters (November to March) are very cold and snowy in most regions. Summers are relatively mild and partly rainy.
Immigration & Visa Requirements
Most EU citizens do not need a visa for tourist stays of up to 6 months. However, an electronic travel waiver (eTA) must be applied for, similar to the ESTA required for entry into the USA. This costs about 5€ and is valid for up to 5 years.
Canada’s national currency is the Canadian Dollar (CAD). One euro is approximately $1.50 CAD. Many credit cards may charge a foreign currency fee of up to 2% to pay in CAD.
Transfer from Canada to the USA
Canada is located north of the USA and is the only other country apart from Mexico that shares a border with it (2 borders, actually: Alaska borders Canada in the southeast!) At many airports in Canada US immigration is already done before departure, so you arrive in the USA as a “domestic” passenger in the domestic terminal which can potentially save you lots of time since you do not have to stand in line at customs upon arriving. By land the same entry formalities take place as at the airport or by train at the station in Canada. Most EU citizens don’t need a visa and can instead make use of the digital ESTA procedure.
All Dealz for Canada
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